A tidal island is a piece of land that is connected to the mainland at low tide, meaning that they can be reached on foot. Tidal islands are sometimes connected to the mainland by a man-made causeway, so that visitors may cross over but even these can get submerged by the sea. So, you either check the tide times before you visit or wear a wetsuit at all times. In the meantime, let’s go over the 8 mysterious tidal islands what you may want to visit.
Lindisfarne is a tidal island off the north-east coast of England, known as Holy Island. A monastery was founded on Lindisfarne around 635 A; it became the base for Christian evangelising in the North of England. But Vikings raided Lindisfarne, and that was the beginning of a new era. Today the island is a popular tourist attraction; visitors may walk between the mainland and the island on the marked path.
7. Ko Nang Yuan
Ko Nang Yuan is a small island off the northwest coast of Ko Tao. This beautiful location was created by three separate rocky outcrops interconnected by a long sandy beach. At high tides three separate tidal islands sit just 10 meters from the shore, with the coral reefs and marine life just there for, hiding underneath the transparent blue seas. Oh, and please note that there’s a resort located on the middle island which will provide a full range of facilities.
6. Haji Ali Dargah
The Haji Ali Dargah is a mosque located on an islet off the coast of Mumbai. Featuring exquisite Indian Islamic architecture, the dargah is where you’ll find the tomb of Sayed Peer Haji Ali Shah Bukhari. The Haji Ali Dargah was constructed in 1431 by a rich Muslim merchant, and is linked to the city by a narrow causeway about a kilometer long. The walk towards the shrine, with the sea on both sides, is probably close to magic.
5. St Michael’s Mount
St Michael’s Mount is a tidal island located 366 meters off the Mount’s Bay coast of Cornwall, south-western England. A man-made causeway is the only way to mainland, over granite setts. The chapel of St Michael was built during the 15th century and features a small turret, which used to guide ships. But hurry and pay a visit, since ocean waters and natural erosion will eventually destroy St. Michael’s Mount.
4. Jindo and Modo
Jindo and Modo are two islands located in the southwest of South Korea. Two times a year a natural causeway opens due to extremely low tides, allowing you to take a walk towards it for a period of one hour; since the causeway is almost 3 kilometers (2 miles) long, and over 40 meters (120 feet) wide, you’d better run. There’s even a festival dedicated to this special natural event, Jindo Sea-parting festival or Jindo Moses Miracle, when visitors and tourists from each island traditionally walk to the middle of the causeway to meet one another and celebrate.
3. Eilean Donan
Eilean Donan is a small tidal island in Loch Duich, western Highlands of Scotland. Connected to the mainland by a footbridge, it is located 0.5 miles from the village of Dornie. This place looks like coming out from the Highlander movie, dominated by a picturesque medieval castle built in the early 13th century as a defense against the Vikings. Nowadays, it receives much attention in the form of weddings and film scenes.
2. Sveti Stefan
Sveti Stefan is a seaside resort in western Montenegro, on the Budva Riviera; it was transformed into a luxury town-hotel during the 1950s. The streets, walls, roofs and facades of the buildings were preserved, while the interior of the building now offers the most modern luxury hotel comfort. Marilyn Monroe, Sophia Loren, Kirk Douglas and Claudia Schiffer have been accommodated here. This is one place you shouldn’t miss out on!
1. Mont Saint-Michel
Mont Saint Michel is a small tidal island located in Normandy, France, famous for the spectacular and well-preserved Norman Benedictine Abbey of St Michel at the peak of the rocky island. In 1067, the monastery of Mont-Saint-Michel gave its support to duke William of Normandy in his claim to the throne of England. A reward was in order, so it received properties and grounds on the English side of the Channel, including a small island. That’s more like it!