Nothing beats having a quiet lie-down on the beach or a little swim across the sea during summers. It’s a blissful escape from the dusty, mundane everyday lives, and it’s often very refreshing, therapeutic, and enjoyable. However, some of the best places to sunbathe are also habitats to some of the most dangerous predators of the planet. From great white sharks to Komodo dragons to alligators to poisonous snakes to lions, you will find all sorts of killers on beaches from around the world. So, the next time you take your family to make sand dunes and take in some of that Vitamin D, make sure you take necessary safety precautions; especially if your favorite beach is mentioned in the list below:
Kilauea Beach in Hawaii
Nothing epitomizes the saying “Looks can be deceiving” more than this beach in Hawaii. It’s located on the North side of Kauai Island, and even though it looks incredibly beautiful and peaceful, there is a lot more to it than meets the eye.
It’s actually situated near an active volcano and has a very vicious undercurrent as well. The lava from the volcano often makes its way into the water, and swimmers have to rush out of the sea, for obvious reasons.
North Sentinel Island Beach, India
There are almost 300 the Andaman Islands located in the Bay of Bengal, but there is one specific island which is considered one of the remotest islands on the planet. A tribe of indigenous people, the Sentinelese inhabit it.
These people are oblivious of the rest of the world. They still possess the medieval hunting and survival instincts which make them predatorily dangerous. Anyone who visits the island puts themselves at risk of being killed. An airplane, containing photographers once flew close to the island, and the locals hit it with almost 100 arrows. Because they aren’t welcoming of outsiders, not much is known about their tribe and traditions.
New Smyrna Beach, Florida
If you don’t like sharks breathing down your neck, then you shouldn’t plan a trip to the New Smyrna Beach. Almost 8 people have lost their lives here because of shark attacks in the last 8 years.
Bull sharks are the most common in these parts. They are very good freshwater swimmers and hunters. In 2007, more people were bitten by sharks in this little region than anywhere else in the world. They continued to top the list in the following year with a staggering 24 annual bites.
Bikini Atoll Beach, Marshall Islands
The Bikini Atoll beach is deceptively beautiful. At first sight, you would want your next family trip to be held there, but once you do a bit of research on it, you’d realize just why you shouldn’t. This secluded beach is present on the equator and contains over 23 nuclear bombs that were dropped at different test sites during the 40s and 50s.
Only after visitors have obtained approval beforehand, and have paid for 2 official representatives and a diver to chaperone them, can they enter the vessels. So, unless the nuclear waste is your cup of tea, you might want to steer clear of this beach.
Playa Zipolite, Mexico
Located on the Pacific Coast in Mexico, the Playa Zipolite is known as “the beach of the dead” by the local people. Why? Around 50 swimmers die every year because of the heavy current present in the waters here.
Even though you might not want to swim here after reading the warnings, you could have a good time there just watching people around you. As it’s the only public nude beach in Mexico.
Fraser Island Beach, Australia
There are many reasons why you should be careful when out and about in Australia. One of those reasons is box jellyfish and huge sharks swimming in crystal-clear water across the country.
At Fraser Island Beach, there are no lifeguards present on site. So, in case you have been attacked, you are pretty much on your own. The beach itself isn’t that kind for humans either, with huge spiders and wild dingos roaming the sand.
Heard Island Beach, Australia
The Heard Island is actually closer to Antarctica than it’s to the rest of Australia. It’s easily one of the remotest places on the planet. There are a lot of wetland sites scattered across the coastal area, which include lagoons, sandy and rocky shores, and a lot of vegetation, all separated by active glaciers.
Because of its proximity to the Antarctic Ocean, the temperatures here are surprisingly high. A research facility is present on the island; a lot of scientists trying to make their way to the facility have died along the way.
Tamarama Beach, Australia
The Tamarama beach is a huge hit among the Australians, mainly because it is present just outside Sydney, which makes the trip from the metropolitan a small one. However, the powerful rip tides and shore breaks make it one of the most dangerous beaches on the planet.
The locals have given the nickname “Glamorama” to it because it apparently attracts a lot of celebrities and trendsetters to its shores. However, think twice before going down as you might not be able to handle its fury.
