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45 Best Beach Hikes Ever

Panoramic and a breathtaking vantage point. Powdery sands and the bluest ocean water. Small villages and local encounters. An unforgettable hiking experience and a kickass destination. That’s what this post is about. Travel bloggers from all over the world gives us the best beach hikes in their books.

From tropical beach hikes in Southeast Asia, to breezy walks down under, to the cold ocean breeze of Canada and to the warm Mediterranean sunshine, the sick views of Brazil to the utterly gorgeous coastal hikes of USA, and from offbeat locations around Indian Ocean to the grand sights of New Zealand, this list will take you AROUND THE WORLD and show you the sickest, the dopest, and the most kickass. This are THE best beach hikes ever.

1.) Malalison Island (Antique, Philippines)

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The province of Antique is a gem itself, but one of my favorite find in this underrated province is the island of Malalison. Antique is a short journey from the ever so loud Boracay, and as it remains overshadowed by the party island capital of the Philippines, the solitude that you’ll find here is a breath of fresh air. It takes a short boat ride to reach the island of Malalison. Although the island is inhabited by locals, the serenity upon reaching the shore is undeniable. But it is the hike around the island itself that will introduce you to the solitude like no other. The hike is simple and very beginner friendly, and in less than hour, you can go around the entire island depending on your pace. The only big challenge is the heat, so it’s best to do the hike early in the morning. But alas, upon reaching the summit, you will be blown away. The view up top gives you a panorama of the beach– white powdery sands and blue water as seen from above! It’s exhilarating being up there as the vista is just phenomenal. The great thing about the hike down is that you don’t have to necessarily take the same route back. You can also hire a boat for 20-50 pesos per person to take you back to the other side of the island where you came from.

-Me, (READ: There’s A Mini Bali In The Philippines That You Don’t Know About)

2.) Pillboxes Hike (Oahu, Hawaii)

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Slurping the cold juice of a fresh coconut while laying on a white-sand beach – this is the picture that most people have in their mind when they think of Hawaii. It is a paradise destination, no questions asked. However, some may desire more than that when they plan a trip to Oahu. The combination of sandy beaches and lush-green mountains create the perfect environment for adventure seekers and beach lovers. One of my favorite spots on Oahu is Lanikai near Kailua. It has the most powdery sand I have ever felt in my life. The water is crystal-clear and you can overlook this pristine beach with the turquoise ocean by hiking up to the Pillboxes. It’s a short and easy hike for everyone from young to old. The trailhead is conveniently marked on Google Maps as it is frequently used by tourists and locals. The Pillboxes are old military bunkers that provide a spectacular view of Oahu’s East coast. There are three bunkers in total, of which the first one is the most popular. It takes around 30 min to reach. If this is not exciting enough, keep following the trail and it will lead you to the other Pillboxes. After your hike, you definitely should take a dip in the refreshing calm waters at Lanikai Beach.

-Nate,  Unbridled

3.) Algarve (Portugal)

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The Algarve in Southern Portugal is a well known hot spot for glorious sandy beaches that are continuously warmed by the Mediterranean sun. Our favorite area in the Algarve is the pretty little town of Lagos, not only for its historic centre but also for the number of beautiful coved beaches that line its shore. The best way to explore these beaches is via the cliff top walk which starts from Lagos town and winds all the way to Ponta da Piedade, a fine natural feature where the cliffs of the headland have been naturally carved into rock pillars, tunnels and hidden grottos.
The beaches that fall in this walking trail are Praia do Pinhão, Praia Dona Ana, Praia do Camilo, Praia dos Pinheiros, Praia da Balança and finally Farol da Ponta da Piedade. The views along the entire route are stunning with sea views as far as the eye can see and a bird’s eye perspective of each of the beaches. You can access all the beaches along the cliff top path, ranging from tiny secluded coves to wide sandy stretches, using the staircases clinging to the cliffside. It’s an easy hike to make in 90 minutes or so, with only a little climbing needed to scramble up some of the steeper pathways, but we recommend wearing some decent footwear because flip-flops won’t cut it.

 -Darren and Shelley, Finding Beyond

4.) Azores (Portugal)

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I recently went to the Azores, a group of islands owned by Portugal in the middle of the Atlantic.  You weren’t hard-pressed for a beautiful view there, but my absolute favorite views came from my many morning and afternoon hikes along a new ocean trail that opened on the north coast stretching from Sao Vicente Ferreira to Capelas.  I was staying at the Santa Barbara Lodge in Sao Vicente and the trail began right outside of my doorstep!  The trail hugs the coast and offers some of the most killer views I’ve ever witnessed on a hike anywhere in the world.  The landscape ranges from feeling tropical to feeling like you’re in a desert all within a few meters.  You can birdwatch, check out the interesting local flora (which consists of lots and lots of flowers!), or just relax and listen to the waves come in.  This area is not very populated and we never passed another person on these hikes, which made us feel even more remote than how we already felt being on the Azores.  I highly suggest this hike, or any north shore hike, to everyone who finds themselves on Sao Miguel in the Azores.  It will truly take your breath away!

-Megan, meganstarr.com

5.) Gili Lawa (Komodo National Park, Indonesia)

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Gili Lawa is the ultimate beach climb – in as much that there is barely a beach at the bottom, but one heck of a climb to get to the top! Located in Komodo National Park (Indonesia), it is much lesser known than the nearby Padar hike, and to be honest, much more challenging. Wear sunscreen and take as much water as you can carry. From the beach you’ll see the start of the track – which is only marked by the feet that have gone before you. The higher you climb, the more narrow the path, and the more uneven the ground becomes. All in all it will take up about an hour to reach the top, climbing at around at 75 degree angle. It is hot, dusty, loose rocks make you unsteady on your feet and by the time you reach the peak you’ll be wishing you were in the aqua blue waters below. But the view is totally worth it. You can see across to the bigger Komodo Island, and your boat parked in the cove will make for a great screensaver-like photograph. And, possibly the best news you’ll get from the top – is that there is an easier hike back down which is a little less taxing on your legs!

