Going for a swim can sound like a lot of fun! A new fad in the world today is to close your eyes, spin the globe and pick a place to go. Well, before you do, make sure to read up on our list of places you never swim in. Not everybody of water is meant for a human’s body, and if you make a mistake in dipping into the wrong spot, it may be the last dip you have had. Enjoy our list of 40 places you never want to swim in. Okay, so maybe a few of them are safe under the right conditions, but for others, you will be surprised they even existed!
Sea Snakes Have Entered the Gulf of Mexico
There aren’t supposed to be any sea snakes in Gulf waters. They usually dwell in the Pacific, but now they seem to be making their way up to the Gulf of Mexico. Someone saw a snake emerge from the edge of the 18 Mile Light (the Sabine Bank Lighthouse) out of Sabine Pass, Texas, on the Texas-Louisiana border.
“It had white/bluish and black bands and came from under the weeds and then swam to the surface. It was a sea snake, and I have no doubts about what I saw,” said the person who witnessed it and chose to remain anonymous. He also noted that the “snake” had a paddle-like tail, and both he and his fishing partner watch it for a few minutes. What’s disconcerting is that there aren’t supposed to be any snakes in Texas. Yet here they are. So beware, swimmers…
Dominica Hell Pit
This may look like a fun pool size jacuzzi to swim in, but you are looking at one of the most dangerous places to swim in the world! This is the Boiling Lake in Dominica (not to be confused with the Dominican Republic). Under the water is a large sinkhole, and the water is boiling so hot you can probably poach an egg in it in 10 seconds, and it would still be overcooked!
Our Planet Earth is simply fascinating and full of surprises. The best part is that it never gets boring. Every day you could be hearing something new about it. Dominica’s Boiling Lake is one of them. This place is a World Heritage site, situated in the Morne Trois Pitons National park.
Big Hole in the Ground
You are looking at Jacobs Well located in south-central Texas. This well, has some very clear water, and you can see right into the large manhole inside, there are actually different tunnel systems down there that are very easy to get lost in, and you may not come out alive if you try, so maybe its better to just enjoy from afar.
It’s almost like a fairy tale. Nestled inside a quiet town in Texas, is a bottomless, dark, underwater pit with water so clear and blue it draws adventure-seekers from all over the globe. However, there have been over ten deaths there, that they know of. So, rather be safe than sorry when going to this place.
Not a Fun Cross
The Nile River is an extensive river system that runs through Egypt, connecting the middle east, Africa, and the Mediterranean all through one river system. Beyond the fact that Egypt doesn’t exactly have the cleanest sewage system (which should be enough to keep you from swimming in it,) the Nile River is also full of crocodiles to the extent that if you lined humans all across the beaches of the Nile, there would be a crock for every human standing there.
Just so you have an idea of what dangers you face, you may find deadly snakes and spiders floating along with the stream, larger aggressive animals along with crocodiles, and let’s not forget the unfriendly native people. Oh, and if that was not enough to scare you off, let’s discuss the fact that this river also carries all kinds of diseases, illnesses and you risk the dangers of fatigue and dehydration.
Hawaiian beaches are the first thing you think of when planning a fun island getaway. (I think of putting flowery jewelry on and dancing!) However, for the beachgoers, stay away from this one! There are not any human-safe beaches there, and the waves can reach exhausting heights, pushing you right into the thousands of tourists, tourist boats and surfers!
The problem here isn’t due to any form of natural phenomena. However, the dangers lie with us. There are too many tourists flocking to the gorgeous beaches of Hawaii. The locals and tourist surfers surf all over the place; Tourists flood the waters all while big tourist boats speeding through crowds are coming and going all day long.
This is Bubbly Creek Chicago. If you had to take a quick trip some 4.5 miles south of downtown, going past the Riverwalk and away from sightseeing boats, water taxis and urban kayakers, you will discover the most notorious stretch of the Chicago River: Bubbly Creek. However, don’t be fooled! It is not a real creek, but actually, a human waste runoff that has existed for decades, so you can just imagine the amount of decay inside there.
