Traveling the world is on many people’s bucket lists. Some dream about it while others take the plunge at some point and fall in love with distant shores. The most common time to pursue travel are before embarking on university or before starting a new job, while others wait until retirement before planning their great adventure. Forced downtime from surfing or snowboarding because of poor conditions on your travels means more time for exploring deeper into the country you’re visiting. There are some incredible places around the world all to be discovered, some of which are inaccessible, but there are places that can be viewed with a little bit of exploration. If you’re planning a trip or traveling the world, do your research; get a map out, start planning your adventures, and be prepared to be captivated by new sites as you explore the world!
Journey to the Phillippines and you will discover the most stunning landscapes. One spot in particular that stands out is the Puerto Princesa Underground River which can be explored by boat. You also don’t need to travel far to discover nearby oddities. The Giant’s Causeway in Northern Ireland has an intricate and intriguing landscape on it’s rugged coastline and one of our favourites is the Stone Forest that has a character of it’s own. The limestone formations have unusual shapes that with some imagination mimic human and animal forms.
Here are a few of the more unusual and fascinating natural wonders found on Earth.
Puerto Princesa Underground River
Palawan is a Philippine Island with an underground river called the Puerto Princesa Underground River. This destination is certainly for adventure seekers! A boat tour can be taken through a cave which leads you to the underground river. There is second floor meaning that there are small waterfalls to seek out. The rivers journey ends as it meets the sea and so this lower portion of the river therefore is affected by the tides. This is an UNESCO World Heritage Site and this astonishing river runs under the St Paul Mountain Range. Because of the unique environment there spiders, crabs, fish and snakes that have evolved to flourish here and many species can’t be found anywhere else in the country.
U.S.A – Utah
Pando – The Trembling Giant
A tree colony which is a single organism called ” The Trembling Giant” can be found in Utah. This is an amazing natural wonder considered to be around 80,000 years old and weighs 6,600 tons, making it the heaviest living thing! The Aspens cover 107 acres of land and are made up of 47,000 aspens. These Aspen trees are identical genetically and are considered to be a single organism as every tree shares the same root system.
The Guant’s Causeway
If you meander along Northern Ireland’s coastline from Whiterocks beach to Dunluce castle, you will stumble across The Giant’s Causeway. This amazing site of 40,000 hexagonal shaped pillars formed over 60 million years ago cascades from the land into the icy Atlantic ocean waters. These formations are about 50 million years old and are basalt coloumns grouped together.The Giant’s Causeway is steeped in myth. It was thought that an Irish giant named Finn McCool, also known as Fionn mac Cumhaill, was constantly insulted from another giant from Scotland called Benandonner. Fionn mac threw parts of Ireland’s coastline in the water creating stepping stones to get to Benandonner. Benandonner tore up the stones and so the the stones were created into these fascinating shapes.
The Stone Forest
The Stone Forest, or Shilin was formed in China around 270 million years ago. It is thought that they were formed by earthquakes, water and wind erosion. Local people believe that the rocks resemble people, lions, birds and trees. The Stone Forest, found 75 miles from Kunming comprise of Stalagmite style formations that sit in multiple groups. If you’re visiting Kunming then it’s a must to marvel at the magnificent formations.
(Kunming Stone Forest photographed by Sarah Jameson. To view the original head over to flikr – https://www.flickr.com/photos/travelwyse/6510987849/in/photolist-3otkC-8r4sbn-JnUpGH-Kvgah-6ZERws-e3c59A-e3c581-3otxe-bvBtt1-aVmvsT-e3c59o-e3c577-e3c4KN-e3c57S-7Y8Jb7-KwneF-KvfMG-3ot9M-KvNmq-3otnv-3otij-KvSKV-bJwpVc-bvBsXh-bvBsvY-4Wqe1i-3otsL-3otcP-Kvrfi-Kvq4b-3otfM-5jPwcM-3ote9-KvA7V-Kvkrj-8r7ARh-Kw8js-KvKVu-Kvg3u-7Y8HWw-G4f8jt-KvLyh-7Y5o7R-Q6U6M5-e36od4-e3c4KW-aVmvRc-7Y8HRs-KvtiD-sRCL4X. license
The Twelve Apostles
Australia has many impressive sites. Rock stacks named the Twelve Apostles rise out of the sea on Australia’s Southeast coast. These stacks jutting out of the Southern ocean were once part of the land made from limestone and over time the sea has eroded the land into stacks. The 12 apostles are a slice of history as they are thought to have started to erode 10 to 20 million years ago. The wind and water still erode the land and stacks today by around 0.75 inches per year. The best time to visit the the Twelve Apostles is in the late afternoon as the light creates drama around these magnificent forms.