Saturday, Aug 15, 2015
by William Furney
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11 unbelievably wonderful places you’ve probably never seen

Think you’ve seen the world? Think again. Here we present 11 mind-blowing places that will make your jaw drop.

1. Starry Beach, Maldives

An entire glimmering constellation right at your feet! They're not stars that fell to earth – they're a type of glowing plankton that light up at night and put on an incredible display. A must-see in the magical Maldives. (Photo from Flickr: ifindkarma)

2. Richat Structure, Mauritania

Discworld? No, our world. This dramatic feature of the Sahara desert is also known as the Eye of the Sahara, for obvious reasons. It's 40km across and is the result of deep, deep erosion.(Photo from Flickr: dno1967b)

3. Bora Bora

Simply stunning. Drink it all in. Then dive right into some of the most pristine waters in the world. (Photo from Flickr: rodeime)

4. Underwater City Shicheng

Atlantis lives! This city under water is near Shanghai, China, and is the result of a valley being purposely flooded in 1959 to create a hydroelectric power plant. Now an eye-popping dive site. (Photo from Flickr: capitalmandarinschool-spain)

5. Aogashima Volcano, Japan

What an arresting sight. People live on this extinct, lush volcano in the Philippine Sea – around 120 of them. Talk about isolated. Tourists visit too, if they can get there. (Photo from Flickr: cwkarl)

6. Bond Island, Thailand

Ah, yes, Mr Bond. These striking limestone towers are officially collectively known as Khao Phing Kan. But ever since The Man with the Golden Gun was partly shot there, in 1974, it's been popularly known as 007's island. Licence to thrill indeed. (Photo from Flickr: joanet)

7. Burney Falls Memorial State Park

These dreamy falls in California were once described as a wonder of the world, and they are. (Photo from Flickr: kathycsus)

8. Crescent Lake, China

A revitalising lake and ancient temple in desert lands in China's north-westerly Gansu province – a real-life oasis for the weary traveller! (Photo from Flickr: sandandtsunamis)

9. Blagaj, Bosnia

This magical village surrounded by glittering natural wonders will have you gasping with glee. (Photo from Flickr: watchsmart)

10. Cano Cristales, Colombia

Just sheer, luxurious beauty. This sparkling river in Columbia is also known as the "Liquid Rainbow", due to its many colours along the way. (Photo from Flickr: pheterson)

11. Northern lights, Norway

Last but definitely not least is the dazzling celestial display that is the aurora borealis in Norway. (Photo from Flickr: dianasch)

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