If you ever dreamed of gorgeous paradise places unknown to tourism, it is time to brush up your bucket list. Discover 5 amazing places on Earth that, chances are, you have never even heard of before. Enjoy!
Ningaloo Coast (Australia)
Made up of nearly 2,335 square miles of Australia’s remote western coast, the striking Ningaloo Coast is comprised of both marine and land-based treasures. In the water off the Ningaloo Coast, you’ll find one of the longest near-shore reefs in the world and a wealth of diverse sea life, from sea turtles to an annual visit of whale sharks. On the land side, a network of underground caves and groundwater streams helps support the coast’s biodiversity.
Saloum Delta (Senegal)
This 1,930-square-mile delta shaped by the arms of three rivers gives us key insights into both natural and human history. Over 200 islets and islands dot the Saloum Delta, along with dry and mangrove forests and marine habitats for the rich fish and shellfish life. The area is also home to 218 human-made shellfish mounds, some several hundred meters long. Burial sites on 28 of the mounds have yielded important artefacts that speak of the history of human residence along this part of the West African coast.
Wadi Rum Protected Area (Jordan)
The majestic Wadi Rum—the largest desert valley in Jordan—was the famous stomping ground of the real-life Lawrence of Arabia. The Wadi Rum covers 286 square miles in the southern part of the country and is impressive both for its natural and cultural wonders. In addition to photo-perfect desert landscapes marked by caverns, narrow gorges, and massive cliffs, there is evidence of 12,000 years of human habitation here. Petroglyphs, archaeological remains, 20,000 inscriptions, and 25,000 rock carvings offer insights into the lives of the early residents of Wadi Rum.
Ogasawara Islands (Japan)
South of Tokyo, this archipelago of over 30 islands is often called the “Galapagos of the Orient” because of its diverse ecosystems, landscapes, and native species. Since the islands have never been near a continent, the native flora and fauna have developed through unique evolutionary processes. Along with over 440 documented native plant taxa, the Ogasawara Islands are home to close to 200 endangered bird species, numerous types of fish and coral, and the Bonin flying fox, a bat that’s in danger of extinction. Only two of the islands are inhabited, with about 2,440 residents in total.
The Persian Garden (Iran)
It may not be the Hanging Gardens of Babylon, but its influence is just as notable. Comprised of nine gardens that date back to different periods since the 6th century B.C., its sites are prime examples of the diversity of Persian garden designs, which traditionally paid homage to Eden and the four Zoroastrian elements (earth, water, sky, plants). Dotted with historic pavilions and walls, as well as sophisticated irrigation systems, the Persian Garden has inspired garden design as far away as India and Spain.