The island of Padar in Indonesia is about 20 miles (30 km) from Labuan Bajo, a fishing village in the westernmost part of Flores. It is also called Padar Kecil, but it is the third largest island in Komodo National Park. The island, long before massive tourism, was the habitat of the Komodo dragon. However, now there are no Komodo dragons in that place.
Padar Island Beach is included in the Atlas Obscura version of the 10 unique beaches. The body of Padar Island is mostly covered by grasslands, a surreal landscape bordered by bright green mountains in a fairy tale shape.
All of them are surrounded by three turquoise bays, and oddly enough, each bay beach has different colored sand: One is pearl white, one is black, and the third is very rare pink. Is a rare combination, the specialty of this unique island.
With a small island, the existence of these three beaches is unique. Black sand beaches are of volcanic origin – made up of various dark minerals. Pink, a little beach like this, is a mix of crushed red coral mixed with white sand. And white sand, has a spectacular appearance.
Padar is home to an incredible variety of wildlife, especially for its size. There are six species of sharks, two types of manta rays, and many reptiles. There used to be three kinds of Komodo dragons here, but they are gone. Other species are dolphins, whales, eagles, kites, geckos and green turtles.
Visitors can take a 30-minute hike to the top of Padar Island to see the beautiful island landscape. To explore the entire island it only takes trekking for about an hour.
Other activities include snorkeling or just lazing around on the three-colored beach. Labuan Bajo is the closest neighbor to Padar Island. From Labuan Bajo, tour groups depart daily for one, two, or three day visits to Padar Island.
The best time to visit the Island is from April to June, and from September to November. Bring sunscreen, sunglasses, good hiking shoes, a hat, lots of water and get ready to break a sweat on this majestic island.