-Vicki, Make Time To See The World

6.) North Gorge Walk (North Stradbroke Island, Australia)

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Everyone coming to North Stradbroke Island must check out the North Gorge Walk. This is an easy 1.5 km walk providing spectacular views from the rocky outcrops across the Pacific Ocean.  From the designated walk ways, you can easily spot dolphins, turtles and manta rays as well as whales during the months of June to November.  Along the path you most likely will see kangaroos grazing as well as well as a variety of bird life.

The walk commences at Moloomba Road, Point Lookout opposite Fish Café along an unsealed track through bushland with breathtaking views across the Point Lookout headland.  The walk then continues along a wooden boardwalk which zig zags along the gorge. The North Gorge walks takes around 1 hour at a slow leisurely pace.  The walk can be strenuous at times due to steep stairs, but for the most part it is an easy walk and suitable for all fitness levels and ages.  There are parts of the walk that allow you to walk out on the rocks along the cliffs, provided you keep a safe distance from the edge this is safe enough, however keep a close eye on younger children. At the end of the walk there is toilets and a small playground.  On a hot day reward yourself with some delicious ice cream from the Oceanic Gelati Bar which is located in the small group of shops at Point Lookout.

-Melissa, Thrifty Family Travels

7.) Seven Sisters Cliffs (East Sussex, United Kingdom)

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You have probably seen the famous Seven Sisters Cliffs on a postcard or at the front of book covers. It is an iconic British landmark. The Seven Sisters is a series of chalk cliffs by the English Channel. After living in London for 2 years I decided to visit the famous cliffs. I love hiking and was really lucky with the weather on the day I planned my walk. I took the train from London to Brighton, then a bus to the Visitor Centre. There are a few walks you can choose from. I decided to walk on top of the cliffs to Beachy Head, where we can see a lighthouse. The walk offered beautiful views of the ocean and cliffs. I had a little break in Birling Gap. There is a visitor centre and cafe here. After a refreshing ice cream, I continued my way to Beachy Head, where I was rewarded with a stunning view of the lighthouse. Unfortunately, some people lost their life getting too close to the edge while trying to take selfies. Please use common sense and always be safe! This walk was a total of 6 miles on easy terrain. You could continue your way to Eastbourne and take the train back from there to London. However I also wanted to have a little sightseeing in Brighton, so I took the bus back there and had lovely fish and chips for dinner while watching the sunset.

-Eniko, Travel Hacker Girl

8.) Padar Island (Komodo National Park, Indonesia)

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Padar Island in Komodo National Park, East Nusa Tenggara, Indonesia would have to be my best beach hike ever. Why? Well, just look at that view. Isn’t it grand? 😉 Padar Island is the third largest island in Komodo National Park and used to be inhabited my Komodo Dragons. So that’s one less thing to worry about while hiking up to the peak. The loose soil and steep incline directly from the coral beach makes for a tricky start to the hike but after all the knee pain you’ll get, don’t worry the view will definitely be worth it. From the higher viewpoints, you’ll see the tri-colored beach of Padar Island – black, white, and pink. Add to that the amazing landscape and panoramic view of the island and nearby islands in the national park. The hike can be fast, less than 30 minutes if you don’t stop along the way but since we were so busy catching our breath and marveling at the view, it took us 45 minutes to the top. The way to the summit can be trickier than the first part again because of the loose soil. But it offers an even more bird’s eye view of the picturesque scene so it’s worth the extra effort.

-Darlene, Point And Shoot Wanderlust

9.) West Coast Trail (Canada)

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The West Coast Trail is world renowned for being rugged, remote, and starkly beautiful.  Running along the Southwest coast of British Columbia’s Vancouver Island, the West Coast Trail is 75km of pristine BC scenery and wildlife. The trail winds between old growth rainforest and over the headlands that give startling views of the ocean. But the reason most folks come is to walk along the miles of unspoiled and empty sandy beaches and enjoying the views with every step.  Some beaches are hard packed and perfect for walking, while other may be silky and soft, but can make hiking with that backpack a bit of a slog. Regardless, the ‘beach boogying’ is unforgettable, as it will bring you up close with sea otters, seals, sea lions, coastal birds, and probably even the resident pods of whales.  All of the designated campsites along the trail are on the beach, creating the perfect setting for a beach fire every night on the trail, not to mention dozing off to the sounds of crashing ocean waves just outside your tent.

 -Emily, See Her Travel

10.) Dois Irmaos (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)

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Rio de Janeiro is well known for sunny beaches, caipirinhas and Samba parties. However, that’s not all! One of the best ways to enjoy the city is to hike the nearby hills and observe its beauty from above. Although most people visit only Sugar Loaf and Christ the Redeemer, the views from Dois Irmãos are equally impressive, if not better! I love this trail because it’s not touristy, it’s well located near Ipanema and it gives you a chance to learn about Rio’s culture. To reach the starting point, you must walk up the Vidigal favela, which is totally safe. The residents are used to seeing many foreigners and you’ll have no problems walking around. A visit to Vidigal is worth your time; have an açai or a coffee and see how things work in a Brazilian favela.When you get to the top of Vidigal, you’ll have to hike along a marked path surrounded by rainforest. After a while, the forest will become a hill with views of the open ocean. Once on the top, you’ll enjoy a wonderful view of the southern part of the city, Ipanema, Copacabana and other beautiful beaches. The hike is not difficult at all, and takes only about 40 minutes up and 20 minutes down. If you want to take a hike that includes culture, adventure and spectacular scenery just a few minutes from the city, don’t miss Dois Irmãos!

-Miguel, Travelsauro

11.) Fira to Oia (Santorini, Greece)

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Santorini is a Greek island that is known for its stunning beauty.  In the 16th century BC, a devastating volcano eruption forever changed the rugged landscape.   Sometimes the crowds (especially from the cruise ships) can make getting a good photograph of the gorgeous scenery difficult.  However, we found that one of the best ways to view the caldera (crater) is to hike along its edge.  Not only will you capture stunning pictures, but you’ll be able to experience it at your own pace.The best time to hike from Fira to Oia is early morning, especially during the sweltering summer months.  Starting in Fira keeps you in the shade for the first 1/3 of the hike.  The hike is about 6 miles (10 km).  It took us 3 hours to hike from Fira to Oia with stopping for photographs and snack and water breaks.

