Pasir Timbul – the Most Beautiful Beach I’ve ever seen

by | Dec 3, 2016 | Beaches, Destinations, Indonesia

In the middle of nowhere, surrounded by the sea, there lies a little island that is hidden to many. For a few hours a day, when the tide is low, this little island emerges out of the ocean. This is Pasir Timbul in Raja Ampat, which literally translates into “emerging sands” beach.

Pair Timbal, Raja Ampat - the most beautiful beach I've seen

Pair Timbal, Raja Ampat – the most beautiful beach I’ve seen

I spent around one hour in Pasir Timbul and trust me when I say this – I went a little crazy here when I saw the beauty. It felt like the “travel Gods” rewarded me with this beach to help me with my search of the most beautiful beach in the world.

Where is Pasir Timbul

Pasir Timbul, Raja Ampat, Indonesia - my photo by Noah Stammbach (zeebachi)

Pasir Timbul, Raja Ampat, Indonesia – my photo by Noah Stammbach (zeebachi)

Pasir Timbul is in Raja Ampat and is a 20-minute boat ride from Arborek village, or 30 minutes from Wisai. Raja Ampat is in West Papua Island in Indonesia.

How to reach Pasir Timbul

The easiest way to reach here is by booking a boat from Arborek village or Wisai, capital of Raja Ampat. You can ask your resort / guesthouse to book it for you. Due to the water levels, the boats can’t reach the sand patches. The point where the boat stops, you need to swim or walk to the sand patches.

First View - Pasir Timbul from the boat

First View – Pasir Timbul from the boat. This is where we jumped into the water to head to the beach

Note: The little islands of Pasir Timbul are only visible for a few hours. Make sure you double check with your tour operator to find out if they are aware of the specific times to visit. You can book a tour now by sending an email here – marketing@pantaisariringgung.com

Pasir Timbul, Raja Ampat – the most beautiful beach I’ve ever seen

Pasir Timbul, Raja Ampat - the most beautiful beach

Pasir Timbul, Raja Ampat – the most beautiful beach

You can call it an island or a beach, but these are literally sand patches that emerge out of the ocean when the tide is low.

My friends Val, Hanni and Fikri on a sandbar on Pasir Timbul

My friends Val, Hanni and Fikri on a sandbar on Pasir Timbul

The sand here is sugary white and soft. The water is crystal clear and very blue. It is so clear that it is possible to see the bottom of the sea. You don’t even need to carry a snorkel here because the visibility is amazing. But I do recommend you carry one to see the underwater beauty. These sand banks don’t have any animals or vegetation that is visible.

Just look at that water! - Pasir Timbal, Raja Ampat, Indonesia

Just look at that water! – Pasir Timbal, Raja Ampat, Indonesia

The time when I visited, there were 3 sand patches, two of which were connected via a sandbar. The biggest sand patch was kidney shaped and the smaller one was triangular. These islands (or sand patches) were perhaps only about 100-150 square meters big. The waves were visible on all the three sides. The shapes of these islands change regularly because they get covered by water and emerge out a little different than before.

Pasir Timbal, Raja Ampat

At this time I went a little crazy with joy – Pasir Timbal, Raja Ampat

Tips for Visiting Pasir Timbul, Raja Ampat

01 | Carry a Waterproof Camera – In all likelihood, you will end up going through waist deep water to reach the sand patches. You should definitely not carry gadgets that aren’t waterproof. Get a GoPro or a waterproof case for your camera because you’re going to make a lot of photos here.

Me with my GoPro when the tide was high on Pasir Timbal beach - photo by Najii

Me with my GoPro when the tide was high on Pasir Timbal beach – photo by Najii

02 | Extra Sun Protection – There is no vegetation on Pasir Timbul beach and hence no shade. Extra sun protection by wearing a lot of sunscreen, a wide brimmed hat and a pair of sunglasss will keep you comfortable.

03 | Clothes and Swimsuit – Don’t wear a lot of clothes because they will weigh you down and make you tired in case you need to swim back to the boat. Wear a comfortable swimsuit.

04 | Drinking Water – There are no cafes on this beach, so carry water and light snacks on your boat.

05 | Waterproof Bag – For those that don’t have waterproof cameras or GoPro cameras, buying a simple waterproof bag can solve all your problems.

Pasir Timbul - Raja Ampat, Indonesia
Najii, Naoko, Hikari and Gnta on Pasir Timbul beach, Raja Ampat
First view of Pasir Timbal, Raja Ampat
Pasir timbul beach, Raja Ampat, Indonesia - the most beautiful beach I've ever seen

Yes, Raja ampat’s Pasir Timbul is the most beautiful beach that I have ever seen. What about you?

Let me know in the comments.

A big thanks to the Ministry of Tourism of Indonesia for inviting Drifter Planet to visit their beautiful country. 

A hippie travel writer with flowers in her hair, Sonal Kwatra Paladini should have been born in the 1960s! Bitten by the infamous travel bug, she has an itch to explore resort-free destinations, offbeat islands and small villages. Join her and her husband (Sandro) on their journey as they hop from one music festival to another and explore the beautiful world that they are in love with! Follow them on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

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