Sharks and hungry piranhas, gigantic waves, venomous jellyfish, treacherous volcanoes, theft and violence: discover the most dangerous beaches in the world.
Fraser Island, Australia
The largest sandy island in the world is also home to some hazardous beaches. Despite its postcard-worthy appearance, many of Fraser Island's beaches don't allow swimming - and for good reason. The waters are inhabited by deadly stinging jellyfish, sharks, and hungry crocodiles. Danger is also found on the white sand where there are more than a hundred dingoes with aggressive tendencies.
New Smyrna Beach, Florida
According to National Geographic's 'Shark Attack Facts', New Smyrna beach is the "world capital of shark attacks". One commentor wrote: "it seems that the attacks are more frequent during the month of September".
Cairns Beaches, Australia
In Australia, on the Cairns beaches and in Darwin, it isn't the big sharks that prevent people from swimming, but a small animal called the Chironex Fleckeri. It is a deadly species of jellyfish, nicknamed "the hand of death", and millions of them swim in the waters.
Playa Zipolite, Mexico
This beach is called the "Beach of the Dead" because of the number of accidents that have occurred here. This slice of "paradise", between the sun and crystal-clear waters, has very powerful currents and huge waves that take everything away with them.
Gansbaai Beach, South Africa
Danger: great white sharks. If the film Jaws traumatised you we advise against diving here! It is the beach with the highest concentration of white sharks per cubic metre.