6 of the Most Stunning Beaches in the World that I’ve Visited (Plus a Vital Blogging Lesson)

September 15, 2014 25 thoughts
Our 'hood in Savusavu, Fiji. Not a bad beach down the street from our place.
Our ‘hood in Savusavu, Fiji. Not a bad beach down the street from our place.

 

I hit the jackpot here in Vanua Levu, Fiji.

Kelli (click it to read my latest interview on the Island Queen’s blog) and I are treated to a stunning view of Savusavu Bay, as the spot where we’re staying sits atop a jungle cliff some 50 meters above the water.

But it gets even better.

There’s an even more stunningly beautiful view and beach spot on the island.

More on that later.

We’re beach bums. Or, we’re folks who like living in warm, tropical climates by the beach. We don’t hit the beach daily but we do like having the option.

Hey, we’re living the internet lifestyle.

May as well take advantage of it, right?

Before we move on I had to let you in on a little secret.

The Blogging from Paradise eBook series just grew by 1 ebook. Yep, what was once one is now two.

I’m excited to introduce Blogging from Paradise: How to Build an Online Empire through Blog Commenting

I’m really excited about it and know you’ll dig the topic, because it’s right up your alley….I think, at least, for most of my readers.

The in-depth blog post is coming soon so for now, here’s the in-depth page….and of course, pick it up so you can say you were one of the first folks to download it. Thanks for your support!

 

Click the pretty picture empire builders.
Click the pretty picture empire builders.

Blogging from Paradise: Why Blog?

 

If you’re struggling to move your blog to the next level you’re probably forgetting something: people blog to live a dream. Maybe they don’t know what dream they’re chasing, or maybe they have a low energy, weak motivator, like wanting to make an extra few dollars – literally – each month.

Your job as a blogger is to remind folks of the dream they’re forgetting about, or to emotionally appeal to folks who dream big.

That’s why you see posts like these, detailing some of the most breath taking spots on earth that I’ve visited.

I’ve yet to have someone look at one of my Fiji photos and say, “I hate that photo”, or, “That place is so ugly.”

Even some folks who “don’t want to travel”, want to travel. Because the second they say, “that’s so beautiful”, more than a few are saying, “I want to experience that.”

Now, if they want to experience it, on some level, it’s a dream. So yes, even you folks nice and comfortable in your home towns, on a DEEPER, subconscious level, if I handed you plane tickets to Nadi, then Savusavu, Fiji, and told you that you could take your family along and that the plane ride would be smooth, and that you’d sleep during the ride, well, most of you would probably stop by.

A handful of people would have a genuine objection, as they truly hate the tropics, but if you like something, or find it beautiful, the Universe gave you that preference to experience in person.

It’s just the attachments, and comfort zone thingees, that keep us from traveling.

Anyhow, we all are blogging to live a dream. It’s why you return here to Blogging from Paradise a few times weekly. It’s why you *don’t* dream of my practical tips.

My content is kinda inspiring but I won’t fool myself; the underscoring driver in all we do is the invisible why in the visible what.

If we’re really getting pure on our intent, we’re blogging to feel great about helping folks, to help them become free.

My blog is all about helping you live a life of island hopping through smart blogging. Paradise may be your hometown, or it may be Savusavu, Fiji. I may just chip away at your attachments, or spur you to leave your comfort zone, or to do something so totally, unbelievably freeing, thing, like traveling to Bali (check out my buddy Ken Kai’s blog, he actually LIVES in Bali), or Fiji.

The vital blogging lesson is this: sell a dream. Build your blog around freeing people. Inspire through your blog. Help people to make their dreams come true by selling an inspiring, overwhelming, joy-inducing dream, and you’ll have found one of the core secret to blogging success.

On to the images. I need to get this done before my town center journey in Savusavu, Fiji….Sunday today, as I’m writing, so since it’s God Day I’ll be seeing more mongooses and street dogs than people on my jaunt into town.

 

Nagigi, Vanua Levu, Fiji

 

Nagigi Beach, Vanua Levu, Fiji.
Nagigi Beach, Vanua Levu, Fiji.