Chowpatty Beach, India
Even though the name has a beautiful ring to it, the Chowpatty beach has actually become one of the most polluted beaches on the planet. The visitors are often guilty of leaving their trash on the shores, and sometimes even industrial waste gets dumped in the waters.
In 2013, an experiment revealed that the fecal bacteria level in the water was 1455 per 100 mL, which is a lot higher than the tolerable value of 500 per 100mL. Even though the water is highly contaminated, the beach is still a huge favorite among the locals and tourists.
Broome Beach, Australia
The Broome Beach in Australia appears to be a 22-kilometer-wide spectacle of natural beauty, but there is another side to it that often goes unseen. There are box jellyfish swimming freely in these waters, and these fish have been known to sting and even kill swimmers.
The jellyfish are present in abundance during the wet season (between May and November). Throughout the last 5 years, around 160 people have been stung by box jellyfish. However, there is a lot of eye-candy on the shores, as it’s one of the biggest nudist beaches in Australia.
Lamu Island Beach, Kenya
No one pays the Lamu Island Beach a visit as the waters there are ruled by Somalian pirates. The beach is only situated 100 km from Somalia, and the Al-Shabab terror group (which has Somalian origins) has completely destroyed the economy of this small planet, present near Kenya.
The pirates have captured many visitors on multiple occasions, and a majority of them didn’t make it off the island alive. The beach, which used to be a safe haven for tourists and Kenyans alike, is a now a terrorized piece of occupied land.
West End Beach, Bahamas
The Bahamas is a beautiful place to be, and that’s why it has been the go-to retreat destination for tourists from all over the world. However, there are some dangerous beaches present in the area as well, as the West End Beach.
The beach is home to the greatest number of tiger sharks in the world, which makes it a less-than-ideal place to enjoy a little dive. If that wasn’t enough to frighten you, know that you’d also have to keep an eye out for bull sharks, blacktips, and hammerheads.
Staithes Beach, United Kingdom
The Staithes beach in the UK is a favorite among the surfing enthusiasts but is often looked down upon by the environmentalists. Why? You guessed it; it’s one of the most polluted beaches in the world, and the health hazards even prevent any water sports from happening there.
The main reason for the pollution is the abundance of industrial plants that are present nearby. These plants have been dumping toxic waste into the ocean for decades now…
Manaus Beach, Brazil
There are plenty of refreshing and beautiful beaches throughout Brazil, but not many compare in beauty and danger to the ones in Manaus. Rio de Janeiro has been notorious for illegal trades, but it doesn’t come close to the type of crimes you find in Manaus.
In 2016, the highest number of homicides across the country were reported in Manaus. Despite the lousy image surrounding the city, many tourists and locals are found on the beaches and adventure sports.
Hanakapiai Beach, Hawaii
Among the many beautiful beaches with breathtaking views in Hawaii is the Hanakapiai Beach, located along the Na Pali coast in Kauai. However, there is an element of dread attached to the place as well, since it has claimed the lives of over 30 people in the last 30 years.
The shoreline is conspicuous during the summer seasons, but when the winter comes, it brings enormous, thrashing waves along with it. The life-threatening shore breaks, incredibly high surf, and powerful rip currents make it almost impossible to swim here.
Uttakleiv Beach, Norway
Norway is one of the rare places in the world with rich, untampered, widespread natural beauty. Even though the Uttakleiv beach is a sight for sore eyes, with the backdrop of many beautiful mountains soothing your spirit, there is a lot more to it than meets the eye.
The temperatures at the Uttakleiv can drop suddenly and severely, often leading to death via hypothermia. So, if you are planning a trip there, make sure you are adequately prepared.
Dumas Beach, India
The locals believe the Dumas beach is haunted. It has black sand, and visitors have often claimed that they heard eerie howls and other strange voices at night. Some people even disappeared after their trips to the beach.
Even if those above didn’t creep you out, there are other reasons to forego that trip to Dumas; mighty king cobras are roaming around the Arabian Sea as well.
Shivaya Bukhta Beach, Russia
Surfing isn’t an innocuous sport, but most of the time, you don’t need a permit for it. If you feel like a surf, you can just get your board out and go about your business. However, on some beaches, you need a special permit to surf.
In the Bukhta beach, for example, you need a permit to surf because Russia keeps its old nuclear submarines submerged in the water here. The beach is also reasonably close to a few clandestine military facilities.
