Tripadvisor has just released its annual Travelers’ Choice Best of the Best Awards for Beaches and a bunch of Aussie dertinations have made the list.
Highlighting travellers’ favorite beaches across the globe, from sweeping white sand and turquoise waters in tropical climates, to dramatic cliffs and pounding surf in some of the most secluded spots on Earth, the awards are based on the quality and quantity of reviews and ratings from Tripadvisor travelers for beaches, gathered over a 12-month period.
In 2021, Australia’s Whitehaven Beach takes the top spot amongst global travelers and is also the number one beach in the South Pacific. The remote Australian paradise, located in the heart of the Great Barrier Reef, is only accessible by boat, seaplane or helicopter and is lauded by travelers for its gorgeous soft white sand and postcard perfect turquoise water.
Another Australian gem on the World’s list is Turquoise Bay, rated sixth in the world and second in the South Pacific. Of the 10 best beaches in the South Pacific, Australia dominates the list, with the top 50% located across Queensland and Western Australia.
Top 10 Beaches in the South Pacific
1. Whitehaven Beach - Whitsunday Island, Qld
Travelers say: From the crystal clear turquoise water to the miles of pure white sand, it is truly breathtaking.
Top-Rated Thing to Do Nearby: Whitehaven Beach Half-Day Cruises
2. Turquoise Bay - Exmouth, WA
Travelers say: This pristine beach is amazing. It is a fantastic beach for snorkeling, swimming and walking.
Top-Rated Thing to Do Nearby: Ningaloo Whale Shark Swim on a Luxury Sailing Catamaran
3. Cape Le Grand National Park - Esperance, WA
Travelers say: The colours of the ocean, the sand, the sky make this area unmissable.
Top-Rated Thing to Do Nearby: Explore Highlights Esperance 2 Hour Guided Tour
4. Greens Pool - Denmark, WA
Travelers say: Beach is amazing! Safe swimming and great for exploring with kids.
Top-Rated Thing to Do Nearby: Check out the Elephant Rocks along the coastline
5. Cable Beach - Broome, WA
Travelers say: Searching for marine life in the rock pools at low tide is a highlight.
Top-Rated Thing to Do Nearby: 1 Hour Broome Sunset Camel Tour
6. Matira Beach - Bora Bora, French Polynesia
Travelers say: A long sandy beach where you can walk out for ages and still only be up to your waist.
Top-Rated Thing to Do Nearby: Bora Bora 4WD Tour, Lunch at Bloody Mary's & Eco Shark & Ray Snorkel Cruise
7. Piscine Naturelle - Ile Des Pins, New Caledonia
Travelers say: Great place for a refreshing swim and a snorkel to check out the fish
Top-Rated Thing to Do Nearby: Check out the the beautiful Oro Bay
8. Ohope Beach - Whakatane, New Zealand
Travelers say: Ohope Beach is truly a beach where there is space for everyone. We love going to Ohope Beach for family picnics.
Top-Rated Thing to Do Nearby: Amazing views at Kohi Point Lookout
9. Kaiteriteri Beach - Kaiteriteri, New Zealand
Travelers say: You can hire kayaks to explore the bay or go further to visit the Split Apple Rock.
Top-Rated Thing to Do Nearby: Full-Day Abel Tasman National Park Hiking Tour with Cruise
10. Mt Maunganui Main Beach - Mount Maunganui, New Zealand
Travelers say: Great beach for swimming and body boarding the waves - the sand is so soft.
Top-Rated Thing to Do Nearby: Rotorua Cultural and Geothermal Experience from Tauranga