Powder-like white sand that slips through your fingers, shining sea that blinks you on the turquoise water and the vast green lands that completes this scenery. You walk into this clear water, meet each hues of the blue and swim with the fish while the sun watches you with proud. We think heaven is something like that, isn’t it? Fasten your seat belt and let’s take a tour with me to the heavens on earth!
1. Moorea – French Polynesia, France
Located 17 km away from Tahiti, Moorea Island’s shape resembles like a heart because of the two symmetrical bays. Let alone the beauty of the sea and the nature surrounding, the view from the mountains will make you believe that this island is reserved for gods.
2. Oludeniz - Fethiye, Turkey
Oludeniz is one of the most popular bays not only in Turkey, but also in the world. Thanks to its calm water and its national nature reserve lagoon, it was rewarded as the most beautiful beach in the world. Oludeniz, which means Dead Sea in Turkish, describes this calmness of the water. It is situated at the conjunction point where Aegean and Mediterranean Seas meet. So Oludeniz promises you every hue of the blue and green of these two seas!
3. Galápagos – Ecuador, Pacific Ocean
The Gálapagos Islands are both a national park and a marine reserve thanks to its biological richness. Located in the Pacific Ocean, Ecuador, these picturesque islands are also known for the endemic species. One more important thing to mention is that Charles Darwin’s observations on these islands contributed to his theory of evolution.
4. Maya Bay – Phi Phi Island, Thailand
Maya Bay has become more and more reputable since The Beach was filmed here. It is surrounded by high cliffs which makes the bay sheltered and the silky beaches, underwater richness and the exceptional clear water will make you believe than heaven is alive!
5. Zakynthos – Greece
Zakynthos Island in Greece will make you rub your eyes to believe that what you see is real. Swimming at the sandy beaches accompanied by sea turtles, scuba diving or a sailboat trip will help you recognize that this is not an oasis.
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6. Grace Bay - Providenciales on Turks and Caicos Islands
Highly developed for tourism, Grace Bay is one of the most attractive tourist destinations in the world. Coral reef and a rich aquatic life adds much up to the perfect nature in this bay and makes it one of the most desirable places to be discovered.
7. Wineglass Bay – Tasmania, Australia
Becoming more and more popular especially among the honeymoon couples, Wineglass Bay is considered as one of the best beaches in the world. The perfect curve of white sand, crystal-like blue water and the limitless activities make you understand that Wineglass Bay deserves to be mentioned as the best.
8. Lovrecina Bay – Brac, Croatia
Lovrecina Bay is one of the several beaches on Brac Island that will make you swear that you are in heaven. Boasting not being ruined still, this bay will impress you with both with the color of the water and its peace that surrounds you.
9. Kaputas Beach – Antalya, Turkey
Sheltered between the two mountains, this hidden paradise will succeed to enchant you at first sight. Discover each hues of blue and play with the waves. Or, just listen to them as the sweet breeze cover your body.
10. Varadero – Cuba
Another destination which will make you realize that the nature was generous is Varadero in Cuba. Located 150 km away from Havana, Varadero is a land that goes through the sea and approximately 2 kilometers long.
11. Myrtos Beach – Kefalonia Island, Greece
Considered as “one of the most dramatic beaches in Greece” Myrtos lies between the two mountains. As you can remember this beauty from the mine explosion scene from Captain Corelli’s Mandolin, it is now your turn to be entranced by this miracle of the nature.
12. Pemba Island – Tanzania
One of the best diving spots in the world, Pemba Island is a treasure both for nature and activities. You can have the famous mud bath, enjoy water sports and be alone with nature. Pemba Island is a hidden paradise that will take you away from the mediocrity of daily life.
13. Los Roques – Venezuela
Being a National Park, Los Rogues is a chain of island that nature behaved generously. Boat trips to fall in love with the beauty of the turquoise water, swimming with the colorful fishes and being alone with the peace are among the things that you can enjoy in Los Roques.
14. Gocek – Mugla, Turkey
Located in one of most privileged point of Aegean Sea, Gocek is the favorite destination of the yachtsmen from all over the world. The unique water with its amazing turquoise color and the rich flora and fauna makes Gocek indispensable for all kinds of tourists who seek for pure nature.
15. Whitehaven, Whitsunday Island
As you can understand from its name, Whitehaven Beach is famous for its white sands. This bright color of the sands comes from the pure silica that is in the sand. The magical sand also doesn't keep the heat so you can just lie down on the sands!
16. Aitutaki – Cook Islands
Having a breathtaking beauty, Aitutaki will make you feel as if you are in a postcard. On one hand, less population will make you content and on the other hand the various touristic activites and the perfect nature will make you forget about where your home is.