El Nido is known for its beautiful waters and breathtaking lagoons. However, tucked in a jagged corner of Miniloc Island, the Secret Lagoon Beach is our favourite hidden gem in the area. The only way to get into the lagoon is by swimming through a small hole in one of the cliffs. Venturing into the quiet, crystal clear lagoon nestled within looming karst cliffs make it an incredibly surreal experience.
2) Salar De Uyuni, Bolivia
What is hidden could very well just be hiding in plain sight. The Salar De Uyuni in Bolivia is the world’s largest salt flats and is also dubbed the world’s largest mirror. The sea of bright-white salt is a result of a prehistoric lake that went dry and on perfect conditions it perfectly reflects the sky; standing in the middle of it looks like you’re standing right in the centre of the infinite.
3) Matera, Italy
The town of Matera in Italy is one with a very interesting past reflected through its unique atmosphere. Residents built their homes into the cliffs and up until the 1950s, the area was poverty-ridden. However, in the 1980’s, gargantuan efforts through local laws and preservation were made to revitalize the town, moving its residents to more modern housing in the city. As a result, the cave houses were cleaned up and preserved and now offers tourists a glimpse into the town’s unique past. You can even stay in one of the cave-houses for a night!
4) Baby Blue Eyes in Hitachi Seaside Park, Japan
Every April a new sea emerges in Hitachi Seaside Park in Japan. The park features oceans of flower gardens including millions of daffodils and tulips, and pictured above, 4.5 million baby blue eyes. The mesmerizing blossoms mimic the sky and make for perfectly drool-worthy photos!
5) Socotra Island, Yemen
6) The Blue Forest, Halle, Belgium
7) Tianzi Mountain Nature Reserve in Wulingyuan, China
The Tianzi Mountains in Wulingyuan, China is by and large not hidden at all. The Mountain Nature Reserve makes everyone in its presence tiny compared to its looming magnificence. Beautiful in its own right, the mountains periodically get shrouded in seas of clouds giving rise to spectacular sunrises and breathtakingly beautiful winter snowscapes, thus earning its place in this list as a hidden gem among the clouds.
8) Melissani Cave, Greece
9) Plitvice Lakes, Croatia
10) Faroe Islands, Denmark