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Padar Island hides the most popular view of the Komodo Archipelago and is visited by thousands of visitors every day. Right behind the famous lookout, some of the boats will stop along Pink Beach (actually a series of three different beaches) to take photos and relax. This is a good place to grab a mask and explore the fringing reef.

Pink Beach, Padar Island
Pink Beach, Padar Island.

How to get to Pink Beach snorkeling spot?

Pink Beach is a series of three beaches on the northern coast of Padar Island: Long Beach I, Long Beach II, and Short Beach. The only way to visit and snorkel the area is during a liveaboard cruise in the Komodo archipelago, or during a day boat trip from some of the nearby islands and resorts, such as the Komodo Resort.

The tour agencies are not always able to confirm which beach will be visited during the excursion. There are no hotels or accommodations on Padar Island.

Pink Beach (Padar) snorkeling map.
Pink Beach (Padar) snorkeling map.

Water entrance for snorkeling Pink Beach

The water entrance is from the beach. Do not step on the corals and be extremely careful if you happen to be here in low tide as the water may be too low for a safe snorkeling session.

Pink Beach snorkeling exploration tips

Pink Beach actually consists of three different beaches: Long Beach I, Long Beach II, and Short Beach. Tours and cruises usually stop at only one beach, but the three of them have snorkeling.

Tabular coral at Pink Beach
Pink Beach features healthy examples of table corals.

Each beach has a roped area that allows safe snorkeling. In front of the basic beach facilities, corals are sporadic and the seabed is almost completely dead, destroyed by the flock of tourists stepping on the corals. Corals are in better condition in the deeper parts of the roped areas, from 10 feet/3 meters deep.

Although the seabed is still well covered by hard corals (mainly staghorn and table corals), some of them have already bleached and died (white colors) or are in bad condition (extremely bright green and blue).

Reef life at Pink Beach
The coral reef at Long Beach II, Pink Beach.

It is outside of the roped area that the healthiest coral is found. At Long Beach II, one of the most visited “pink beaches”, the best coral is on the right side of the roped area (water facing). Snorkeling outside the swimming area is at your own risk as you will not be looked after and there is heavy boat traffic hence you should keep an eye and ears on them.

In its most preserved areas, Pink Beach features extensive coral beds which include branching coral and large, healthy table corals. Common fish species at Pink Beach include the Orangeband surgeonfish, the Moorish Idol, as well as several species of butterflyfish and bannerfish. In places, you will notice hundreds of damselfish swimming around the table corals.

The coral reef at Pink Beach
The coral reef at Long Beach II, Pink Beach.

Restaurants and accommodations nearby

Each beach has basic facilities serving fresh drinks and coconuts and the beach itself is truly a fantastic place. No real lifeguard is provided but if you stay within the roped area they will keep an eye on you.


  • Level required Beginner
  • Protected areaKomodo National Park
  • Maximum depth10 feet/3 meters
  • Water entranceEasy, from a sandy beach
  • Potential DangersBoat traffic and usual precautions
  • LifeguardNo
  • Visitor numbersHigh
  • Access costsCruise or day tour
  • Restaurants nearbyBasic facilities on the beach

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These snorkeling spots are accessible to beginners and kids. You will enter the water gradually from a beach, or in a less than 3ft. deep area. The sea is generally calm, shallow, with almost no waves or currents. These spots are usually located in marked and/or monitored swimming areas. It is not necessary to swim long distances to discover the sea life.

This level only apply when the spot experiences optimal sea and/or weather conditions. It is not applicable if the sea and/or weather conditions deteriorate, in particular in the presence of rough sea, rain, strong wind, unusual current, large tides, waves and/or swell. You can find more details about the definition of our snorkeling levels on our snorkeling safety page.