When you’re on vacation near the coast, or if you’re lucky enough to live close to the sea, there’s nothing better than finding a nice spot to relax at a local cove. However, there are stretches of sand that you should probably avoid for your own safety. So on that note, we’ve compiled a list detailing 20 of the most hazardous beaches on the planet. What you learn here could prompt a change in holiday plans.
Fraser Island, Australia
Located roughly 500km north of Brisbane off the coast of Queensland, Australia, Fraser Island holds the distinction of being the “largest sand island” on Earth. But it’s also earned an ominous nickname down the years thanks to the numerous perils visitors stumble across. Indeed, Escape.com.au dubbed it Danger Island, with the wildlife posing a real threat.
Yet even if the tourists don't fall foul of jellyfish and dingoes, they can’t forget about the terrain either. As emergency worker Rod Macdonald told website Escape in August 2014, “It’s young people, it’s the young adventurous. They’ll run down sand dunes, fall, break bones, dislocate shoulders, sprains, strains. People treat Fraser Island like an adventure playground. I’ve seen firsthand what can go wrong.”
Réunion Island, Indian Ocean
If you’re a keen surfer, you’ve no doubt heard of Réunion Island. This picturesque location, which can be found in the Indian Ocean, boasts beautiful stretches of sand and enticing water conditions. However, as per British newspaper The Daily Telegraph, the holiday destination is referred to as the “world’s most deadly island” too.
This is due to a steep climb in the number of people being bitten by sharks in the last few years. Incredibly, from 2011 onwards, more than 20 incidents have been recorded on Réunion Island. And according to the MSN website, eight of those people went on to lose their lives. As a result of that, the site noted that there’s been a significant drop in visitors.