Throughout history, many bays around the world have served as natural ports and have been an important economic and strategic asset for many countries around the world. In addition, these natural bays served as a shelter for ships and people from stormy weather and a resting place after long days of sailing.
Over the years, these bays have become a preferred destination for the local population, which built houses there and created stunning beach strips inviting tourists from all over the world to come and visit them. The next 10 most beautiful and highly acclaimed bays in the world will show you how impressive and unique this fascinating geographical formation can be.
1. Bay of Fundy, Canada
The Bay of Fundy is located on the Atlantic coast of Canada and is famous for its high tide due to its unique shape. The difference between the high and low tide is about 15 meters, and if you go there in the future, it is highly recommended to watch the tide from the Hopewell Rocks, which is filled with impressive sandstone formations alongside abundant natural woodland that begins at the beach and extends up the slope.
2. Paradise Bay, Antarctica
Antarctica has two main bays used to anchor ships; the first is the Neko Harbour and the other is the beautiful Paradise Bay. This magnificent area is surrounded by large, huge mountains of ice, and fragments of glaciers of various sizes float in the water. To see this wonder closely, you’ll have to sail a boat on the bay’s waters and if you’d like, you can even go on rubber boats – belonging to a Chilean team that is there to study the habitats of penguins in Antarctica – and photograph the penguins living there.
3. Bay of Islands, New Zealand
Bay of Islands in New Zealand is one of the most popular sites in the country and contains 144 islands, most of which are isolated and located between small coves and stunning sandy beaches. There are plenty of creatures living in the bay area, among which you can find penguins, whales, dolphins, and swordfish. This is a favorite place for fishing enthusiasts who come to the area with yachts and sailboats that sometimes participate in international fishing competitions. This bay was the first part of New Zealand that was settled by the Europeans who came to the country.
4. Bay of Kotor, Montenegro
Bay of Kotor is located in southern Montenegro, on the Adriatic coast. It is one of the most beautiful bays in Europe and is actually a canyon that sinks into the sea. The coastal strip of the Bay of Kotor is connected to other beautiful beaches and scenic villages, as well as to the Riessen, Priest and Couture Resorts.
5. Phang Nga Bay, Thailand
Pang Nga Bay is one of the most beautiful places in Thailand and is about 95 km away from Phuket Island, where there are many caves above and below the water and a large number of islands made of limestone, some of which are 300 meters high. The most famous island among them all is Koh Ping Ghan, also known as “James Bond Island,” where parts of the film “The Man with the Golden Gun” were filmed. To visit Phang Nga Bay you will have to take a kayak, which is also the only way to enter the caves that are there.