Nagigi Beach in Fiji is the most beautiful, stunning, pristine beach I’ve ever visited in the world. It’s also, without a doubt one of the top 5 or 10 most beautiful beaches in the world.

Remember folks, I’ve seen more than a few awesome, gorgeous spots. Nagigi stands at #1 due to its serene, remote location, the contrast between the crystal clear, placid tidal pool waters, and the savage waters beyond the barrier reef, the enchanting aqua blue waters, the dark blue waters of the deep blue sea, and the coconut tree-fringed beach.

Nagigi is a Fijian village. We were invited to the village by our friend Olivia, the banana lady.

Tourists ain’t going here on their own, folks. Remote spot here.

We received fresh coconut juice on the beach, courtesy of a Fijian couple who probably has the best back yard view on earth; i.e., the beach.

The picture doesn’t do the beach justice. If you can believe that.

I’ve not seen anything like it during my travels.

 

Hidden Beach, Bali

Hidden Beach, Bali.
Hidden Beach, Bali.

Hidden Beach is a spot just south of Jimbaran, Bali. It’s no swimming beach. Not unless you have a suicide wish. But it’s about the most stunning place we’ve visited, beach-wise.

Imagine towering, sweeping cliffs providing you with dramatic views of the Indian Ocean, overlooking the water and southern coast of Bali.

Kelli and I visited this beach a few times. The first visit coincided with a massive storm way out in the ocean. We were treated to a bombastic display of savagery as the cliffs took an absolute pounding from terrifying, monstrous, 15 to 20 foot waves barreling in from the Indian Ocean.

I could feel the ground shake. It was insane. Primal.

As you can see we snapped an awesome shot up top.

If you do Bali, make sure to visit Hidden Beach. It’s a 10 minute motorbike ride south of Jimabaran, down the street from the bay and all of its famous seafood restaurants.

 

Nai Harn Beach, Phuket, Thailand

 

Nai Harn Beach, Phuket, Thailand.
Nai Harn Beach, Phuket, Thailand.

Nai Harn Beach is my favorite beach on earth. Before you think, “Phuket”, and see images of crowded Patong, full of Selacious B Crumb type touts, and bloated, beer-guzzling tourists, there is a Phuket south of this spot, ya know?

Head south of Chalong. Things are a bit different here.

Kelli and I always stay in Rawaii. Nai Harn is a 10 minute motorbike ride from our spot.

The beach is picturesque; imagine a horseshoe shaped bay shoe horned between 2 lush, green hills, dotted with coconut trees.

During high season the water is a pond. I would swim a quarter mile out. Visibility was a clear 20 to 30 feet, easy. So clear, so calm, so peaceful, so serene.

Nai Harn is not as quiet as the above mentioned beaches – not by a long shot – but the raw beauty of the beach puts it near the top of my list.

 

Klong Jark Beach, Koh Lanta, Thailand

 

Klong Jark Beach, Koh Lanta, Thailand.
Klong Jark Beach, Koh Lanta, Thailand.

Koh Lanta beaches are so pretty it deserves 2 mentions. We’ll start with Klong Jark Beach.

Koh Lanta is so pristine, and clean, because it’s off the radar compared to its rowdy cousins Phuket (save the south tip of the island where we stay) and Koh Phi Phi. No heavy drinking, or partying, going on here. People visit Koh Lanta for peace and relaxation.

No airport either. You get on and off the island via a car ferry if you’ve flown in through Krabi, or you simply take a passenger ferry if you’re arriving from Phuket or Koh Phi Phi.

As you might imagine this keeps tourist numbers down.

Klong Jark is a few minutes from the national park. Quiet, peaceful and oh so clean, the beach was basically a private spot for us. The water was perfectly clear and the stunning views of the lush, tropical, jungle, sprawling up through the hills, was flat out breathtaking.

Add Koh Lanta and Klong Jark Beach to your list.

 

Unnamed Private Beach , Koh Lanta, Thailand

 

Unnamed Private Beach, Koh Lanta, Thailand
Unnamed Private Beach, Koh Lanta, Thailand.

