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The 10 Most Beautiful Bays

 Throughout history, many bays around the world have served as natural ports and have been an important economic and strategic asset for many countries around the world. In addition, these natural bays served as a shelter for ships and people from stormy weather and a resting place after long days of sailing.

 

Over the years, these bays have become a preferred destination for the local population, which built houses there and created stunning beach strips inviting tourists from all over the world to come and visit them. The next 10 most beautiful and highly acclaimed bays in the world will show you how impressive and unique this fascinating geographical formation can be.

 
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1. Bay of Fundy, Canada

The Bay of Fundy is located on the Atlantic coast of Canada and is famous for its high tide due to its unique shape. The difference between the high and low tide is about 15 meters, and if you go there in the future, it is highly recommended to watch the tide from the Hopewell Rocks, which is filled with impressive sandstone formations alongside abundant natural woodland that begins at the beach and extends up the slope.

2. Paradise Bay, Antarctica

Antarctica has two main bays used to anchor ships; the first is the Neko Harbour and the other is the beautiful Paradise Bay. This magnificent area is surrounded by large, huge mountains of ice, and fragments of glaciers of various sizes float in the water. To see this wonder closely, you’ll have to sail a boat on the bay’s waters and if you’d like, you can even go on rubber boats - belonging to a Chilean team that is there to study the habitats of penguins in Antarctica - and photograph the penguins living there.

3. Bay of Islands, New Zealand

Bay of Islands in New Zealand is one of the most popular sites in the country and contains 144 islands, most of which are isolated and located between small coves and stunning sandy beaches. There are plenty of creatures living in the bay area, among which you can find penguins, whales, dolphins, and swordfish. This is a favorite place for fishing enthusiasts who come to the area with yachts and sailboats that sometimes participate in international fishing competitions. This bay was the first part of New Zealand that was settled by the Europeans who came to the country.

4. Bay of Kotor, Montenegro

Bay of Kotor is located in southern Montenegro, on the Adriatic coast. It is one of the most beautiful bays in Europe and is actually a canyon that sinks into the sea. The coastal strip of the Bay of Kotor is connected to other beautiful beaches and scenic villages, as well as to the Riessen, Priest and Couture Resorts.

5. Phang Nga Bay, Thailand

Pang Nga Bay is one of the most beautiful places in Thailand and is about 95 km away from Phuket Island, where there are many caves above and below the water and a large number of islands made of limestone, some of which are 300 meters high. The most famous island among them all is Koh Ping Ghan, also known as "James Bond Island," where parts of the film "The Man with the Golden Gun" were filmed. To visit Phang Nga Bay you will have to take a kayak, which is also the only way to enter the caves that are there.

6. Victoria Harbor, Hong Kong

Victoria Harbor is one of the deepest ports in the world, as well as one of the busiest, with hundreds of ferries, vessels, and race boats passing by every day. The harbor serves as the main tourist attraction in Hong Kong, where you can enjoy spectacular views of skyscrapers located on one side of Hong Kong Island and the beaches of Tsim Sha Tsui on the other side connected to the Asian continent. The best way to see this beautiful harbor is to sail on a ferry that will take you away from the beach, where you can photograph the waterline merging with the skyscrapers.

7. Port Jackson, Australia

Port Jackson is the natural and amazing harbor of the city of Sydney, Australia, which is also one of the most prominent features that contribute greatly to the beauty of this bustling vibrant city. The harbor has many bays, coves, beaches, lagoons, and waterways, and is best known for its Sydney Opera House and the iron bridge connecting the two sides of the bay.
 

8. San Francisco Bay, United States

San Francisco Bay is located on the coastline of California and is surrounded by the second largest urban area in the western United States, with about 8 million residents living in its area. One of the best viewing points on the surface is from the island of Alcatraz, which served as a detention facility for dangerous criminals until 1963, and is considered the most guarded prison in the world. There are many large islands in the bay, and the famous Golden Gate Bridge crosses over it and welcomes visitors.

9. Guanabara Bay, Brazil

The beautiful Guanabara Bay is located in south-eastern Brazil and is the second largest in the whole country. Around the bay, there are unique tropical forests, beautiful beaches, and many rocky high mountains. The Guanabara Bay was discovered on 1 January 1502 by the Portuguese explorer Gaspar de Lemos. At first he called the place Rio de Janeiro, meaning "the river of January," because he mistakenly thought it was the mouth of a wide river, but a few decades later the name was changed by the Indians who lived in the area during the 16th century to Guanabara Bay - "bay” translated directly from the Tupi-Guarani language.

10. Ha Long Bay, Vietnam

Ha Long Bay is located in northeast Vietnam, with 120 kilometers of stunning coastline, and looking at the bay from the bird's-eye view, Ha Long looks like a huge water-filled painting with thousands of green limestone hills and rocky islands which hold within them beautiful stalactite caves such as, Dau Go, Thien Cung, Sung Sot, etc., considered a tourist destination that should not be missed. In 2011, Ha Long Bay was selected as one of the seven natural wonders of the world, and as a result, its number of visitors increased significantly.
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