Once inhab­it­ed by the Komo­do drag­ons, this island land­scape has a rare com­bi­na­tion of white, pink and black sand beach­es. The Indone­sian island of Padar is locat­ed about 30 km from Labuan Bajo, a fish­ing town in the west­ern­most part of Flo­res. Padar is small but is the third largest island in the Komo­do Nation­al Park, and was once home to the huge drag­ons that gave the reserve its name.

Padar Island

Entry relat­ed to loca­tion: Asia

Padar is most­ly cov­ered with savan­nas. Here you will find a sur­re­al land­scape, bor­dered by bright green moun­tains of fab­u­lous shapes. All this is sur­round­ed by three turquoise bays, and, curi­ous­ly, on each of the beach­es of the bay, the sand is of a dif­fer­ent col­or: one is pearl white, the oth­er is jet black, and the third is a very rare pale pink. Such a rare com­bi­na­tion is the quirk of this unique island.


The black sand beach of vol­canic ori­gin con­sists of var­i­ous dark min­er­als. Pink, one of the few in the world, has crushed red coral mixed with white sand. And white, as in most oth­er places, plays the third vio­lin in this ensem­ble.

Padar is home to won­der­ful wildlife due to its size. There are six types of sharks, two types of man­ta rays and many dif­fer­ent rep­tiles. Once upon a time there were three types of Komo­do drag­ons. They are now gone, but they are still found on Komo­do, Rin­ca, Gili Mon­thang, Gili Dasa­mi and Flo­res. There are dol­phins, occa­sion­al whales, fal­cons, kites, geck­os and green tur­tles. There are some good old lit­tle mam­mals to feed the preda­tors next to them.

See also
Lexiaguo - Red Earth of China

Vis­i­tors can take a 30-minute hike to the top of Padar for a panoram­ic view of the island, a hike that takes about an hour. You can also go snor­kel­ing or just vis­it the pris­tine tri­col­or beach­es. Labuan Bajo is the clos­est city and there are tours depart­ing dai­ly for one, two or three days. The best time is April to June and Sep­tem­ber to Novem­ber. Be sure to bring sun­screen, sun­glass­es, good hik­ing shoes, a hat, plen­ty of water, and get ready for some seri­ous uphill climbs.