Beautiful beaches on perilous seas!
Our warm summer continues unabated, prompting some to defer their beach holiday breaks into September and past the return-to-school date.
But what about trying a beach holdiay with a difference? There are some fabulous places out there where, although the seas around them aren’t recommended for swimming, the beaches themselves are still worth a visit, offering spectacular scenery with plenty to do.
The Flexicover Team look at some great places to visit but where you might want to avoid the waters!
Fraser Island, Australia
The world’s largest sand island is situated off the southern coast of the Australian state of Queensland and was designated a World Heritage Site in 1992. For such a sandy place, the dunes are abundant with plant life thanks to a unique soil environment and you can find rainforests, mangrove swamps and coastal heaths, all teeming with life. However, the surrounding seas are renowned for their strong currents, sharks and jellyfish – all making it a no-swim area. Nevertheless, its natural and cultural heritages make this a major draw for hikers, campers, anglers and beachgoers the world over!
Whilst many beaches in Hawaii are glorious spots for a bit of swimming, the beach at Hanakapiai, 2 miles from the popular Kalalau hiking trail, is notorious for powerful waves and strong rip currents. The island of Kauai’s position in the Pacific means there are no reefs to break up incoming waves. That said, it’s definitely worth a trip to see and experience its charm first hand. Enjoy the long hike to this sandy beach (it is not reachable by road), with some spectacular views en route. Then relax and enjoy a packed lunch before heading for the spectacular Hanakapiai Falls!
Gansbaai, South Africa
The waters around the small fishing town of Gansbaai in the Western Cape are home to a great many sharks, making it the second-most visited tourist attraction in South Africa. Also known as the ‘Great White Shark Capital of the World’, Gansbaai offers visitors the chance, if they’re daring enough, to go diving in a shark-proof cage! A few miles off the coast is Shark Alley, home to thousands of seals (which in turn attract the sharks) and the area is also regarded as one of the best for whale-watching. This is a great place to relax, escape the hustle and bustle of the city, enjoy its unspoilt beauty and even let your adrenaline flow!
Girgaum Chaupati, Mumbai
Girgaum Chaupati, also called Chowpatty Beach, is famed as one of the best places to visit in Mumbai. Whilst the beach itself is clean, it is also (unfortunately) known for its high water pollution levels. So a swim is not recommended, but it’s still a superb location for an authentic vibe of this city, steeped in history. The action actually starts in the evening, as the place fills with vendors and entertainers, food stalls and children’s rides, with street food the main attraction. Try a kulfi, an Indian-style ice-cream, and watch metropolitan India buzz by! If you are lucky enough to visit in September, the Hindu festival of Ganesha Chaturthi takes place – you will find huge crowds of locals and tourists watching images of the elephant-headed god, Ganesh, paraded through the city and after much fanfare, immersed in the sea to its final resting place!
Morecambe Bay, UK
Morecambe Bay, on the Lancashire coastline of north-west England, appears deceptively calm; however it’s well-known for its treacherous quicksand and fast-moving incoming tides! Nevertheless, the nearby area offers some great seascape views and if you are visiting, do take part in one of its beautiful walks. There are lots of outdoor activities, the area is famed for its shellfish (particularly cockles) and if you’re into wildlife, watch out for the seals lazing around the south tip of Walney.
Whichever beach you head for this summer, Flexicover, the travel insurance specialists are committed to providing you the highest level of protection to ensure that you are safe and secure, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year when away.