-Carmen, Pack Your Baguios

12.) Hanakapi’ia, (Kauai, Hawaii)

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Kauai, the Garden Isle of Hawaii is a hiker’s paradise. There are so many trails to choose from that it’s hard to know which to tackle first. But if there is one that you absolutely must do, it’s the trek to Hanakapi’ia Beach on the Kalalau Trail.The trail begins in the carpark of Ke’e Beach on the North Shore of the island, and Ke’e Beach also marks the start of Kauai’s amazing Nā Pali Coast. This four-mile return hike is one of the most beautiful ones in Hawaii, offering spectacular views of the Pacific ocean, the Hanakapi`ai Valley, and the breathtaking Nā Pali Coast.The path from the car park steadily ascends to an elevation of four hundred feet. You will need to be reasonably fit and mobile as the trail can be quite tough in parts. But the sweeping views across the soaring cliffs of the Nā Pali Coast, and of Ke’e beach’s sparkling lagoon, make it well worth the effort. You’ll also have plenty of time to stop and catch your breath while you admire the picture postcard scenery around you.Along the way, the hike takes you through lush green valleys, freshwater streams, and past waterfalls and jungles of exotic plants. Your final obstacle to tackle before you reach Hanakapi’ia beach, is boulder hopping across the Hanakapi’ia stream. Take extra care there, as the current can be quite strong. It’s best not to attempt this crossing after heavy rain. Once you’ve made it to the beach you might be tempted to jump straight into the water, but don’t! This beach is treacherous and definitely not suitable for swimming. Many people have been dragged out to sea and drowned there. Just relax and enjoy its beauty. You can always swim at Ke’e Beach once you’ve completed the hike. 

-Cindy, Free Two Roam

13.) Torrey Pines (San Diego, California, USA)

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Torrey Pines State Park sits about 30 minutes north of downtown San Diego and just above the tourist destination of La Jolla. It’s San Diego’s best hike for panoramic views of the ocean and trails down to the beach. There is pay parking from the state park entrance at the bottom and a limited number of street parking spots at the bottom and top entrance. The hikes are generally short (about 3 miles) with 300’ of elevation from the ridge to the ocean. This gives you the opportunity for amazing vistas and just a little bit of cardio heading back uphill. Several lookouts give you views of the ocean that stretch to Mexico and often gliders from the nearby gliderport dot the sky. This is a place to find spring wildflowers or the rare Torrey Pine tree that is only found here and the Channel Islands. The geologic activity that formed the ridge left a landscape that looks like another planet. You can also catch glimpses of the Torrey Pines PGA tour golf course adjacent to the park. As you would expect, a beautiful hike this close to city center gets crowded. There will be people on the trail and on the beaches so come early if you want some solitude.

-Jenn and Ed, Coleman Concierge

14.) Coastal Trail (New Brunswick, Canada)

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Florida’s powdery white shores attract hordes of beach goers and Hawaii’s volcanic black sands make for stunning Instagrams, but there’s no question that Canada’s Bay of Fundy is the one of the most unusual beaches in the world. Every six hours, the water levels rise and fall by over 50 feet, exposing miles of ocean floor in the process. New Brunswick’s Coastal Trail, located in Fundy National Park, is the ideal place to see this dramatic tidal action up close – and get a hike in at the same time.

The trail follows an undulating coastline from its starting point near the park’s Point Wolfe campground to the town of Alma, six miles away. The first section is the most challenging as the trail climbs through a dense forest of fir trees before reaching a series of spectacular viewpoints overlooking the ocean. In the mornings, these vistas are often shrouded in fog, obscuring the rocky beach below, but that only adds to the beauty of this trail. It then descends to a point where, during low tide, you can walk the seashore all the way to Alma. This won’t be a leisurely stroll, but rather a scramble through a field of small boulders. But you’ll be rewarded with a unique glimpse of what normally lies beneath the ocean – barnacles, fossils, seashells, and all manner of estuarial wildlife. Consult your tide table before you head out, though; sheer cliffs line the beach, and you do not want to be caught out there when the water starts to roll in. Another word of warning: many of the rocks are covered in seaweed and can get quite slippery.Watch your step, both to prevent injury and to protect the fragile ecosystem that exists in the intertidal zone

-Ryan, Passions And Places

15.) Middle Head (Nova Scotia, Canada)

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This was the first trail I did in Cape Breton which is the northern part of Nova Scotia. The “Middle head“. I have no idea how it got its name but it was really perfect! The trail passes through trees (of course) and provides incredible views of the ocean both south and north! So you’re walking between trees and see the blue water with these big rocks and cliffs. The reason you see both directions relatively good is that it’s on a peninsula going out to the sea (look for it on a map and you’ll understand what I’m talking about). But what’s special about the trees is that they are evergreen unlike other trees in the area which are changing colors at this time of year. It was quite easy, about 1.5 hours, interesting, and with fantastic views. Anyway, on a sunny day the blue, green and grey colors are very vivid. And now for a tip from someone that’s been there – bring a beer and a snack and stop somewhere along the way with some fantastic views in front of you. The trailhead is located right beside the Keltic Lodge and one of the many golf courses I saw on this trip.

-Eran, The Laughing Traveller

16.) Ilha Grande (Big Island, Brazil)

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Hiking around Ilha Grande (Big Island) in Brazil was an amazing experience, all the hikes we’d done before were somewhere in the mountains where it’s cold, rainy, windy etc. This hike was something completely different, a dream hike that you walk in your bikini/board shorts and flip-flops moving from beach to beach swimming and snorkelling from time to time. Ilha Grande is quite a big tropical island in the South of Brazil about 100km from Rio de Janeiro a popular place for locals to come for weekends or holiday. Not many people venture to do the entire route but if you have time we’d definitely recommend to do it. We walked around the island in 5 days but a week would be better this way you’ll have more time to relax on the beach, enjoy swimming and snorkeling in crystal clear warm water and to discover hidden corners of the island. Unlike big cities in Brazil Ilha Grande is very safe you can camp on the beach, at a local’s house or in a campsite without being worried about yourself or your belongings. Don’t miss sunsets and sunrises they are absolutely stunning especially on Aventureiro beach. Walking through the dense jungle watch for tropical birds and monkeys, these are super cute.