We walked through deep jungle and hundreds of mosquitoes to reach this beach. You definitely need to earn this one. This beach must have a name but I can’t nail it down on Google.

Any of my travel buddies, feel free to help me out here, as I know it’s not any of the beach names I found online.

The water is stunning, the views inspiring, and it was hands down one of the more remote, peaceful spots we hit up in Southeast Asia.

Just get on the motorbike, head south in Koh Lanta, and do a beach each day. You’ll find it, eventually, after a few day’s worth of beach hopping.

 

Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica

 

Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica.
Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica.

Manuel Antonio is home to a world renowned national park. The beach ain’t half bad, either.

Gorgeous views of the Pacific Ocean, combined with huge rock formations and a lush jungle background make this one of the more beautiful beaches in the world.

On the beach we saw:

  • Jesus Christ lizards
  • Squirrel/Titi monkeys
  • Sloths
  • Iguanas
  • Capuchin monkeys
  • Pink Ibis

The bio diversity was unlike any place we’ve visited on earth. Animals everywhere, casually strolling/climbing/slithering through spots with a few folks around.

The water wasn’t as crystal clear as some of the other spots but the dramatic views make it a keeper, and one of the top spots on my list of most beautiful beaches I’ve visited in the world.

 

My Challenge to You

 

Travel. Travel bloggers (Paul Johnson runs a visually stimulating luxury travel blog, click the link to check it out), I know you’re already traveling, but as for the other blogging crowd I’m publishing these posts and writing these eBooks to take you with me.

I am free to travel whenever I want to travel. Come along for the ride.

Traveling will expose you to cultures, people and a new way of doing things which will expand your consciousness. You’ll grow like a weed on the road.

I’ve only been able to inspire so many folks because I was placed into so many freeing, inspiring yet uncomfortable situations.

You’ll be so incredibly happy that you saw the world because as St. Augustine said…..

“The world is a book and those who do not travel read only a page.” ~ St. Augustine

 

Your Turn

 

Don’t forget to pick up my FIRST Blogging from Paradise eBook. New York Times Best Selling Author Chris Brogan – who has dubbed me The Island King – gave it a tweet worthy endorsement.

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Have you visited any of these tropical hot spots?

What was the most beautiful beach you’ve been to?

Please share your thoughts below, and pictures too if you have them.

 

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Ryan Biddulph is a blogger, author and world traveler who's been featured on Richard Branson's Virgin Blog, Forbes and Neil Patel Dot Com. He has written and self-published 126 bite-sized eBooks on Amazon to help you with your most painful blogging mistakes. If you're struggling with your blog and feel overwhelmed with blogging information overload, Ryan can help you increase your blog traffic, comments and online income with the 11 Fundamentals of Successful Blogging Audio Course.
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25 Comments

  1. Megan Says:

    i skipped over manual antonio both times ive been in costa rica and i definitely regret it! great to see such beautiful places around the world inspire motivation and hard work!

  2. Dan Says:

    Lame.

    • Dan, thanks so much for stopping by and sharing 🙂 And, send me your 6 most stunning beaches on earth (that you’ve seen in person), as I need to assess the veracity of your comment Beach Boy lol….

  3. Carol Amato Says:

    Hi Ryan,

    Great point – reminding people of the dream they’re supposed to be aspiring for… Awesome point!

    This is my favorite point,and spot on in my opinion: “the underscoring driver in all we do is the invisible why in the visible what.” I couldn’t agree more! 🙂

    Nagigi is absolutely stunning, and reminds me of some of the beaches in Italy, although different terrain for sure.

    The Hidden Beach photo and description are spectacular, Ryan! Well done.

    Wow, the unnamed private beach in Thailand sounds awesome! Looks like the water is calm too.

    We plan on more travel coming up in the near future, and have just renewed our passports. Thanks for sharing your awesome account of the places you’ve visited as well as the gorgeous pictures.

    Sharing with my friends…

    Take Care,
    – Carol 🙂

    • How exciting Carol! Renewing passports is always fun. Thanks so much for sharing.

