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Indonesia’s Famous Pink Sand Beaches


The pink beach on Komodo Island has become famous for its light reddish sand color and turquoise water, and the good news is that it’s also pretty easy to visit on a day trip from the town of Labuan Bajo in Flores!

It’s actually not the only pink beach Indonesia has to offer — there are several pink beaches in the Komodo National Park, and also one on the island of Lombok, near Bali — but pink beaches in general are very rare, and there are only a handful of them worldwide!

This travel guide will explain how to visit both of Komodo’s unique beaches — the pink beach on Komodo island, and also the less famous (but more colorful) pink beach on Padar Island!

Where Is It?

The pink sand beaches are located in the Komodo National Park, a group of islands in east Indonesia.

The closest city is the fishing town of Labuan Bajo in Flores, which has its own airport and plenty of hotels and restaurants.

How To Get There

The only way to visit the pink beach is on a boat trip from Labuan Bajo.

It’s about 40 kilometers (25 miles) away as the crow flies, and the journey normally takes 3 hours with a slow boat, or less than half that with a speedboat.

You can knock out all the top sights of Komodo National Park (including the pink beach) in one full day trip, or it’s possible to stay in a liveaboard boat and spend several days sightseeing!

There are a bunch of flights to Labuan Bajo airport (LBJ) every day from Bali, with a 1 hour flight time and several airlines offering ticket prices as low as $30 USD.

Once you get to Labuan Bajo, it’s possible to book a boat tour to the pink beach at the harbor, or you can book a tour online (more on that later).

 
 

What To Expect
1. Pink Beach On Padar Island

If you’re looking for the most colorful pink beach Indonesia has to offer, this is it! The color here is actually brighter than the beach on Komodo Island, and we even found a heart-shaped piece of red coral on the sand.

This pink beach sits in a hidden bay on the north side of Padar Island, just a short boat drive away from the famous viewpoint.

The beach has a row of warungs (food tents), which we found kind of annoying for photos, but they can be handy if you want to buy snacks, drinks, or souvenirs.

    

 

2. Pink Beach On Komodo Island

This pink beach is located directly on Komodo Island, the home of the famous Komodo dragons, although you’re not likely to see them walking around here since they mostly stay over the hills.

The sand at this beach isn’t quite as red as the one on Padar Island, but it’s surrounded by tall hills and mountains, and the shoreline itself is more photogenic (sand color aside).

There are also vantage points you can hike up to for even better views, and the warungs on this beach are shaded by trees so they don’t interfere with the scenery too much.

Drone pic of Pink Beach Komodo Island
Why Is The Sand Pink?

Pink beaches apparently get their color from foraminifera, which are microscopic red organisms that live in the coral reefs and get washed up on the beach.

The pink color is more noticeable on the beach at Padar, but both beaches are very nice, so try to knock out both if you have time!

Entrance Fee

FREE as of 2021.

There’s no fee to visit the pink beaches, although if you come there on a day tour you may have to pay the Komodo National Park fees, since the beach is part of the park.

I’ve explained more about the park fees in my complete travel guide for Komodo Island.

 

Best Pink Beach / Komodo Tour & Day Trip

If you’re looking for a vetted tour company for visiting the famous pink beach in Indonesia, here’s a top rated Komodo National Park day trip with Klook starting at 600k IDR ($42 USD) from Labuan Bajo.

This tour includes the top sights in Komodo like Padar Island, Pink Beach, and the Komodo Dragon safari, and their prices are very competitive based on what we’ve seen being quoted for similar tours in Labuan Bajo. The online reviews are positive too.

We’ve used Klook for lots of tours and activities around the world, and they’re great! Highly recommended.

Book Now: Pink Beach / Komodo Day Tour

Where To Stay In Labuan Bajo

 

More Komodo Travel Tips

I hope you enjoyed these tips for visiting the pink beach on Padar Island. It’s the best pink beach Indonesia has to offer!

Don’t forget to check out my complete Komodo Travel Guide for more information about seeing the dragons and islands!

Don’t forget to check out my complete Komodo Travel Guide!
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