1. Heard Island, Antarctica
It is a territory of Australia, but it’s actually much closer to Antartica. The waters surrounding the island are freezingly cold and absolutely dangerous for swimming, but it still manages to attract many surfers. One of the two active Australian volcanoes is located on the island, Mawson Peak, and it increases the danger factor even further.
2. Reunion Island, Indian Ocean
It is a region of France, but it’s near Madagascar and Mauritius. Many people know it as the world’s deadliest island, and it’s the case because there has been a number of shark attacks that occurred on its beaches. There have been more than 20 shark attacks in the period between 2011 and 2018, and seven of them were deadly.
3. Cape Tribulation, Australia
What makes this place so dangerous are the animals that live nearby. It is the home of many deadly jellyfish, crocodiles, poisonous snakes, and cassowaries. There have been many reports of cassowaries attacking people on the Cape Tribulation.
4. Praia de Boa Viagem, Recife, Brazil
This popular beach used to be shark-free for a long time, but there have been at least 50 shark attacks on this beach since 1992, and 19 of them were fatal. The violent crimes that take place in the city also make this beach even more dangerous.
5. Gansbaai, South Africa
Gansbaai is widely considered as the Great White Shark Capital of the world. The area has a large colony of fur seals, and they attract great white sharks. Many surfers have been injured on this beach over the years.
6. Volusia County, Florida, U.S.A
While we can’t say that Volusia County is the shark capital of the world, there have been more unprovoked shark attacks here than entire South Africa. Ever since 1882, there have been 267 attacks on this beach, although none of them fatal. There have been, however, 71 lightning-caused deaths in Volusia from 1997 to 2006 only.
7. Chowpatty Beach, Mumbai, India
It is one of the most polluted beaches in the world, as its waters have become the dumping ground of even raw sewage over the years. Fecal coliform levels in the water have reached 1455 per 100 mL in 2013, which is almost three times more than the acceptable level of 500.
8. Kilauea, Hawaii, U.S.A
Don’t let Kilauea’s gorgeous black sand beaches fool you: it is located right next to Mount Kilauea – one of the most active volcanoes in the world. It has been spewing lava ever since 1983, and the temperatures of the water can reach well over 230F.
9. The beaches of the Amazon river, Brazil
Thousands of anacondas and electric eels live here, along with 2,500 species of fish, of which most are dangerous and deadly. Even the locals, who are well-aware of the dangers that the Amazon hides, are very careful about spending time in the waters of the river. Completely avoid these beaches when you’re vacationing in South America.
10. Copacabana, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
We all know that Copacabana is one of the most popular beaches in the world, but it’s also one of the most dangerous. Why? Because the crime rates in the area are steadily soaring, and the police receive thousands of complaints about assault or robbery on the beach daily! Even though the police are constantly patrolling the sands, you should always be on alert.