The coasts of the oceans and seas are one of the most beautiful places on the planet. Spectacular cliffs and fjords, archipelagos and coral reefs, waves and beaches: the collision of water and land can be very, very beautiful. Budapest tour guides advised visiting these places.
Here are some of the most spectacular coasts in the world I have ever seen.
The word fjord comes from the Norwegian language – and nothing strange. Almost the entire coast of Norway – fjords, long and winding bays. The kind that you could look at from the high surrounding mountains, that there are wide rivers because no open sea is visible.
One of the Norwegian fjords
The more the fjord is carved into the mainland, the higher its shores – some seem simply miraculously steep. From the mountains, as the snow melts from the peaks, a lot of waterfalls and waterfalls flow into the fjords.
The waterfall flows into the Norwegian fjord (across the road)
Being so long, fjords “cut off” roads. As a result, ferries are particularly popular in Norway. Nowadays, it is true that tunnels of impressive length have been built under some fjords. But sailing through the fjord is definitely one of the truly Norwegian experiences. Only from there can you see both amazing shores equally well.
The fjords are of all kinds: from long and high in central Norway too much milder in the north. Surrounded by wooden towns. Some single farms are difficult to reach outside by boat.
The city of Tromsø, standing on a fjord island, in the very north of Norway. The photo was taken at midnight in summer, but even then the sun shines in the north (polar day).
Location: Marshall Islands
Through the plane’s porthole, Majuro looked like a corner of paradise. A narrow 40-kilometer-long horseshoe emerging from the Pacific blue. It is a coral reef that has grown over many centuries as these marine animals continue to cling to the dead bodies of their ancestors and thus rise up generation after generation.
There are no arrows, road signs, or traffic lights in the Major. For whom, when there is only one road, and we are occasionally splashed by waves – like the runway of an airport. Because the whole island is only one long coast. It was so narrow that there was no room to build anything further into the ocean.
Maduro from the plane. Visible shallows – corals
Majuro is a real fringe of the world, unspoiled by tourists. Only 9,000 of them visit the Marshall Islands each year. Here I could still feel like a pioneer of tourism before the war. I didn’t even find travel books about the Marshall Islands in a giant US bookstore, and the only tourist information was printed on green A4 sheets at the hotel reception.
But even the curiosities described there cannot be shown by the locals. And when they went to visit the “place of interest” copra factory, the locals were very surprised that it was interesting for someone (and did not take any money for a personal tour).
View of the lagoon from the hotel gazebos in the evening
Everything is surrounded by palm trees, nature. The boat roar across the lagoon (inside the horseshoe), at one end of the island, is Laura Beach. Standing on the seabed there is extremely difficult because a powerful current constantly carries you to the north. Palm branches and debris float downstream…
The Marshall Islands are not an ecological paradise, not a candy for tourists. It is most likely a state in the middle of the ocean, where people would not be able to imagine life without the coast: they see it almost anywhere in their homeland.
Location: Queensland, Australia
The Great Barrier Reef is a “coral jungle”, showing an endless series of islands stretching over 1,000 kilometers parallel to Australia’s east coast. Almost every village on the whole coast is a resort, from which nature lovers, who have paid a lot of money towards the reef every day, go.
We took part in a classic “day cruise”, in which you go sailing Whitsundays to the reef over the course of a day. In the morning we were sailed to a private pontoon – all the reef travel agencies have them. There offers tubing, glass-bottomed boats, lunch, and an underwater observation deck. Also excursions to the island nearest to the pontoon – for us it was Lady Musgrave. The temperature of the ocean was higher than it has ever been on the Lithuanian coast (what is +23), but it was often too cool for Australians to swim only with tight – they rented waterproof suits.
Cruise ship at the pontoon. This cruise departs from the town in 1770 (named Cook’s Disembarkation Date), but almost every seaside town in central and northern Queensland has its own cruises and ‘its’ island, stretching 50-100 km deep into the vast surrounding ocean.
Underwater is a whole ecosystem. Colorful corals poisoning each other with chemicals. The fish petrify, new ones grow on them, and fish and turtles breed in the gaps. The waves crash at the edges of the reef without entering a quiet lagoon – but each blow of them breaks pieces of coral somewhere.
The remains are carried to the island, where all the sand is the dust of dead corals, and the land is also bird droppings (guano) and their rotten bodies (we didn’t see them in winter, but in summer, the picture is sad). Because the birds here are killed by the trees sticking together with their wings – this is how they get more fertile land.
Excursion to Lady Musgrave Island sailed from the pontoon in a small boat
The Rocks of the Twelve Apostles are the highlight of the Great Ocean Road, the most famous stretch of the Victorian coast.
Australia marks its shores. The entire documentary series Coast Australia is dedicated to its greatness. But even on that continent, little would equate to the Great Ocean Road. 243 km, it meanders along the rocky shores of the ocean, through resorts, wild beaches loved by surfers, through lighthouses that invite months of voyages to the port of Melbourne, tired of settlers and gold diggers.
The Great Ocean Road from Teddy’s Lookout observation deck in Lorne resort
The road was paved by returning World War I veterans and funded by charities to provide trenches for exhausted soldiers – hence the “largest war memorial in the world.” Construction by hand required a titanic effort, but for us accustomed to the 21st century. engineering wonders, that’s harder to appreciate.
On the other hand, nature here equally shocked both 19th century and today’s tourists. The waves crashing the 50 m high steep cliffs sink into the strangest formations to which ingenious people give inventive names. Also when you ship parcels don’t forget correct packing. The most famous are the Twelve Apostles, until 1922. to call it “Pig with Pigs” until tourism developers thought the religious name Australian would appeal more.
There have never been twelve of these rocks erupting from the ocean, moreover, every few decades, one or the other, shattered by the blows of the ocean, shrinks down.
Hammocks in the shade of trees overlooking the sea
Chirali has always been a very cozy place for me, reminiscent of something. Only later did I realize that it reminds me of other garden communities, where people grow fruit trees and where there is plenty of greenery, and instead of plots there are not wooden garden houses, but cozy restaurants and shops of craftsmen and authentic souvenirs.
There are only a few streets where it is quiet not to hear the crackling hotel “evening programs” or the big tourist hustle and bustle. Of course, there are no giant hotels, and the rest is offered in small villas or bungalows in bungalows, surrounded by lush gardens, next to the sea.
Olympus Beach and Sea Turtles
River, mountain, sea…
We drove to this village not only to forget its streets but to relax on the beach here, whose landscape takes away its promise. At the end of the beach stands the forested Mount Olympus, forming a bay in the sea and gently merging with it.
Who could better confirm the authenticity of this place, if not the fact that it is also loved by local hippies, whose culture blends perfectly with the atmosphere of this village?
But be careful when walking around the beach and gazing at the beauty of the surrounding nature! At night on the beach sand, the big sea turtles Caretta bury their eggs here and the little turtles hatch, starting their first life journey on the sand. At night, in general, walking around the beach is forbidden so that people do not disturb the peace of the turtles.
Warning about turtle eggs and a ban on hunting animals
I swear, writing this text, I was on the beach of Olympus 3 days ago and this time I had the opportunity to see with my own eyes a turtle, which unfortunately I did not see anyway.
Mudging around and sipping into the ruins of an ancient city, which I’ll tell you about soon, I walk away from the beach. After photographing beautiful sarcophagi and other historical relics, I returned satisfied. Oh, that I knew what I was missing out on!
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