Summer is now here and you know what that means… beach time! Despite having so many amazing beaches right on our doorstep, Australians love to travel - and for good reason. The world has so much to offer! However, it seems that many Aussie travellers stick to those favourite overseas spots, with places like Kuta in Bali and Phuket in Thailand sometimes feeling like ‘Little Australia’ - for better or worse. There’s nothing wrong with the amazing beaches that everyone has heard about, but for those of you who are looking for a unique trip away, here’s a list of some of those hidden gems around the world that are guaranteed to take your breath away.
1. ‘Eueiki (Vava'u, Tonga)
In the heart of the Pacific you’ll find this little gem, ‘Eueiki Island in the northern group of islands of Vava’u in the Kingdom of Tonga. Within minutes of diving in the water, you’ll find yourself swimming amongst a marine paradise - you may even experience the resident humpback whales who will be more than happy to join you for a swim!
Photo Credit: Treasure Island Eco Resort
2. Kuto Bay (Isles of Pines, New Caledonia)
Nestled in the archipelago of French Polynesia is the Isle of Pines, part of New Caledonia. With only a 2hr45min flight from Sydney and Auckland you could be swimming in this paradise within two short movies time!
Photo Credit: Virtual Oceania
3. PEOPLE’S CHOICE: Barafundle Bay (Wales) by Paul Steele
“It’s not Maui but it has a certain British charm.” Super traveler Paul Steele also known as The Bald hiker has a little secret of his own which is found (surprisingly) along the British coastline in Wales. Such a site is rarely seen in the UK and the fact you cannot access the beach by foot keeps the masses away!
Photo Credit: Blue Stone Wales
4. Picinguaba (Brazil)
Feeling a little adventurous? If you want to experience a beautiful seaside town with a beach that greets the jungle, Picinguaba is the spot for you. It’s super secluded, almost like Mother Nature designed this place as a challenge to find. But like most things that are hard to find, Picinguaba is definitely worth the effort.
Photo Credit: Oasis Travel
5. Lanikai (Oahu, Hawaii)
Directly north of Waikiki and just a little bit off the tourist beat is Lanikai Beach. With it’s crystal clear water and soft sandy beaches, this beach brings the wow factor every single visit.
Photo Credit: Bestbeaches.com
6. PEOPLE’S CHOICE: Ho Tram (Vietnam) by Thien Nguyen.
“I have to say that I love the beach at Ho Tram near The Grand Hotel. The sunrise, sand and seafood here is a great way to get away from the busy life of Saigon”.
Photo Credit: Thien's Instagram
7. Nanuya Lailai Island (Yasawas, Fiji)
With its 300 plus islands and some of the friendliest people on earth, Nanuya Lailai Island in the Yasawas in Fiji is a real treat. There are only a few places to stay in this part of Fiji, so you’re almost guaranteed to have this beach to yourself. How good is that!
Photo Credit: Fijiguide.com
8. Cable Beach (Broome, Western Australia)
Not only is Cable Beach an amazing beach to visit, it also doubles as one of the best spots in the world to see a sunset whilst riding a camel. Cable Beach is truly a must on your bucket list.
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9. Aitutaki (Cook Islands)
If you ever visit Aitutaki in the Cook Islands, you will think you’re on the set of a postcard. One thing the locals will tell you is that the TV show “Survivor” was filmed there and you will see why.
Photo Credit: Twitter
10. Palau (Micronesia)
Take your pick really. These beautiful islands in Palau (Micronesia) are truly special and very unique in formation. It’s like Mother Nature went Picasso using the Pacific Ocean as her canvas. Crystal blue waters, hidden coves and sandy white beaches.. need we say more? With some of the most spectacular diving experiences on offer, Palau is a little bit of a challenge to get to but well worth it!
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11. Walvis Bay (Namibia, Africa)
This one is for the intrepid travellers. If you’ve been to Namibia, let alone Walvis Bay, you truly are an earth explorer. If you’ve been to this coastline, then you know how dramatic and picturesque it is. From Cape Town in South Africa, Walvis Bay is a solid 24hr drive north west. You’ll know you’re close when you start to drive amongst the sand dunes. Ask the locals and proceed with caution when driving through the sand dunes to reach the best spots.
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