The Pink Sand Beaches of Eleuthera

One of the marvels of Eleuthera is the pink sand beaches that line the island. People love seeing the colors which show to varying degrees according to the way the light hits. At times they are really a bright pink and at others it’s diminished. Many of the beaches have the tint to one degree or another and it’s more prevalent on the Atlantic side beaches. Also depending on the camera that you are using and the settings, photos will tend to show it to varying degrees. The below photo wasn’t edited and shot with a DJI Phantom 4 towards the end of the day and you can clearly see the pink hue.

Looking north on French Leave Beach, Eleuthera

Looking north on French Leave Beach

“The pink color of the sand comes from microscopic coral insects, known as Foraminifera, which have a bright pink or red shell full of holes through which it extends a footing, called pseudopodia, that it uses to attach itself and feed. Foraminifera are among the most abundant single cell organisms in the ocean and play a significant role in the environment.After the insect dies, the wave action crushes the bodies and washes the remains ashore and mixes it in with the sand and bits of coral. The pink stands out more in the wet sand at the water’s edge. Unlike other parts of the world, the sand here is always cool, so you can walk about freely with bare feet.” Islands Of The Bahamas

The three mile beach on Harbour Island is famous for it’s pink sand beach but there are others that are just as beautiful such as the beach in Governor’s Harbour known as French Leave. The light and time of day play a big part of what tint of pink you see and at times the contrast of the pink sand, aquamarine water and sky create some stunning photographs.

French Leave Beach pink sand

French Leave Beach pink sand

Now some feel that it is just an illusion or the light playing tricks on your eye. Truth is that it is quite real as you can see in the short video below.


This is Whiteland Beach in the southern part of Eleuthera and you can see the pink hue from this drone shot. It’s not an illusion and it’s very real which makes seeing it in person all the more special. The color contrasts from above make it even more spectacular.

Whiteland Beach looking north

Whiteland Beach looking north

Now as to illusions- I have seen with my eye the Green Flash when the sunsets and the conditions are just right. However I have never been able to film it. So is it a trick played by your eye in that last second of staring at the sunset?

This article was published on Friday, December 16, 2016 in the following categories: Featured Articles

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