Pink Beach, or Pantai Merah, as it is aptly named, is one of seven pink beaches on the planet, and is just one of the many amazing features of Komodo Island that make it truly a Natural Wonder of Nature.
This exceptional beach gets its striking color from microscopic animals called Foraminifera, which produces a red pigment on the coral reefs. For this reason, it is called Red Beach in the local tongue. When the tiny fragments of red coral combine with the white sands, this produces the soft pink color that is visible along the shoreline. Aside from Pink Beach itself, a few small segments along Komodo’s eastern bay also have a pinkish tint.
The corals of the Pink Beach’s underwater gardens are in excellent condition, with hundreds of species of both soft and hard corals, and thousands of species of fish. Pink Beach is a terrific choice for snorkelers and beginner divers as even the shallow waters are home to an abundance of species to keep you more than entertained.
Of course, there is much more to see the deeper you venture. Relax on the fairytale-like pink sands and work on your tan. Or join in with the various other available water sports such as kayaking or just having a leisurely swim. If photography is your passion, this is definitely a place to try your hand at capturing the stunning natural beauty of the island. And make sure you stick around till sunset, as the view is amazing.
The best route to the Komodo National Park is most definitely through Bali. As one of the most popular destinations in Indonesia, Bali is an extremely well connected airport with international flights available. Domestic flights are available from all major cities of Indonesia.
From Bali, a local airline has daily flights to Labuan Bajo by small jet or turboprop planes carrying 50 passengers. Labuan Bajo is the gateway to the Komodo islands.
Once in Labuan Bajo, you can proceed to Komodo by speedboat. The port in Labuan Bajo is about a 10-minute drive from the Labuanbajo airport. You can choose to dock straight on the fabled Pink Beach, or if you prefer a trek through the coral cliffs and mangroves, you could dock on a different side of the island, and embark on the 4-hour trek by foot to the beach.
The Pink Beach Komodo Island is roughly one and a half hours by boat from the nearest town of Labuan Bajo, located at the western end of the large island of Flores in the Nusa Tenggara region of East Indonesia.
A world away from the frenetic pace of Bali, over one hour’s flight away, Labuan Bajo is the jumping off point for trips into the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Komodo National Park, Komodo Island, Rinca Island and Komodo Island Pink Beach.
There’s not much to Komodo Pink Beach – but that’s the absolute beauty of it! The pink sanded beach of Komodo Island is a great place to simply stop and unwind. Jump on a boat to discover pink hued sand, crystal clear waters and first-rate snorkelling. This is what a remote tropical island is all about!
I’d suggest visiting the beach during high tide. During this time, the beach is actually pinker, and the water is deeper for swimming and snorkeling.
If you like the ocean, beaches, swimming, snorkelling and nature, you should definitely consider adding the pink beach to your Flores itinerary. The pink-hued sand, contrasted with a bright blue sky and clear crystal water, is unlike anything I’ve ever seen.