From castles located in small islands to Sinking road, these spectacular sites are only accessible or best visited during certain times of the day—at low tide.
Visiting some of these 10 spots can be a bit dangerous, but their natural beauty make the trips worthwhile.
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10. A Road in France
Stambheshwar Mahadev Temple is located in Kavi Kamboi, Gujarat, India. Its Shivling is located so close to the sea that one can only worship there during low tide.
After this as the tide starts to get low we can see the Shivling appearing back.
8. Mont Saint-Michel
This island castle in Mont Saint Michel, France, is only accessible during low tide. Its claim to fame is that it never fell to the English during the 116 years of the Hundred Years’ War. With tides that can vary greatly the mount can still pose dangers for visitors who avoid the causeway and attempt the hazardous walk across the sands from the neighbouring coast.
7. Jindo and Modo
These two islands are located in the southwest of South Korea. Two times a year a natural causeway opens due to extremely low tides, connecting the islands for a period of one hour. The causeway is almost 3 kilometers long, and over 40 meters wide. A festival is dedicated to this natural wonder and people from all around the world attend every year. On each of these days, visitors and tourists from each island traditionally walk to the middle of the causeway to meet one another and celebrate.
6. Barra Airport
Barra is a 23-square mile island off the western coast of Scotland. It has an airport with three marked runways and conducts regularly scheduled flights. What makes those flights unique is that the schedule takes the tide into account — during high tide, the sea submerges the runways. In 2011, Barra Airport was voted No.1 in the world’s top airport approaches by a poll conducted by PrivateFly.com.
5. St. Michael’s Mount
St Michael’s Mount is a tidal island located 366 meters off the Mount’s Bay coast of Cornwall, in south-western England. It is united with the mainland by a man-made causeway, passable only at mid to low tide, made of granite setts. egend has it that the Mount was once the home of a giant named Cormoran, who would wade ashore and steal cattle when he got hungry. Visitors can follow in the footsteps of Cormoran and visit the island during low tide when a granite causeway appears for pedestrian crossings. Inside castle walls, history-lovers can enjoy a display of armor and weapons, sub-tropical gardens, and stunning views from the castle turrets. Missed low tide? Ferry boat services are running at high tide during the summer.
4. Rising Tide Horses
Four horses are standing by the Thames, but you’ll only see them at low tide. They are located by the Vauxhall Bridge, not far from the Houses of Parliament, and are visible in different degrees as the water level changes. Created by eco-sculptor Jason deCaires Taylor to encourage people to reflect on our dependence on fossil fuels, the horses’ heads are oil well pumps – also known as horsehead pumps. Two of the riders are businessmen, and two are children, alluding to the people who currently control resources versus those whose futures are at stake.
3. Angel Road
There are tourist spots throughout Japan that are advertised as being places “for couples to visit.” Angel Road in Shodoshima, Kagawa, a beautiful spot where the path only appears during low tide, is one of them. The path is approximately 500 meters long. Legend has it that if couples walk this path while holding hands it leads to happiness. Many visit this romantic spot. Movies and TV dramas are shot here as well. Angel Road can be crossed about 3 hours before low tide – this is the best time to visit because that’s when there’s the least amount of footprints.
2. Koh Nang Yuan
It’s called a “unique paradise in the Gulf of Thailand” — and many who have visited the three islands of Koh Nang Yuan seem to agree. Popular with divers and underwater explorers, Koh Nang Yuan islands are interconnected by a long sandy “bridge”, a stunning natural phenomenon. During low tide, the long stripe of smooth white sand can actually be explored on foot, according to Thailand.com. At high tide, the beach is submerged in crystal-clear water and Koh Nang Yuan regains the appearance of three islands sitting separately on the sea.
1. Manjuyod White Sandbar
The Manjuyod White Sandbar completely disappears during high tide and is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Negros Oriental. The exceptional location can be accessed via 15-minute boat ride from the Capiñahan Wharf in the South Bais Bay, Bais City, Negros Oriental. One can only witness it during low tide. It is only then the beautiful white sands and starfish show up, but during high tide one can appreciate the beauty of the unspoiled beach and the crystal blue ocean water.