Boa Viagem Beach, Brazil
In the Boa Viagem beach alone, around 56 people have been attacked by sharks in the last 2 decades; 22 of whom died. The primary reason for this is that many shallow water sharks are located in this region.
The sharks get enticed by the trash that is discarded by shopping vessels, along with the low-frequency sounds emitted by the vessels. So, in addition to getting attracted by the beauty of this beach, also keep the safety hazards in mind.
Skeleton Coast Beach, Namibia
With a name like that, you must already feel that there’s something deadly associated with this beach, and you won’t be wrong. The beach often sees a lot of whale skeleton, and dead fish wash up to the sore.
Almost all the time, you can see remnants of shipwrecks or carcasses scattered across the beach, and if that’s not enough to scare you, know this: Elephants, lions, and hyenas are also sometimes seen near the beach.
Copacabana Beach, Brazil
When you usually go to a beach, you try your best to not forget your sunblock; once you reach the shore, you ensure that you stay wary of high waves; but, if you are visiting the Copacabana beach in Brazil, there is a lot more to know.
Near the beach, you will find many bars, nightclubs, hotels, and even residential buildings, and the crime rates in these parts are always high. Moreover, there are also a lot of sharks in the water here, and you can’t really be too careful here.
Bolsa Chica State Beach, California
Californian beaches are a class apart when it comes to glam and beauty, but the Bolsa Chica State Beach is famous for a different kind of reasons. Many poisonous snakes are roaming the shores that can kill you with a single bite.
Even though the beach is a hot favorite among the locals for surfing and fishing, there are some serious dangers associated with it. So, the next time you plan a trip to California, maybe choose some other beach to unwind?
Alappuzha Beach, India
The Alappuzha beach is located in a town of the same name in Kerala, India. The waters surrounding the sea are home to some deadly sea creatures.
From poisonous jellyfish to Pufferfish to sharks and eels, you can find all sorts of dangerous aquatic animals swimming effortlessly across these waters. India is a great place to see some rich culture, but if you happen to go to this beach, know what you might have to deal with.
The Coast of Queensland, Australia
This beach is arguably the most dangerous one in the world, and there are good reasons to say that. There are hundreds of thousands of bottle jellyfish in the sea, and they often come to pay a visit to the shore as well.
These poisonous jellyfish are tiny, so it’s hard to spot them while swimming. Stingers are covering its entire body, so as soon as it comes in contact with you, its venom will be inside you within no time.
Costa Del Sol, Spain
Located in the southern region of Spain, the Costa del Sol is an area comprising of a lot of coastal towns. The beaches here are filled with dangerous jellyfish who often wash up to the shore as well.
If you accidentally step on them or encounter them while swimming, they can inject you with poison that can lead to paralysis within no time. To make the waters easy-to-swim for tourists, the government had to remove around 1 ton of sea animals from the sea.
Cape Tribulation Beach, Australia
Even though this place is a very famous resort town, it’s also a hazardous location. It inhabits some of the most dangerous jellyfish, crocodiles, snakes, and cassowaries, which you always have to be wary of, when out and about.
The jellyfish are on a stinging spree during May and November. If you want to go for a swim during these months, make sure you have a proper swimming suit on; also, keep an eye out for the hungry crocodiles too.
Volusia County in Florida
The Volusia county lies just outside of Florida, in the east-central parts. The area is notorious for causing a great number of shark attacks in the past few decades; a staggering 267 since 1982 to be exact.
Even though none of the attacks led to death, the high probability of getting assaulted by a shark was enough to wreak havoc and fear in the hearts of the visitors. In 2017, around 19 bites were reported in the area.
The Island of Reunion in the Indian Ocean
The Reunion Island is a French overseas department which is known for the active volcanoes that surround the beach, and the rainforests. In addition to that, a lot of shark attacks routinely happen near the island too.
Around 23 shark attacks have been reported since 2011, 7 of which led to deaths. Swimming, bodyguarding, and surfing at the island get banned from time to time, which is really a shame because the views there are breathtaking.
Fraser Island in Australia
The Fraser Island is located on the South-Eastern coast of Queensland, Australia, and at first sight, it looks like just another beautiful beach with white sand and crystal-clear water, but there is a side of it that isn’t very conspicuous.