Swimming in here will get you sick beyond belief so, even in a dare. Just say no to this one! Back in the day, this place was famous for being a dumping ground for Chicago’s meatpacking industry. The outcome was revolting; it became a waterway so indecent and nasty, a person could stand on the floating layers of stockyard fat and bone without falling into the depths below. Even though it is cleaner now, it still bubbles.
It looks beautiful, doesn’t it? Well, it’s not! This is a dangerous toxic swim in the central Russian mountains called Lake Karachay. Stay far away! According to experts a one-hour visit to the lake can result in death by poison, even if you don’t swim! This place is one of the most dangerous and toxic open-aired lakes in the world, according to Washington D.C-based Worldwatch.
This lake was reportedly a dumping ground for the Soviet Union’s nuclear weapons facilities. Unfortunately, this lake also happened to be contaminated with radioactive waste following a few disastrous accidents. If you were to visit Lake Karachay, you would be exposed to a lethal dose of radiation. It’s better that you avoid this place like the plague.
Yes, it does, but just because something looks harmless does not mean it is! This is Kipu Falls, and boy, is it a glorious little hidden place. However, the alluring beauty of the waterfall and natural pool conceals quite the deadly side. The waterfall is under speculation about whether there’s a powerful whirlpool inside the falls.
It’s always full of people in the summer, and when we say full of people, it’s like the inside of a bar on the ‘free-drinks night’. Because of the lack of space and a high abundance of people, sadly, many have drowned here. Unfortunately, in some cases where tourists jumped off the rocks and into the water, they tried swimming ashore but were pulled into the depths.
Many Reasons to Stay Away!
This is the Amazon Basin. It runs through South America and boasts some of the most dangerous predatorial creatures in the world. Maybe you like getting eaten by piranhas, or enjoy the piercing feeling of teeth of a barracuda? Not enough to scare you? Well, there are also small fish here that swim into your urinal tract here and lay eggs in your bladder! Yea, you heard me right!
That’s not all. Tourists also face the dangers of sickness while traveling through the rainforest. One of the biggest threats comes from mosquitos carrying malaria and yellow fever. As we are all aware, these can both be pretty lethal sicknesses. If these dangers don’t phase you, make sure you go and have vaccinations done before going to the Amazon rainforest.
Big Lake Big Danger
One of the largest lakes in all of Africa, Lake Victoria, is for sure a swimming destination if your planning on visiting the continent, but be careful where you go, some parts of the lake have very extreme weather systems. The number of fatalities in Lake Victoria a year currently stands at 5,000.
The funny thing is, when you see calm waters, you take a boat out and start traveling towards one of the 80 islands. All of a sudden, out of nowhere, it begins to rain, crazy gushing winds come out of nowhere, and then stormy clouds appear. It sounds like a movie scene, but it’s true. The boats used for this large lake cannot resist the strength of the waves. Sometimes they break into pieces, and others capsize.
Welcome to Horseshoe Lake California, there are many lakes in the state that you can swim in, and this is not one of them. Horseshoe lake is full of carbon dioxide, you’ll know you’re getting close when you come across a swath of dead trees on you’re way in.
This place has nearly everything one could ever want on an outdoor excursion, stuff like boating, swimming, sandy beaches, picnic areas, hiking trails, and over 100 acres of dead trees killed by gases sweeping from the magma beneath. However, a potentially lethal risk lurks in the Horseshoe Lake area, as the gas levels fluctuate unpredictably, like in African killer lakes!
Rio Tinto is a Spanish lake that really does all the speaking for itself. The lake is situated near an old mine, and all the run-off chemicals from it spilled into the lake. Whatever got mixed in there gives it a shiny red tint. Don’t take a dip unless you want to die your hair red that is. You know they say ‘Water is the essence of life,’ except for when it isn’t.
