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These Are The Top 20 Dangerous Beaches In The World

Going to the beach is the most popular getaway plan. Nothing says fun like sun, sand, group of friends and catch-n-fetch, right? However, choosing the right beach, next to a home or overseas is the top crucial thing, because you don’t want your day to go from the-best-day-ever to what-the-hell-just-happened.

Every beach is unique and each one of them has its own rules and interesting places. Also, every single beach in the world has its dangerous traits. Hidden caves, strong currents, sharks and jellyfish are just a few of the threats lurking at the worlds most popular beaches. Choose a good beach near the home and safe one overseas. Take a tour around the world to discover the most dangerous beaches so far.

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1. Reunion Island – France

Reunion Island is located on the east side of Madagascar. This tropical island is known for its many benefits for surfers. However, the area is also home for sharks, making attacks toward humans often. An increased number of shark attacks has resulted in eight deaths so far.

Twenty shark attacks happened since 2011. One of the most known attacks was an attack on a 13-year-old boy who succumbed to injuries. The most recent shark attack, that resulted in taking the life of a surfer, was in February 2017.

2. Fraser Island – Australia

This ecotourism destination is set just off the coast of Queensland and it’s rich in water, wilderness, and real dangers. Fraser Island is known for regular dingo attacks, spinal injuries, and deadly jellyfish.

Plentiful sharks, strong and rough waves together with venomous jellyfish make swimming hazardous. Add to that numerous dingo who may attack unprovoked and you’ll have a full list of real dangers. Enjoy Danger Island.

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3. Gansbaai – South Africa

Gansbaai is Cape Town’s beach that is closest to well known Shark Alley. Alley got its reputation thanks to numerous Great White Sharks that circle Islands 24/7 and swim through the narrow channel between them.

The Great White Sharks are drawn to this area by the 60,000 colonies of Cape Fur Seals on Geyser Rock. Because of this high concentration of the sharks this area is perfect for cage-diving and every thrill-seeking tourists.

4. Praia da Boa Viagem – Recife, Brazil

Recife is known for its beaches and often shark attacks. Since 1992, in Recife, at least 56 people were killed by sharks. This area is known as the area with the highest fatality rate in the world, not less than 37 percent.

The number of sharks is so high, thanks to a migration route that’s a half mile off the coast, that lifeguards train in a pool, and avoid sea until the moment is critical.

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5. Darwin – Australia

Not all beaches in Darwin are suitable for swimming, or even a visit, especially at certain times of the year. You should be wary of venomous box jellyfish, and even crocodiles all year long. Of course, there are sharks as well.

Because of a large concentration of crocodiles, beaches are protected by traps and rangers. Generally speaking, it’s best to stick to patrolled beaches and advice from lifeguards.

6. New Smyrna Beach – Florida, USA

This Orlando-area beach has the largest number of shark attacks in the world. Nearly 240 shark attack happened since 2013.

Most of the attack was not fatal, as the sharks in this area are a black-tip reef. This species is known as being small. However, it’s still probably wise to stay out of the water.

7. Girgaum Chowpatty Beach – Mumbai, India

One of the biggest problems in Mumbai is untreated sewage. Due to this problem, the coastal waters of Mumbai are awfully polluted as the sewage is discharged into the ocean.

Mumbai’s Girgaum Chowpatty is one of the world’s most-polluted beaches in the world, with extremely high concentrations of fecal coliform bacteria in the water and sand. The problem is not improving.

8. Copacabana Beach – Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Tons of tourists lure each year to famous beaches of Rio, without even knowing how dangerous they actually are. Hazards that awaits you there are seen in high levels of bacteria in water and sand, and frequent petty crime.

While you are enjoying your cocktail on the sand, bear in mind that if you ingest just three teaspoons of water you may get a virus. Furthermore, don’t leave anything valuable, specifically your phone, unattended. Even better, leave them at home, just in case.

9. Bikini Atoll – U.S. Marshall Islands

This area bears a deadly history. Nuclear weapons were tested by the U.S. Army in a period of years, from 1946 to 1958. All of its 23 islands and islets contain some level of radiation.

The ground is still too contaminated to be inhabited permanently, anything that’s grown locally is unsafe to eat and tourism is quite limited. Although, the area is extremely popular withing wreck divers community.

10. The Red Triangle – California, USA

A place where 38 percent of all great white shark attacks happen in the States, is known as The Red Triangle. The coastline from Bodega Bay in the north to the Big Sur in the south is infamous for common shark attacks.

Opposite to the common belief, sharks are not attracted to this area for the beach-goers and surfers, but due to a rich population of mammals like harbor seals, sea lions, sea otters, and elephant seals. Therefore, sharks are constantly on the hunt in this area.

