Mother Nature does it again! Rare, striking and quite unusual almost unbelievable, visiting a pink beach should be on your bucket list. If you need a change from the white and clear waters, then think pink and add ones of these beaches as your next destination.
- 1. Harbour Island, Bahamas
The Bahamas’ 3-mile-long Pink Sand Beach gets its colour from crushed pink and red shells of microscopic coral insects. Visitors also have the opportunity of enjoying snorkeling and swimming at Pink Sand Beach in its the calm and shallow reef-protected waters, or linger on shore to go horseback riding. The Pink Sands Resort sits right on the beach, giving guests access to sweeping ocean panoramas from luxurious cottages.
- 2. Crete, Greece
Elafonissi, which occupies a peninsula that’s connected to mainland Crete underwater, boasts breathtaking beaches with pink sands and turquoise waters. The area’s shores get their noticeable colour from broken shells. While exploring Elafonissi, visitors will find a cedar forest with secluded beaches for skinny-dipping. The region can get busy in July and August, so plan your visit accordingly.
- 3. Horseshoe Bay Beach, Bermuda
One of the most famous and photographed beaches in Bermuda is the Horseshoe Bay Beach. Located in South Shore Park, this pink beach (which is named for its curved shape) features a coastal trail that connects it to other area beaches, plus limestone rocks and cliffs that add to its beauty. Beachgoers can also play a game of volleyball or attend one of several annual festivals hosted on-site.
- 4. Pink Sand Beach, Barbuda
Barbuda, a Caribbean island located north of Antigua, has an impressive over 20 kilometers of pink sand shoreline. Popular pursuits at Pink Sand Beach include snorkelling and swimming. Should you need a break from the beach, you can take part in nearby activities like exploring caves (including one that contains a tropical rainforest) and bird watching at the Frigate Bird Sanctuary – home to approximately over 100,000 birds.
Unfortunately, most of the island sustained severe damage from hurricanes in 2017, however, a few of its resorts – including Barbuda Cottages – will soon reopen for tourists. Yay!
- 5. Tikehau, Tahiti
On Tikehau, pink and white sand beaches surround the gorgeous oval-shaped, emerald-colored lagoon. Located about an hour away (by plane) from Papeete, the capital of Tahiti, Tikehau’s lagoon is home to eagle rays, grey reef sharks, turtles and dolphins.
Its pink sand beaches are prime spots for scuba diving, snorkelling, kayaking and fishing. Those who plan to stay longer than a week have several accommodations to choose from, including the Tikehau Pearl Beach Resort, Hakamanu Lodge and Pension Hotu.
- 6. Komodo Island, Indonesia
This striking stretch of pink sand on Indonesia’s uninhabited Komodo Island gets its colour from a red pigment left on the surrounding coral reefs by microscopic creatures. Part of Komodo National Park, Pink Beach (or “Pantai Merah” in Indonesian) features vibrant underwater coral gardens and shallow waters that are ideal for snorkelling, scuba diving, kayaking and swimming. You may even spot wild Komodo dragons swimming off shore. If you’d rather stay on land, arrive around sunset to snap the perfect selfie for Instagram.
- 7. Great Santa Cruz Island, Philippines
The pink sand beach on Great Santa Cruz Island, which can only be reached by boat, gets its colour from the pulverized red organ pipe coral. Snorkelers and scuba divers flock here to take advantage of the beach’s clear water and excellent visibility. However, it’s hearbreaking to know that much of the area’s marine life has been destroyed due to illegal coral mining. On-site facilities include bathrooms and covered huts, but visitors will need to bring their own food and water for the day. There is also a small village and a lagoon filled with mangroves on the island.