This lake is a toxic mix of heavy metal mining byproducts and acid drain-off. Surprisingly, even though this water is toxic to humans, it isn’t devoid of life (bacteria lives in the water – Extremophile anaerobic bacteria). The presence of microbes has attracted astrobiologists. They believe the lakes not-from-this-world conditions are analogous to other worlds, like Europa and Mars.
Not the first thing you think when you see this picture right? But the Ganges River in India is just that. India is a big place, and not everyone can afford a home let alone a bathroom. Guess where they go for business? They also shower in the lake too. Moreover, a lot of industrial zones run chemicals into the river.
Unfortunately, this river is now classified as a toxic river. The levels of pollution are terrifying. Let’s not forget that the people of India send diseased bodies off and sometimes cremate them in the water. The water also contains industrial effluents and untreated urban sewage. Hundreds of businesses and industries release waste directly into the river.
You are looking at a dorsal fin of the tiger shark of the coast of South Africa in a region called Gansbaai. It has a wide abundance of shark species all roaming in it together, and if you find yourself running into a great white, don’t be surprised, you’ve been warned. Funny enough, South Africa has two oceans running through its coasts. They have the Atlantic ocean as well as the Indian Ocean.
Each city has its fair share of sharks. However, along with the more residential coats, they have shark nets up, keeping locals and tourists all safe and sound. There is a specific period in the year you should avoid swimming a lot; it’s the famous Sardine Run from May till July. All sorts of marine life come out to feast on the millions of sardines hitting the coasts. If you want to see loads of dolphins, whales, and sharks, we advise you to take a boat with a special instructor!
You should start getting used to it on the list now, so you don’t get surprised later. Asia is a good place for food, hiking, nature or in some cases, partying. But we strongly feel that it’s not a great place to visit rivers. Just like the Indonesian Citarum River, they all are full of waste in all its forms. Unfortunately, it’s because most village people have no environmental education. It occurs to no one that things should be disposed of correctly.
The Citarum River is so polluted that its deemed 1000 times worse than that of drinking water. Sadly, pollution flows freely in the rivers in Indonesia. Industries dump toxic chemicals into the river along with human waste, farm slurry, and pesticides. So, do yourself a favor and don’t go near these waters! Today, Citarim River including its surroundings are considered a wasteland!
Don’t Fall for It
This water may look beautiful and clear, but it actually has a high enough pH Level to burn off your toes! This is the UK’s Buxton Derbyshire Blue Lagoon, and it should be avoided at all costs. It would be a lot like swimming in ammonia or bleach. This place is absolutely beautiful to look at but it is horrendously dangerous. Stay away!
Despite effortless warnings from the Government, people still flocked to this toxic and dangerous spot. So, the government took action and dyed the water black. Now the lagoon looks anything but attractive! This pool contains vehicles along with their parts, garbage and dead animals. If that wasn’t enough to keep people away, let’s hope the black water helps.
The Gulf Coast does have some nice beaches, and maybe some great spots to swim in, just make sure you are not coming in during hurricane season, and make double sure that you didn’t come during snake season either! Like a lot of places, it’s dangerous to swim in the ocean during ‘Hurricane Season’. You don’t feel the tides until you get a bit of a bigger wave and then it sucks you under.
It’s obvious, but if you’re one of those people that like to risk their lives, know that this time of year has such strong rip currents, which results in a lot of drowning. Please keep in mind that this also endangers the good samaritans that will have to go out and save you. As of recently, it’s been discovered so far that there are over ten species of sea snakes found on the Gulf Coast. Be careful.
Welcome to Reunion Island Madagascar, as of 2019, it’s now the shark capital of the world! If you throw a rock into the water, chances are you would hit a shark. There have been close to 50 recorded attacks this year already. Be wary when coming here. It’s safe to say that it has been a hard time for Reunion Island, the once-pristine Indian Ocean surf destination.
