I clearly remember seeing questions around the famous ‘seven wonders of the world’ in our GK books, since childhood. We have grown up reading about these, and somewhere deep within we even want to see these beauties with our bare eyes. But considering you would any way have to travel abroad to witness these, why not add some more to your bucket list and make it an experience that would stay lifelong.
- Marieta island, Mexico
The Marieta Islands are a group of small uninhabited islands a few miles off the coast of Nayarit, Mexico. The “Hidden Beach” of Marieta Islands was formed by military testing and volcanic activity and is a naturally made wonder. Many people call it the lover’s beach as the tucked below surface of the island provides a safe haven for romance.
There are some security issues as well, and hence all boats that drop passengers off at the Marieta Islands’ Hidden Beach must have a special permit.
- Sea Gaia ocean dome – Japan’s indoor man made beach
Sadly, if you have earlier not been here, you have missed it forever probably. It was one of the largest one of the world’s largest indoor waterparks, located in Miyazaki, Miyazaki, Japan. It opened in 1993, and visitor numbers peaked in 1995 at 1.25 million a year. It sported a simulated flame-spitting volcano, artificial sand and the world’s largest retractable roof, which provided a permanently blue sky even on a rainy day.
The Ocean Dome was officially closed on October 1, 2007 as part of a renovation and partial re-branding of the resort. The roof of the structure was retractable in four sections.
- Crazy road in France
Passage du Gois is a road that connects the Gulf of Burnёf with the island of Noirmoutier in France. Due to the rising tide, you can only drive along it twice a day for a few hours before it gets flooded. Today the causeway attracts thousands of visitors a year to watch the twice daily uncovering of the 4.3 kilometres of road as it miraculously appears from the sea during the ebbing tide.
Trucks and buses can drive only in one direction, from the mainland to the island. At high tide, this road lies under 1.30 meters to 4 meters of water. Trucks and buses can drive only in one direction, from the mainland to the island. At high tide, this road lies under 1.30 meters to 4 meters of water.
- Eshima Ohashi bridge, Japan
The construction of this rigid frame bridge was started in 1997 and concluded in 2004. The bridge connects Matsue, Shimane Prefecture and Sakaiminato, Tottori Prefecture over Nakaumi lake; the largest in Japan and third largest in the world.
Though in pictures, this bridge seems very steep, but actually, the Shimane side has a gradient of 6.1% and Tottori side of 5.1%.
- Cancún Underwater Museum, Mexico
The Cancun Underwater Museum is the world’s most famous underwater sculpture museum. The idea was to create an artificial reef featuring sculptures made from marine concrete. First algae forms on the underwater statues and then the tiny polyps begin to grow. Some of the figures are now covered with algae and others have some beautiful reef formations making the facial features distorted and eerie looking. The underwater museum Cancun is one of a kind.
The statues were made and placed with only two things in mind – conserving our existing natural reefs of Cancun and providing new havens for fish and sea life.
- Red Beach, Panjin China
Panjin Red Beach is the world’s largest wetland, and is famous for its landscape featuring the red plant of Suaeda salsa of the Chenopodiaceae family. A jetty has been built over the red marshland to allow tourists to walk over the red beach. Autumn is particularly popular for visitors.
There is nothing but red for miles around. As the land is very flat, many Chinese people have dubbed it ‘red carpet beach’.