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Pink Beach of Pantai Merah

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After a bit of Komodo dragon spotting on Komodo Island, we got back on the boat to go to Pantai Merah, the pink beach, on the other side of Komodo Island.


Visiting a pink beach was something I was looking forward to as much as seeing Komodo dragons.

At first as we approached Pantai Merah, on the eastern side of Komodo Island, the beach didn’t look very pink, but as we got closer, the sand did take on a blush.


The waters were crazy clear, and highlighted the pretty pink sand below.

Pink sand on the pink sand beach of Komodo Island - The Traveloguer

So how does a beach turn pink? It’s all thanks to coral. Old bits of coral are broken down in the sea and merge with the sand to create a red and white combo that makes for some truly beautiful scenery.

Pink Beach of Pantai Merah The Traveloguer Travel Blog

Wading through the clear waters with the pink sand below felt wonderful. We reached the pink sand shores and spent some time walking around, paddling in the water and studying the sand up close.


The downside to our visit to Pantai Merah was that there a lot of other tourists there at the same time, so it did kind of take from the moment. It would have been so nice to have the whole beach to ourselves!

Pink Beach in Indonesia Komodo Island The Traveloguer

We didn’t have our snorkel gear with us either, and I imagine snorkelling with the pinkish backdrop of the seabed would have been amazing.

Before long, it was time to bid the beautiful pink beach goodbye, and get back on the boat to visit more Komodo dragons on Rinca Island.

Pink Beach Paddling on Pantai Merah - Komodo Island Indonesia The Traveloguer travel blog

Pantai Merah, located on Komodo Island is a common spot to stop on a Komodo Island boat trip, whether departing from Flores, or the longer route of Lombok. The boat journey from one side of Komodo Island to the other took about 30 minutes.


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Pantai Merah - The pink beach of Komodo Island

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    Jesper, The Biveros Effect
    December 14, 2016 at 4:15 pm

    Wow, I have never seen a pink beach. Beaches being a bit more red than normal on the ร…land Islands, but no pink ones. Was it only this beach, or all beaches in the area? ๐Ÿ™‚
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    December 15, 2016 at 2:26 am

    This is a crazy anomaly. I have never seen anything like this before.Looks like an amazing place!

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    December 16, 2016 at 5:04 am

    Wow. I had no idea that coral could turn a beach pink like that! Bummer that its so filled with tourists though. I already wanted to go see Flores and Komodo and now you add this to my list haha. Looks like I’ve gotta go back to Indonesia!

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    Sandy N Vyjay
    December 17, 2016 at 3:33 pm

    Wow! The beach looks so fascinating. I have never seen a pink beach , but would love to visit here. Amazing photos.

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    Abhinav Singh
    December 18, 2016 at 1:00 pm

    Wow, I have seen so many beaches but never seen a pink beach. Sounds interesting!

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    Sridhar @InterludJourney
    December 18, 2016 at 2:28 pm

    So gorgeous, hopefully one day I will be able to make my way to these places. Every photo makes it look like a photographers dream!

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    December 19, 2016 at 3:14 pm

    Red corals are used in jewelery here! ๐Ÿ™‚ And seeing this in powdery form with sand amazes me. I wish to feel that sand in my own hands.

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    December 19, 2016 at 7:19 pm

    Yep, it’s definitely pink! Gorgeous colour. I had no idea it was there but I’ll make sure to visit it one day. My little girl would absolutely love it; she’s obsessed with pink!

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      Christine Maguire
      January 5, 2017 at 12:34 pm

      Aw, I’d say it would be a great experience for your daughter!

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    Adam, Bite of Iceland
    December 19, 2016 at 8:55 pm

    Gosh, this is so pretty! What a stunning beach ๐Ÿ™‚ I wanna go there ๐Ÿ™‚

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    Wanderlust Vegans
    December 19, 2016 at 11:40 pm

    That pink sand is amazing. Snorkeling sounds like a great idea. I would love to go there the water looks so clear.

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    December 20, 2016 at 12:49 am

    Aww we want to go to a pink beach too! The sand looks amazing! Adam collects sand from every place we visit and this one would probably be the coolest. What time of the year did you go that was so touristy?

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      Christine Maguire
      January 5, 2017 at 12:33 pm

      I actually collected some of the sand from the pink beach, I’m so happy to still have it ๐Ÿ™‚ We were there in March

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    December 20, 2016 at 2:22 am

    Wow, a pink beach, never heard of it before. It would be so cool to visit such an amazing place. Well done by sharing it

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    December 20, 2016 at 4:05 am

    The Pink beach indeed was lovely. Managed to get there this year and totally loved it. Snorkeling here too, was an amazing experience. Did you try the same out?
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      Christine Maguire
      January 5, 2017 at 12:31 pm

      Hey Ami, no unfortunately I didn’t snorkel at the pink beach, I wish I had!

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    Call of Travel
    December 20, 2016 at 12:58 pm

    That looks fantastic! Never seen anything like it before.

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    Jitaditya Narzary
    December 20, 2016 at 6:16 pm

    Amazing views. I have seen white or black snads but would never have imagine pink. I guess it will be a great place for a romantic beach vacation. At least the woman would be happy (at the rsk of sounding sexist).

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    Brown Gal Trekker
    December 20, 2016 at 7:45 pm

    I didn’t know about this place at all. I’ll make sure to check this out when I go to Komodo. Sounds very unique.

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      December 21, 2016 at 5:13 pm

      Komodo is really sick…this place is a paradise on Earth. I’m planning to visit it in April next year, so I almost know everything about that :). Anyway the pink beach is incredible…I’ve a similar place in my island (Sardinia, Italy) it’s the Budelli Beach ๐Ÿ˜€

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        Christine Maguire
        January 5, 2017 at 12:29 pm

        Lucky you getting to go in April! I’m learning about all these other pink beaches since posting this, it’s great to know there are others! ๐Ÿ˜ƒ

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    artificial sinew
    January 4, 2017 at 1:52 am

    Wow! What a amazing pink beach in komodo. Managed to get there this year and totally loved it. I wanna go there. Lovely pics you shared about your trip. Thanks for sharing it.

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    Visa EB1
    March 8, 2017 at 3:05 am

    The pink beach looks so cute! This looks like a fantastic place for some rest and relaxation and I want to bring home some of its sand as a souvenir.

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    March 16, 2017 at 12:58 pm

    That is so cool! We are always on the lookout for really unique beaches! I had never seen this one before!
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