Walking hand in hand with the one you love, beaming together in the sea breezes as soft pink pastel sands gently massage your toes, sounds like a perfect fairy tale from Scheherazade’s 1001 Nights. Except it’s a reality: pink sand beaches, even though an exceptional phenomenon, are there for you to savour. The ambience is perfect: at a pink beach you don’t even have to write love letters on the sand.
Far removed from the usual golden coasts associated with tropical islands like Bali or Bora Bora, these pastel-hued beaches attain their gorgeous colour from bright pink, orange and salmon-tinted bits of crushed coral, crystals, fossils and microscopic marine creatures that fall to the seabed and are washed ashore. Mixed with white silvery sand, the result is a beautiful pastel pink.
Scattered around the globe, some of these lovely pink sand beaches are surprisingly located along the Indonesian archipelago. Yes, Indonesia is actually home to three of the eight most beautiful rose-hued coasts in the world.
From the Bahamas‘ Harbour Island to Tritona Pink Beach Kaimana, Papua, here are the eight best pink-sand beaches around the world worthy of a spot on your wish list for a colourful honeymoon.
1. Candy Coloured Shores of the Bahamas
The Bahamas bulge with resorts and casinos along the beaches of Nassau, Paradise Island and Cable Beach. Nevertheless, the area is also home to one of the most famous pink beaches in the world: Harbour Island. Its three miles of candy-coloured shores exude hues of pink thanks to the shells of foraminifera, microscopic, single-celled organisms.
2. The Pink Komodo, Indonesia
Komodo, the sanctuary island of the giant dragons, is also home to Pink Beach. Also known as Pantai Merah for its reddish sands, this exceptional beach also gets its striking colour from microscopic foraminifera. The pink beach is a 30-minute sail or four hours’ trekking from Loh Liang, Komodo’s one and only jetty.
Elafonisi, or Deer Island, is on the southwestern corner of the Mediterranean island of Crete. When the weather is fine it is possible to walk to the island through the shallow water. A protected nature reserve, Elafonisi boasts pink sand beaches, created by tidal and wave-induced deposits of pigmented microorganisms living in a symbiotic relationship with native seaweed.
4. Santa Cruz Island, the Philippines
Situated along the Basilan Strait, the Great Santa Cruz Island in Zamboanga City in southern Philippines is famous for its pink coralline sand. The colour of the sand comes from the pulverised red organ pipe coral from eons of surf erosion mixed with the white sand. It takes 15 to 20 minutes by boat from Paseo del Mar.
5. Spiaggia Rosa, Italy
Budelli, as small island in Italy, features a picturesque setting with clear turquoise waters, lush vegetation, purple rocks, and a rose-coloured beach. Spiaggia Rosa the Pink Beach is the pearl of the La Maddalena archipelago that owes its typical colour to microscopic fragments of corrals and shells such as Miriapora truncata and Miniacina miniacea.
6. Tangsi Beach, Lombok, Indonesia
Lombok, the island east of Bali, features beautiful beaches along its coasts. Among the natural beauty is Tangsi Beach, a lonely fishing hamlet that exudes a rare phenomenon: a pink beach.
Take a hike to a nearby cliff and an amazing vista appears before your eyes. The idyllic beach at the Jerowaru district is just a 2.5- to 3-hour drive from the island capital Mataram.
7. Red Sand Beach, Maui, Hawaii
Red Sand Beach is a hidden beach on Maui, Hawaii, that offers an almost other-worldly view: the red sand on the beach is due to nearby red lava cinder cliffs eroding onto the shore. The water is a deep blue colour, providing an impressive contrast.
The beach is accessible through a somewhat dangerous and slippery trail along the cliff’s edge. Recommended only for experienced hikers, the secluded beach is a great place for bird-watching, nudists and local eccentrics.
8. Triton Beach, Papua, Indonesia
A trip to Kaimana in Papua, Indonesia, assures a triple treat when it comes to delving into the wonders of nature. There is the Triton Bay where the shores are tinted with hues of reddish pink sand that contrast the bluish-greens of the waters, brownish cliffs and deep green vegetation as the backdrop.
Within easy rich are a number of prehistoric cave paintings that decorate the cliffs that faces Bicari Bay. There are regular sea and air transportation to Kaimana.