The Jakarta Post
Sand islands are becoming the go-to destinations in Indonesia, with their white sand and unique shapes. (Shutterstock/ And-One)
A naturally submerged ridge, bank or bar consisting of or covered by sand would hardly seem like a place worth visiting. But a number of sand islands in Indonesia are becoming go-to destinations, especially in the age of compulsive picture posting on social media.
White sandy beaches that are not overwhelming in size can bring a sense of intimacy, though most of these places can only be visited during low tide. Here are three of the most popular ones as compiled by tempo.co:
Pulau Pasir, Belitung
Like a stranded island in the middle of the sea with nothing but white sand in view, Pulau Pasir shows its magic when the high tide recedes around 3 p.m.
Tourists usually take pictures amid the contrasting colors of the blue water and the white sand, while others bury themselves within the soft sand. Starfish are in abundance, great for partners in pictures though gentle handling is always to be preferred.
It is advised to consult with a travel agency beforehand to find the best time to visit the island. Pulau Pasir can be reached by a small boat from Tanjung Kelayang beach.
Gili Pasir, Lombok Timur
Gili Pasir in Eastern Lombok would seem to vanish during high tide. Like most sand islands, clear blue water surrounds the small island and the white sand seems to be an invitation to sit and relax.
Located in Tanjung Luar village, Gili Pasir is usually one of the many stops during a visit to the Pink Beach. It rises above the sea level for a few hours in the morning, revealing the elongated shape of Gili Pasir.
Taka Makassar, Labuan Bajo
Located near Komodo Island and Manta Point, the island is considered ideal for snorkeling thanks to the alluring charm of the coral reefs. The white beach with its calm water also attracts tourists for relaxation.
Smaller than a soccer field, Taka Makassar cannot be reached by big boats. Small boats are available for rent (http://komodo.indonesia-tourism.com/taka_makassar.php) from Manta Point or Komodo Island.
The clear water around the island is inviting, as well as just walking along on the soft sand. Shallow waters in the area also mean that sea creatures such as jellyfish and starfish are visible from the beach. (wen/kes)