The meeting of land and sea can be one of the most beautiful sights on Earth. Ocean water lapping up against beautiful coves and features creates a sense of beauty rarely found inland.
What travellers want to know is where to find the most stunning coasts in the world. Let’s take a look.
Na Pali, Hawaii
The Hawaiian islands were made millions of years ago when mantle from the Earth’s core spilt out into the ocean. As a result, the islands have a unique geological character that makes them unlike anything else in the world.
One of the most interesting features on the island of Kauai is the Na Pali high cliffs, a set of undulating ridges that run right from the top of the island all the way down to the shore. The ridges alternate in color throughout the season, going from green to gold to rusty brown as they descend to the ocean.
The Tortola Coast
You can find Tortola in the British Virgin island in the Caribbean. Not only is the island steeped in history, but the coastline is one of the most interesting in the world. Travelers like to join a local boat club and then take a tour of the island, visiting the famous “smuggler’s cove” and enjoying the rustic villas dotted along the coastal hills. Make sure to check out the “Ocean coast” and Beef Island for some dramatic views.
Southern New Zealand
New Zealand is famous for its epic landscape and was featured extensively in the film trilogy The Lord of the Rings. But did you know that it’s best viewed from the coast?
The Southern island of New Zealand is one of the least populated parts of the country, thanks to the Southern Alps, which dominate the landscape. The Alps rise more than 8,000 feet in many places, creating epic views from both land and see. It’s a unique landscape that stretches for hundreds of miles. It’s just a shame you won’t see any dragons or hobbits on your travels.
Staffa Island In Scotland
Scotland is a collection of hundreds of islands, although we typically think of it being a place centred around three major cities, Glasgow, Edinburgh and Aberdeen. Staffa is the most impressive of the bunch, showing off its unique geology to all those who dare venture to its windswept coast. The island is small, but it has interesting basalt columns around its base which do not look as if natural processes could have created them. It also has a cave the size of a cathedral which you can visit if you’re feeling brave.
The Balearics, Spain
The Balearics are a group of islands just off the east coast of Spain which includes Mallorca, Menorca, and Ibiza. Mallorca has a particularly stunning coastline near to Cap de Formentor, where the rock juts out at a strange and unnatural angle into the sky. Nearby there is a lighthouse, warning ships that the area is treacherous. It’s an incredible landscape, but one that you can visit by either land or sea. To see it is to believe it.