Wish-list beaches in paradise. Photo / Getty Images
In New Zealand, we’re spoilt for choice of scenic beaches — from the crushed pink-shell beaches of Northland to the pōhutukawa-fringed shores of the Coromandel, to the sweeping black-sand vistas of the West Coast. And yet, we can’t resist the allure of dreaming of white sand, turquoise waters, and sea breezes further from our own shores.
Here are nine beaches around the world worth placing on your wish list.
White Beach, the Philippines
Famous for its snorkelling and diving, the Philippines comprises more than 7600 islands. Translation? There’s a heck of a lot of beaches to choose from here. The fan favourites, though, are the beaches found on Boracay Island. Although it’s only 11sq km in size, Boracay has 17 beaches and coves, including the stunning White Beach, so named for its pristine sand. Its popularity means there’s plenty of accommodation to choose from on the resort island, from budget to mid-range, to truly luxurious.
Matira Beach, Bora Bora, French Polynesia
If you asked AI to paint a picture of “tropical paradise honeymoon destination” it would likely spit out something that would look eerily like Bora Bora, the South Pacific’s most superlative island group. Remote and beautiful, it’s got it all — palm trees, turquoise waters, and the iconic peak of Mount Otemanu as a backdrop. While Bora Bora is mostly associated with over-water bungalows, there are also opportunities to sink your toes into the sand, including at Matira, the island’s public beach.
Cefalu Beach, Italy
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