As an island country, Indonesia is home to many great beaches, as well as cultural, spiritual, and historic attractions. Some beaches are ideal for surf enthusiasts, others are great for holiday socialites, and others offer a little slice of perfect pristine paradise.
Whilst it is difficult to select the very best Indonesian beaches, with so many excellent ones to choose from, here are some top picks:
Sitting to the South East of the island of Sulawesi, and part of the Wakatobi island group, Ndaa Island has long stretches of gorgeous and open sandy beaches, and amazingly clear blue waters. It is the ideal place to enjoy basking in the sun, and taking a dip in the inviting waters to cool down.
With no shade, however, you must be super careful in the sun. Diving and snorkeling are also popular activities in the waters surrounding the island, with an abundance of marine life living in the area.
Known by travellers as the Gili Islands, gili is actually the Indonesian word for island. This group of so-named islands lies off the coast of Lombok, between Bali and Lombok. There are three main islands, each offering a different vibe.
They offer great snorkeling opportunities, and the chance to escape the hustle and bustle of some of the larger islands and simply kick back, chill out, and relax. You are likely to meet many like-minded travellers on the Gili Islands’ beaches and in the bars.
Lying off the coast of East Nusa Tenggara, Rote Island offers a super chilled atmosphere and excellent surf. There are stunning white sand beaches with beautiful crystalline waters.
It is possible to find quiet and intimate turquoise bays, and the island’s scenery is simply amazing. Whatever you are looking for on a relaxed island, you will surely find it on Rote Island.
In Maluku, Ambon Island is home to the beautiful Liang Beach, an absolute must when visiting the island. There is a gentle undercurrent, which allows you to drift peacefully in the water whilst not being strong enough to actually pull you away. The drive to the beach from the main city area is stunning.
White sands meet blue waters, and fruit sellers stroll along plying their delicious and succulent goods. Whether you want to taste or just look, it adds a little something different to your beach break. There is a worn down pier that many people enjoy jumping off into the refreshing sea waters.
Kuta Beach, Bali
The island of Bali is known for being a beach lovers’ paradise and a surfer’s dream. There are many nice beaches on the island. Whilst Kuta is not the best in terms of beauty, it still offers nice sands and waters.
One of the major draws is the surf opportunities for people of all levels. There are many surf schools for those new to the sport. The nightlife is also known – Kuta is a real night owl, offering an eclectic mix of nighttime haunts. Multi-level clubs pump the tunes until the wee small hours, chic wine bars try to add a touch of class, and live music venues offer lots of fun.
This is just a small selection of the best Indonesian beaches; set forth and conquer this archipelago country for yourself to discover your own personal favourite.