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Pink Beach Komodo Island from Labuan Bajo (Pantai Merah)

The Pink Beach on Komodo Island is one of the most picturesque destinations in East Nusa Tenggara, Indonesia. The stunning beach has crystal clear waters and of course, you can enjoy the unique sight of the pinkish sands. Pantai Merah is a must-visit for beach lovers, photographers, and adventurers alike. It’s one of the few pink beaches worldwide.

Why is the beach/sand pink on Komodo Island?

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With our morning spent with the Komodo dragons, a jaunt to the beach was next. After docking on Pink Beach, the reason behind its name surfaced. Pantai Merah, as it is known in the local language, got its pink hues from the red corals crushed by the waves and then mixed with the grains of sand.

Contrasted by clear turquoise waters, Pink Beach is every beach lover’s dream.

When it comes to beaches, pink is my new obsession. And from the first sight of Komodo Island Pink Beach, I was in love!

Until the rangers tell you to be careful to venture too far because you might encounter a Komodo dragon. Yikes! Thankfully we didn’t encounter one during our short stay there.

Although there were a few trees that offered shade from the bright, hot, and unforgiving sun, the landscape at Pink Beach is mostly dry grassland. The bushes and the rolling hills were mostly in shades of brown during our visit.

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After eating lunch in the small gazebo, we explored the hills on one side for a bird’s eye view of Pink Beach. The picturesque views made the short climb and the searing heat all worth it. The pink blush glows under the midday sun.


Can you swim in Pink Beach (Pantai Merah) Komodo Island?

The beauty of Pink Beach does not end on the surface, for under the water also lies its charm. Filled with colorful corals and marine life, you will probably spend more time underwater than you do on land.

Although this has since become a popular spot after visiting the Komodo dragons in Loh Liang (Komodo Island), it is still a must-see because how often do you get to see a Pink Beach, right? 😉


Quick Guide to Komodo Island Pink Beach

Activities:

  • Sunbathing
  • swimming
  • snorkeling
  • diving

How to get to Pink Beach from Komodo Island:

15 minutes by boat from Loh Liang boat jetty

How to get around Komodo National Park from Labuan Bajo: (Komodo Island tours)

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Many tour operators from Labuan Bajo’s main street cater to different budgets and times. Check also for the park fees and additional fees. 

You can rent a speedboat, local boat, or shared boat from Labuan Bajo port (around 10 minutes from LBJ airport) to get you around the islands. You can also arrange transportation to Komodo National Park via your hotel or guesthouse. Another option is to book online from Klook, Get Your Guide or Viator.

How to get to Labuan Bajo from Bali:

From your hotel in Bali, head to Ngurah Rai International Airport. Take a flight from Bali (DPS) to Labuan Bajo (LBJ) Travel time: 50 minutes.

Where to stay in Labuan Bajo:

We stayed in Laprima Hotel which offers a breakfast buffet and a nice pool. My room was spacious and had a balcony. You can check for availability and discounted rates at Booking or Agoda.

Other places you can stay in Labuan Bajo:

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When is the best time to visit Pink Beach Komodo Island?

The best time to visit Pink Beach Komodo Island is during the dry season, which typically runs from April to December. This period offers the most favorable weather conditions for enjoying the stunning pink sand and crystal-clear waters.

This is when the weather is sunny and dry, with little rain, making it ideal for all the outdoor activities you might want to do on your trip, like hiking, snorkeling, diving, or just relaxing on the beach.

It’s advisable to avoid the rainy season, which occurs from January to March, as the rough seas and potential for heavy rainfall may disrupt travel plans and limit outdoor activities.

Other points to remember:

Always be a responsible traveler and practice the Leave No Trace principles. Don’t try to take that pink sand and dispose of your trash properly. Make sure to take care of your skin by reapplying sunscreen and hydrating frequently.

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Disclosure: This trip was made possible by the Ministry of Tourism of Indonesia for Trip of Wonders 2016. But still, all opinions, comments, and biases are my own. 


Have you been to a Pink Beach? How was your experience? 

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Darlene is currently on the road again and traveling full-time after being an expat/overseas Filipino worker in Qatar. She's rediscovering what it means to travel solo and in her 30s while working on her blogs.

Comments

  • This post has come at the right time for us. We are planning a trip to Indonesia and the pink beach is one of the things we want to do! Bookmarked this page!

  • I have been to this pink beach and it was beautiful. We went there after visiting Padar Island. It was indeed one of the most beautiful parts of Indonesia.

  • I just loved Pink Beach too. It was one of those beautiful finds while travelling. Your pictures are amazing and capture the spot perfectly. I wish we could keep this place secret. It seems everyone is discovering it.

  • Awesome beach! I have never seen a pink beach and I definitely should visit it soon!

  • Great photos, Darlene. Looks like you went hiking to get those bird’s-eye views of pink beach. It sure does look more pink from above. I saw it at eye level and didn’t think it looked that pink!

  • It’s so interesting to see pink sand…looks just great in the pictures! Reading through your experiences I have to agree to one thing for sure – it’s every beach lover’s dream destination!

  • Komodo Island has been very near the top of my list for a really long time. I hadn’t even considerred beaches, this looks lovely!

  • I’ve been to a black-sand beach, but never a pink one! How fantastic, and so much fun to take photos!

  • Wow! What a dream. I wanted to go here, but didn’t get the chance when in Bali!

  • Genie | Gallivanting Bean

    ah a pink beach! That’s amazing. I would absolutely love to go one day. Must have also been breathtaking to see the komodo dragons as well

  • Ellis

    Wow. I never heard og Pink beach before, but the pictures look stumnning. Definetly some new inspiration for travelling. Thanks

  • The Invisible Tourist

    How vibrant the crushed coral is for it to leave a large pink strip of sand along the water. Komodo Island looks like a lovely place to escape and relax (if no komodo dragons show up!) Could you see any of the red coral whilst snorkeling further out? Thanks for sharing!

  • Victoria

    Omg it’s a real pink beach! I thought the only one was in Bermuda. This looks so dreamy and I would love to visit!

  • Jurga

    Looks like such a beautiful place! It reminds me that we didn’t have a proper beach vacation with white (or pink ;)) sand beached and snorkelling in a long time…

  • Pink Beaches!! YES! Sign me up. I have an entire bucket list devoted to Pink! First to see a Pink Beach like this one you shared on Komodo Island but there is also hidden in Canada a Pink Waterfall and a Pink Lake somewhere in Australia I believe!
    So are there really Komodo dragons roaming free around the water? That would have awesome! This sounds like a great trip because to snorkel in those waters to see the coral would have been the Trifecta for me! (1. Pink Beach, 2. Komodo Dragon, 3. Snorkel)

  • Adam Kevin

    Darlene has the ability to transport you to another world (each time more exotic than the last) with her lively prose and wonderful photos- It also helps that she happens to be easy on the eyes 🙂 This Pink beach definitely makes it to my bucket list – now wait a minute- did I hear Komodo Dragons 😉

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