Sea arches are a spectacular phenomenon created by mother nature with a little help from the oceans. They are usually made up of soft rock that has eroded over millions of years as waves hit the land, carving caves and tunnels into the rock. Some arches are accessible at low tide, while others can only be reached by boat. They will all provide a picnic for the photographers, too.
Durdle Door is a sea arch jutting out of the Jurassic Coast of Dorset, England. It is privately owned, but is open to the public. Made of limestone, the arch is linked to the ground by an isthmus of 120 meters (390 feet) long. This maritime arch is accessible on foot, although it involves walking up a steep path with steps from Lulworth Cove. The Durdle Door 140 million years old is one of the most photographed places in the Jurassic Coast.
Wharariki Beach is considered the jewel of Tasmania. Located at the northern end of the South Island of New Zealand, does not receive as many visitors as others kiwi beaches, perhaps because it requires a trek through woods and sand dunes to get to from the car park. However, those who make the trek will be rewarded with spectacular beaches and sea arches that sit in the ocean. The beach is a good place to ride horses and see marine life, such as seals.
3. Legzira Beach
Legzira beach, south of Agadir, It is considered the most unique beach from Morocco, probably due to the gigantic sea arches that dot the beach. They are so large that a person standing under one at low tide will look like a small doll. The arches glow red at sunset, making for a very picturesque scene. The beach is popular with hang gliders and paragliders, but it is also a good place to sit and enjoy the spectacular sea arches.
4. Hopewell Rocks
Hopewell Rocks It’s a good place to get up close and personal with Arches of the Sea. Located on the Bay of Fundy of Canada, the arches of this province of New Brunswick they are on the shore, which means that visitors can walk through the arches and have a picnic by them at low tide. The bay has the highest tides in the world, so when the tide is high, travelers can paddle around the arches in a canoe or kayak.
5. Pigeon Rocks
The Pigeon Rocks are two large rock formations located on the western edge of Beirut. The gigantic sentinels are a popular destination for locals and visitors alike. The boardwalk, or corniche, Directly in front of the rocks is an excellent vantage point, but much more interesting is taking one of the tracks up to the lower cliffs.
6. Beach of the Cathedrals
Beach of the Cathedrals, near Ribadeo, Spain, is also known as Holy Water Beach because the rock formations of these multiple sea arches resemble the spiers of cathedrals. Some of the arches and caves can only be seen at low tide. Located in the Bay of Biscay, it is possible to walk around the area at low tide. During high tide, the water is not so nice for visitors.
7. Arch Rock
The 12-meter (40-foot) Arch Rock It is one of several natural bridges in Anacapa Island, one of the archipelagos of the Islands of the English Channel off the coast of California. It is a true natural beauty and is often used as the face of the Channel Islands. In addition to the arch, the island offers two more iconic features. These are: Inspiration Point, which offers stunning views, and the Anacapa Island Lighthouse.
An impressive natural limestone arch with a flat top, the Azure Window is one of the main attractions in Malta. Located on the island of Gozo, the arch has been featured in movies and TV shows, and is a famous icon of Malta. The tourist town of Dwejra is close by to meet the needs of visitors who dive, swim and sail around the arch where falls into Dwejra Bay. The arch is visible from a great distance. Most people walk there, enjoying the extraordinary view as they walk and then cooling off in the water.
Honopu Arch is the tallest arch in Hawaii. Is found in the Na Pali Coast on the island of Kaua’i. It is located in an isolated part of the island, which can only be reached by boat and then swim to shore, since ships cannot dock here. It is more of a natural bridge, as there is a waterfall on the land side that drains through the arch tunnel. There is a small beach area on each side of the arch. The area was featured in the 1976 King Kong remake and the 1998 film Six Days Seven Nights.
10. The Cover
The arch of La Portada is 43 meters high in the Pacific Ocean, in the region of Antofagasta, Chile. The arch is made of andesite stone, sedimentary rocks, and sandstone, as well as fossils that are millions of years old. The arch is not very far from the shore. A panoramic view of the coast offers great views of this much-photographed Chilean phenomenon. Visitors may bring binoculars, as it is a popular place to see seals, vultures and other marine animals.
11. Great Pollet Arch
The Great Chicken Arch It is located near the coast of the county of Donegal in Ireland. Located on the peninsula of Fanad, the Great Pollet Arch it’s a massive rock formation that photographs well in all kinds of weather and at any time of day. The arch was carved into the rock by the movements of the Atlantic Ocean. It is considered a good example of marine erosion. The arch is surrounded by smaller rocks and tide pools.
12. The Arch
The Arch is a gold-colored marine arch which is at the tip of the Baja California Peninsula near Cabo San Lucas. Also called Land’s End because if you draw a straight line south, the next land you hit is the South Pole. The Arch is visible from all over Cabo, but travelers can also get up close to it by boat. The Arch is where they meet the Pacific Ocean and the Sea of Cortez.
13. Kleftiko Beach
Kleftiko beach, on the Greek island of Milos, offers the opportunity to see multiple sea arches, some of which are large enough to navigate through. These elaborate arches are located off the coast, and they come in all sizes and shapes. They can only be accessed by boat. Most boats include a swim stop and snorkeling on the cruise. Local legend says that pirates used to hide in caves on and offshore.
14. Batu Bolong
Pure Batu Bolong It is a small temple located a step away from the famous Tanah Lot temple in Bali. It is located at the end of a rocky promontory that jumps towards the sea and enters the crescent Indian Ocean. The rock has a natural hole, hence its name, since batu bolong literally means ‘rock with a hole’.
15. Cathedral Cove
Accessible only on foot, by boat or kayak, Cathedral Cove is one of the main attractions on New Zealand’s Coromandel Peninsula. The area has two beautiful beaches separated by a huge stone arch. The cathedral arch gives the whole area an air of grandeur. The beach is sandy with pohutukawa trees shaded along the coast, a perfect place for a picnic and a swim.
How is an arch formed in the sea?
Arches form at headlands, where rocky shores jut out into the sea. The powerful waves hit the rock from both sides of the promontory. Waves erode (wear away) the rock at sea level to form sea caves on either side. The waves end up crossing the cape, creating an arch.
What forms sea arches and sea stacks?
Lesson Summary Waves in the ocean are what we see when energy travels through water. Wave energy produces erosional formations such as cliffs, wave-cut platforms, sea arches, and sea vents. When waves reach the shore, they can form deposits such as beaches, reefs, and barrier islands. More articles
What forms when a sea arch collapses?
Another landform created by waves is called a sea arch. A sea arch forms when waves erode a layer of soft rock that is under a layer of hard rock. If a sea arch collapses, a “seastack” is created, which is a large pile of rocks in the middle of the water.