Surf shops have closed, surf camps and resorts are empty, with their doors shut. Unfortunately, it’s still forbidden and illegal to surf there. The rules and regulations are simply in place for everyone’s protection. Reunion is now the highest-risk location for shark attacks globally, and little has been done about the shark mitigation processes.
The Strid River in the middle of Yorkshire, England is not the best place for a dip. Aside from the fact that England is too cold most of the year to swim in. The rapids here are very violent, and not welcoming for a swim. You’ll find yourself bouncing off rocks like a pinball if you swim here. So, don’t swim here please, thank you!
Yes, this is a lovely place to go for a walk in the open countryside and the water appears to be calm and shallow. But the Strid is not a force to be reckoned with. This river has quite a strong underwater current accompanied by underwater rocks. Sadly, The Strid has claimed the lives of many including children. Beware and rather be safe than stuck inside this river!
Small but Deadly
Welcome to Queensland, Australia. Home of the Box Jellyfish. The box jellyfish may sound like a cute harmless creature, but these pin-sized little guys have a sting that can make an elephant go into cardiac arrest. People who get stung by these little demons have a 99% chance of not even making it out of the water.
Oh, but that’s not all. There is also another game-changer called the Blue-ringed octopus which happens to be one of the world’s most venomous animals. These bad guys inhabit tide pools and shallow reefs all around Australia. They advise that if you’ve encountered and been bitten by one, you should call their ambulance services immediately.
The red triangle is a region in California where the great white shark loves to come and play. The Bolinas Beach is at the center of this great white fun land and is a ruthless place that is not at all recommended for anyone who loves and appreciates their own lives. California’s ‘Red Triangle’ is where over 1/3 of great white shark attacks happen.
The hazardous zone begins around Bodega Bay and stretches out south about 50 miles west of San Fransisco. So, you’re probably wondering why 38% of all great white shark attacks are happening in this little zone? Researchers believe it’s because of the endless food supply including elephant seals, harbor seals, sea lions, and sea otters. Even though sharks do attack people, they really favor feeding on these animals.
Cool Place to Die
People with time and money come from around the world to look at death in the face by swimming to the edge of the Zambia “Victoria Falls.” It’s a completely safe swim, just make sure you come with an experienced guide, and definitely, don’t try to pose like this fool! Remember, don’t go swimming in just any location in this area without checking with people if it’s safe!
Also, surrounding the falls, crocodiles are abundant in the Zambezi River. There are hundreds of them and you’d probably be able to see them on display surrounding the waterfall, along with lions. You can probably hear them roaring when it comes close to feeding time for them. If you stay in hotels close by, you can probably hear the lions roaring around 5 am and nighttime.
The Potomac River in the US may look harmless, but keep following your way down the current, and you will eventually find yourself being uncontrollably pulled into a waterfall, and on an express flight to heaven. It’s not that the current is too strong. However, there is a bit of a current just below the surface of the water are trees, rocks among other unknown items.
There is another serious factor here including bacteria. After a few strong storms, drainage and sewage pipes in and around Washington overflow! Whenever this occurs, the waste flows directly into the Potomac and Anacostia Rivers. However, there are a few people that don’t find dirt and bacteria alarming so they swim in anyway. Good luck to you all!
Not Your Average Paradise
The West End of the Grand Bahama Islands is where those troublesome Florida tiger sharks like to come for vacation, and they will stick around for most of the year, as long as it’s hot out at least. Stay far away unless you like getting bitten by tiger sharks. In that case, you may have fun! Let’s just say, West End has the most shark-infested beaches in the world.
They even named a beach off of Grand Bahama, ‘Tiger Beach.’ I mean, thee beaches happen to be coining it off dive expeditions. Hell, they guarantee you an up-close sighting with these flesh-hungry creatures. So, we recommend that you make sure you know where you’re going when booking your future trips if you’re big into swimming!
