11 Most DANGEROUS Beaches Ever!

11 Most Dangerous Beaches Ever 11. Hanakapiai Beach, Hawaii
Located on the Hawaiian island of Kauai’s scenic Na Pali Coast, Hanakapiai Beach is
often sought out by visiting hikers and surfers due to its remoteness. There are no roads that lead directly to the
secluded shore. While that makes it ideal for sightseeing
and suntanning away from the commotion of more commercial beaches, Hanakapiai bears
a darker distinction – almost a hundred people have drowned as a result of the powerful rip
currents there. Even in shallow water, the tide can pull swimmers
out with no hope of returning to the shore. And while rip currents are a common hazard
at many other beaches, Hanakapiai is so isolated that ensnared swimmers have little hope of
being rescued; the closest neighboring beach is six miles away. 10. New Smyrna Beach, Florida
There have been more incidents of shark attacks per square mile on or near this beach than
any other in the world. New Smyrna has become the real life equivalent
to Amity Island from the movie Jaws – a family-friendly vacation getaway plagued by one of the ocean’s
most dangerous predators. While no fatalities have been recorded, there
have been 238 attacks at New Smyrna since 1882. Experts believe the bull sharks prowling the
waters there do so in search of baitfish, a large number of which inhabit that particular
section of the Florida coastline. With the added variable of thousands of surfers,
swimmers and fishermen flocking to the water every year, it’s no wonder New Smyrna Beach
has earned the unwanted classification of being the “Shark Bite Capital of the World.” 9. Shenzhen, China
While nature poses many dangers to human beings, human beings themselves are sometimes the
gravest threat to one another in a natural environment. This is particularly true when beaches become
so crowded that movement in both the water and on land is constricted. The city of Shenzhen, China has a widely favored,
go-to beach among locals and tourists, especially when the heat becomes unbearable. But due to the high volume of visitors during
the warmest seasons, the beach has become known all too well for being accident-prone. The issues with overcrowding have led to numerous
drownings, especially among children, attributed to the inability of lifeguards and parents
to see past the crowd into the water. Theft and assault are also escalating problems
on the beach, as many assailants find it easy to disappear into the masses after committing
serious crimes. 8. Heard Island, Antarctica
Though it is officially designated as an Australian territory, Heard Island is located so close
to Antarctica that is more frequently associated with the latter continent. This is understandable given that Heard Island
is considered uninhabitable due to its sub-zero temperatures. It’s also the home of Big Ben, an active
volcano. As a result of the remarkable waves that crash
the shoreline, Heard Island has become a favorite destination among extreme surfers, many of
whom can’t resist the excitement that comes with the island’s isolation and environmental
obstacles. A surfer who gets knocked off their board
too many times is almost certain to suffer hypothermia. This, along with any other illness or injury,
would be hard to treat since Heard Island is a two-week trip by boat from the nearest
sign of civilization on Australia’s southwestern coast. 7. Cape Tribulation, Australia
As if the name weren’t unwelcoming enough, the waters along many of the beaches of Cape
Tribulation, Australia, are swarming with box jellyfish, the most venomous sea creatures
known to man. Because their venom travels rapidly through
tissue to shut down the cardiovascular system, box jellyfish can cause swimmers to lose the
ability to stay afloat and drown within minutes of a physical encounter. And that’s just what the ocean has to offer. On land, visitors often have to ward off charging
cassowaries – temperamental flightless birds that are shorter than emus but just as fast. Then there are the dozens of species of venomous
snakes to worry about. Since 1883, Cape Tribulation’s perilous
forms of wildlife have caused the deaths of over 70 people. 6. The Black Sand Beaches of Kilauea, Hawaii
The eponymous volcano located beside Kilauea, Kauai, has been active since 1983. As a result, the surrounding beaches were
blackened by volcanic ash. The lava that spews into the ocean causes
the water temperature to rise above 110 degrees fahrenheit. But even these factors have failed to keep
curious visitors and scientists away. The biggest risk, even if one were to keep
away from boiling sea and sizzling rocks, comes in the high potential for Mount Kilauea
fully erupt. Because the sight is situated in the appropriately-named
Volcanoes National Park, it would be incredibly difficult to escape such an eruption due to
