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8 unforgettable coastlines of the world

Coastlines hold an undeniable allure, drawing us in with their captivating beauty. These natural wonders, scattered across the globe, offer a mesmerising blend of dramatic landscapes, azure waters and picturesque vistas.

In this article, we look at eight of the world’s most spellbinding coastlines. From the rugged cliffs of the Amalfi Coast and the unique rock formations along Australia’s Great Ocean Road to the ancient charm of Croatia’s Dalmatian Coast and the magnificent fjords of Norway, each coastline telling their own story. They invite us to explore, marvel at their splendour, and immerse ourselves in the harmonious embrace of land and sea.

1. Norwegian Coast, Norway, Europe

The Norway coast is astonishing with its majestic fjords, towering snow-capped mountains, and picturesque fishing villages. Its superb landscapes, punctuated by cascading waterfalls and vibrant flora, create a stunning backdrop. At certain times of year, the Northern Lights dancing across the Arctic sky add a dazzling touch, making it an unforgettable and truly beautiful destination.


Norwegian Cruise Line offers a 14-day cruise on the Norwegian Star that takes in the Norwegian coast at cities including Tromso, Harstad, Alesund and Bergen, as well as making stops at in Scotland, the Faroe Islands and Iceland.

2. Amalfi Coast, Italy, Europe

The Amalfi Coast entrances all comers with its breathtaking cliffs plunging into the shimmering Tyrrhenian Sea. This UNESCO World Heritage site showcases colourful hillside towns like Positano, Praiano and the namesake Amalfi, nestled between lemon groves and offering endless opportunities for panoramic photos. The azure waters, hidden coves and charming architecture combine to create a picture-perfect coastline that exudes romance. 

3. Great Ocean Road, Victoria, Australia 

Our very own Great Ocean Road is a masterpiece of nature. It unfolds with unforgettable vistas of rugged cliffs, golden sandy beaches, and the iconic Twelve Apostles rock formations. Towns like Torquay, Lorne and Apollo Bay beckon, while the road is also the gateway to the Cape Otway National Park. This coastal stretch is a testament to the raw power and beauty of the Southern Ocean, leaving visitors in awe of its grandeur.

4. Dalmatian Coast, Croatia, Europe 

Croatia’s Dalmatian Coast mixes ancient history and natural beauty like few other places in the world. The picturesque coastline is adorned with timeless medieval towns like Split and Dubrovnik (think Game of Thrones!), crystal-clear turquoise waters, and a string of some of Europe’s most enchanting islands. The coastal cliffs, secluded coves and vibrant culture make it a true gem along the Adriatic.


Norwegian Cruise Line offers a 10-day cruise on the Norwegian Gem that takes in the Croatian coast at cities like Dubrovnik and Split as well as making stops in Turkey, Greece and Italy.

5. Big Sur, California, USA

California’s Big Sur coastline is a tapestry of natural wonders. Imposing cliffs seamlessly meet the mighty Pacific Ocean, offering exhilarating views of crashing waves and rocky outcrops. Its Hollywood charm, verdant landscapes, and vibrant sunsets make it a haven for photographers, nature lovers, and seekers of coastal serenity. While you’ll find no shortage of lovely beaches and friendly beachside towns, be sure not to miss the famous Californian Redwood forest, featuring trees that grow to be the tallest in the world at up to 115 metres in height.

6. Ha Long Bay, Vietnam, Asia

Vietnam’s endlessly wondrous Ha Long Bay showcases a coastal landscape that seems like it’s plucked from a dream. Its emerald-green waters are complete with thousands of limestone karsts, creating an ethereal seascape that is truly one-of-a-kind. There are hidden caves, floating villages and, of course, world-renowned sunsets. Ha Long Bay is a masterpiece of natural beauty.

7. Milford Sound, New Zealand

A visit to New Zealand’s Milford Sound unveils a brilliant coastal spectacle. Carved by glaciers, this fjord boasts towering granite cliffs, lush rainforests, and cascading waterfalls that plunge into dark waters. The serene atmosphere, reflected in mirror-like surfaces, captures the hearts of all who visit this remote and awe-inspiring coastal gem.

Norwegian Cruise Line offers a 12-day cruise on the Norwegian Spirit that takes in Milford Sound and its neighbour Doubtful Sound, as well as making stops in Sydney, Melbourne, Dunedin, Wellington, Marlborough, Napier, Tauranga and Auckland.

8. Skeleton Coast, Namibia, Africa

Running along the north of Namibia and the south of Angola, the Skeleton Coast is 500kmof hauntingly beautiful and desolate charm. Its barren dunes, jagged cliffs and famous shipwrecks stranded in the sand create a surreal and otherworldly atmosphere – in fact, it’s sometimes referred to as ‘the world’s largest ship cemetery’. But there’s also a real beauty here: the dramatic collision of the harsh desert and the wild Atlantic Ocean makes it a unique and captivating coastal destination.