Eilean Tioram in Loch Moidart, Scotland
The tidal island of Eilean Tioram can be reached via a stone causeway when the Loch Moidart tides are at their lowest. Visitors who travel on foot will be rewarded by the slow reveal of the Castle Tioram as they get closer to the island. Invisible from the sea, the 15th-century castle now lies in ruins but it is still a dramatic sight and provides further access to Loch Shiel.
After a day of walking and exploring, retire to Mingarry Park for a hearty evening meal and a glass of something from the local distillery.
Mont Saint-Michel in Normandy, France
Originally build on the mainland, today Mont Saint-Michel is a tidal island
One of the best-known and most-visited tidal islands in the world: Mont Saint-Michel in Normandy lives up to the hype. The Abbey of Saint-Michel was originally built on the mainland but rising sea levels eventually isolated the abbey, turning it into a tidal island at the mouth of the Couesnon River.
Today the island’s causeway is covered at high tide and a popular spot for daytrippers. Travelling further inland, along the Couesnon River, you’ll find that many riverside accommodations have rooms with views of the Mont Saint-Michel, such as Le Relais Saint Michel.
Haji Ali Dargah in Mumbai, India
The Haji Ali Dargah at sunset in the Worli district of Mumbai
Located on an islet off the coast of Mumbai, the Haji Ali Dargah is a beautiful mosque that was built in 1431 by a Muslim merchant who wished to give away his wealth before making a pilgrimage to Mecca.
A narrow causeway – nearly a kilometre long – links the island to the mainland and is submerged at high tide, limiting access to the mosque. Visitors will see the influence of the Haji Ali Dargah’s distinctive architecture mimicked by many buildings on the mainland, including The St Regis Hotel.
Koh Nang Yuan in Koh Tao, Thailand
At low tide the islands look like a slightly lumpy extension of Koh Tao
While many tidal islands are connected to the mainland via an artificially-created causeway, the islands of Koh Nang Yuan are connected by a natural phenomenon in the form of a long white sand ‘bridge’. At low tide the islands look like a slightly lumpy extension of the Koh Tao province and visitors can explore the area on foot.
At high tide, however, the bridge is covered by seawater and three distinct islands appear. Give yourself the best chance of witnessing this rising tide by staying just 5 minutes’ walk from the beach at Monkey Flower Villas.
Enoshima in Fujisawa, Japan
Spend a few hours wandering through the Enoshima botanical gardens
The small tidal island of Enoshima is linked to the Japanese city of Fujisawa by a 600 metre-long bridge, but during low tide it is also possible to walk to the island across the newly exposed sandbars.
Partly thanks to its enviable location – right next to Tokyo’s closest beach – Enoshima attracts hundreds of thousands of visitors every year. Spend a few hours wandering around the island’s botanical gardens before heading across the bridge to spend the night at the IZA Enoshima Guest House and Bar.
Jindo and Modo in South Korea
The Jindo Sea-Parting Festival in full swing
The South Korean islands of Jindo and Modo are only accessible on foot twice a year, when extremely low tides reveal a natural causeway connecting the islands to each other. Not only is this causeway rarely seen, it also only stays open for an hour. This phenomenon led to the founding of the Jindo Sea-Parting Festival, also known as the Jindo Moses Miracle.
On the day of the festival it is traditional for visitors from both islands to walk across the causeway and meet in the middle. Make sure you don’t miss the parting of the sea by staying just down the road at the Familiar.
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