-Alya, Stingy Nomads

17.) Dragon’s Back (Hong Kong)

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Although Hong Kong is famous for its dense skyline, it may surprise you to find out that it is actually home to more than 50 hiking trails and that approximately three quarters is countryside! One of the most popular hikes in Hong Kong is the “Dragon’s Back”, aptly named as you walk along the ridge of the mountain for most of the hike and take in the gorgeous scenery. Dragon’s Back is easily accessible from the Shau Kei Wan MTR subway station and it takes anywhere from 2-3 hours to complete the beginner-friendly hike. Towards the end you have the option to follow the path to Big Wave Bay Beach for a bite to eat and dip in the ocean. The best time of year to do this hike is during the autumn months, when it is still sunny but much less humid and stuffy.

-Flo, Yoga Wine Travel

18.) Tioman Island (Mersing, Malaysia)

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Tioman Island lies off the Eastern Coast of Mersing/Tanjung Gemok in Malaysia. It’s a popular weekend escape for locals and tourists as it has both unspoiled natural beauty as well as resorts and spas. While people usually come to tax-free Tioman for a beach escape or to get their PADI certification, as the diving is out of this world, there are also fantastic hikes that range from easy to more advanced. Most visitors will be staying in the resort-clad Western part of the island, Tekek. If you trek north, you will end up at the almost isolated Monkey Beach and as the name suggests, the mischievous macaques own this place, so pack any food away. To the South is the beautiful Asah Waterfall by Mukut village. Tioman even has trails for veteran mountaineers, who can ascend the 1038m Mount Kajang. This trail is so untouched that you may have to carve your own path to summit the mountain. Yet the most popular hike by far is walking around the mountain to the East coast where resort construction forbidden. While the diving on this side is not so great, the nature is unparalleled and the beaches are untouched. One of the best parts of hiking Tioman is that you don’t have to hike both ways. This means you can enjoy a leisurely wander through the lush jungle, spotting monitor lizards and red giant flying squirrels, and catch a boat taxi back to your resort after lunch. Tioman really is a unique beach hike that is filled with astounding scenery of white sand and azure ocean. Remember to pack your snorkel as the marine life is bustling at every turn.

-Callan, Singapore N Beyond

19.) Mount Maunganui (North Island, New Zealand)

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Mount Maunganui is one of the more well-known places in the North Island for people visiting for New Zealand due to its reasonable year round weather, beaches, and adventures around the area including the walk up to Mount Maunganui. The hike to the top of the Mount isn’t strenuous. You’ll be climbing for 30 minutes or so up a mild incline to the summit X above sea level. Once you get to the top, you get some incredible views in all directions with the Mount Maunganui beach the stand out.

Before you make the stroll up the Mount, head to one of the many cafes in the town by the entrance. After the descent, it’s time to head to the beaches you were just admiring with a couple of the pathways leading straight to the beach. If you’re looking for a similar hike nearby, drive south 20-25 minutes and explore the Papamoa Hills. There you’ll get a slightly less touristy place with just as incredible views. Two epic hikes that everyone can do with minimal organization required whether you’re on a kiwi road trip, backpacking or on a tour.

-Jub, Tiki Touring Kiwi

20.) Eastern Walkway (Wellington, New Zealand)

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The Eastern Walkway is in the eastern suburbs of Wellington near the airport.  This walk offers stunning views of the beaches and coastline of Wellington.  As the saying goes, ‘you can’t beat Wellington on a good day!’.  This is an easy walk up in the bush so you can view the tuis (native birds) and native bush.   The track is 2.5 km long and takes about 1.5 hours to complete. The track surface is mainly gravel and much of the track is exposed.At the Tarakena Bay end of the track is the Ataturk Memorial which commemorates the first president of modern Turkey, and defender of Gallipoli. This particular spot was chosen for this memorial, dedicated in 1990, due to the landscape’s resemblance of Anzac Cove in Gallipoli.  There is also an extra track out to Point Dorset above Breaker Bay, where you will find WWII gun batteries and observation points, as well as stunning views over the bay and harbour entrance. 

-Nicole, nicolelabarge.com

21.) Taganga Beach to Playa Grande (Santa Marta, Colombia)

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Taganga is a small fishing village in Santa Marta, Colombia. Well, these days it is more of a backpacker chill-out spot, but that doesn’t stop it from being pretty. At the end of Taganga beach, there is a trail through the hills which will lead you to Playa Grande, another beach. It is not a very long trail. You could do it in 10 minutes if you wanted to. It takes most people longer though. Sometimes it took me up to an hour.
Along the way, you can walk down to some other secluded beaches. There are far fewer people than in Taganga, and if you have your own gear you can snorkel. There are also some great viewpoints along the way, looking out to the ocean or back towards Taganga.
 Once at Playa Grande you can reward yourself with a fresh fruit juice, beer, or the catch of the day. The snorkeling at Playa Grande is pretty good too. Want to hike some more? At the end of Playa Grande, there is a path that keeps going through the hills. You could hike all the way to Tayrona National Park if you wanted! Tip: Avoid the local crowd and the Carribbean heat. Go before noon on a weekday.

 -Bert, Survive Travel

22.) Palm Beach (Palm Beach, Australia)

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The hike up to top of the Palm Beach peninsula located just 35km North of Sydney is the ultimate walk in terms of ocean views. The hiking trail starts on the beach and will lead you up to the top of the rock on the end of the small peninsula. From here you will be rewarded with incredible 360 degrees ocean views. The trail itself is short, pretty steep but easily accessible from the beach. If you don’t want to take the steep stairs there is also a path going up. To get to the lighthouse on the top of the hill will take you about 20 to 30 minutes only. Once you reach the plateau on top you can find a hidden cave, which you have to climb into for some extraordinary views, and some really cool photo spots with some incredible optical illusion. Palm Beach is also famous for filming one of Australia’s most popular soap series: Home and Away. On Sundays a return bus trip from the city center of Sydney to Palm Beach will cost you only $2,50 AUD. I visited Palm Beach many times while working abroad in Sydney. 

