Most of the beaches in the world have common similarity when it comes to sand color, texture and water quality. In fact, there are countless of beaches in different part of the world. You know that sand comes in colors of yellow, white, or gray. Sometimes, if it’s volcanic, also black. But what about a pink sand beach? That’s right! beaches where the sand is colored pink! As incredible as it may seem, they do exist, but there are very few to be found on Earth. You can even count it in your fingers.
What Causes Pink Sand?
Pink sand is a result of tiny red organisms that grow on the dead coral reefs and pieces of shells which fall to the ocean floor and is washed onto shore. It is also made of natural formulation of calcium carbonate from very small marine invertebrates that mixed to corals and shells and other marine things which has Foraminifera, microscopic amoeba that has a red or bright pink body shell. All of these are what causes the sand to have a pink hue.
Here is a list of Pink Sand Beaches in the World:
Elafonisi Beach, Crete – Greece
The beach of Elafonisi sits on the south east side of Crete and is well known for its pure white sands. In certain light, you can see the pink sand of Elafonisi, said to be caused by the coral that over time has been broken down by Mother Nature. The beach is mainly sandy with small rocky outcrops and it’ss perfect for a relaxing family day.
Budelli Island, Sardinia – Italy
Budelli is a protected completely private island 16km off the coast of Sardinia, Italy with incredible pink sandy beaches. Iti is considered one of the most beautiful islands in the Mediterranean Sea. Of course, It is especially renowned for its pink sand, in the south-eastern part of the island. It is part of the La Maddalena National Park.
Pink Beach of Komodo National Park – Indonesia
Pink Beach or locally known as Pantai Merah is one of the famous tourist destinations in Komodo National Park, it is famous for its beautiful pink sand. This color is a mixture of sand from white calcium carbonate and the bright red skeletons of organ pipe corals, which are relatively abundant in certain areas of Komodo National Park. Other pink sand beaches are found in some of the eastern bays on Komodo Island, as well as in southern Padar.
Pink Beach – Bermuda
Bermuda’s unusual pink sand beaches and clear, cerulean blue ocean waters are popular with tourists and many of Bermuda’s hotels are located along the south shore of the island. The sand contains pink flecks that are the remains of a tiny organism known as red foam. This combined with tiny particles of broken shells and bits of coral create the pink hue of Bermuda’s beautiful beaches.
Pink Beach of Great Santa Cruz Island – Philippines
Great Santa Cruz Island is a small inhabited island in Zamboanga City in the southern region of the Philippines that is famous for its pink coralline sand. This island in south of downtown at the Santa Cruz Bank in the Basilan Strait, boasts the only pink sand beach in the Philippines. The color of the sand comes from the pulverized red organ pipe coral from eons of surf erosion mixed with the white sand.
Pink Beach of Harbor Island – Bahamas
Pink Sands Beach in Harbor Island of Bahamas is where you can find one of the very few pink beaches in the world. It is a 3.5 miles long and 1.5 miles wide of perfectly pink sand and gentle waters stretches along the island’s east coast. The red shells is the result of mixture of foraminifera, a single-celled marine animals and island’s white sand, creating the soft rosy hue.
Bonaire, Dutch Caribbean Island
Located on Bonaire’s western side, you will find Pink Beach by taking the Southern Scenic Route, E. E. G. Boulevard. Pink Beach gets its name from the sands’ pinkish hue. Pink Beach offers good swimming and snorkeling, as well as scuba diving. Wear your sandals on the beach to avoid injuring yourself on washed-up coral. And wear reef shoes or flippers when going for a swim.
Do you know any other Pink Sand Beach aside from the mentioned above? Share them!
Photo Credits: Bahamas by Robert Harding Picture Library Ltd / Alamy, Komodo by whl.travel, Bermuda by lucidist, Elafonisi by Jeremy Vandel