The worlds most dangerous beaches


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The worlds most dangerous beaches 9 August 2016

Ever since we started to develop Sentry, our award winning lifebuoy monitoring product, we have become a little preoccupied with coastal safety.

While our system is great for reducing loss of life due to stolen lifebuoys, there are several other threats at beaches around the world that we haven’t solved just yet – some of them we didn’t even expect!

Here are some of the world’s most dangerous beaches:


Known as the world’s most deadly island, the French territory of Reunion just 140 miles from Mauritius has a lot of work to do to rescue its reputation for beach safety. It is officially the most dangerous place in the world for shark attacks, with 20 in the last five years. Now the authorities are taking steps to protect locals and tourists.  

Some estimate that every shark attack costs Reunion €1 million in lost tourism revenue, and results in a 40 per cent cancellation of bookings. Last year a 700 yard net was installed along one of their most popular beaches. People are being trained to become underwater lookouts and a scientific study has taken place to understand the behaviour of the animals.

Hanakapiai Beach

After completing the first two miles of the Kalalua Trail in Hawaii you will reach the golden sands and blue seas of HanaKapaia Beach. But don’t be deceived by how calm this beach looks. Powerful rip tides and surges in waves make this one of the most dangerous places to swim. At least 83 people are known to have drowned here over the years. In winter all the sand from the beach gets drawn back out by the currents leaving the waves to crash on to the boulders, only to be returned again in the spring.

Cape Tribulation

If jellyfish, snakes and crocodiles are for you then head to Cape Tribulation in Northern Queensland. At this beach you will find some of the world’s most dangerous creatures, including large flightless birds called cassowaries which are known for their aggressive nature and ability to inflict serious injury.


Located next to one of the world’s most active volcanoes, Kilauea beach in Hawaii has been in the firing line almost continuously since 1983. Since 1823 there have been 61 recorded explosions.

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