The water in Lake Kivu Rwanda is located on top of a crater. Swim here and you will enjoy small monthly eruptions and the occasional seismic fun that comes with swimming an active crater underwater. Locals don’t let their kids and people swimming to go too far out. The methane in the water is not the only issue at hand here. The water lurks with bacteria and germs which is highly dangerous for one’s health.
Unfortunately, there is an abundant amount of methane trapped under the lake. Engineers, of course, want to try and transform the gas from the depths and turn the methane into electricity. However, there are great risks to consider. If the methane escapes in an uncontrolled manner, the methane would cause a catastrophe.
Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
Look, a lot of us assume that we are great swimmers, strong, powerful and invincible. However, let’s take a quick lesson on currents. Currents are part of swimming in the ocean, you are likely to get caught in one if you swim out in the ocean. If you try to swim against it you will drown and it will tire you out in no time, if you swim with it and let it take you, you will live. Don’t panic!
It’s important to note this fact before dipping in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, where the strongest currents in America are. A common understanding is that rip currents pull swimmers beneath the surface; in reality, they’re strong, narrow currents that flow away from the beach. Strong rip currents also often appear next to structures such as piers, jetties and groins.
The abundance of Life = Danger
Another lesson to note if you are planning a beach vacation. Try and do due diligence on where you’re going. Just because a place like the Gulf of Thailand looks to be full of life, it does not mean that life can’t or won’t hurt you! Make sure you do your homework on the dangers that lurk there so they don’t sneak up on you and take a bite when you least expect it!
As mentioned before, Thailand will soon be inhabited by the first, deadliest animal in the world, the Box Jellyfish. Unfortunately, there is nothing you can do about this matter. What you can do is check the weather and water situations beforehand. In my opinion, jellyfish are seasonal too. They don’t stay and infest the water all year long. However, keep in mind how dangerous this animal is.
Blue Lake in Kabardino-Balkaria (Russia)
This is the Blue Lake in Kabardino-Balkaria (Russia). It is full of hydrogen sulfide making it a very uncomfortable swim and the smell of the sulfur is almost unbearable. No one has ever been to the bottom of this lake. Anything can live down there. You never know, there could be something else toxic living beneath the surface, something strong enough to survive the tainted waters and crushing pressure.
These waters remain a mystery. It’s uninhabited by sea life and avoided by all locals. The only people to swim in these waters are the occasional tourists, scientists, and divers who dare to swim here. No matter the weather, the water permanently stays at the same temperature! Well, locals have endless theories and myths to tell about this bottomless lake. Interesting!
This lake is pretty odd from the get-go considering it is named after a disease that makes you sleep for a month uncontrollably. The problem with this gorgeous lake is humans. Humans are the issue. People decided to divert Mono Lake’s tributary streams 350 miles south to meet the growing water demands in Los Angeles.
Now that the lake was deprived of its freshwater sources, the volume of Mono Lake was sadly halved, resulting in its salinity being doubled. Without being able to adapt to such drastic changes in such a short period of time, the ecosystem started crashing fast. However, a hero named David Gaines set out to bring people together to save Mono Lake. Today, you could swim if you want but the memory remains.
This amazing attraction is called the Blue Lagoon, also widely known as the “Hot Lagoon.” It is located in Iceland. It seems to be a little hotter than you’re usual ‘hot springs,’ let’s call it boiling springs! I think it’s safe to say that our bodies could probably boil from the inside like a boiled egg. But don’t worry, it’s safe. It’s just heated by a volcano, that’s it.
Of course, this destination is a ‘must.’ Everyone needs to visit this place at least once in their life! However, here is a warning and it’s a strange one too. The water is highly toxic for your hair! They’ve told people to apply a lot of leave-in conditioners to help but that doesn’t really work either, it still damages your hair. So rather not dip your hair under the water!
Not that kind of “cold.” Lake Chagan, in Kazakhstan, was the location of Russian underwater nuclear tests during the cold war. There is a slight chance you will be able to swim in the lake in about 20,000 years from now when it’s no longer radioactive.