Dingos, spiders, sharks, and jellyfish inhabit the place, and you can’t be too safe on the shore or in the water. Do go for the beauty, but make sure you know what else you are signing up for.
Beaches of the Amazon in Brazil
The Amazon rainforest is one of the greatest spectacles of raw nature, and even though it has been hit by waves of deforestation in the past few decades, a vast majority of it still remains unexplored. However, we do know about its beaches.
Ponta Negra, Praia do Tupe, and Praia da Lua are three beach resorts that are very famous among the tourists, but naturally, they are also ridden with electric eels, anacondas, and piranha. So, while you bask in the sun, make sure your naked body doesn’t entice unwanted attention.
Dameisha Beach in China
There are a lot of beaches in Shenzhen, China, but the Dameisha beach is the biggest of them all. Even though there aren’t any sharks or other predators to be wary of, you have to be careful when taking children to this beach.
Because the beach is often overcrowded, a lot of children aged between 1-14 drown in the waters here. So, if you are planning a family trip with youngsters included, make sure you pack your “overprotective parent” cap.
Horry County in South Carolina
There are plenty of beautiful beaches in Horry County, and most of them are actually really dangerous. Why? The sharks. Even though only two shark attacks have been reported in the past two decades (in 2015), that doesn’t mean it’s a safe beach.
Since more and more people are heading to the county for fishing trips, the attacks are expected to rise. The beautiful shores don’t have any warning signs so make sure you keep the safety hazards in mind when taking a dip.
The Red Triangle in California
The Red Triangle is a triangular region located just outside San Francisco, which accounts for around 11 percent of all great white shark attacks in the world. There are plenty of aquatic mammals present in the waters here including harbor seals, sea lions, and sea otters, which become the primary reasons for the sharks venturing here.
If the preceding fact wasn’t enough for you, consider this: Around 38% of all reported great white shark attacks ever have taken place in this small triangle-shaped region.
Gansbaai Beach in South Africa
If you fancy seeing a shark in all its might (or quite a few sharks swimming together), then head over to the Gansbaai beach. Visitors here see a shark almost every day. The beach is also referred to as “Great White Shark Capital of the World” for this very reason.
Some people even like sharing the waters with the predatory creatures, while some just hop on ships to take an up-close look at them. The waters here also house a lot of whales.
Beaches in the Maldives
The Maldives is often referred to as heaven on the hearth by both tourists and locals, but the beaches there have a bit more in store for you than raw beauty. The water is turquoise, the beaches have white sand, but the sea also houses some dangerous sea creatures.
From eels to stingrays to sharks, you can find all sorts of dangerous aquatic animals in the waters here. However, that doesn’t stop tourists from all over the world from visiting the beautiful tropical nation.
Burc Beach in Istanbul
Burc Beach is one of the most visited beaches in Istanbul, and it has some breathtaking views in store for the visitors too. The water has the perfect temperature when you visit in the summers, and the administration tries really hard to keep everything clean.
However, the beach can get overcrowded a bit too quickly, and you run the risk of losing sight of your children. But the waters are mainly shallow, so drowning isn’t much of a problem, but do keep in mind that the bodyguards here are notoriously lazy.
Clifton Beach in Pakistan
Located on the Arabian Sea, the Clifton beach is a massive favorite among the locals because it’s free to the public and has some breathtaking views. However, during festival season, the beach gets overcrowded really quickly.
Pakistanis from all over the world visit the beach, and you can get lost in the melee of excited, bewildered and enthusiastic people. There aren’t many bodyguards present on site so make sure your children don’t stray too far away from the shore.
Kleopatra Beach, Antalya
The Kleopatra Beach in Antalya is wide, beautiful, and clean. You can rent a lounge chair and have the time of your life underneath the sun. However, you also have to be wary of the dangerous aquatic animals that inhabit the waters.
From eels to giant sharks, you can find different human-assaulters in the waters here. However, if you stay close to the shore and keep your eye out for any incoming threats, you shouldn’t face many hiccups.
Beaches in French Polynesia
Some of the most beautiful islands in the world are located in French Polynesia. It extends across an area of over 2,000 kilometers and out of the 118 islands situated there, Tahiti is arguably the one with the most breathtaking views.
