The Best beaches in the Kei islands

The Best beaches in the Kei islands

The Kei islands are notorious for their amazing white sand beaches. There are many other reasons to go to the Kei islands but we won’t go into that here. This post is just about the beaches baby!

1. Ohoidertutu -Madwaer

Ease of Access:3 out of 5 stars (3.0 / 5)
Beauty:5 out of 5 stars (5.0 / 5)
Isolation:5 out of 5 stars (5.0 / 5)
Length:5 out of 5 stars (5.0 / 5)
Shops nearby:2.5 out of 5 stars (2.5 / 5)
Sand:5 out of 5 stars (5.0 / 5)

In my opinion, this is the best beach in Kei. It is about 3 kilometers long and has perfect white sand. As an added bonus, other tourists are rarely seen in this area. It also makes a perfect beach walk.

Madwaer beach

2. Pasir Panjang / Ohoilir

Ease of Access:4.5 out of 5 stars (4.5 / 5)
Beauty:5 out of 5 stars (5.0 / 5)
Isolation:2.5 out of 5 stars (2.5 / 5)
Length:5 out of 5 stars (5.0 / 5)
Shops nearby:4 out of 5 stars (4.0 / 5)
Sand:5 out of 5 stars (5.0 / 5)

Pasir Panjang (long beach) is the most “famous” beach in the Kei islands. It connects with Ohoilir beach and in total offers 3 kilometers of incredible white sand. It can be very busy on Sundays.

Pasir Panjang
Pasir Panjang

3. Wab

Ease of Access:3 out of 5 stars (3.0 / 5)
Beauty:4.5 out of 5 stars (4.5 / 5)
Isolation:4 out of 5 stars (4.0 / 5)
Length:5 out of 5 stars (5.0 / 5)
Shops nearby:3 out of 5 stars (3.0 / 5)
Sand:5 out of 5 stars (5.0 / 5)

Wab beach is unsurprisingly located next to Wab village. The beach is quite similar to the 2 beaches above. There are often local fishing boats and families playing and collecting sea things.

Wab beach

4. Sebla borat

Ease of Access:1.5 out of 5 stars (1.5 / 5)
Beauty:4.5 out of 5 stars (4.5 / 5)
Isolation:5 out of 5 stars (5.0 / 5)
Length:4 out of 5 stars (4.0 / 5)
Shops nearby:1 out of 5 stars (1.0 / 5)
Sand:5 out of 5 stars (5.0 / 5)

Sebla borat is accessible by boat from Ohoilir or Ohoidertawun. It’s a beautiful beach but there aren’t any people or villages nearby. But perhaps that’s what you’re looking for!

Seblaborat beach

5. Tanimbar Kei

Ease of Access:1 out of 5 stars (1.0 / 5)
Beauty:4.5 out of 5 stars (4.5 / 5)
Isolation:5 out of 5 stars (5.0 / 5)
Length:5 out of 5 stars (5.0 / 5)
Shops nearby:2 out of 5 stars (2.0 / 5)
Sand:5 out of 5 stars (5.0 / 5)

The main beach in Tanimbar Kei actually compares quite favorably with the top beaches. The main difficulty is access; getting here by public transport requires a lot of time and patience.

Tanimbar Kei beach

6. Ohoidertawun

Ease of Access:4.5 out of 5 stars (4.5 / 5)
Beauty:4 out of 5 stars (4.0 / 5)
Isolation:3.5 out of 5 stars (3.5 / 5)
Length:5 out of 5 stars (5.0 / 5)
Shops nearby:4 out of 5 stars (4.0 / 5)
Sand:3.5 out of 5 stars (3.5 / 5)

The beach at Ohoidertawun is difficult to categorize. At low tide the beach is hundreds of meters wide and even at high tide the maximum water depth is only about a meter. The sand is nice but it doesn’t compare to the top beaches. It’s my favorite place in Kei–but not for the beach.

Ohoidertawun beach

7. Ngur Tafur

Ease of Access:2 out of 5 stars (2.0 / 5)
Beauty:5 out of 5 stars (5.0 / 5)
Isolation:5 out of 5 stars (5.0 / 5)
Length:5 out of 5 stars (5.0 / 5)
Shops nearby:1 out of 5 stars (1.0 / 5)
Sand:4.5 out of 5 stars (4.5 / 5)

The sand peninsula at Ngur Tafur also makes a spectacular 2 sided beach. It juts out from Woha island and is only accessible by boat.

Ngur Tafur

8. Nuhuta island

Ease of Access:0.5 out of 5 stars (0.5 / 5)
Beauty:4.5 out of 5 stars (4.5 / 5)
Isolation:5 out of 5 stars (5.0 / 5)
Length:4 out of 5 stars (4.0 / 5)
Shops nearby:1 out of 5 stars (1.0 / 5)
Sand:4.5 out of 5 stars (4.5 / 5)

I arrived in Nuhuta island serendipitously on my way back from Tanimbar Kei. The sand bar is gorgeous at low tide–which is usually when boats travel anyway. To get here intentionally it is necessary to hire a boat.

Nuhuta island

9. Dranan island

Ease of Access:2.5 out of 5 stars (2.5 / 5)
Beauty:4 out of 5 stars (4.0 / 5)
Isolation:4.5 out of 5 stars (4.5 / 5)
Length:4 out of 5 stars (4.0 / 5)
Shops nearby:1 out of 5 stars (1.0 / 5)
Sand:4 out of 5 stars (4.0 / 5)

Dranan island is a frequent stop on the way to/from Bair island. The beach is quite nice but the sand isn’t quite up to the standards of other Kei beaches.

Dranan island

10. Bair island

Ease of Access:2.5 out of 5 stars (2.5 / 5)
Beauty:2.5 out of 5 stars (2.5 / 5)
Isolation:4.5 out of 5 stars (4.5 / 5)
Length:2 out of 5 stars (2.0 / 5)
Shops nearby:1 out of 5 stars (1.0 / 5)
Sand:3 out of 5 stars (3.0 / 5)

The beach isn’t the reason to go to Bair island but there is sand here. The water is clear and calm but the beach itself is small and the sand is just okay.

Bair island

11. Ohoi Ew

Ease of Access:2.5 out of 5 stars (2.5 / 5)
Beauty:3.5 out of 5 stars (3.5 / 5)
Isolation:4 out of 5 stars (4.0 / 5)
Length:3.5 out of 5 stars (3.5 / 5)
Shops nearby:1.5 out of 5 stars (1.5 / 5)
Sand:3.5 out of 5 stars (3.5 / 5)

The sand point at Ohoi Ew is nice but not amazing like Ngur Tafur. There is also an okay beach in front of the resort. When I was there, food was only available for persons staying at the resort.

Ohoi Ew
Ohoiew

12. Daftel

Ease of Access:1.5 out of 5 stars (1.5 / 5)
Beauty:4 out of 5 stars (4.0 / 5)
Isolation:4 out of 5 stars (4.0 / 5)
Length:4.5 out of 5 stars (4.5 / 5)
Shops nearby:3 out of 5 stars (3.0 / 5)
Sand:3 out of 5 stars (3.0 / 5)

Daftel beach (near Lerohoilim) is the only noteworthy beach I know of on Kei Besar. It’s quite a nice beach but other beaches in Kei are nicer and much easier to get to.

Daftel beach

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