-Tom, Travel Tom Tom

23.) Point Lobos (California, USA)

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Located just a quick 15-minute drive from the central California city of Monterey, Point Lobos State Natural Reserve offers a variety of easy to moderate hikes. It’s surrounded by the Pacific Ocean on three sides, with no shortage of beach views. Besides walking among towering trees and hearing the crash of waves against the cliffs, visitors can also learn about the area’s whaling history in Whalers Cove and look out for the variety of local wildlife that lives in and off the coast of the park. Examples include sea otters, whales, bobcats, and great blue herons.Spring is one of the best times to hike Point Lobos. In addition to the year-round beach vistas, spring offers gorgeous weather and the blooming of California wildflowers. Those who time their visit for mid to late spring may also witness harbor seal pupping season, a wonder of its own. While trail maps are available for free online and for purchase at the entrance ($2), one of the best ways to explore the natural reserve is by randomly following the clearly marked trails and letting them take you to the park’s many surprises. Entrance to this gorgeous slice of paradise is free unless you want to park inside the reserve, in which case a $10 fee is assessed for passenger vehicles.

-Rowena, A Nomad On The Loose

24.) Tilmati Beach (Karwar, India)

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Karwar is a coastal city in the Karnataka state of South India. The city has numerous pristine and untouched beaches which are yet to fall on the touristic radar. One such beach which is well hidden from the tourists is the Tilmati black beach. The beach can be reached only through an easy hike of the rocky volcanic hill which offers magnificent views of the blue seas as far as the eyes can see. The hike starts from the Gabitwada beach in Majali Village. The not so well marked path of the rocky terrain is dotted with wildflowers and beautiful seashells. The beach is one of its kind where the sand of the beach unlike other beaches in Karwar is made up of fine grainy black pebbles. Tilmati in the local language literally means sesame sand which gives the beach its name. The trail descends to small bays at several points which are great to make short stops and take in the views. 

 -Rashmi and Chalukya, Go Beyond Bounds

25.) Bondi to Coogee Walk (New South Wales, Australia)

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The Bondi to Coogee walk is one of Australia’s best and most scenic ocean view walks! The winding clifftop pathway takes you on a visual journey along several of New South Wales best beaches. This walk is classified as a medium urban walk with plenty of elevations and it does include quite a few stairs. We would strongly recommend that you prepare yourself for a bit of a work out here. Bondi to Coogee walk is a 6km hike one way and it will take you approximately 3 hours at a steady and leisurely pace. This walk has plenty of stunning spots and picture perfect panoramic views.  Make sure to have your camera ready, so you can capture some of those unforgettable moments and spectacular scenery.There are number of extraordinary beaches along the way and all of them different to one another. Whether you step down to Bronte Beach, Clovelly Beach or Gordon’s Bay, the scenery changes dramatically from sandy, to rocky to quiet little coves. Absolutely loved this walk and everything along the way. Our little tip: Make sure to stop at the Tamarama Beach for a coffee at the cliff side café. The coffee is delicious and it makes for a great half way stopping point.

-Jolene and Andrzej, Wanderlust Storytellers

26.) Khao Sam Roi Yot National Park (Thailand)

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One of my newly discovered areas for hiking in Thailand now, is the lesser known Khao Sam Roi Yot National Park. I spoke to colleagues who had lived in Bangkok for decades and had still never heard of this place. It is absolutely stunning with beautiful beaches and amazing mountains that seem to appear from nowhere. ‘Khao Sm Roi Yot’ in Thai roughly translates to ‘300 mountain peaks’ and they weren’t lying. There are some amazing viewpoints and quiet beaches to stop along the way. I recommend hiring a scooter as the roads are not particularly busy and this is the easiest way to travel around the national park. One of my favourite hikes is to Praya Nakorn, which is a giant cave with a throne inside. If you go in the late morning the sun pours in through the top of the cave and illuminates the throne and surrounding area.

-Steffi, Beach Bum Adventure

27.) The Fundy Foot Path (New Brunswick, Canada)

View of the Bay of Fundy at sunset

The Fundy Footpath is a challenging 41 kilometers hike along the gorgeous Bay of Fundy. Located in the province of New Brunswick (in eastern Canada), it is perfectly situated for a full wilderness experience, yet easily accessible – at times, the nearest houses are over 15 miles away!Lounging the water’s edge, this wooded trail runs from the edge of Fundy National Park all the way to the renowned suspension bridge of the Fundy Trail Parkway. Enjoy breathtaking views of the bay while you take on the area’s rugged terrain and sleep in the primitive campgrounds along the path. If you complete the full hike, you’ll be rewarded with views of the impressive 10 meter high tides of the bay multiple times during this 3-4 days wilderness adventure. The length of time required to complete this hike is entirely dependent on making the crossing at Goose River and Goose Creek in time for low tide. Should you get there at high tide, you will have to hold off and wait for the waters to go down.  Don’t despair if you don’t have the skills or the time for this 3 to 4 day hike, you can always complete part of the trail and simply turn around after a few hours, or try some of the shorter hikes that are available in neighboring Fundy Trail Parkway!

Christine and Janie, The Dime Travelers

28.) Om Beach (Gokarna, India)

Gokarna Om beach view

Beaches have such a wonderful and serene quality about them. The soft sands, the sight and sound of the waves relentlessly caressing the beach. What if the beach experience was blended with the thrill of hiking? The resulting cocktail of an experience would indeed be an intoxicating affair.That is what happens when you get to Gokarna, a place situated in Karnataka, a southern state of India. You can indulge your senses in a hike that along the coastline that will take you across not one, but 4 gorgeous beaches. A hike of about 10 kilometers takes you through some amazing natural landscapes. As your feet trudge along the sands of the beach towards your destination you are serenaded on one side by rocky hills and on the other the wide expanse of the Arabian Sea. The hike starts from Kudle Beach and takes you to Om Beach which is mystically formed in the shape of an OM, the beach here is really lovely and a dip in the placid sea water a must. From the Om Beach, the trail will lead to another lovely beach known as the Half Moon Beach where there is a possibility of Dolphin sighting if you are lucky. One can also sit on a huge rock known as the Rock of Peace and gaze out in the sea and be carried away by the serenity of the moment. The last beach on the trail is fittingly known as Paradise Beach, the trail to this beach is slightly difficult as it involves negotiating rocky terrain, but once you reach the beach, all your tiredness will vanish as you sink into the soft sands of the beach.

