One of my missions while travelling around the world for one year is to visit all 7 Wonders of Nature. After finally getting a chance to see them, here is my opinion of what I thought was the worst and the best.
I’m ranking the 7 Wonders of Nature based on the following factors: shock, tourist friendly, enjoyment, and epic feel/adventure.
Keep in mind, these rankings are my opinion.
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The 7 Wonders of Nature ranked from worst to best (my personal opinion):
7 – Halong Bay, Vietnam
Many people will disagree with me on this. But, I personally thought that Halong Bay was the worst of the 7 Wonders of Nature that I visited. Why is that?
First, I didn’t really feel a shock factor while I was doing the boat tour. I didn’t go to Halong Bay and said to myself, “WOW, this is amazing!”
I’m not saying Halong Bay looks terrible, it’s definitely nice, but not 7 Wonders nice. If that makes sense. I think places like the Bolivian Salt Flats or Angel Falls gave me a bigger shock feeling and they’re not even listed in the 7 Wonders of Nature list!
Admittedly, my experience may have been soured by the terrible tour operator that I joined. I think if you pay a lot of money and join a really nice tour, your experience may be a lot better.
6 – Amazon Rainforest
The Amazon rainforest definitely deserves to be in the 7 Wonders of Nature list. While travelling through Ecuador, I got a chance to sleep overnight in the Amazon rainforest. It was honestly a bit creepy since there are massive amounts of insects swarming the place.
But, I did have a great time hiking through the jungle. My Amazon rainforest experience turned out a lot better than I thought.
5 – Table Mountain – South Africa
I have to be honest. My time on top of Table Mountain was enjoyable because of sentimental reasons, more than “WOW, look at this AMAZING WONDER” reason.
When my girlfriend and I first started dating, she showed me a picture of a girl sitting on top of Table Mountain. The picture looked so epic that I promised Karen that I would one day take her up Table Mountain.
Fast forward 4 years later, I finally took up to this famous mountain. Karen got really emotional when we got to the top because we finally reached a destination that used to be just a dream when we were both a broke couple with little chance of travelling abroad.
But from a 7 Wonders of Nature stand point, I really don’t think Table Mountain should be on the list. Instead, it should be replaced with either the Bolivian Salt Flats, Angel Falls or Galapagos Island.
4 – Puerto Princessa Underground River – Philippines
The Puerto Princessa Underground River is simply amazing. It is the longest navigable underground river in the whole world.
I know many people felt their experience in this underground river was a bit lacklustre. And I understand why. It’s because most people who didn’t like going through the underground river did NOT do the audio tour while inside.
What a HUGE mistake. The audio tour is crucial to the experience. When you use the audio tour, you get this amazing National Geographic feel to the experience as the audio tour guide explains to you how this natural phenomenon came to be. For natural history science nerds like me, this was a dream come true.
3 – Iguazu Falls – Argentina
I really did not expect Iguazu Falls to be as epic as it was when I visited the place. It took me several hours to work the entire place and I still didn’t see everything. This place truly is one of the Seven Wonders of Nature!
To be honest, I didn’t really expect Iguazu Falls to be that great. I just assumed it’s another area with waterfalls. I’m so glad I was wrong. Seeing the Devil’s Throat section of Iguazu Falls makes you feel insignificant to the power of nature. Not to mention all the cool rainbows created thanks to the mist from the waterfalls.
I visited the Argentina side of Iguazu Falls and felt it was a great choice. Now, I have an excuse to return one day to see the Brazilian side.
2 – Jeju Island, South Korea
Jeju Island caught me by surprise. Before I visited this place, I was thinking to myself…”meh, whatever, let’s get it over with and tick off this place” since I was collecting the 7 Wonders of Nature.
What I love about travelling is getting that range of experience. While many of the 7 Wonders of Nature swing to the adventure side of travel, Jeju Island swings over to the relaxing and peaceful side of things.
And that’s what I really appreciated about Jeju Island was how beautiful and peaceful this place was.
Besides the peaceful feel to the island, it solidifies itself as a solid candidate in the 7 Wonders of Nature because it has the longest navigable lava tube in the world stretching for 13.4 KM (only 1KM is open to public).
Jeju island is one of the few places that I can see myself living in because I love places that oozes calmness and serenity.
1 – Komodo Dragon Island, Indonesia
My report for the Komodo Dragon Island is going to be conflicting. Because I am an adventurer at heart, I absolutely love travelling to Komodo Dragon Island and surrounding islands.
However, on the flip side of things, I really wonder if the Komodo Dragon Island should be in the list of 7 Wonders of Nature? Yes, it has the biggest lizard in the world, but at the same time, if you compare it to other 7 Wonders of Nature, they’re usually landscape based, not one animal based. So if you want to be consistent to the list, then perhaps Galapagos Island would make more sense?
Anyhow, that’s just my thought process in this matter.
Again, Komodo Dragon is my favourite of all the 7 Wonders of Nature. This place is pure adventure and I had an adrenaline rush doing the tour. I highly recommend it to anyone who loves adventures.
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How would you rank the 7 Wonders of Nature from worst to best? Reply below with your opinion!