Travel: Indonesia’s extremely rare pink beach

Image courtesy of Chantelle Flores

Whilst Bali might be highly rated as one of Indonesia’s most incredible islands, a few other islands offer something more spectacular. That is, Pink beaches.

Indonesia is home to three of the world’s seven pink beaches.

Far from civilisation and reached only by boat, Serai Island’s beach blushes a rich shade of pink. The boat anchors a few metres from the shoreline to protect its spectacular coral reef, leaving you to swim to shore.

Whilst, the more famous pink beach just off Komodo National Park, colour can only be seen at a certain time of the day; this one flaunts its colours for 12 hours of the day.

Why is it pink?

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This incredible natural wonder gets its striking colour from thousands of broken coral pieces, shells, and calcium carbonate materials left behind by red microscopic animals called Foraminifera. These live in the coral reefs that surround the beach.

Shades of the rainbow

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Pink is not the only colour you will see. The island is a marvel of all the colours of a rainbow. The sandstone cliff overlooking the beach boasts a shade of yellow and the trees that surround the beach are lush green. Whats more, these colours are contrasted with its lapping clear blue touriqous waves and blue skies.

The underworld

The underwater world is no less fascinating. Snorkelling here will reveal a beautiful panorama and a healthy and colourful underwater garden. Various kinds of amazing sea biota can be found here, including thousands of different kinds of fish and 70 kinds of sponges.

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