Every year thousands of people are in search of the unique and perfect beach to recharge, relax, reconnect with their loved ones and reduce stress. Do you know beaches come in all sorts of colours and sizes? If you are looking for such unique travel experiences this year, here’s our pick of the 5 top beaches with unique soil.
1. Papakolea Beach, Hawaii
Papakolea Beach is also known as Green Sand Beach. It is located in the Kau district of Hawaii near the southern tip of Hawaii’s Big Island. The beach gets its name because of the semi-precious olivine stones that come from the lava cliff. These loose stones become corroded and smashed into the fine sand that adjoins the beach shore. The unusual green sand was derived from the world’s largest volcano of Mauna Loa.
2. Pink Sands Beach, Bahamas
Pink Sand Beach is located in Harbour Island of Bahamas. It is one of the smaller islands of the Bahamas and renowned for its immensely beautiful Pink Sand Beach. It is a 5 km(3 mi) long stretch of pink sand.
The rose pink color of sand comes from the microscopic marine insect – known as Foraminifera and its bright pink or red shells which crushes the bodies and later mixes with the sand. It is a perfect place for sunbathing and swimming in the warm crystal clear water. The sand here is always cool, so you can walk with bare feet. The weather here is warm throughout the year. But summer is the hottest and most humid of all. Visitors can go swimming, horseback riding, snorkeling and fishing. In March 2005, it was named ‘Best Sand Beach’ in the popular show World’s Best Beaches segment of Travel Channel’s.
3. Red Beach, Hormuz
Red beach of Hormuz is located in the Strait of Hormuz in the Persian Gulf.It is also called as Red Beach of Homroz and Homroz Red Beach. Homruz island has a mountain rich in red oxide soil known as “Gelack”. This soil is a very much valuable mineral for industrial purposes. The localities use it as a spice in the preparation of sauces, jams, etc. The mountain being on the coastline, makes the bizarrely red beach and waves of the sea an unforgettable and unmissable sight to see. Beach has red soil just because the soil contains high concentration of iron oxide. The Red Beach ‘s soil has a high economic value, used in various industries like cosmetics, glass and ceramics and dyeing. Winters are pleasantly mild.
4. Pfeiffer Beach, California
Pfeiffer Beach is one of the beaches having purple sand in the world. It is located in the south of the Big Sur region of California. The north end of the beach has unique purple soil that comes from eroding manganese garnet rocks in the cliffs. It is also known for Keyhole Rock, has an incredible natural arch at the base, from where last rays of sunlight and water can pass through. Photographers crowd the beach to get beautiful images of the sunset.
5. Tilmati Beach, India
Tilmati Beach is one of the most beautiful beaches in Karnataka. It is located at Majali village in Karwar. It is the only beach where you can find jet black soil of basaltic rock making the beach black in color. The black soil is spread over 200m, and is formed when the waves hit the basaltic rocks. The beach is a perfect destination for adventure lovers. Visitors can enjoy various activities like kayaking, pedaling, rowing, rock climbing and many more.