  4. Hi Ryan,

    I’m sure your blog make a lot of people and other bloggers dream of travel. I know there those weird people 🙂 here and there that don’t like to travel, but actually more times and not people who do not like to discover beautiful places of the world may have some type of subconscious blocks that make them that way.

    Other than those, most of us love those beautiful pictures, and we wish we were right there.

    By the way, what tool did you use to make that widget of yours here. I’ve seen other bloggers with the same type widget and I think it’s pretty cool.

    • H Sylviane, Super point about subconscious blocks and travel. I needed to remove a bunch to globe trot. Actually the business card at the end of my post was beautifully designed by Carol Amato. It rocks, right? Thanks so much.

  5. Gorgeous beaches, Ryan!

    Boy, that makes me miss Greece. When I was on Skopelos, there were these amazing little private beaches that we discovered when we paddle boarded around the island. We would pack up our dry bags and head over in the morning, and have a beach all to ourselves.

    I think you make a great point here about how it’s not enough to just provide the practical tools – you have to remind people of the dream they’re working towards. You have to show them that it’s not just out there but it’s actually attainable!

    You definitely do a great job of showing people that the dream is livable, and it’s awesome. Even though I’m personally not much of a beach bum (more of a mountain girl, myself) I still get inspired when I see the life that you and Kelli have created.

    Congrats on your new e-book! Great topic as well, and one on which you are undoubtedly an expert. In fact, it’s very relevant to one of my upcoming posts so I’ll be linking to it. 🙂

    Another great post!

    • Hi Mandie, Great points all around and Skopelos sounds beautiful. I enjoy a good mountain view here and there too, and may trek in the future. Seems like it’d be so fun. Thanks so much Mandie, looking forward to reading that post.

  6. Joy Healey Says:

    Hi Ryan

    No wonder you have a big smile, visiting all those lovely places!

    I haven’t done a lot of traveling in my life in the early part of my life, but catching up on it somewhat now – and enjoying it.

    Certainly if someone offered me that plane ticket – yes please!

    So glad you’re enjoying the life-style, and one day I hope to get to see those lovely sights.

    Joy

    • Hi Joy, Oh yes I’ve been to some neat spots 😉 Thanks so much for stopping by and happy travels.

  7. Frank Says:

    Hey Ryan, always enjoy your posts and the way you write. You’re entertaining and full of tips. I like how everything you write, on any subject – even if it doesn’t relate in any way, shape or form – you always bring back to blogging. Sometimes it’s a tenuous stretch and I scratch my head. But it somehow always keeps me reading. That’s why I subscribed to your blog.

    And I liked your beach list – until you got to Manuel Antonio. Manuel Antonio? Urgg, really!? All I have is bad memories of that place: http://bbqboy.net/manuel-antonio-coconut-filled-paradise-i-dont-think-so/. Its really one of the few places I would never go back to. But maybe it’s one of those things where our perceptions are influenced by our experiences.

    Apart from that, keep up the great posts. You’re a fun read!
    Frank (bbqboy)

    • Oh yes Frank, I’d likely not add Muhamma, India to my list anytime soon but it was my perception of a pretty wicked sickness, and lack of convenience when being in that state too. Thanks so much, appreciate it.

  8. Phillip Dews Says:

    RB
    Not been to any of those beaches YET But I will buddy. Mark my words I will deffo be!

    I just been writing out my interview to become a member of Britanny Bullen’ IBT site where I happen to mention that I want to retire to North Wales and more specifically Barmouth!

    That place for us is just Heaven on Earth and for me currently IS Paradise however I may change my tune over time when we come to experience these exotic places with my good friends RB & KC.

    As a developer and designer I rely heavily on inspiration and making those graphics for your new book (Really excited to get that badboy now, but goto wait and hopefully this friday will be able to download it) really inspire me and help with my blogging and commenting efforts.

    It’s all well and good looking at amazing pictures, graphics and video’s of you guys in paradise and I do as well im sure others gain a lot of helpfull inspiration from them, but sometimes it’s just not enough! we need to experience those IRL.

