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The beaches no-one should be allowed to visit
Posted on 08/03/2016


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Is this the price of tourism?

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  • Marunda Beach, Indonesia
    Marunda Beach, Indonesia

    Situated in Jakarta, on the island of Java, this particular Indonesian beach is quite literally a rubbish dump. In spite of the debris which litters the waterfront, along with nauseating smells and contaminated water, plenty of the city's inhabitants come here for a dip.

  • Chowpatty Beach, India
    Chowpatty Beach, India

    If you hadn't already guessed, Chowpatty Beach is one of the dirtiest beaches in the world. Found in the Indian coastal region of Maharashtra, the high rises of Mumbai in the background, wildlife no longer thrives in this corner of India.

  • Fujiazhuang Beach, China
    Fujiazhuang Beach, China

    The Chinese are well known for prizing white skin as a virtue, but that doesn't stop many of them taking off on the weekends to Fujiazhuang Beach in the city of Dalian, Liaoning province.

  • Haina Beach, Dominican Republic
    Haina Beach, Dominican Republic

    If you thought the entire island looked like a postcard of Punta Cana, think again. Haina Beach, not far from Santo Domingo on the south coast of the Dominican Republic, is yet to discover the concept of recycling.

  • Maho Beach, Saint Martin
    Maho Beach, Saint Martin

    Despite attracting more than one camera-touting tourist, Saint Martin's Maho Beach sounds hellish if you're after some peace and quiet from your beach holiday. Mere metres from the landing strip at Princess Juliana Airport, the beach is subject to large waves created by plane engines as they roar overhead...


From Bali to Hawaii, Costa Rica to the Maldives, the world is full of idyllic beaches just waiting for us tourists with our towels. But at what price are we able to sit back and enjoy the gently lapping waves on pristine shorelines?

Whilst we enjoy clean sand and crystal waters, others are being treated to mounds of rubbish, toxic waste and polluted water. As these photos testify, even some of the most idyllic spots in the world have not been able to escape the cost of human activity on earth.


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