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Authored by Sidrah Ahmad 

We’ve all seen the images; what was once a pristine coastline, with sugary white sand, dazzling waters, and swaying palms, now littered beyond recognition.

From Hawaii’s Kamilo Beach, to Kuta Beach in Bali, and El Gringo Beach which has been nicknamed the “Dominican Chernobyl”, irresponsible human behavior has turned some of the world’s most beautiful beaches into trash heaps.

If we don’t act soon to curb single-use plastics, we are in danger of losing our coastlines beneath a sea of waste. So Waterlogic has put together the following list of the world’s most idyllic and unspoiled beaches to showcase what we are putting at risk.

Whether you’re visiting for their turquoise waters, bleached-white sand, or mesmerizing marine life, each spot deserves protection. Read on to learn about five remarkably untouched destinations.

And, when you visit, please keep them that way. 

Pollution-Free Beaches Around The World

Fast Facts About the Problem

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Humanity has produced nearly 9 billion metric tons of plastic since 1950. Most of it is still in existence today, with single-use plastic the scourge of the ocean.

The World Economic Forum reports almost 8 million tons enter our waters every year. The above facts lead to one shocking revelation: by 2050, the sea may contain more plastic than fish.

We already see the effects first-hand as Europe’s beaches contend with deceased sperm whales poisoned by ingesting 64-pounds of plastic washed up on the shoreline. But it’s not only the marine life that’s suffering. Many famous coastal destinations can no longer withstand the strain of excessive tourism.

Maya Bay is a prime example. The picturesque Thai-escape brought to fame by Hollywood blockbuster ‘The Beach’ recently announced its temporary closure due to over-use destroying the local ecology.

Bali’s infamous Kuta coastline has since fallen prey to seas of waste washing up on the shoreline. However, beauty remains; and you can read on to discover some of the world’s best five, untouched, beach hotspots.

#1 Aitutaki, The Cook Islands

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If it’s a Robinson Crusoe-like getaway you seek, look no further than The Cook Islands (a nation of 15 islands in the South Pacific, which politically belongs to New Zealand).

Reams of hidden island retreats and secretive archipelagos dance among crystalline waters, while deserted shores shroud the famously-turquoise lagoon of Aitutaki. Only here can you swim alone amongst all manner of tropical fish in what is a private, yet vast, lake.

It is like stepping into an Instagram post given the vividness of the surrounds. So, it is little wonder the island features on many must-visit lists – and yet, it remains peacefully undisturbed.

Image: Julius Silver [CC BY-SA 4.0] via Wikimedia Commons

#2 Bazaruto Archipelago, Mozambique

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Africa is spoiled when it comes to removed tropical hideaways, and if you ever dreamed of dining on a private island, look no further than Bazaruto.

Expect no trace of life aside from what you spot in the ocean, as the archipelago abounds with spits of sand inviting you in over shallow, azure seas.

Accessible only by boat, there is zero chance of anything but pristine beauty, as the population takes great care to preserve the majesty of what the earth has bestowed upon them – these are the heights of conservation to which all other communities must aim.

#3 Champagne Beach, Dominica

Untamed splendor is more than just a white-sanded sanctuary. While the Caribbean is renowned for its paradisiacal islets, few have yet ventured onto the hidden jewel that is Dominica.

Referred to as ‘The Nature Island,’ it must feature among the most biodiverse regions on the planet. Slip from the verdant jungle into crystal-clear waters with little to interrupt the peace but the buzz of the vibrant backdrop.

For an otherworldly experience, discover the rocky enclave of Champagne Beach: notorious for its effervescent waters, snorkelers drift amidst volcanic springs as jets of boiling water bubble and burst to create the largest hot spring one could possibly imagine.

#4 Lucky Bay, Western Australia

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There are few places in the world you can wake up opposite the sparkling Indian Ocean neighbored by a kangaroo, but when camping on the hypnotic Lucky Bay in Cape Le Grand National Park, this dream becomes a reality.