the beaches’ isolation from modern forms of transportation and communication. 5. The Beaches of the Amazon
South America’s Amazon River is far from an ideal body of water for swimming. Many of its most dangerous qualities also
affect the beaches that encrust it. While the central riverbed itself houses numerous
aquatic killers, even shallow wading can lead to confrontations with electric eels or piranhas. Beyond the water, beach dwellers are not safe
from the far reach and killer instincts of anacondas. Many travellers and explorers have underestimated
the natural menace that lurks throughout the Amazon. Former President Theodore Roosevelt almost
died there. Its beaches offer little solace from the multi-faced
menace that nature has to offer. 4. The Boiling Lake, Dominica
Trails leading to the steep slopes and rock-covered beaches of the famous Boiling Lake on the
small Caribbean island nation of Dominica are popular among adventurous tourists. Many visitors have even ventured so far as
to take a dip in the vapor-clouded, steaming pool, which is heated by volcanic soil and
is recognized as the world’s second largest hot spring. But as recently as November 2016, the Dominican
government has instructed people to stay away from the water, as its temperature can rise
to a boiling point rapidly and without warning. This was the result of seismic activity that
causes the lake to drain and then refill to its full water level in quick succession,
a sign to authorities that the earth is heating up. At its hottest, the center of the lake is
immeasurable, but its shore edges are capable of reaching 200 degrees fahrenheit. This makes a visitor just as susceptible to
burn-related injuries on land, as the heated rocks create an unexpected danger to bare
feet. 3. Schitovaya Bukhta, Russia
Located on the Vladivostok Peninsula, Schitovaya Bukhta, which translates to “Shield Bay,”
rests opposite a Russian naval base where several out-of-commission nuclear submarines
are situated. Because these vessels are docked in various
states of disrepair, radiation has leaked out into the surrounding waters. So despite the choice waves thrashing the
shores of Shield Bay, surfers take a huge risk by attempting to conquer the tides there. While the Russian government is characteristically
silent about the extent of the environmental impact related to the nuclear crisis, nearby
wildlife shows signs of mutations and deformities typical of habitats poisoned by radiation. 2. Southern Mindanao Islands, Philippines
This chain of islands in the Philippines is home to lush forests and warm beaches that
combine to form the definition of paradise. But the pleasurable qualities of the region
end with the scenery. For decades, the government of the Philippines
has been locked in varying states of conflict with the Moro Muslim rebel group. The intensity of the fighting even affected
the shooting of the film Apocalypse Now. Most recently, a terrorist attack committed
by splinter groups loyal to ISIS in the city of Marawi, which is located on Mindanao, led
President Rodrigo Duterte to declare a state of martial law for the region. Despite the breathtaking backdrop, the beaches
there are less than ideal for a summer retreat. 1. North Sentinel Island, Andaman Islands, India
The inhabitants of North Sentinel Island – located across the Bay of Bengal from the East Indian
Coast – have neither a connection to nor comprehension of modern society. Having never developed any form of agriculture,
the natives of the island, designated the “Sentinelese” by the Indian government,
are among the last hunter-gatherers on the planet. Despite sporadic attempts by explorers and
anthropologists to establish regular contact with the Sentinelese since the late 19th Century,
the islanders have made it clear they want to retain their isolation. When a Panamanian freighter wrecked on the
outer reef of the island, the Sentinelese responded with a barrage of arrows on the
stranded vessel, leaving the helpless crew terrified for a full week until they were
rescued by the Indian Coast Guard. After the 2004 Tsunami leveled entire cities
throughout the region, the government sent a patrol helicopter to survey the island and
see whether the Sentinelese had survived the disaster. The low-flying helicopter crew was also met
by arrows, proving at least a portion of the tribe’s members were still alive. Though that crew also survived the encounter,
a pair of fishermen who sailed too close to the island two years later were not as lucky,
losing their lives at the hands of the hostile tribesmen. Today, Indian authorities bar outsiders from
visiting the island, both to protect the Sentinelese from disease and to keep curious beach-dwellers

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