    AC makes a very vaid point when he say’s ‘unfortunately, the majority of people who dream of following in your footsteps will never put in the effort to make it happen’ which is why I am determined NOT to be one of those people.

    Actually scrub that RB I am not Determined instead I will NOT Be one of those people. My first goal is to reach NYC with Lou in December 2015 and Brum Design is going to take us there. From there who knows we will see what takes flight and see if we can go where the crow flies.

    Another awesome and inspiring post buddy! Going to share this badboy of a blog post!
    Manete alsius.
    – PD 🙂

    • PD, Wales looks so beautiful. Definitely qualifies as a paradise to me and that dream is awesome. You’ll dig Bali, Fiji, Phuket and some of these other spots too 😉 Thanks so much.

  9. kelli Says:

    Hey Ryan
    When it comes to producing content that sells the dream and awakens that spark within us bloggers who want to be a success, no one does it better than you. That is something that is so important to share with people. Yeah, the practical tips are important–we need to learn optimizing our use of social media and what have you, but cultivating the mental state that is necessary for success is the most important, and providing the means to let people get in touch with that emotion and have it at the surface.

    • Kelli, So true. Getting in the proper mental space to follow the right tips, to succeed, is the name of the game. Thanks so much.

  10. Your blog reminds me of an old fantasy job, travel writer and hotel critic. Now I can totally do it! Thanks for the reminder.

    • Tamira, go for it! Thanks much.

    • Phillip Dews Says:

      Short and powerful comment Tamira,
      Good to know that you know that this does not need t be a fantasy hey!
      – PD

  11. Aden Clark Says:

    Hey Ryan,

    Seen you around other blogs a lot and decided it was now time to follow you on your travels. What beautiful places to see, unfortunately, the majority of people who dream of following in your footsteps will never put in the effort to make it happen.

    Im going to start taking my blogging more seriously, as up to now, i have other methods of generating traffic, although having an updated blog sparks conversations and connections with some very interesting people.

    I will keep up to date with you as you continue your journey and inspire me to make a list of “places i must see” on my own journey.

    For aspiring bloggers, follow Ryan, take his advice and apply what you learn, he certainly knows his stuff. After all, everyone has greatness inside, its a case of finding and embracing it, in a way you feel passionate about.

    All the best,

    Aden Clark.

    • Hi Aden, So glad you stopped by…and certainly, I’ve seen you in a bunch of spots too. We all have greatness within. Just need to access it. Thanks so much and have a great week.

    • Phillip Dews Says:

      Hi AC,

      You are so right there buddy when you say that most people wont put in the effort and live their dreams like Ryan is.

      It’s the extraordinary people who do! Like the saying goes.. ‘The world is a book and those who do not travel read only a page.’ that is just soo true!

      To put in other terms people who live their dreams are the minority or the top 2% as we all know that the top 2% of the population control 98% of the wealth.

      I know that RB is one of those and I know that he wants to redress that balance and make everyone who is prepared to work smart. Scrub that Blog smart who have this dream of island hopping become a reality for them!

      I for one am aiming for that. Seems like you are as well buddy!
      Top comment and hope you dont mind me using your qote in my comment below AC.

      – PD

      • Aden Clark Says:

        Hey Phillip,

        So true, its all down to mindset. The majority of people who never break-through often focus on the negativity that surrounds them & in within them, such as family and friends constantly telling them “its all a waste of time” or “its a scam” and so on.

        People who think like that will never break away from the “work 9 to 5, take your pay slip & get on with it” mindset, where as those that become a success never settle for anything less than living their dream.

        All i did was focus on my own opinion of my potential and what i wanted for myself and my family. Plus, i had the balls to get out there and take action on what i learned.

        Yeah I’ve failed ore times than i care to remember, BUT, i kept learning from what i did wrong and focused on what i did right.

        If your not passionate from head to foot about what your doing in life, and dripping with dedication, then people will not experience their true potential.

        People hate hard work and expect money to rain from the sky, unfortunately, if it was so easy, everyone would be rich, of course that is not the case.

        Nice to meet you here and thanks for your comments.

        All the best,

        Aden Clark.

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