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Old 03-16-2015, 05:20 PM
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Lagzira beach in Morocco, one of the wonders of Africa.

Dakhla beach in Morocco where the desert faces the ocean.

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Old 03-16-2015, 06:17 PM
Location: Idaho
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Originally Posted by Marmel View Post
I also hear that many African beaches are very dirty, with lots of garbage all around as well as sewage runoff.
I would expect the quality of the beaches vary from country to country and even from one region/town/city to another within a country.

We were very fortunate to spend few days in one of most beautiful and cleanest beaches that we have visited in the world. It is the beach along the Elephant Coast in South Africa, KwaZulu-Natal. We got there in the last part of our self-fly safari. It was breathtaking to see miles and miles of pristine white sand beaches from from the air, looking outside the cockpit of a small Cessna.

Elephant Coast KwaZulu-Natal: places, activities and attractions – South African Tourism

It was even more amazing to see the beaches on land while staying at Thonga Beach Lodge and experience the incredible Indian Ocean crystal clear underwater world.

We were pleasantly surprised to learn of the strict South Africa coastal development rules where high rise resorts were not allowed. Developers were not allowed to cut down trees so the lodges were built around trees with some bungalows having a living tree trunk in the center ;-) Walking along the beaches, one could not see any buildings or man-made structures.

Below is an excerpt of our South Africa trip report of our Indian Ocean experience.

"From Pongola, we flew to Thonga Beach Lodge located in the northern Indian Ocean coastal area. It was like a jungle with dense forest and beautiful pristine beaches with miles and miles of white sand and pounding surf. We only did two dives there and were very lucky to get to snorkel with a whale shark (a rare event in April) and a school of hundreds of dolphins right near the Indian Ocean surf zone. The scuba diving there was spectacular with sea creatures, fishes and corals completely different from our diving experience in the North East, Caribbean, Hawaii and Galapagos Islands. Notable sightings included a guitar shark, a huge moray eel swimming about in day time, several big turtles, iridescent purple and green giant clams and colorful nudibranches and a giant potato cod. Many species of fishes (angel, butterfly, parrot, trumpet, puffer, trunk etc.) are the same as in the Caribbean but with different color and patterns. The corals were completely different from what we had ever seen before. The ocean floor was like a patchwork quilt of dreamy pastel colored branching/table and plate corals. The tallest corals were probably no more than half a foot high. We speculated that the carpet-like corals were the only species which could survive being so close to strong surf zones. I wished that we had brought the underwater camera housing but we had too many other things to pack for this self-fly safari/dive trip. On the last day at the lodge, we finally get to see the Vervet monkeys up close and personal. My husband went away to get some marmalade letting me guarding the food. The big male monkey who had been stealing muffins from the kids earlier completely ignored my yelling ran up and grabbed the French toast out of his plate. He figured out that I was a wimpy food guard."

I want to add a note that Thonga Beach lodge also has a very nice swimming area in a protected cove. Here is the link to their website


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Old 03-16-2015, 10:33 PM
Location: Canada
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Looks nice.

Originally Posted by green_mariner View Post
Video of a cool beach in Cabo Verde.

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Old 03-17-2015, 11:18 AM
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Uh...........no. Canary Islands are part of Spain.
I knew somebody would say that

Are you also gonna tell us that the British Falkland Islands are in Europe?
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Old 03-19-2015, 05:54 AM
Location: Houston, Texas
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If we're including Seychelles, then we need to include Mauritius as well:



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Old 03-19-2015, 05:58 AM
Location: Houston, Texas
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And this one:

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Old 03-24-2015, 05:21 AM
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Namibia has amazing coastlines, nothing but sunny skies, golden beaches and blue water for miles and miles, sometimes not even a person around
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Old 07-02-2015, 12:36 AM
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Sharm-El-Sheikh, Red sea Peninsula, Sinai are the amazing beaches in Egypt. Recently I have gone there to spend the vacation with the well known travel agency Explore Egypt. I really enjoyed a lot with diving at Sharm-El-Sheikh beach.
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