8 Modern Day Shipwrecks in the World

Want to swim in muddied waters teeming with sewage? How about a sea full of decomposing bodies? Here are nine of the world’s WORST BEACHES!

1. Henderson Island, British Overseas Territory 

Becoming a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1986 for its environmental significance, this remote, uninhabited plot of land in the South Pacific could not be a more quintessential deserted island. Except for one major problem, it’s heavily populated— with pollution!

2.  Serendipity Beach, Cambodia  

Due to the record-breaking amount of junk collected by volunteers in 2016, US News and World Report ranked Cambodia’s coastline as the dirtiest in the world.

With an average of 1,072 pieces of everything from beer bottles to water coolers, the project known as the International Coastal Cleanup lent one even bigger discovery— the rapid increase of trash is the result of a much larger issue.

3. Cheung Sha Beach, Hong Kong  

Due to a palm oil spill in 2017, more than 90 tons of oil waste congealed to the sand. Further, in 2016 a massive influx of trash from mainland China washed ashore and never left. 

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4. Kamilo Beach, Hawaii  

Great Pacific Garbage Patch— a giant area in the ocean which acts as a floating island of marine debris. The zone is a high-pressure area which traps waste within, save for the odd particle which breaks free to harm wildlife or invade coastal shores. 

5. Kuta Beach, Indonesia 

What was once a rustic and quiet fishing village is now an epicenter for travel and sun-kissed sand excursions. The rapid growth in terms of dining, shopping, art, and watersport has given Bali, Indonesia, an impressive transformation over the past years.

Yet Kuta Beach, one of Indo’s most sought-after tourist destination also happens to be one of the world’s most polluted beachfronts. Indonesia is the second largest marine polluter in the world, next to China, with a whopping 10% of global marine pollution taking place here.

6. Juhu Beach, Mumbai, India  

What makes matters much worse is the tidal wall that prevents anything from leaving the beach, so in essence, the shady shorefront is splattered with every kind of garbage imaginable from diapers to plastic bags. If that weren’t disgusting enough, nearby buildings habitually dump wastewater into the open sea.

What may appear to be a Baby Ruth candy bar floating in the water’s wake is actual residue from a faulty sewage system.

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7. Guanabara Bay Beaches, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil 

The water must be bad if athletes can’t go near it to compete in the Olympics. Followers of the 2016 Summer Games may recall a huge issue with the polluted passageways of Rio de Janeiro, with trash infested waters pervading television screens and prohibiting events such as rowing and sailing.

Investigators uncovered such high amounts of sewage in the waters there, that athletes who ingested as little as three teaspoons of water faced a 99% chance of bacterial infection.

8. El Gringo Beach, Haina, Dominican Republic  

Haina, more like hazmat, as that’s what officials had to wear upon cleaning what is considered the most polluted city in the world. The area is so bad that locals call the city of Haina, “The Dominican Chernobyl,” after a catastrophic nuclear disaster in the Ukrainian Soviet Republic in 1986.

9. River Ganges  

India prides itself on image when it comes to traditions of ancient civilization and spiritual values. And there is no country in the world that offers as much cultural and social diversity— tourists flock all over from the Himalayas in the north to the sweeping coastlines of the south to partake in the beauty of India.

What the cultural epicenter holds high in image, it certainly lacks in terms of filth and religious hypocrisy. For example. The River Ganges is all at once the holiest body of water for Hindus, while also being the vilest and polluted.

According to Hinduism, the river is considered extremely sacred as it is personified as the goddess of Ganga. This holy entity is worshiped by Hindus who believe bathing in the river lends the forgiveness of sins and freedom from the never-ending cycle of life and death.

To worshippers, the River Ganges is considered wholesome, pure, and a coveted place of worship and ritual.


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