-Sandy and Vyjay, Im Voyager

29.) Mt. Gower (Lord Howe Island, Australia)

Mt Gower

Lord Howe Island is a tiny speck of paradise located a few hours off the eastern coast of Australia. Thanks to restricted visitor numbers (the whole island and surrounds are World Heritage listed), it’s a secret little shared with the world. The island abounds with the walks of varying lengths, all offering up amazing views of the pristine waters surrounding the island. But my pick of them all, and the biggest challenge, is ascending Mt Gower.See the right hand peak looming off in the distant in the photo? That’s Mt Gower, climbing 875m high directly from the beach at its base. The ascent of Mt Gower is only possible with a guide, mainly for safety reasons, plus due to the colonies of rare birds near its peak. Sufferers of vertigo will have to skip this hike, with one section making its way along a veritable goat track halfway up a cliff, a sheer drop off to one side, a rope to hold onto on the other. There’s also some tough climbs up rock faces, with a rope a necessary help. It’s a tough climb that will take a good 8 hours to finish. But along the way and from the top you’ll be rewarded with beautiful views, stretching as far as the Balls Pyramid sea spire off in the distant. Plus, there are multiple spas on the island to book a massage for your recovery the next day!

-Shandos, Travel Nuity

30.) Via Pizzolungo (Capri, Italy)

Via Pizzolungo

Call it irrational, but sometimes I get discouraged from doing a hiking trail when there’s a defibrillator at the start. What am I letting myself in for here? Fortunately, when I spotted it at the Hotel Punta Tragara on Capri, I didn’t allow myself to be put off. And it turned out to be one of the best decisions of my trip to Italy.You can approach the trail known as Via Pizzolungo from two directions – if you want a harder hike, start at Hotel Punta Tragara. If you want an easier time of it, follow the signs from Capri Town to the Arco Naturale, until you reach the Le Grottelle restaurant, and take the steps down. Either way, prepare yourself for some outstanding views of one of the most beautiful stretches of coastline in the world: from wide expanses of the Tyrrhenian Sea, stretching right to the distant Sorrentine Peninsula, to flashes of bright cobalt blue waters, glimpsed between the deep green of pine forests. And you’ll have a prime view of the famous Faraglioni rocks, rising up out of the ocean to a height of over 100 metres – stop for a while and watch the waves crashing into stone, whilst boats sail through a natural arch in the base of the middle rock. It’s the definitive image of Capri.And that’s not all – you’ll also spot the mysterious Roman site of Grotta di Matermania, and the striking archtecture of Villa Malaparte, built on a spur which stretches into the sea itself. Pine and seasalt scent the air, heady and intoxicating. And when you’ve walked it? Buy a lemon granita, put your feet up, and enjoy the never-ending views of deepest blue sea.

-Nicky, That Anxious Traveller

31.) Bonacantil (Alicante, Spain)

Alicante

One of the best hikes that I’ve taken was in Alicante, Spain. You don’t need to walk too long, but the view is gorgeous. There is a mountain Bonacantil with an ancient fortress called Castell de la Santa Bàrbara (Castle of Santa Barbara) located on the top of it. The hike is not very difficult, and you also have several terraces with great views on the way to the top. The castle itself is also very interesting. It is a 9-century Muslim fortification that survived to our days.For some time, it played a role of a prison. For about a century, it was abandoned, and it became open to public in 1963. Recently, an elevator was built to be able to get to the castle. You can use it just for 2.7 euros, but you would appreciate the view much more if you hike. The view is amazing!

 -Roman, Roman Roams

32.) Calaguas Island (Bicol, Philippines)

Girl, Unspotted -- Calaguas

The short 20-minute hike to get to the top of this island is done best in the late afternoon, when the sun isn’t too rough. It’s easy, breezy, and quite therapeutic once you see the lovely view of the white beach. Getting to Calaguas Island itself, on another hand, is one long journey. From Manila, it already takes over 8 hours to reach the jump off point to take another 2-hour boat ride that will bring you to the promise land– Calaguas Island. The beach itself is quite glorious, but the hike on the next island, a short 10-minute boat ride away, is another lovely way to pass your time while completely disconnected in this off grid spot. There are different view points once you get to the top. One corner will show you the vast blue sea, another will give you a view of gorgeous rock formation below, one gives you a great vista of the white beach, and if your timing is right, another might just be the perfect spot of the sunset. For a short hike, this definitely gives you a variety of Instagrammable spots!

-Me (READ: You Need To Go To Calaguas Island And You Need To Go Now)

33.) Kelingking Beach (Nusa Penida, Indonesia)

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An iconic viewpoint of Nusa Penida, Kelingking Beach may be one of the most beautiful sights in all of Bali. I knew as soon as I saw photos of it online that I had to do absolutely everything I could to visit – even if it meant driving a scooter on scary pothole filled roads to do so! And although the drive was very challenging (and seriously terrifying), cruising through the lush mountainside jungle to get there is enough to make the trip worthwhile. As soon as you see your first glimpse of the breathtaking t-rex ridge and golden sands, you forget the scary drive and immediately soak in the beauty. From above, you can see bright blue waters and jagged coastline for miles, as well as the giant waves crashing on the beach below.  If you’re up for the challenge, hike down the ridge to actually step foot on Kelingking Beach. Fraying bamboo poles tied with twine and the rock face of the cliff are all you have for support and stability on this steep and slightly dangerous trail. And when I say it’s steep, I mean in some places the trail is nearly vertical! At the bottom, enjoy feeling the salt spray on your face and watching the monkeys play amongst the trees. Sadly the waves are too large and dangerous for swimming, but the view alone makes the hike worth it! So, is Nusa Penida on your bucket list yet?