Even though Tahiti is a favorite among the tourists and locals, and even though the beauty there is unprecedented, there is still the risk of accidents occurring as a result of animal attacks, especially because the shark population there is high.
Palawan Island in the Philippines
Many travel magazines have repeatedly rated Palawan Island as the most beautiful island in the world, including Travel + Leisure and Conde Nast Traveler. The island is encompassed by beautiful green sea water.
El Nido is regarded as the most beautiful beach of the island, and it too has often been rated as one of the most beautiful beaches in the world. Rocky coves, complemented by beautiful white sand, and marvelous landscape make for a breathtaking ambiance.
Santorini Beach in Greece
The Santorini beach is one of the most visited beaches in Greece, and there are some excellent reasons for that. The area was hit by a severe volcanic eruption in the 16th century, but since then it has gradually regained its beauty.
There is an abundance of volcanic landscapes, scrumptious local food, and aquatic life. Around 2 million tourists visit the beach every year to enjoy the dusk and dawn, but they are also wary of the dangers that lurk in the waters.
Seychelles, Indian Ocean
The Seychelles archipelago in the Indian Ocean comprises of a staggering 115 islands; all surrounded by crystal-blue water and dreamy, beautiful beaches. The beach tourists have been a pivotal part of the island’s academy since an international airport inauguration that took place in 1971.
Even though the beaches here are really calm; so calm that turtles often visit the shore to lay their eggs in peace, there are still some areas of concern. There are a lot of sharks in the surrounding water, and the number of reported attacks has been increasing in the past few years.
Waikiki Beach, Oahu
Hawaii is a favorite hot spot for retreats among tourists from all over the world, and the raw beauty that you encounter there is definitely the primary reason for that. The Waikiki beach in Oahu is one of the most visited beaches in the world. However, there are some aspects of it that you should be aware of.
In addition to the dangerous aquatic animals present in the waters like eels, sharks, and jellyfish, the crime rates in the area are also very high. So, if you are planning on buying a Hawaiian shirt for a trip to Oahu, make sure you know what the beach holds in store for you.
Rarotonga, Cook Islands
The Cook Islands is a nation in the South Pacific, famous for its beautiful white sand beaches and crystal-like blue water. The Rarotonga is the biggest cook island and a favorite among the tourists. The island houses a lot of ridges, volcanoes, and a rainforest.
Even though the volume of tourists at Rarotonga has increased over the past few years, a majority of the Cook Islands are still vastly undiscovered. A lot of people come here for scuba diving and snorkeling, but they are often unaware of the sharks and eels that terrorize the ocean water!
Capri in Italy
The island of Capri is beautiful, magical, and historical. It’s located near the Naples Bay, which makes access to it a straightforward affair. The island is legendary because a lot of celebrities and artists have been there over the years.
You can even find remnants of the Roman Empire on the island, along with some picture-perfect towns. However, keep an eye out for some dangerous aquatic animals that can be found there including sharks, jellyfish, and eels.
Whitsunday Islands in Australia
A total of 74 islands, known as the Whitsunday Islands, make up the heart of the Great Barrier Reef. Every year, tens of thousands of people visit the island because its beaches have so much more to offer than sunbathing.
Rent a yacht and explore the waters like nowhere else on the planet. You can see the aquatic life up close and even swim with the peaceful dolphins. However, the Australian waters are also notorious for housing sharks, so keep an eye out for danger.
Pigeon Island, Saint Lucia
Saint Lucia is a small island nation located in the Eastern Caribbean region. Located in its northwestern region is the Pigeon Island, which has since long been a popular stop for cruises across the Caribbean waters.
You can find both five-star resorts and traditional fishing villages here. The year-round tropical weather makes everyday feel like paradise. Also, there are also a lot of adventure sports like zip lining to enjoy. Be wary of the animals in the rainforest and the water though; oh, and don’t forget there is a drive-in volcano on the island too.
Corsica Island in France
If you are on a cruise across the Mediterranean Sea, you will likely stop at the Corsica Island. There are beautiful beaches, quaint villages, and awe-inspiring landscapes to take in. A few medieval monuments also decorate the island.