It’s places like this that leave humans saddened at what we were capable of doing to our environment in times of war or in general, as a matter of fact. The Lake Chagan area, although exciting, is extremely radioactive and dangerous. While interested travelers might want to go see it, you’re better off looking up pictures online and protecting your health.
Ticking Time Bomb
In 1986 Lake Nyos in Cameroon erupted into a violent volcano with a cloud that killed more than 1,700 people, and devastated livestock. It has since remained docile, but that can change at any moment, as it was docile before it erupted too! I know it seems almost impossible because it was so many years ago, but why risk it?
Furthermore, today the lake also poses a large threat because its fundamental wall is becoming weak. A geological tremor or earthquake could possibly cause this natural embankment to crumble to pieces. If this happens, this will push the water to rush downstream into the settlements and villages, all the way to Nigeria, also causing large quantities of carbon dioxide to escape.
The Nyiragongo in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Africa, is not exactly a lake with water in it, but it’s actually the largest active lava pit in the world! Oh, well that just sounds refreshing right? Just to get close you need special equipment and clothing, or else you will pass out and suffocate.
The one thing about this lake is the dangers no one discusses. When people discuss the dangers, they are always associated with simple warnings such as ‘Don’t get too close’ or ‘Don’t fall in.’ However, the volcano could be spitting out little firebombs even when it’s calm. This is referred to as emissions of poisonous volcanic gas or sulfur dioxide. Trying to climb the volcano is risky, the walls could rupture any time.
No Need to Dip Here
The Berkeley Pitt in Butte, Montana, used to be a copper quarry and is full of toxic chemicals. Not exactly a great place for a swim! For the people who had a lot of courage and attempted swimming here, 100% of those people found themselves in the hospital shortly after.
This Pitt wasn’t always toxic. It was referred to as the ‘richest hill in the world’ a while back when it was the hotspot for over a billion tons of gold, silver, and copper ore. Of course, this resulted in this city being one of the wealthiest cities in the country. After the hill was exhausted from all its minerals, the rain started filling the Pitt and collecting inside of it. Pumps had to be installed so that it wouldn’t overflow. Of course, the water became highly acidic, and now it’s a place that inhabits no life at all.
The Beqa Lagoon in Fiji is more of an all you can eat fish buffet for sharks than a swimmable Lagoon for humans. In most beaches around the world, there are sharks, but the likely hood of getting bit is usually not likely from sharks. We do not taste good to them; we don’t smell good to them either.
However, if there happen to be thousands out on the hunt and competing against each other for the next catch, of course, they will unintentionally just bite whatever they can take. If you find yourself treading water here, I guess you could count your blessings! If you do want to dive or do snorkeling, do some thorough research before you go.
Well, if I walked up to this beautiful landscape with the perfect green grass, perfect green trees, and perfect, calm waters, I would probably be the first one to take a swim. Doesn’t that look peaceful? Sorry to burst anyone’s bubble here but let’s just say that at least 90% of the year, it is not possible to even discuss the option of swimming in Siberia.
The Pustoye Lake has a small problem that it makes it all the less appealing as a place to swim in! Apparently, no animals are actually able to reproduce here, and moreover, they just die from unnatural causes. So, if a fish can’t handle the waters, neither can you! The lake even bubbles from time to time. The funny thing is that the lake has been tested and they can’t seem to find what the problem is.
India is a country with a population of more than 1 billion people (that’s crazy)! A large portion of these billion people lives in the city of Mumbai. Unfortunately, an equivalent portion of that population lives in poverty. Sadly, they are forced to go bathing, grooming, and go to the bathroom in one place, all happens in the river.
But let’s not forget these people have livestock too. Now, where would one’s livestock go to bath and drink water? Their cows come there to bath too! We highly suggest that you refrain from going anywhere close to the river. It’s not a place for a clean swim, you will be blessed with nothing but a stomach virus at best! Or worse.
