In childhood, after watching the "Treasure Island" or "Pirates of the Caribbean", the desire to find piles of treasure after an epic quest was unbearable. For those who have grown up, but have not lost their craving for adventure enthusiasts, there are excellent places where the dream of finding a treasure can easily come true. Here is the five best places on Earth to search for treasures. They may or may not make you rich in a material sense, but will certainly enrich your traveler experience.
- 5. Papua New Guinea
- 4. Norman Island, British Virgin Islands
- 3. Bayukit Bay, Philippines
- 2. Coober Pedy, Australia
- 1. Port Royal, Jamaica
5. Papua New Guinea
The mountainous terrain and the richest flora and fauna of Papua New Guinea offer a real adventure into the unknown, and the soil provides ideal conditions for gold miners. According to statistics, this state ranks 11th in the world in terms of gold mining. Gold can be found here not only on land, but also in coastal waters.
Additional information: if you do not dig a golden nugget from the ground, you can always go into the water to explore other wonders of the island. Papua New Guinea can offer many wonderful places for scuba diving, fishing and surfing.
4. Norman Island, British Virgin Islands
The fourth number on the list of the most promising places to look for treasure is the island, which is said to have inspired Robert Lewis Stevenson to write the story "Treasure Island".Many local legends are associated with pirates who hid their treasures on the island. And it's no wonder, with his network of mysterious caves and bays. And it is these stories about pirate trophies that still attract many treasure hunters. And also on the Norman Island come snorkelers and divers who want to explore caves, bays and sunken ships.
Additional information: In addition to the prospect of finding pirate gold, local caves offer stunning beauty of coral walls.
3. Bayukit Bay, Philippines
Do you want to find treasures that the Japanese government once counted on? Then your way lies in the Bay of Baku, which is connected with the legendary story of the lost treasures of the Japanese general Tomoyuki Yamashita, nicknamed the "Malay tiger".Since 1944, he commanded Japanese troops in the Philippines and collected his treasures by plundering Malaysia, India, Thailand and Burma. Unfortunately, for Japan, Japan capitulated in World War II while the general was still in the Philippines. Before he was captured and hanged, Yamashita hid his treasures in 172 different places on the island of Bakuyte Bay. He and his team hoped to return for the values.
Some sources believe that the treasures of Yamashita in our days can cost billions. In the 70 years of the 20th century, Rogelio Roxas found part of the treasure. However, the Philippine president Ferdinand Marcos confiscated the find and those treasures that still remained in this particular tunnel. From 1973 to 1980, the Philippine authorities extracted over 1,000 tons of gold from the hiding place, which was then sold on the stock exchanges in London and Zurich. There followed a lengthy trial of Roxas and Marcos, which resulted in the seizure of Marcos capital held in the accounts of SKA Bank. And somewhere in the caves of the island, another gold of Yamashita awaits its time.
Additional information: if you get tired of exploring caves, you can always luxuriate on one of the many beaches or go for a ride on a kayak. The blessing of the islands covered with lush vegetation in the bay is many and they will not bother soon.
2. Coober Pedy, Australia
The second place in the ranking of the best treasure hunt places is the district, which is the unofficial "opal capital of the world".The first precious stone was found here in 1915 and now the area has the largest area of opal mining on the planet.
About 150 million years ago this part of the world was covered by the ocean. When the water receded, the sand minerals of silica from the seabed gradually solidified in the rock cracks, turning into colored gems.
The center of the district, the mining town of Coober Pedy is also known for its underground houses built to shelter from the burning sun. These are underground "holes" dug in sandstone at a depth of 2.5 to 6 meters.
Additional information: there is an 18-hole golf course in Coober Pedy, only because of the heat you have to play at night.
1. Port Royal, Jamaica
This city boasts the richest pirate history. It was known as "the richest and most immoral city in the world", since its harbor served as a haven for the ships of many pirates. It's all about the convenient location of Port Royal, its proximity to trade routes. Up to the 2nd half of the 17th century, Port Royal was the focus of maritime trade in the Caribbean Sea.
Additional information: In 1692 on the island there was a powerful earthquake and most of the city disappeared under water. So if you intend to look for pirate treasures, stock up in scuba gear.