Some of the old-timers there have interesting tales to tell on a cold night beside the bonfire. You can even hike up the famous GR 20. However, amidst all the fun, make sure you take good care of yourself as the temperatures can drop really quickly and thunderstorms can pop out of nowhere.
Boracay Island in the Philippines
Boracay is another beautiful island in the Philippines, and it’s considered a real photographers’ paradise. The beauty is natural and refreshing. Travel publications have repeatedly rated the island and its beaches highly on scales of tranquility, peace, and environment-friendliness.
However, the one department that the island doesn’t get rated highly in is safety. Even though thousands of people visit every year for scuba diving, windsurfing, cliff diving, and snorkeling, sometimes reports of shark attacks have also surfaced.
Perhentian Islands in Malaysia
If you like to take a peek into the underwater life, this is the place for you. The Perhentian Islands is arguably the most popular place in the world for snorkeling, diving, boat trips, and underwater adventures.
The water is turquoise, and the beaches are laden with beautiful white sand, which add to the beauty of the adventure-promising island. However, some dangerous, predatory animals also sometimes pop out of the water to pay the humankind a visit.
The Aeolian Islands in Italy
The Aeolian Islands lie not far away from Sicily’s Northeastern coast. They have always been a favorite spot among the tourists for vacations and personal retreats. The islands have been named after Aeolus; the mythical God of the winds.
Over 200,000 visitors come to the Aeolian every year, after venturing across a tough path. The islands promise tranquility, unfiltered beauty, and a lot of sunlight. However, the waters are home to sharks and eels too, so you have to be careful when taking a dip.
Fiji is home to a myriad of white sand beaches, and the ones in Nadi capture the most tourist attention every year. The rugged landscapes, tall palm trees, white sandy beaches, coral reefs, and the friendly locals all make Nadi heaven on earth.
However, some of the beaches in Nadi kiss the water that houses dangerous aquatic animals like sharks, eels, and jellyfish. So, while you are taking in the beauty on offer, make sure you also keep your eyes open for any uninvited guests (or should we say, hosts?).
Raja Ampat in Indonesia
The Raja Ampat Islands make up an archipelago present at the Northwestern end of the Bird’s Head Peninsula. These islands are distinctively beautiful, laden with different kinds of coral reefs, ancient caves, and rock paintings.
The diversity of aquatic life in Raja Ampat is unlike anywhere else in the world; you can find 537 different species of coral reefs and 1,508 different species of fish on this island. This count also includes jellyfish and sharks, so you can’t be too careful!
Zanzibar Islands in Tanzania
The Zanzibar archipelago comprises of seven islands and is located only 15 miles away from the Tanzanian coast. The island showcases the rich culture of the locals and also has some awe-inspiring views for you to get refreshed by.
The Zanzibar presents a unique fusion of African and Arabian cultures. However, there have been reports of various shark attacks at the islands, and you can also come face to face with a jellyfish too from what we have heard!
Komodo Island in Indonesia
A staggering 17,508 islands make up Indonesia, with Komodo Island being one of the most renowned ones. The island is covered almost entirely with red volcanic hills and waters that have seagrass beds. You can also find coral reefs, mangroves, and some rare species of fish here too.
However, as you might know, an exceptional kind of reptile rules the Komodo Island too; one that you can’t possibly get too close too. The Komodo Dragon is not really a dragon, but it’s 3-meter-long, and can deliver a bite so poisonous, yucky, and fierce that you can possibly die of pain at the spot.
Galapagos in Ecuador
The Galapagos is an archipelago located in the Pacific Ocean, a mere 600 miles away from the South American West Coast. A lot of volcanoes can be found on the ocean, and if you want to have a once-in-a-lifetime experience, add this island to your bucket list.
From bird-watching to wildlife, and from hiking to snorkeling, you can do all sorts of activities on this island. The animals at this island are so enigmatic that it’s said that Charles Darwin came here to study them as well. However, don’t forget that danger is lurking in the woods and the waters too.
A lot of people make their way to Mauritius for a fun-time vacation, and there are good reasons for that. It’s breathtaking, distinctively beautiful, and filled with tourists from over the world; so much so, that it is the 3rd biggest tourist destination in Africa.