I’m sure you have all watched a horror movie or thriller, where the one girl is always stupid. She goes and walks straight into the face of danger and does exactly what she’s not supposed to do. Well, that girl would be me if I had to see this gorgeous waterfall! Located on Oregon’s, White River, the Celestial Falls are a class five rapid’s system known for their extreme nature.
Once a popular destination for extreme sports enthusiasts, the rapid’s at Celestial Falls are now legally off-limits to kayakers. But don’t worry, not all hope is lost in the world. You are still able to kayak farther upstream on class three rapids, which are more than enough if you enjoy a bit of thrill.
“Section Two,” is a part of the Lochsa River, in the State of Idaho. The course of the Lochsa River is 57 miles long starting at “Crooked Fork Creek,” and ending in “Lowell.” Within this course, you will find a total of 63 rapids to choose from that range from class three, all the way to the expert class five.
This river often overflows after rainstorms and becomes one 57-mile class five. So, unless you are very experienced in white water, stay far, far away. I know that it’s very exciting and extreme to take part in river rafting. But surely your life is important enough to not go and do these extreme sports under such bad conditions! We all still want you alive so please try avoiding such extreme conditions.
The “Upper Section” is located on the notorious Futaleufú River, in the nation of Chile. The Upper Section is an indescribable 14-mile stretch of class four rapids. You don’t just have to know how to wade in the water for this, but more so be in tip-top shape, to be able to keep your focus as you navigate through dangerous white water that can kill you at any moment.
Well, even though this attraction could be deadly, it looks so inviting! This honestly looks like a picture-perfect place! However, if you are a person that loves do thrilling stuff and you are attempting to go to this gorgeous place, make sure that you discuss the options, risks, and information you need to know before agoing. I do think that you can go to this waterfall but with a rescue guide. Be safe!
Whirlpool Rapids Gorge
The Whirlpool Rapids is part of the American side of the Niagara River, in New York. The deadly exploratory class five rapids are currently off-limits to paddlers. The rapids are intense and can reach speeds of more than 20 mph, and that’s on a good day! (Oh, and friends, I emphasize, that’s on a good day!)
We don’t want to imagine the possibilities of all the things that could go wrong if the weather was a bit off or if they suddenly started experience the more extreme conditions while in the water. There was an attempt to commercialize the location in the 1970s but too many tourists died on them, and it was subsequently closed with no further notice since.
Section 4 is the most dangerous part of the Chattooga River between Georgia and South Carolina. More legends exist about Five Falls of the Chattooga than almost any other set of rapids, and despite its seeming less appearance, many lives have been lost in section four.
Section 4 of the Chattooga River is possibly one of the most known rapids, also, one of the most dangerous rapids around. As American Whitewater said, “more legends exist about Five Falls of the Chattooga than almost any other set of rapids.” This river is one of the most difficult sections that’s being commercially-run. Unfortunately, it has taken a lot of lives. Be safe, sometimes the thrill is just not worth it.
Epic falls, and tight canyons are a trademark of this incredible stretch of water located in the Squamish Valley, in British Columbia, Canada. Although it has been done before, it is very ill-advised to try and conquer the narrow white waters in this valley of death, especially considering there is a 40-foot drop along the way.
Look, it doesn’t matter where you come from in the world, one of the best things to do over our summers is to sunbathe and swim, either on gorgeous beaches or next to the poolside. However, some of the greatest places to sunbathe are actually habitats to some extremely dangerous and scary animals. Of course, we don’t necessarily think of the dangers out there. This valley inhabits Bobcats, coyotes, black bears, grizzly bears, wolves, and elk.
Kilauea Beach in Hawaii
Nothing epitomizes the saying “Looks can be deceiving” more than this beach in Hawaii. It’s located on the Northside 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 to 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, it 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 different kinds 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 seawater.
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 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
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 adds 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. This 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 infested 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 a 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!