World's 5 Strangely Multi Colored Beaches

Unless you're lucky enough to have visited
some of the unique shorelines below you'll probably be used
to seeing - at best - golden beaches on your travels. In fact
a lot of people believe golden sands to be the only option when
it comes to beaches. To prove otherwise, and to show off a
few of the world's most uniquely coloured stretches of sand,
we present the following selection....

Punalu'u Beach

5 Strangely Multi Colored Beaches

Punalu'u Beach is the most visited of the few black
sand beaches on Hawaii 's Big Island and the stunningly black
sand is actually volcanic rock, deposited as lava and subsequently
cooled when met by the ocean. Apparently to take any of the
sand home would result in you being cursed by a volcano goddess
by the name of Pele.

Papakolea Beach

5 Strangely Multi Colored Beaches

One of only 2 green sand beaches in the world, the
truly magnificent sight of Papakolea Beach can be experienced
by travelling to Hawaii 's Ka'u district. Again, the unique colour
of its sand can be attributed to volcanic activity - specifically,
the green hue belongs to the abundance of olivine crystals which
have been produced as a result of a nearby cinder cone erupting
and eroding.

See the beach on Google Maps.

Hyams Beach

5 Strangely Multi Colored Beaches

You may need to wear your shades when visiting Hyams
Beach in New South Wales , Australia , but not just due to the sun.
It's not surprising after looking at photos but this sublime stretch of
beach is home to the whitest sand in the world, an honour awarded
by the Guinness Book of R eco rds.

Pfeiffer Beach

5 Strangely Multi Colored Beaches

The hills surrounding Pfeiffer Beach in Big Sur , California ,
are rich in Manganese Garnet. A result of this being washed down
onto the beach is the colour scheme you can see above - the entire
stretch of sand has b eco me a shifting, pink and purple canvas.
Although it's probably inedible, I can't help picturing a bowl of
Raspberry Ripple ice-cream every time I see it.


5 Strangely Multi Colored Beaches

You won't find many beaches elsewhere in the world with
sand as red as this one. Kaihalulu, or Red Sand Beach , is situated
on the island of Maui and can thank the neighbouring cindercone
hill for its intensely deep red appearance.