Mapping the world's best beaches

Best beaches: Emily Bay

Emily Bay Norfolk Island

This gold sand beach has it all - clear water, fish and surf, according to Bronwen Le Grice.

Right on our back doorstep

Long Beach

New Zealand beaches are familiar and special, and in their own way, world class.

World's best beach, at home

Mount Maunganui

Mount Maunganui has it all, from surf to sports to entertainment.

Best beaches: Kai Iwi

Kai Iwi Beach. Rugged and wild at heart, just like the town it finds itself in.

Best beaches: Papamoa

Sixteen kilometers of white Kiwi sand that rivals the best beaches around the world.

Best beaches: Orokawa Bay

This beach is only accessible by walking, which makes it extra special.

A quiet spot in Thailand

Thai beach

Railay Bay is an amazing break from the over-ridden-with-toursits Phuket.

Josiah's Bay

Josiah's Bay Strap

Josiah's Bay is the perfect spot for sunning, swimming and surfing.

Kaiteriteri Beach

Kaiteriteri Beach Strap

SUZANNA PEARSON

World's best beach: Golden sands, coves, blue seas that meet the sky.

Haven away from hussle

Tora Beach is an idyllic place to get away from busy lives and get back in touch with nature.

One for watersport lovers

brazil

Jericoacoara beach in Brazil is a great swimming beach on brilliant white sand.

Unspoiled, sugar-white sand

Best beach? Alona Beach, Bohol, Philippines

Once you have been to this beach you will never want to go anywhere else.

Picture perfect beach

porpoise

I have spent days on Catlins beaches, looking for penguins and loving the pristine environment.

Waihi a friendly beach

waihi

We just love going to Waihi Beach. It's only an hour from home and it's never too crowded.

'The most beautiful place'

beach

I remember sinking into the water and thinking "this is the most beautiful place I have ever been".

The land below the winds

timba

This strip of sand is surrounded by crystal clear water with coral reefs and abundant sea life.

A hidden gem near Sawarna

sawarna

I've been all over but this Indonesian beach is easily in my top five most beautiful places.

Beautiful, snorkeling heaven

In you find yourself in Santo, then forget about heading to Champagne beach.

A beach for the bucket list

whitehaven

Whitehaven beach in the Whitsunday Islands is absolutely breathtaking, writes Leighton Barley.

Sheltered, secluded, safe

tahitokino

Tawhitokino and Taiwawe beaches on the East Coast are right up there with the world's best.

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