Dark as the night sky, these unique black-sand shores are a refreshing change of scenery from pristine white-sand beaches.
1. Samyang Beach, Jeju, Korea
You’ll find this obscure beach in Jeju, located off the coast of South Korea. Dominated by Halla Mountain, which has 360 satellite volcanoes, the volcanic island is home to black sands believed to have healing properties. Samyang Beach’s black sand, coupled with crystal-clear waters, make it a popular destination for tourists and locals alike.
2. Lovina Beach, Bali, Indonesia
Bali is a volcanic island paradise that beckons with rich cultural history and idyllic beaches. The black-as-night Lovina Beach lies on the island’s northern shore and is formed by lava flow from Mount Agung. Near the beach are volcanic hot springs and local fishing villages worth a visit.
3. Thiruvambadi Beach, India
Affectionately known as the Black Beach to locals, India’s Thiruvambadi Beach is situated in its namesake small town in the Indian state of Kerala. One could consider this place a hidden gem as it sees less visitors than other beaches in the area. The black monazite sand here has unique properties, as the thorium-oxide found within creates higher levels of background radiation.
4. Miho no Matsubara Beach, Shizuoka City, Japan
The scenic Miho no Matsubara is a stunning black sand beach that has inspired Japanese artists for centuries, thanks to its majestic view of Mount Fuji in the backdrop. Shaded with rows of distinctive pine trees, the beach is uniformly black from volcanic rocks.
5. Santo Domingo Beach, Albay, The Philippines
Due largely to volcanic activity, Albay in The Philippines is home to many black sand beaches including Santo Domingo. The odd but fine-textured sand comes from the natural erosion of volcanic rocks from Mount Mayon’s ground lava. The result is a spectacle of black sand in contrast with lush greenery.