The tropical climate, crystal-clear water, white sandy beaches, and the hospitable locals make it the perfect place to be. The Flic en Flac beach is famous for its dolphins, but it’s also notorious for the great white sharks that often pop their fins out of the unknown.
Sardinia Island, Italy
Sardinia Island is the second largest island in the Mediterranean Sea. There are a lot of sandy beaches to sunbathe in, and a lot of hiking trails to sweat on. The island is famous for its diverse ecosystems; you will find mountains, streams, beaches, and rocky coasts; all in one place.
There are hundreds of beaches present on the island, and some of them are really dangerous too. Not particularly because of predators, but because they can get overcrowded really quickly. The Stintino, for example, has been notorious for drowning incidents.
Gili Islands in Indonesia
There are three Gili Islands, located near the Lombok coast. The scenery here is oh-so-breathtaking, and there are a lot of water sports to enjoy as well. You can even sunbathe in one of the many beaches present there.
If tranquility is what you are after; look no further. If you want to go scuba diving, then to this island has got you covered. However, make sure you keep an eye out for the dangers posed by the predatory aquatic life, which basically means huge sharks.
Madeira Islands in Portugal
The Madeira group of islands are located within the Atlantic Ocean, not far away from Portugal. There are a lot of active volcanoes on the islands, and a lot of good food to enjoy as well. The beaches there are awfully pretty too.
If you like to spend time in the subtropical climate, this archipelago is where you need to be. The beaches are laden with white sand and pebbles, and the landscapes are riveting too. However, don’t forget the fact that sharks inhabit the waters surrounding the island too.
Koh Samui in Thailand
Thailand is very popular among tourists from all over the world, and none of its islands get more love than Koh Samui. The second largest island in the world is home to the finest white sandy beaches and some picture-perfect landscapes.
You can go diving or on boat trips on this island. There are also a lot of spas and resorts to check out. However, make sure you don’t go too far from the shores because deadly sharks, eels, and jellyfish roam freely in the waters.
The Andaman & Nicobar Islands in India
The Andaman & Nicobar Islands make up an archipelago in the Bay of Bengal. It’s famous around the world for its diving elephants and pure water. A total of 300 islands reside in the area, and the local Andaman Islanders inhabit some of them.
Tourists often pay the islands a visit because of the white sandy beaches, beautiful coral reefs, and rainforests. However, the rainforests are also home to some predatory animals like tigers, jaguars, and giant snakes.
Ré Island in France
The Ré island is located within the Atlantic Ocean, close to the La Rochelle coast. There is a multitude of beautiful beaches present on the island, along with harbors and forests. The beaches are decorated by dunes and pine trees, which add to the beauty of the surrounding landscape.
The main island town has some ancient artifacts, outdoor cafes, and a few posh resorts as well. Many tourists rent a bike and scavenge the island looking to unravel some of the secrets it holds within itself.
Bali in Indonesia
Bali, also sometimes referred to as the island of the Gods, is one of the most visited travel destinations in the world. It’s so beautiful that the economy of Indonesia has profited hugely from tourism it has generated over the years.
There are beautiful mountains, coral reefs, volcanoes, rice patties, and of course beaches to savor. Tourists also come here to practice yoga and meditation. However, there are some dangerous aquatic animals to be wary of.
Hvar & The Pakleni Islands in Croatia
These islands are where you need to be if you want peace, quiet, and relaxation. These group of islands is located close to the Southwestern coast of Hvar, Croatia. They are 10-kilometer-long as a whole and are known for their low-pine forest, limestone and beautiful coastline.
There are a lot of breathtaking beaches to enjoy the islands as well. An array of beautiful small yachts decorates the island, and there are a lot of fun activities to do as well, including fishing, water sports, diving, and scuba diving.
Morecambe Bay in Lancashire, UK
This beached was described by “The Guardian” as “a treacherous place.” Morecambe Bay is dangerous due to all the scary obstacles, like quicksand, shifting channels, and river drainages.
The locals in the town have actually used horse-drawn carts and tractors with trailers to inspect the area, but the problem is that the machinery sinks into the quicksand, only to never be seen again.
Myrtle Beach in South Carolina
Myrtle Beach may not be infest with sharks, but in 2017, the beach was named the third most dangerous in America, according to a “SafeWise” study based on crimes per capita.
