Is the Pink Beach in Labuan Bajo, Indonesia really that pink?
It’s a very valid question to ask. With the instagram editing game becoming more advanced than ever, it’s a wonder that we don’t question everything we see on social media anymore. Or do we? Anyway, that’s beside the point.
After seeing instagram posts of this mesmerising Pink Beach in Labuan Bajo, we were very suspicious ourselves. Surely Pink Beach isn’t THAT pink. But of course, we secretly hoped that it was. Who doesn’t want to roll around on cotton candy pink sand? (Are you following us on Instagram? Follow us here!)
As it turns out, Pink Beach really was that pink! In fact, the beach is located within the Komodo National Park, which is full of mysterious and magical wonders. In this article, we will share some all important information about the Pink Beach in Labuan Bajo, so that you can plan it in to your Flores Itinerary.
A Review of Pink Beach in Labuan Bajo, Indonesia
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How to get to Pink Beach in Labuan Bajo, Indonesia
To get to the Pink Beach in Indonesia, you will need to organise an island hopping tour within the Komodo National Park. You can book your tour at any tour agency in Labuan Bajo; however, we can personally recommend Red Whale Dive Centre.
It is worth mentioning that there are a number of island hopping tour packages depending on your time, budget, and interests. For more information, check out our article on Komodo National Park Tours.
Pink Beach in Labuan Bajo Location
Our Experience at Pink Beach in Labuan Bajo, Indonesia
First, it is worth mentioning that there are technically 2 or 3 Pink Beaches within the Komodo National Park. And one in particular is very popular on the organised island hopping tours. Unfortunately, this has had a negative impact on the environment and i’ve heard this one is very dirty now.
As you can see from our photos, the Pink Beach we visited was completely free of tourists and trash. Although some editing has been done to these photos, the pink you see is not far off what we could see with our eye. The contrast with the striking blue water was unlike anything we’d ever seen.
When booking your tour, you will want to check which Pink Beach in the National Park they will take you to. I’m not entirely sure how to differentiate them; however, our tour company called this one ‘secret pink beach’. If you are paying for a private boat tour, it will be easy to tailor your own tour. On the other hand, if it’s an organised tour, they may not be so flexible.
We’d heard mixed reviews regarding the Pink Beach in Labuan Bajo so held back on any expectations until we saw it for ourselves. But personally, we were blown away by just how Pink, Pink Beach was! This stuff is surely what dreams are made of?
How is Pink Beach that Pink?
You’re probably wondering how on earth Pink Beach got so pink? And I will try my best to explain in simple terms. The beaches are said to to get their colour from microscopic animals called Foraminifer. These tiny little creatures have pink shells and live in coral reefs surrounding the beach. Consequently, pink sand is a mix of shells, coral, and calcium carbonate.
Suggested Read: The Science Behind Pink Beaches
Where to Stay in Labuan Bajo
Hostel – La Boheme Hostel – A quirky hostel with dorm or private accommodation available. A huge drawcard here is the 24hr free banana pancakes available! They also organise daily group tours.
Luxury – Sunset Hill Hotel – Luxury rooms with spectacular views over the bays of Labuan Bajo.
For more places to stay in Labuan Bajo, you can check the latest prices HERE.
What do I need to Bring?
Unsure of what you might need to pack for your adventures in Flores? Don’t worry, we have got you covered. Check out our backpacker essentials, for a packing list of items that we carry with us on every adventure.
Here are some items that we recommend taking to make your visit to the beaches & waterfalls more comfortable:
- Comfortable shoes for the hikes
- Water shoes to wear in the water – We Recommend: 2 in 1 Water/Hiking Shoes.
- Waterproof Bag to protect valuables – We Recommend: Waterproof Dry Bag-10L/20L/30L
- Bathing suit & towel for the obvious – We Recommend: Microfiber Travel Towel
It should go without saying; however, when enjoying your time in the Komodo National Park, it’s important to be mindful of the environment.
There are many small steps you can take to becoming a responsible traveller. Here are some things to consider when visiting the Pink Beach in Indonesia.
- Be careful with any rubbish that it doesn’t fly overboard. Keep it secure until you can dispose of it properly.
- Do not leave anything on the islands, or take anything away – unless you’ve purchased it from a local supplier.
- Wear Reef Safe Sunscreen.
- Try to avoid touching anything underwater.
Well, that concludes our experience on Pink beach in Labuan Bajo, check out how to book your tour, Komodo national park tours from Labuan Bajo. If you have any questions or feel we have missed anything, please reach out to us in the comment section below. Don’t forget to follow us on Instagram here!
Stay adventurous and Happy travels.
Charlotte & Natalie x
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