The crystal clear water and the white sand may be the first things that come to mind when speaking of breathtaking lakes and beaches, but rare climate or other natural factors can turn them colorful and more intoxicating.
除了澳大利亞的“草莓奶昔”， 你還可看看大自然界的“抹茶咖啡”。世界各地僅有數個綠色沙灘，美景罕見，而當中最吸引的莫過於夏威夷的Papakolea沙灘！ Papakolea沙灘位於夏威夷島，是夏威夷群島中的最大島嶼。上萬年前，島上的Mauna Loa火山爆發後，將含有大量的橄欖石成份的火山岩帶到岸邊，經歷長年累月的海水沖擊，翠綠的橄欖石被磨成了沙子，形成今天得天獨厚的綠沙灘。
Green Sand Beach in Hawaii
Besides the “strawberry milkshake” in Australia, you can also have a look of the “matcha coffee” in the natural world. Tucked away near South Point – the southern tip of the Island of Hawaii, the largest of the Hawaiian Islands, Papakolea is one of the few rare green sand beaches in the world. Many thousands of years ago, volcano Mauna Loa erupted and loads of lava with the green olivine crystals were brought to the shore. After years of water erosion, the crystals have turned into sand, forming today’s unique green sand beach.
Standing on peak and overlooking the Papakolea Beach, it is like looking at a piece of delicate jade, or a cup of giant matcha coffee. The beach is not large, probably just the size of 1.5 football fields, however it is stunning to match with blue sea water and white tide. Gently pick up the green sand which looks like brilliant gems, it seems that you can smell the scent of matcha when the sand is slipping through your fingers. No wonder that it is listed among the world’s top 10 colorful beaches.
However, the treasure is no way easy to get. As the green sand beach is hidden in the deepest part under the cliff, visitors need to take a pick-up truck or Jeep from the car park to the beach and ride for about 1.5 hours to get to the primitive pearl of natural beauty. Because of its remote location, it is definitely suitable for those who like tranquility.
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