The far reaches of this enormous country are not so easily accessed, making for endless stretches of untrodden sands to enjoy in solitude; or with the local wildlife on luckier days.

Such a paradise takes determination to discover but is more than worth the journey when finally reached.

#5 Cumberland Island, Georgia, USA

A little-explored offering in the Depths of Georgia state, the 17.5 miles of Cumberland Island’s coastline offers ample scope for exploration.

Cross marsh, mud flats, and tidal creeks, only to arrive on stretches of white sand inhabited only by wild horses, ancient sea turtles, armadillos and all manner of historical artifacts.

There is a real sense of wilderness when trekking unexplored backwaters and, while there are amenities in the local area, venture just a few kilometers to camp at the end of mostly unmapped trails.

It’s Time To Protect Unspoiled Lands

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If you take nothing else from this article, remember one thing: our natural habitats can only withstand so much – we must each act to rid the world of plastic pollution.

The EU has proposed significant steps to remove the most damaging single-use items – cotton buds, straws, and disposable cutlery – from circulation; while, several multi-nationals are coming under pressure to implement plastic controls of their own.

However, such is our day-to-day reliance on plastic, it will take more than legislation to rid the world of this toxic waste. We must each modify our behavior and ask others to do the same if we are to see a genuine shift towards more sustainable lifestyles and preserve the idyll of our planet.

Why not switch to environmentally friendly practices and help ease the strain on holiday destinations across the globe?

Top Tips For Environmentally Friendly Travel

1. Avoid renting a car and explore the local sights via buses, trains, bikes and even on foot!

2. Recycle newspapers and magazines that you take or pick up there.

3. Reduce the number of single-use items such as napkins and cutlery (save and reuse the ones you have!).

4. Remember to act in your accommodation as you would at home – avoid requesting new towels 5. when unnecessary, keep showers short and limit energy usage.

6. Always take your litter with you and dispose of it correctly – nobody likes a litter bug!

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Sidrah Ahmad is Waterlogic’s chief wordsmith helping spread the message about the importance of water conservation. Waterlogic, an international provider of office water dispensers, are working to illustrate the devastating effect the human population is having on some of our most prized destinations.

We live on a beautiful planet but it is becoming increasingly under threat, whether from plastic-pollution spoiling untrodden utopias or extreme water wastage putting excessive strain on natural habitats. Waterlogic has taken on the challenge of raising awareness of the potential catastrophe, hoping to affect change before it’s too late.

 

    6 Comments

  1. Bazaruto is a really great city. Must surely visit anyone. Thanks.

    • Totally agree – so glad to hear you enjoyed your time in Mozambique :)

  2. You are right: We must act! however it is really a big problem coming from the industry.It is the start of the disaster ; how can we fight against this- I think we can’t! Normaly rules and measures from the politics all over the world should be taken! I am becoming very pessimistic. We are in the Mediterranean and it becomes a disaster. It’s so sad because when you see such paradise like your pictures we are not anymore certain to find them like these!

    • I think the regulation of tourism is starting to become the solution – states and countries regulating the number of tourists who are allowed in at any one time, and charging higher prices on the experience so that the profit can go towards preservation and management to keep environments pristine :)

      That, in my opinion, is the only way forward for saving our beautiful environments. It really is so sad to see these places disappear under a pile of plastic waste; it’s so easy to become pessimistic, but we have to keep fighting for our political parties to act, and keep spreading awareness so individuals can make responsible choices and change the world that way.

      Thanks for reading and sharing your thoughts :)

  3. I get angry at people who don’t know how to use a simple trash can and not litter everywhere they go. Our nature is fragile, and we need to keep it safe for future generations!

    • Me too – it’s so easy to do the right thing, so it’s quite infuriating when people are so lazy that they just drop their litter anywhere. If every individual took personal responsibility for their trash and their actions, we wouldn’t have a global problem.

      Thanks for reading :)

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