An artificial island or man–made island is an island that has been constructed by people rather than formed by natural means.
1. Surf Snowdonia, Wales
Forget California and Hawaii, is Wales the next big surfing destination? The recently opened Surf Snowdonia, located in the village of Dolgarrog, is home to the world’s first public artificial wave pool, and is expected to attract thousands of surfers annually. In September, a surfing competition Red Bull Unleashed 2015 is scheduled to be held at the former aluminum factory-turned-artificial-lagoon, which claims to produce the longest man-made surf wave in the world. The Wavegarden wave pool uses six million gallons of rainwater from a hillside reservoir to fill the lino-floored lagoon, according to The Independent. The pool can produce a 6ft-tall barrel of water that peels for 490 feet and runs for 16 seconds.
2. Tropical Islands Resort, Krausnick, Germany
Opened in 2004, the Tropical Islands Resort in Krausnick, Germany occupies a former Soviet military airship hangar. Guests at the resort are treated to a tropical holiday experience, complete with a beach, lagoons, waterfalls, exotic flowering gardens and overnight arrangements ranging from tents on the beach to luxury accommodations. The interior is kept at a temperature of 79 degrees round-the-clock, 365 days a year, and the eight football fields of landscaping is made barefoot-friendly by an under-floor heating system, according to the Washington Post.
3. Streets Beach, Brisbane, Australia
Australia is home to some of the world’s most beautiful beaches, but one beach (Australia’s only one located in the middle of the city) is particularly unique. Streets Beach, located in the South Banks area of Brisbane, is a man-made swimming beach, overlooking the brilliant Brisbane River and central business district. Streets Beach features a sparkling lagoon with white-sand beaches, palm trees, pebbled creeks and shady shallows surround by exotic plants, according to VisitBrisbane.
4. Paris-Plages, Paris, France
Every year, Paris transforms the riverbanks of the Seine into artificial, sandy beaches packed with deckchairs, free libraries, beach volleyball, ice cream vendors and complimentary concerts. The annual Paris-Plages event, which started in 2002 as an attempt to keep Parisians in the city during the summer, according to Smithsonian.com, has since inspired other landlocked European capitals to build temporary man-made beaches. This year’s Paris-Plages runs through August 18.
5. Sentosa Island, Singapore
One of Singapore’s top tourist and leisure destinations, Sentosa Island is visited by some 20 millions guests a year, according to an annual report. Its coastline is marked by three white-sand beaches—Siloso Beach, Palawan Beach and Tanjong Beach—framed by coconut palms, huts and flowering trees. The beaches, however, are artificial, reclaimed using sand bought from Indonesia and Malaysia.
6. Valley of the Waves, Sun City, South Africa
A tropical island in South Africa? The Valley of the Waves water theme park in Sun City Resort transports visitors to a paradise getaway, complete with a sandy beach and crystal-clear turquoise waves generated by a powerful wave machine. The park features rides like the Temple of Courage, a 229ft near-vertical chute, which drops daredevils to a sparkling pool below.
7. Artificial Beach, Male, Maldives
The Maldives may be known for their pristine beaches where sun-seekers enjoy powdery-soft sand and crystal-clear waters dotted by luxurious over-water bungalows, but the capital city of Male lacked a natural beach of their own until an artificial beach was constructed. The artificial beach, located on the east coast, is now a popular site for hosting sports events, parades, carnivals and live music shows.