-Brittany, Life Of Brit

34.) Nacpan-Calitang Beach (El Nido, Palawan, Philippines)

Nacpan Calitang Twin Beach

In one of the coves of El Nido in Palawan lies one of the best beaches in the world, as well as one of the most marvelous beach sights you can find. The Nacpan Beach is a four-kilometer-long unspoiled bliss of a beach. Its fine white sand, sparkling blue water and clear view of the horizon, adorned by a couple of picturesque islands are sure to leave you breathless. After wonder, a certain calm will wash over you as you realize that the beach is indeed big for everyone there; the lack of enormous resorts and hordes of tourists promising relaxation.But this is not where it ends as an extraordinary sight is available to the curious and restless. Venturing to the left end of the beach will lead to the strip of sand that separates the Nacpan Beach from its twin, the Calitang Beach. Walking further along will lead to a low hill where a well-worn path has been carved by curious visitors. A short trek will lead to the top and to one of the most magnificent vistas you can ever see, the Nacpan-Calitang Twin Beach. The panorama is impressive, a combination of the azure Nacpan beach to the far left, perfect for relaxing and swimming, and the almost rugged aspect of the Calitang beach, mostly the fishing side of the cove. The boats and coconut trees properly lined up along the beach complete the marvelous scenery.

-Jayce, Chasing Jayce

35.) Sintra-Cascais National Park (Sintra, Portugal)

Sintra Cascais National Park

Located just 28 km west of Lisbon and covering an area of about 145 km², the Sintra – Cascais National Park in Portugal features some great hiking trails. To enjoy some of the most spectacular views the park has to offer, you should go for a hike along the coast. Here, you can visit continental Europe’s westernmost point, Cabo da Roca, which was once considered to be the edge of the world, the point where land ends and the ocean begins. The trails along the coast can be steep and narrow at some points and sometimes they are not well-marked, but overall hiking in the area is quite straightforward. One thing to keep in mind is that there are no trees to protect you from the sun, so if you are hiking in the warmer months you should definitely wear some protection. The good thing is that when it gets too hot, you can head down to the beaches for a refreshing dip in the Atlantic ocean. And, after a nice day of hiking and swimming, you should reward yourself with a delicious meal in one of the little towns along the coast. What else could you ask for?

-Bianca, Nomad Biba

36.) Placencia Beach (Placencia, Belize)

Placencia Beach

The beach that occupies the eastern coast of the Placencia, Belize Peninsula is 17 miles long. It is a wonderful hike that affords you many hiking options. You can choose to walk on the water’s edge and enjoy the surf lapping against your legs or hike further up the beach for a wonderful low-impact workout in the sand. Along the way you will find small coffee shops and cafes where you can take a break to grab a bite to eat or something to drink. Depending on how far you choose to hike there are sections you pass through that are totally wild with no development at all and then luxury resorts offering many upscale amenities.You’ll spot a plethora of shore birds as you walk as well as excellent shelling opportunities in the more remote areas. If you choose to do the entire 17 miles and start in Placencia Village, you’ll go through the tiny villages of Maya Beach and then Seine Bight. But be sure to arrange your return transportation, because these two villages are tiny and you’re not likely to catch a taxi there. My recommendation is to start out just before dawn so you can catch the sunrise over the Caribbean Sea. It’s beautiful and something you’re not going to want to miss.

-Cherri, Bucket List TC

37.) Easter Island North Coast (Easter Island)

Easter Island

Easter Island has many beautiful hikes but I especially loved the North Coast hike. This strenuous hike is about 18 kms long and easily takes 8-9 hrs to finish. Many hikers prefer walking partway and returning for a shorter hike. There is so much to see and do on the North Coast and yet very few visitors to Easter Island do this hike. This area of Easter Island is still primitive; no roads or infrastructure exists in this part of the island. Hence hikers can experience the natural beauty of Easter Island as it was centuries ago.
The North Coast hike can be completed in both clockwise and anti-clockwise direction; I chose to begin my hike at Tahai. The entire hike follows the rocky coast of Easter Island and the route ends at the beautiful sandy beach at Anakena. On the trail I felt as if I had stepped back in time, when tourism was yet to explode on Easter Island and archaeological sites were still to be reconstructed. Crumbled and deteriorated archaeological remains were scattered across the trail. The blue expanse of the Pacific Ocean visible throughout the hike was amazing. I was lucky to have experienced Easter Island in this magical way.

 -Ketki, Dotted Globe

38.) Dongji Dao (Zhejiang, China)

Dongji Dao

China’s territory is huge, you can find almost every kind of landscape there, big sand dunes, Himalayan peaks, tropical forests, you name it. But there’s one thing China is not famous for, and it’s its coastal areas.  Although most of the long Chinese coastline is muddy or polluted, there’s a place that will really make you wonder if you really are in China, and this is Dongji Dao. The literal translation of this place’s name is East Pole Island, this is, in fact, the Easternmost place of the whole “Middle Kingdom”, a magical destination easily reachable from Shanghai.

The vegetation here is almost Mediterranean, with its low yellow grass, and barren rocks. It reminded me a bit of the Aegadian Islands or even some parts of Sardinia. You can hike the whole island in one afternoon, there are paved roads, used by the few cars the place ever sees, and small paths, leading you to the many peculiar tombs scattered across the landscape. Donji is indeed home to an unusual burial practice: big graves made by a single monolith, surrounded by a drywall; a table and some chairs, also made of stone, are used for the offerings. We advise visiting during the Tomb Sweeping Day, a Chinese National Holiday (held in April) dedicated to the commemoration of the deceased, so that you could witness some unique rituals.

 -Daniele and Elena, Cycloscope

39.) Cinque Terre (Italy)

Cinque Terre

One of the most beautiful hikes in the world has to be Cinque Terre, Italy! I spent a little over a week there and loved walking around the five hilly villages. As soon as my friend arrived in Italy and joined me, we decided to attempt one of the famous Cinque Terre hikes. There are a few different options to choose from (including Trail #2, where you can complete the full hike and see all five towns in a supposed six hours), but we opted for the Vernazza to Monterosso route. We chose to start there because it is my personal favorite of the five towns and it seemed like a good choice at the time. Famous last words, as I found out later that this is considered the toughest hike of them all!

