When you think of a beach you probably think of white or yellow sand, bright sunny skies and a cold beer in hand, but beaches can come in all different shapes and colours. Here are some unusual beaches from around the world.

Papakolea Beach, Hawaii

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Papakolea is a green sand beach located near South Point, in the Kaʻū district of the island of Hawaii. One of only four green sand beaches in the world, the others being Talofofo Beach, Guam; Punta Cormorant on Floreana Island in the Galapagos Islands; and Hornindalsvatnet, Norway. It gets its distinctive coloring from olivine sand eroded out of the enclosing volcanic cone.

Koekohe Beach, New Zealand

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Located between Moeraki and Hampden, New Zealand, Koekohe Beach offers Game of Thrones-like scenery. Giant boulders reminiscent of dragon’s eggs are actually concretions dating back 15 million years, which grew evenly in the same way pearls do. A single boulder can weigh up to seven tons.

Glow-In-The-Dark Beach In The Maldives

content 4 sea of stars maldives-vaadhoo-islandThe lights on this beach in the Maldives are caused by microscopic bioluminescent phytoplankton, which give off light when they are agitated by the surf.

Glass Beach, California

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Glass Beach is a beach in MacKerricher State Park near Fort Bragg, California, that is abundant in sea glass created from years of dumping garbage into an area of coastline near the northern part of the town.

Shell beach, Australia

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Shell Beach is located 45 kilometres south-east of Denham in the Shark Bay World Heritage Area not far from the Hamelin Pool Stromatolites. This beautiful snow-white beach is made up of millions of tiny shells up to 10 metres deep and stretching for over 70 kilometres.