2. Rocktail Bay, South Africa
Located within the Greater St. Lucia Wetland Park, Rocktail Bay is incredibly difficult for tourists to access – but well worth the trip once you are there.
A trip to this gorgeous beach will require a series of flights, including the initial journey to Johannesburg, plus a second flight to the Richards Bay airport and a final trek via single-engine aircraft to KwaZulu-Natal.
Accommodations near Rocktail Bay are limited to a small eco-lodge with eleven tree house chalets. If you take the boardwalk from the lodge, you’ll soon find yourself enjoying the peace and quiet of one of the world’s most secluded beaches. The beach is actually many miles long, but it is natural and totally undeveloped.
Rocktail Bay boasts some of the best diving in the world, but only one diving boat is allowed on the water at a time. This may create some level of inconvenience for visitors hoping to explore the depths of the gorgeous Maputaland Marine Reserve, but it also ensures that the beach always retains its sense of seclusion.
More importantly, Rocktail Bay’s diving policy preserves the pristine nature of the beach for years to come. Snorkeling may let you see beautiful creatures such as angelfish, butterfly fish, possibly rays, octopii, and even dolphins and whales.
Whether you’re on the hunt for a diving expedition or simply would like to relax on a beautiful hidden beach, Rocktail Bay is definitely worth the travel hassle. Because it is on the verge of a large forest, you can also take drives into the forest in an open Land Rover, or take a great hike and go birding and see other wildlife.
Dinners can be enjoyed indoors or under a large Natal Mahogany Tree.