Chances are you may be more familiar with many of the world’s white sand beaches, which are all incredibly beautiful in their own unique way. However, it’s also no secret that all of these beaches are also incredibly basic and nothing really changes about them very much as time goes on. On the other hand, you may also not be aware that there are other types of beaches around the world that contain black sand and are equally as stunning as the world’s traditional white sand beaches, if not even more so.

Many of these black sand beaches were formed out of truly unique circumstances, and are also seen as extremely popular locations not just among tourists, but among locals in the area as well. They each also contain their own fun activities that you can partake in, though this depends on the location in which you plan to visit.

With that being said, here is a list of ten of the world’s greatest black sand beaches that are sure to really blow your mind for many different reasons.

10. Perissa Beach, Santorini, Greene

Perissa beach in Santorini

The black sand that adorns the shores of Perissa Beach contrasts extremely well with the nearby blue water and white houses, both of which have made Santorini an extremely popular travel location with many individuals around the world for many years. This particular beach is lined with numerous bars, and there are also multiple shaded palapas that you can sit under if you need to escape the sun for a little while. You can also catch a great view of the beautiful Mount Vouno in the distance as well.

9. Lovina Beach, Bali

Lovina Beach

The black sand on Lovina Beach actually comes from the cooled lava of Mt. Agung, which is located not far from the beach itself. This location is also surrounded by approximately seven fishing villages and is also a great spot for those who enjoy activities such as snorkeling and dolphin watching.

8. Muriwai Beach, New Zealand

Muriwai Beach

This particular beach is extremely famous among the birding community thanks in large part to the huge colony of gannets, which is a species that naturally calls this region of the world home. The beach itself, which measures approximately 40 miles in length, is also great for those who enjoy activities such as kiteboarding, horseback riding, and canoeing.

7. Punalu’u Beach, Hawaii

Punalu'u Beach

This beach, which was formed from the lava of the Mauna Loa volcano (which still remains active to this day), is home to many green seas turtles that enjoy laying out in the sun. The black sand is also so beautiful and popular that signs have been posted asking tourists to refrain from taking any of it with them as a souvenir of their trip there.


6. Black Sand Beach, Maui, Hawaii

Black Sand Beach, Maui

Also located in Hawaii, Black Sand Beach is located in Maui’s Waianapanapa State Park. It was originally formed when volcanic lava first shattered after it went into the nearby ocean. Measuring approximately half of a mile in length, some of the fantastic features of this beach include lava formations, ancient burial grounds and temples, and freshwater caves. This beach also holds the distinction of being named one of the most popular beaches throughout all of the United States of America, a distinction that Black Sand Beach received back in 2014.

5. Jokulsarlon Beach, Iceland

Jokulsarlon Beach

Considering the location of this beach, it should be a dead giveaway that you will not want to take the time to lay out for any kind of tanning or sunbathing unless you’d like to freeze! Surrounded by a slew of icebergs, this beach has the distinction of being featured in many famous Hollywood films, such as “Die Another Day,” “Batman Begins,” and “Lara Croft: Tomb Raider.”

4. Black Sands Beach, Shelter Cove, California

Black Sands Beach, Shelter Cove

This beautiful beach is completely surrounded by the NorCal mountains and redwoods, and the black sand came about thanks in large part to many years of erosion from the nearby cliffs. Perhaps one of the most interesting aspects of this general area is that many people claim that they have spotted the infamous Bigfoot monster in the nearby forests around the beach.

3. Miho no Matsubara, Shizuoka, Japan

Miho no Matsubara, Shizuoka

This four-mile beach is lined with thousands of ancient and World Heritage-listed pine trees, and also offers a breathtaking view of the world-famous Mount Fuji. Miho no Matsubara actually used to be a beach full of white sand; however, the sand later turned black in color following the construction of a nearby train line, which caused the sand to become exposed to volcanic rock sand as a result.

1. Anse Ceron, Martinique, Caribbean

Anse Ceron, Martinique

The black sand of this beach contrasts perfectly with the nearby green tropical jungle, complete with coconut-filled palm trees. This serves as the perfect setting for this secluded beach, which is well known for its snorkeling. Furthermore, you’ll also find all sorts of dive shops alongside its shores.

1. Vik Beach, Vik, Iceland

Vik Beach

This beach, known best to locals as “Reynisfjara,” is perhaps the most famous one in all of Iceland. It is home to more than an astonishing 130 volcanoes, of which a total of 18 have erupted ever since the island was first colonized by settlers in the 9th century. The black sand you will find on its shores today is a result of those volcanoes having erupted. Vik Beach also contains features such as amazing basalt columns, caves, towering cliffs, lava formations, and so much more.

So there you have it – ten of the world’s greatest black sand beaches that are most definitely sure to blow your mind. Of course, these aren’t the only ones that exist in the world, either. There are actually many others that are just waiting to be explored by you! So what are you waiting for? Get ready to plan a trip to one of these amazing locations and see for yourself exactly what all they have to offer. It’s almost a guarantee that once you experience one of these beaches for yourself, you’ll definitely want to go back again and again!

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