You may be going to North Sulawesi for a diving vacation, but surely you’ll need some downtime as well. And what’s better than spending some time in the sun with your toes in soft white sand? Relax and unwind on one of these stunning beaches in North Sulawesi.
1. Gangga Island
Gangga Island Resort & Spa is situated on one of the most beautiful beaches in the whole region. At one point this beach was slipping away due to erosion but thanks to the Gangga Island biorock project there is now perfect white sand on your doorstep. You can read more about this project here: Biorock Anti-Wave Reefs Really Work!
Snorkel off the beach and explore the new growth of coral on the biorocks just off shore. Of course you can also just stroll along the pristine shore and enjoy the feeling of the sand between your toes.
2. Paal Beach
Around 1 hour from Manado in Marinsow Village is Paal Beach. This beach is extremely popular with local families on the weekend so come in the week or arrive early on Saturday or Sunday. It’s no wonder they love it so much though as it is an absolutely gorgeous stretch of pink-gold sand.
Set against rolling green hills, the turquoise water sparkles and your feet sink in the fine sand. The waves are usually quite calm and there are water sports available. At certain times of year if can get quite choppy though so check the conditions before you make the trip.
3. Pulisan Beach
Reaching towards Bunaken Island in East Likupang you’ll find Pulisan Beach. This beach is about 500 metres long and is skirted by high cliffs. The road to the beach is long and rough but absolutely worth the bumpy ride.
On the west side of the beach is a protected forest with a variety of trees that are hundreds of years old. You can walk through the forest and find other small beaches where you can jump from rock outcrops into the water. There are also rock pools and caves to explore here.
4. Pasir Putih Lembeh
The island of Lembeh is famous for its muck diving sites but is also beautiful above water. Pasir Putih translates simply to ‘White Sand’ and it is exactly that. Soft white sand backed by shady trees and gentle waves makes this beach a wonderful place to spend a day.
Snorkel off the beach or explore the rocky outcrops if you get tired of lying on the sand with a book. Otherwise just enjoy the sound of the waves and the smell of the ocean breeze.
5. Patokan Beach
Right at the rugged northern coast of Sulawesi, Patokan is one of the most striking beaches. The cliffs shelter a small bay that is perfect for swimming in as long as you’re aware the currents can be strong. Cliff jumping is an option for adrenaline junkies, and there are beautiful views for an impromptu photo shoot.
There are few foreign tourists at Patokan Beach but locals often visit on the weekends. During the week you’re likely to have the whole place to yourselves.
Ready for North Sulawesi Beaches?
Does this article make you want to hit the beach? Do you like to spend your time relaxing on the beach or do you like the water sports and exploring? Let us know in the comments box below!