11. Kilauea – Hawaii, USA

Hawaii is well known for its splendid beaches and nice weather. However, its less known by active Kilaeua volcano. The volcano has been active since 1983, and 6/5-mile lava flow spills into the ocean, leading to boiling water and steam.

Although the sight is breathtaking, scientists warn to be careful as the steam vents can spurt hot lava jets and toss rocks.
Rocks can be tossed the great distance and you don’t want to be near it.

12. Playa Zipolite – Mexico

Playa Zipolite is the first choice when you want to spend some time on a beautiful and isolated beach. However, this hippie beach has strong currents that have led to many drownings.

This beach, including a nude bathing area, introduced a volunteer lifeguard force since 1995 in order to improve the safety of the swimmers. Therefore, the whole area is marked with flags to indicate danger to swimmers.

13. Staithes – UK

Staithes is known for its failure to meet European water-quality standards. This North Sea beach based in Yorkshire is one of the continent’s most-polluted beaches due to sewage drop.

The local government announced a plan to tackle the pollution problem and improve coastline quality overall in 2010. Beach is still without lifeguards and currently anything but paddling is recommended, on your own responsibility, of course.

14. Cape Tribulation – Queensland, Australia

This part of heaven is home to venomous snakes, stinging trees, poisonous box jellyfish and even crocodiles. This beach has it all, so it’s not advised to visit it without a local guide. Following all the instructions is a must.

Moreover, a number of possible dangerous encounters doesn’t end with crocodiles, but birds. Birds called cassowaries that look like ostriches or emus are numerous, and they can grow over 160 pounds. Furthermore, they can be extremely aggressive once provoked.

15. Hanakapiai Beach – Kauai, Hawaii, USA

Hanakapiai Beach is one of the most dangerous places in the world to swim. Rip currents and high surf are extremely powerful and you shouldn’t try your luck of jumping in these water unless you’re a professional swimmer. Even then you should think twice since Hanakapiai Beach took 29 lives since 1970 by drowning.

Resist your urge to jump into the sea and cool down after a long hike on this beach. Avoid this powerful waters and reefs and enjoy the beautiful scenery in the first place.

16. Amazon Basin – Brazil

Amazon River is one of the most popular ecotourism destinations. This mighty river may seem so powerful that you would just want to jump and take a dip. But, resist the urge unless you want to encounter fish with teeth.

Piranhas are a real danger is these waters, followed up with electric eels, and anaconda snakes that may be long a few meters. Candiru, a parasitic catfish, can see you as a vessel, as it can invade the human body through any opening available.

17. Cairns – Australia

With so many diversity along the continent no wonder why Australia is seen so often on this list. Cairns, beach that is located in north Queensland is a real stinger field. Between November and June stinger season is active and jellyfish are everywhere.

Various stings rule this area, including Irukandji jellyfish and Chironex fleckeri jellyfish. Chironex is also known as the hand of death and it can be fatal to humans.

18. Utakleiv Beach – Norway

This rocky beach is close to the Lofoten Islands, close to the Arctic Circle, meaning that the water is significantly cold. The average temperature is between 8 and 18 degrees Celsius, which is enough to induce hypothermia.

Visiting in June or November would be the same – cold with possible hypothermia. However, if you are up for romantic rocky beach you can visit it for some great Northern Lights.

19. Acapulco – Mexico

Just the sound of word Acapulco, probably makes you think first on beautiful beaches, stunning scenery, beachfront hotels and, restaurants. What comes second in mind is the fact that this area is globally known as Mexico’s murder capital.

The violence that rules the city is a decades-long result of clashes between warring drug cartels. That violence includes carjacking, numerous robberies and high rate of homicides.

20. Mindanao Island – Philippines

Southern Philippines is all about sandy and clean beaches, followed with transparent water which makes it perfect for snorkeling. However, in recent years, the Philippines, especially the island of Mindanao, has been struggling because of rising terrorist actions.

The area is deeply affected by a war between Muslim militants and government troops, while the kidnapping of foreigners is not rare.

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  • Michael

    Now I have to check what would my Basenji do if he meets Dingo in Australia.

  • gibsononeworld

    Well, I guess that I can scratch Gansbaai from my list…

  • Ted

    Some of these really look like places from paradise. Thank god I don’t have money to visit them either way

  • Samantha

    Oh God! I’m going to Australia soon, and I’m quite freaked out. Don’t really want any sharks close by.

  • Shirley

    I was stung by a jellyfish and now I’m so careful when choosing a beach to go to. Do your research before going anywhere!

  • mark90_shark

    some of these aren’t dangerous at all

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