Top 10 Most Beautiful Bays in the World | Famous Bays

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What is a bay? Which are the most beautiful bays in the world? You can either define bay as a place of water partly enclosed by land. More accurately we can refer bay as the place where waters are calmer than the surrounding sea.

Even, ships can also think of this place as a better shelter from the weather. But sometimes large and deep bays become natural harbors. In those cases, bays can be of great strategic and economic importance.

There are a lot of many great cities in the world those are located on a natural harbor. Here are going to find out some of those famous bays in the world. One thing, keep in mind that these magnificent bays are not only good to see but also of great importance for the countries.

Most Beautiful Bays in the World

The attempt is clear, we are making up a bottom to the top list of top 10 popular bays for tourism in 2018. Let’s find out the most beautiful one!!

10. Bay of Fundy, Canada

Top 10 Most Beautiful Bays in the World, Bay of Fundy
Bay of Fundy; image credit en.wikipedia.org

Located on the Atlantic coast, the Bay of Fundy is a very famous tourist destination in Canada for its high tidal range. It features unique shape and difference in water level. Sometimes it can sum up 16 meters between high tide and low tide.

If you are looking for a suitable place here to watch the tides, then find out the Hopewell Rocks, which is possibly the best stand for that purpose. The base of the incredible rock formations is covered in water twice a day. You can see this from the ground level at low tide.

Major attractions:

  • Hopewell Cape
  • The Fundy Trail Parkway
  • Fundy National Park
  • Grand Manan Island
  • Roosevelt Campobello International Park on Campobello Island

09. Paradise Bay, Antarctica

Top 10 Most Beautiful Bays in the World, Paradise Bay
Paradise Bay; image credit commons.wikimedia.org

I believe, the name is quite something that will make you dreamy even without knowing much about the great bay. This famous bay is of great importance as it is one of only two places used by cruise ships to stop on Antarctica.

On the other hand, this bay is one of Antarctica’s most popular tourist attractions. The amazing bay is surrounded by heavily glaciated mountains and ice cliffs. Visitors can join activities like cruising between icebergs with inflatable zodiac boats. In fact, photographing penguin habitats is another memorable experience in this bay.

Major attractions:

  • King George’s Island
  • Port Lockery Museum
  • Penguins and other wildlife
  • Fantastic helicopter ride
  • Deception islands hot spring
  • Observation hill
  • visit the pole

08. Bay of Islands, New Zealand

Top 10 Most Beautiful Bays in the World, Bay of Islands
Bay of Islands; image credit pl.wikipedia.org

This bay is one of my most favorites. In fact, The Bay of Islands can also be regarded as the most popular tourist attraction in New Zealand. This area is contained with more than 144 islands and few secluded bays with sandy beaches. One thing you will face here is the abundance of marine life including Dolphins, whales, big marlin and penguins.

Definitely, this kind of huge Island ecosystem has to be the most popular gathering place for sailing yachts on world cruises. This bay is also historically significant. The place was actually the first part of New Zealand settled by Europeans.

Major attractions:

  • Maritime Park
  • Waitangi Treaty Grounds
  • Pompallier Mission
  • Visit the main base town, Paihia
  • Giant Kauri Trees of the Waipoua Forest
  • Cape Reinga at the Northern Tip

07. Bay of Kotor, Montenegro

Top 10 Most Beautiful Bays in the World, Bay of Kotor
Bay of Kotor; image credit en.wikipedia.org

The Bay of Kotor is On the Adriatic Sea, located in south-western Montenegro. The historical bay is often regarded as the most beautiful bay in Europe, a great European vacation destination. Many have already mistaken this as a fjord.

But the bay is actually a submerged river canyon. There are several tourist resorts and numerous beaches lined with the shore of the Bay of Kotor. There are also picturesque towns of Perast, Risan and Kotor.

Major attractions:

  • Kotor Old Town
  • Don’t miss to explore Perast
  • Our Lady of the Rocks
  • Kotor Maritime Museum
  • St John Fortress

06. Phang Nga Bay, Thailand

Top 10 Most Beautiful Bays in the World, Phang Nga Bay
Phang Nga Bay; image credit www.flickr.com\rajkumar1220

Phang Nga Bay is one of most scenic areas in Thailand. The bay is located just over 95 km from the island of Phuket. You can enjoy aquatic grottoes, limestone Islands and beautiful caves around the place.

The most famous Thai island in the bay is a needle, which is formed of limestone rock called Ko Ping Kan. Now a day many know this as the James Bond Island. The Island was featured in the James Bond movie “The Man with the Golden Gun”.

The most common ways of visiting Phang Nga Bay is by sea kayak. In fact, it is the only way to get inside the grottoes and sea caves. You will also get to know these beautiful beaches of Thailand.

