From the tops of mountains touching the skies to the iridescent depths of the seas, there is a mysterious majesty to the world we live in. Be they geological, meteorological or oceanographic, we are surrounded by natural wonders.
You can find incredible and awe-inspiring phenomena the world over - beautiful rainbows, the Northern Lights, amazing landscapes like the Grand Canyon and the might of the Niagara Falls. To see any of these up close would be truly unforgettable!
The Flexicover Team looks at some interesting natural marvels for your next trip!
Sea of Stars; Vaadhoo, Maldives
This resort island in the Raa Atoll of the northern Maldives is one of the best places to see this spectacular phenomenon. The stunning, almost otherworldly, display of electric blue light is a result of high concentrations of a type of plankton in the water. When disturbed (such as by boats moving through the waves), these organisms glow brightly through a process known as bioluminescence. A stunning sight that should be high on the itinerary if you’re heading to paradise this year!
Goat trees; Tamri, Morocco
On the Atlantic shores of this African state, around the village of Tamri, argan trees grow well in the scrubland. And to the local species of goat, the tree’s berries are a really tasty treat, leading these sure-footed animals to clamber up into the branches! Over time, they’ve become highly adept at tree climbing in a region where food is otherwise sparse. Head to Morocco for a warm welcome, wonderful food and a side-trip to see this wonderfully odd sight!
Abraham Lake; Alberta, Canada
This artificial lake in the foothills of the Canadian Rockies is home to a beautiful, if somewhat potentially dangerous, phenomenon! Below its glacial blue surface, in winter, decomposing plants from the lake bed release methane bubbles. As the bubbles near the surface, they freeze and start stacking up, resulting in stunning patterns beneath the ice. These pockets of flammable gas, trapped in crystal, mean it’s no surprise that the lake is so popular with photographers!
The Great Blue Hole; Lighthouse Reef, Belize
The famous oceanographer, Jacques Cousteau, declared this to be one of the best scuba diving sites in the world! At 300m in diameter and 124m deep, it’s one of the world’s largest submarine sinkholes (a near-vertical cave that is now submerged). Originally an above ground cave, as water levels rose 15,000 years ago, the weight caused the roof to collapse forming a circular hole and flooding it. With a wealth of sea-life to see as well, a day trip out here would be well worth your while!
Wave Rock; Hyden, Australia
One of Western Australia’s most famous landforms, Wave Rock was created by gradual erosion of the granite bedrock and is shaped like a tall, breaking ocean wave with varicoloured striations running across it. Approximately 14m high and 110m long, the flared slope is a fabulous natural feature to visit, attracting around 14,000 tourists a year who can also view other noted rock formations such as Hippos Yawn and The Humps!
Wherever your travels take you this year and whichever natural phenomenon you are lucky enough to visit, we at Flexicover Team 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. Safe travels!