Monday, April 27, 2009

Coloured Beaches

I thought after all this time, sand has only one colour. You know, the common colour. But I was wrong the moment I saw these 5 colored beaches. Nature is really unique. You often find a tree that has a shape like an animal, or sometimes clouds can seem to imitate a drawing, there are islands that have unique shapes such as star shape, love shape etc. I can say that it is the way that nature tells us that we should be always be grateful for all the beautiful scenery that God has created. Here are the 5 Strangely Coloured Beaches. Actually I disagree on the way they call it 'strangely coloured' beaches. I personally going to call this a uniquely beautiful colored beaches.
Punalu'u Beach

Punaluʻu Beach (also called Black Sand Beach) is a beach between Pāhala and Nāʻālehu on the Big Island of the U.S. state of Hawaiʻi. The beach has black sand comprised of basalt and created by lava flowing into the ocean which explodes as it reaches the ocean and cools. This volcanic activity is in the Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park.Punalu'u Beach is the most visited of the few black sand beaches on Hawaii's Big Island and the stunningly black sand is actually volcanic rock, deposited as lava and subsequently cooled when met by the ocean. Apparently to take any of the sand home would result in you being cursed by a volcano goddess by the name of Pele.

Papakolea Beach

Papakolea Beach (also known as Green Sand Beach) is a green sand beach located at South Point, in the Kaʻu district of the island of Hawaiʻi. One of only two green sand beaches in the world, the other being in Guam,the beach gets distinctive coloring from olivine crystals found in a nearby cinder cone. One of only 2 green sand beaches in the world, the truly magnificent sight of Papakolea Beach can be experienced by travelling to Hawaii's Ka'u district. Again, the unique colour of its sand can be attributed to volcanic activity - specifically, the green hue belongs to the abundance of olivine crystals which have been produced as a result of a nearby cinder cone erupting and eroding.

Hyams Beach

You may need to wear your shades when visiting Hyams Beach in New South Wales, Australia, but not just due to the sun. All beaches face roughly east, out across Jervis Bay and Point Perpendicular to the Pacific Ocean. The sand at these beaches is fine, soft and brilliantly white, The Guinness Book of Records reports Hyams Beach as having the whitest sand in the world.
Pfeiffer Beach

The hills surrounding Pfeiffer Beach in Big Sur, California, are rich in Manganese Garnet. A result of this being washed down onto the beach is the colour scheme you can see above - the entire stretch of sand has become a shifting, pink and purple canvas.


Red Sand Beach (also known as Kaihalulu) is a pocket beach on the island of Maui, Hawaii. It lies on the side of Ka'uiki Hill, which is a cindercone hill just south of Hana Bay, on the eastern half of the island.Red Sand Beach is partially shielded from the rough open ocean by an offshore reef. The result is a natural sea wall that protects the bay from large waves. Kaihalulu is one of the few red sand beaches in the world, and it boasts picturesque scenery. The sand is a deep red-black, which contrasts with the blue water, the black sea wall, and the green ironwood trees. The cindercone behind the beach erodes constantly, which continually enlarges the cove. This hill is rich in iron, and is the reason why the beach's sand is such a deep red.You won't find many beaches elsewhere in the world with sand as red as this one. Kaihalulu, or Red Sand Beach, is situated on the island of Maui and can thank the neighbouring cindercone hill for its intensely deep red appearance.

(source from and wikipedia)


Anonymous said...

That is so pretty! I have never seen a black sand beach before. Where I'm moving in the fall, to Prince Edward Island, most of the beaches there are red sanded, some even pink! I'll miss it for this summer, but I'll have plenty of photos next year.

Here is a good photo of the pink and red sand!

Herrad said...


Thanks for posting these beautiful photos.



boya arsila said...

Hi Rain, thank you for the link...the beach looks really nice. You're so lucky yo have a chance to go there. I love doing out to the beach but it's been a hile since the last time I went there. I miss summer time too..

boya arsila said...

Hi Herrad,
Glad you like the photos. Those places really are beautiful nature.

Anonymous said...

Wow how beautiful, red sands! I'm gonna be so jealous of you Rain! :) I've been on the boring regular sand we have in Los Angeles. I have been to the Dominican Republic and they have white beautiful with the turquoise water. I need to take a trip again!

Anonymous said...

I know, I feel very lucky that I'm finally doing this move. It's been years in the making and it's just around the corner now!

And Ladybug honey, let's see how jealous you are when I'm shovelling out 4 feet of snow for 4 months? Hmmmm??? :)

Anonymous said...

hahaha okay okay