Major attractions:

  • Haad Rin Beach
  • Phang Nga National Marine Park
  • Sa Nang Manora Waterfall
  • Visit the Similan Island
  • Don’t miss the Snorkeling Lagoons

05. Victoria Harbour, Hong Kong

Top 10 Most Beautiful Bays in the World, Victoria Harbour
Victoria Harbour; image credit commons.wikimedia.org

Victoria Harbour is probably the deepest container ports in the world. The well-known bay is undoubtedly the major tourist attraction in Hong Kong. It offers stunning views of the skyscrapers of Hong Kong Island. Some other sides feature the Tsim Sha Tsui shoreline.

Victoria Harbour is also one of the busiest harbors in the world. You will find hundreds of ferries and speedboats darting up and down the shore. If you plan for a trip to the bay then it will be great with Star Ferry accommodations.

Major attractions:

  • The SS Keewatin
  • Tay Shore Trail
  • Sainte-Marie Among the Hurons
  • Wye Marsh Wildlife Centre
  • Don’t miss the Victoria Harbour Range Rear Lighthouse

04. Port Jackson, Australia

Top 10 Most Beautiful Bays in the World, Port Jackson
Port Jackson; image credit commons.wikimedia.org

Port Jackson is one of the most beautiful natural harbors in Sydney. I think many will agree with me about the beautiful city and its bay. Of course, the bay is the main attraction for visiting Sydney. With its hundreds of coves, bays, waterways, and city beaches, the harbor contributes to the city’s scenic beauty.

If you are planning for a Sydney trip then you must not forget to visit two of Sydney’s most famous landmarks. The Sydney harbor bridge and the Sydney Opera House will definitely be the memorable experience for the tourists.

Major attractions:

  • Sydney Opera House
  • Sydney Harbour Bridge
  • The Rocks
  • Harbor Cruises from Circular Quay
  • The Royal Botanic Garden of Sydney
  • Art Gallery of New South Wales
  • Queen Victoria Building
  • The Sydney Tower Eye

03. San Francisco Bay, USA

Top 10 Most Beautiful Bays in the World, San Francisco Bay
San Francisco Bay; image credit commons.wikimedia.org

Perhaps many of you are more familiar than me with the San Francisco Bay in the Californian coast. The second largest urban area with approximately 8 million residents is situated in this bay area. San Francisco is the financial center of the Bay Area. And San Jose probably is the most populous city.

You will find so many islands including the small prison island of Alcatraz. This was more specifically a prison before 1963. But above all, the most famous architecture here is the Golden Gate Bridge. The gate opens the bay to the Pacific Ocean.

Major attractions:

  • Golden Gate Bridge
  • Alcatraz Island
  • Visit the Golden Gate Park
  • Explore the Legion of Honor
  • California Academy of Sciences
  • San Francisco Museum of Modern Art

02. Guanabara Bay, Brazil

Top 10 Most Beautiful Bays in the World, Guanabara Bay
Guanabara Bay; image credit en.wikipedia.org

This one is an amazing Brazilian bay. Located in southern Brazil, Guanabara Bay is surrounded by tropical forests, unusually shaped rocks, high mountains of Serra do Marl, beaches and most importantly neighborhoods of Rio de Janeiro.

The famous Portuguese explorer Gasper de Lemos discovered the bay on January 1, 1502. He named it Rio de Janeiro, which means January River, as he thought it was a large river. After so many decades finally, it was renamed as Guanabara (Tupi-Guarani0.

Major attractions:

  • Lagoa Neighborhood
  • Maracana Stadium
  • Tijuca National Park
  • Santa Teresa Neighborhood
  • Visit the famous monolith, Sugarloaf Mountain
  • Christ the Redeemer

01. Ha Long Bay, Vietnam

Top 10 Most Beautiful Bays in the World, Ha Long Bay
Ha Long Bay; image credit commons.wikimedia.org

Believe me, this is the best of the beautiful bays in the world, such a piece that will make you feel like entering the epic stories. Situated in North Vietnam, Ha Long Bay is around 120-kilometer long coastline. The international meaning of this bay expresses a lot about this amazing bay. The name is literally translated as “Bay of Descending Dragons”.

Undoubtedly it is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Vietnam. It features thousands of Islands. Most of these Islands are topped with thick jungle vegetation, which makes spectacular seascape of limestone pillars. Some of them are enormous caves. But the most fascinating thing about the beautiful bay is those floating villages of fishermen. You must not miss this while in Vietnam.

Major attractions:

  • Floating Villages and Fish Farms
  • Pelican Cave at Bo Hon Island
  • Enjoy Premium cruises
  • Virgin Cave at Bo Hon Island

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