When we started the hike, it was blazing hot and the sun was right overhead. We climbed what felt like four million steep stairs, winding our way through the alleys and tiny streets of Vernazza until we made it to the actual start of the hike, which took quite awhile. At this point, we were already tired, but we pressed on! We started up a dirt path, climbing even more stairs, and were treated to a spectacular view of Vernazza at the top! Unfortunately, this is where our plans took a turn, as a summer thunderstorm rolled in and began dumping rain on us, causing us to have to climb precariously back down to Vernazza for an afternoon Aperol Spritz. While we were relieved to get an early break, I definitely want to go back and finish out the full hike. The views are more than worth the effort, and trekking through vineyards and charming towns makes hiking Cinque Terre one of the most beautiful hikes in the world!

-Sierra, Passport Voyager

40.) Halong Bay (Vietnam)

Halong Bay

Besides the epic experience of the cruise along Halong Bay, the hike to the top of one of the islands is another reason to put Vietnam in your travel bucket list. The hike is exhausting, especially in the summertime heat, but it must be done! Seeing Halong Bay from the top is an absolute cherry on top from the entire experience. Views of not one, but countless huge limestone rock formations scattered across the bay is an unforgettable sight to see. It may not be a view of an actual beach, but it’s still just as magnificent, if not better. It’s almost otherworldly, like a CGI movie setting. It’s definitely not to be missed. The hike is included in most Halong Bay cruise tours, together with a trip to one of the biggest caves in the country. It certainly is a must when in Vietnam. In fact, when people ask me what part of Vietnam they should go to on a limited amount of time, I instantly say North for this specific reason.

-Me (READ: Is Halong Bay Really Worth It?)

41.) Balos Lagon (Crete, Greece)

Balos Lagon

Crete, the largest island in Greece, is home to two of the most stunning beaches in the world. One of which requires a short hike to get to if you arrive by car or bus. Balos Lagoon is located in Kissamos, on the north western tip of Crete. You’ll have to walk 20 to 30 minutes down a rocky slope to reach the Mediterranean Sea. This downhill trek is not so bad with the exception of goat poop here and there. The trek up, however, is a completely different story. Young children and the elderly may find the harsh terrain challenging. There is also zero shade under the blistering sun. You can imagine how hot it gets mid day! The breathtaking view and crystal clear waters make it all worthwhile, though! You can even find pink sand here. Come prepared with comfortable sneakers and lots of water. It does get extremely busy, so arrive early in the morning or late in the afternoon to avoid the crowds.

-Ivy, Kollecting Koordinates

42.) Kalcha Beach (North Goa, India)

Kolcha beach

Kalcha beach is in North Goa and the only way of reaching here is by hiking from Arambol beach. To reach Kalcha, you need to go towards the end of Arambol beach and climb the steps that lead to a little market on the cliffs. Walk through the market for 5 minutes, climb on the rocks towards the end of the market and you will hit Kalcha beach. There is a fresh water lake that’s right opposite this beach and is called “sweet lake” – that’s what makes this beach really special.

-Sonal and Sandro, Drifter Planet

43.) Carrick-A-Rede Rope Bridge (Northern Ireland, UK)

northern ireland girl unspotted

Not so much of a hike, but more like a lovely gorgeous walk instead, the entire stroll leading to this history old rope bridge in this Northern Irish coast will give you one of the best views of the Atlantic ocean. This was actually my very first glimpse of the second largest ocean in the world, and let’s just say my standards are instantly out of reach. Mind you, it was a rainy day in December and I pretty much got sick the day after. But nonetheless, the entire walk around the area was just lovely. It cost a couple of extra pounds if you wanna cross the bridge, which I think is a pretty fun experience too. But if you’re just there for the view, pretty much every corner will take your breath away. Think gigantic lush landscapes paired with pretty ocean blue– it’s pretty damn majestic! It was almost frustrating trying to photograph the place because I just couldn’t capture it good enough to show it any justice.

-Me (READ: I Hid At The Back Of A Tour Bus To Northern Ireland Because I Left My Passport)

44.) Cathedral Cove (Coromandel Peninsula, New Zealand)

Cathedral Cove

Cathedral Cove is located in Hahei, Coromandel Peninsula, New Zealand. It is relatively easy to get to but quite remote. The drive is worth it though as Cathedral Cove boasts postcard worthy picturesque views. The walk itself down to the cove is well maintained and concreted, so no falling over tree roots here unless you detour off into the inviting little pockets of trees on the way. Cathedral Cove is a 1-2 hour round trip but allow for longer as you will be stopping to snap photos at regular intervals. Well, I was anyway. The walk is downhill practically the whole way to the Cove which means you’re walking uphill nearly the whole way back. It is never too steep however and easily achieved by everyone regardless of fitness levels.Cathedral Cove slowly emerges from behind the trees, as you round the final corner and step down the last of the stairs you are greeted with the bay in all its glory. A beautiful sandy beach, islands of rocks dotted in the water, imposing cliffs and of course, the natural arch in the rocks that Cathedral Cove is famous for. As it was raining when we trekked down, the bay was secluded. However, this is rare as Cathedral Cove is a popular tourist spot, especially in the summer. Be prepared to enjoy it along with plenty of others.

-Jem, Little Adventures NZ

45.) Manta Point (Nusa Penida, Indonesia)

nusa penida

Manta Point in Nusa Penida is definitely one of the highlight of my day trip here. Although the hike itself is more like a short walk from the parking lot, I can imagine how much more refreshing it is if we actually hiked here. The area itself has many other spots to explore such as the broken beach and Angel’s Billabong– both offering yet another gorgeous view point. But what stood about Manta Point besides its gorgeous blue waters are the animal spotting you could enjoy as you stare out into the vast blue sea. Manta Point, as where the name is derived from, is actually quite an awesome vantage point to spot Manta Ray families! We spotted a few big ones and it was mesmerizing seeing them even from afar. Although we didn’t get to snorkel with them this time, it was a nice little tease.

-Me (READ: 10 Things You Need To Know About Nusa Penida)

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