Planning to travel to Indonesia? Then you will of course want to visit the most special places. Climb volcanoes, learn to cook Indonesian food, spot orangutans in the jungle and hike through the rice fields. After having done all this you deserve a bit of relaxing time. Want to know where best to do this? Check out these 10 best beaches in Indonesia.
- Kei islands (Maluku)
Let’s be honest, the Kei Islands are not the first that come to mind when thinking of the best beaches in Indonesia. Especially as they are part of the remote Maluku Islands. But, if postcard-perfect beaches are what you are looking for, then you are in the right place. Nowhere in the world will you find whiter beaches or clearer water. And the fact that there are hardly any other travelers makes this beach extra special.
- On Java: Tanjun Gelam Beach, Karimunjawa
When thinking of Java you might think mainly of active volcanoes and old temples, but this Indonesian island also has amazing beaches. On the coast of Northern Java lies the Karimunjawa archipelago, a group of 27 islands. Only 5 of these are inhabited and Pulau Karimunjawa is the most important island. Here you’ll also find one of the best beaches of this archipelago: Tanjung Gelam Beach. Complete with pearly white sand, soaring palm trees and crystal clear waters. Don’t forget your snorkeling gear as the marine life is a sight to see as well here.
- Pink Beach, Komodo
Seen enough white sand? Then head down to Pink Beach National Park in Komodo. As the name says, the pink beach is pink and therefore very special. It’s one of the only pink beaches in the world. As everywhere in Komodo, there are many great snorkeling opportunities here. The beach is quite remote so the best way to visit it is during a multi-day boat trip through Komodo National Park. Not only is it nice to see the beaches and to snorkel, you’ll also have the chance to see the Komodo dragon.
- Kanawa Beach, Flores
Kanawa Island lies on the border of Komodo National Park, but to visit this you won’t have to do a multi-day boat trip. You can visit it on a day trip from Labuan Bajo on Flores. The waters here are extremely clear and the beaches are pearly white. It’s a little tropical paradise that you will not want to leave. The perfect place to relax and explore the marine world.
- Togean Islands, Sulawesi
If you’re prepared to travel for a while we would recommend the Togean Islands in central Sulawesi. It actually does not matter which island you pick, as they’re all gorgeous. However, Pulau Kadidiri is certainly one of the nicest ones. The beaches are pristine, and life is simple: sun, beach, snorkeling and an ice cold Bintang beer. What more could you wish for?
- Best beaches in Indonesia: Tangjung Aan, Lombok
Lombok is a wonderful place to conclude your travels as it has some of the best beaches in Indonesia. Kuta is one of the best-known beaches of Lombok and in the surrounding area you just might find the most gorgeous beaches of the entire island. The two bays of Tanjung Aan for example lie only 5 kilometers outside of Kuta. The beach is so white it almost hurts your eyes. The water is clear blue and behind the beach lie big rocks that give you a great view of the bounty beaches when you climb on them.
- Pulau Weh, breath-taking island in Sumatra
Off the coast of Banda Aceh lies the tropical Pulau Weh. This green, hilly island is a dream for those who love to dive and snorkel. And of course, it has some of the best beaches in Indonesia. Sumur Tiga Beach has everything you would expect to find at a bounty beach. Complete with soaring palms casting their shadows on the beach.
- Nusa Lembongan & Nusa Penida
Nusa Lembongan & Nusa Penida lie a half-hour boat ride away from Sanur on Bali and these islands are both worth a visit. Especially if you like beaches. In the perfectly shaped bay you can also enjoy some stand up paddle boarding, one of the numerous restaurants and beach bars or the beach itself of course. If you go to Nusa Penida, then don’t miss the Kelingking Beach. This is worth a visit for its view of the beach as seen from the steep rocks.
- Gili Meno, Gili Islands
The Gili islands are another great place to conclude your Indonesia adventure and they are easily accessible from Bali. There are three islands to choose from: Gili Trawangan, Gili Air and Gili Meno. Gili Meno is the quietest of the three and here you will also find the broadest, white-sand beaches. The ideal place if you enjoy some peace and quiet.
- Dreamland Beach, Uluwatu, Bali
The best beaches in Indonesia lie on Bali, on the Bukit Peninsula, on the southernmost point of the island. The beaches are surrounded by high cliffs. Surfers can enjoy the waves here as well. The beaches are a great place to relax and especially around Uluwatu there are plenty of hip beach bars and clubs. Bingin Beach is a lovely place to watch surfers and to enjoy some freshly caught fish for dinner. The most beautiful beach however is the Dreamland Beach. Broad, white sand, high cliffs.. the ideal place to be on Bali when in search of relaxation.
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