Residents contested this ranking, though. “If you’ve visited Myrtle Beach, if you live here, it absolutely doesn’t make sense,” the spokesman of the city Mark Kruea told ABC 15 News. He clearly wasn’t pleased with the bad publicity.
Amazon Beaches in South America
The Amazon Beaches are filled with animals that can pose an issue for swimmer. Some hazards include anacondas, electric eels, piranhas, and vampire fish (candiru). Yeah, not the safest animals out there.
Unfortunately, the area is known for its gang-related crime, like drug trafficking and robberies. So aside from the flesh-eating sea animals, there’s gangs to look out for too. Hundreds of the smaller rivers make it easy for criminals to make their escape.
Northern Territory Beaches in Australia
Australia’s wildlife isn’t limited to its land species – it has its share of sea scares too. Swimming in these waters means sharing the beach with predatory saltwater crocs, stonefish, jellyfish, and more.
Another reason why these beaches are dangerous is because the area is so isolated and most beaches don’t have names; the area is known as Arnhem Land. If you need to call for help, you can go unanswered for a long time.
Virginia Beach in the U.S.
This Naval base is a popular vacation spot, being close to Washington D.C. and Baltimore. It’s a great option for a long weekend. But although it’s warm and the seafood is fresh, travel agent Greg Antonelle warns beach-goers…
He says an increasing amount of foxes in the area have attacked beach-goers and their pets on numerous occasions. He also added that feral hogs, violent if provoked, have been spotted too.
Praia da Boa Viagem in Recife, Brazil
This beach is no joke. At least 56 people have been killed by sharks in Recife since 1992. The fatality rate of shark attacks here is the highest in the world, at about 37%. That’s enough information alone to make someone not get in these waters.
There’s a shark migration route about half a mile off the coast that brings sharks to these waters. And it’s because of this that lifeguards no longer train in the sea, opting for a pool instead. And we don’t blame them!
Darwin Beach in Australia
This beach has its share of venomous box jellyfish that swarm and are commonly seen between the months of October and May. But then there are crocodiles which are a problem all year long.
And then, of course, there are also the sharks that we have to mention. If you find yourself in Darwin and feel like going for a swim, do it only at the patrolled beaches and always listen to the warnings from lifeguards.
Cairns Beach in Australia
Another beach in Australia to be aware of is Cairns Beach. The waters in Cairns, located in north Queensland, are the entry to the Great Barrier Reef. Beware of jellyfish, especially during the “stinger season.”
Stinger season is between the months of November and June. The stings come from a variety of jellyfish, including the Irukandji and Chironex fleckeri jellyfish (also called the “hand of death”), which can be fatal to humans.
Utakleiv Beach in Norway
It’s not the animals that make this beach hazardous – it’s the extreme cold. This secluded rocky beach is located in the Lofoten Islands, north of the Arctic Circle. So you can understand that the water is pretty cold.
Even at the height of summer, the sea temperatures average between 8 and 14 degrees Celsius. Just so you know, that’s enough to induce hypothermia in a short amount of time.
Acapulco Beach in Mexico
You hear of Acapulco and you probably think of beachfront resorts and restaurants, but this coastal city is now known as Mexico’s murder capital. It’s something to think about when planning your next family vacation to Mexico.
The violence around the beaches are mostly due to clashes between warring drug cartels and the result is a lot of carjacking, hostage-taking, and robbery, as well as homicide, unfortunately.
Mindanao Island in the Philippines
This group of islands in the southern Philippines is indeed full of sandy beaches and clear waters perfect for snorkeling, but in recent years, the area has had its share of violence. The island of Mindanao is one of the islands.
This island has been involved in a war between militants and government troops, and guerilla groups have kidnapped multiple foreigners. So this is definitely a no-go zone! If you’re in the Philippines, choose one of the other beaches!
Sheerness in Kent, UK
Located at the entrance of the River Thames, Sheerness is a typical faded British seaside town. There are no palm trees or white sand, just pebbles and murky waters. It may not seem particularly dangerous, but it is…
In August of 1944, near the end of World War II, the American cargo ship SS Richard Montgomery went down around a mile off Sheerness. The ship had carried around 1,500 tons of high explosives in the form of bombs. So it’s best not to swim in those waters!