Contest #755 – Spiaggia dei Conigli (Rabbit Beach), Lampedusa, Italy

Spaggia dei Conigili
Image by Marco Molino

You won’t find even a single rabbit anywhere near this beach, named Tripadvisor Best Beach in 2014. The name is a mistranslation of the original Arabic name of the island and beach, “Rabit”, meaning “connection”. Someone somewhere added the second B and it got translated back in to Italian as Conigli. You will, however, find Loggerhead turtles in abundance, especially since this is a nesting beach.

Those who found the spot before the hint:

  • hhgygy
  • Phil Ower
  • Glenmorren
  • Garfield
  • Bas van Limpt
  • Martin de Bock
  • Paul Voestermans
  • Eloy Cano
  • Graham Hedley
  • Lighthouse

And after the hint:

  • LawnBoy
  • Ashwini Agrawal
  • Gillian B
  • Robin
  • Tamas Ny
  • Andreas Meister
  • Jeather
  • Jesus Rodriguez

Contest #754 – Trunk Bay Beach, St. John, US Virgin Islands

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Trunk Bay is the most visited beach in the Virgin Islands National National Park.

The beach has an underwater marked snorkel path, facilities for renting snorkel equipment, a snack stand, and a bar. The location is very popular with locals, island visitors, and cruise ship excursions from nearby Charlotte Amalie, the beach can become quite crowded sometimes.

Locals in the Virgin Islands refer to Leatherback Turtles as “Trunks”, and with the bay having many of such turtles, the name Trunk Bay stuck.

The island of St. John is known for having many wild donkeys, and this beach is not excluded:

Those who found it before the hint were:

  • Lighthouse
  • Paul Voestermans
  • Martin de Bock
  • Ashwini Agrawal
  • Garfield
  • Jesus Rodriguez
  • Graham Hedley
  • Eloy Cano
  • Phil Ower
  • hhgygy
  • Bas van Limpt

After the hint:

  • Robin
  • Tamas Ny
  • Gillian B.

Contest #753 – Maya Bay Beach, Ko Phi Phi Le, Thailand

Maya Bay, Thailand by Mike Clegg Photography.jpg

The 2000 movie “The Beach” was partially filmed here, and what they did there created a lot of controversy for the filmmakers. 20th Century Fox bulldozed part of the beach to make it appear more “paradise-like”. Although they promised to return the beach to it’s pre-filming pristine condition, they never made good on that. Combined with the increased traffic to the beach because of the publicity from the movie, quite a bit of ecological damage was done. Then the 2004 Boxing Day Tsunami came and everyone forgot about it.

Those who found this site before the hint:

  • Eloy Cano
  • hhgygy
  • Paul Voestermans
  • Tamas Ny
  • Lighthouse
  • Martin de Bock
  • Garfield
  • Graham Hedley
  • Phil Ower
  • Bas van Limpt
  • Hilde Lambeir

And after the hint:

  • Ashwini Agrawal
  • Robin
  • Andreas Meister
  • Gillian B
  • Aditya Prasad