The Best Islands in Indonesia

With 17,000 islands to choose from and so little time, planning a trip around Indonesia can be a bit overwhelming. Worry not, we have lined up the 10 most beautiful islands in Indonesia.


The most well-known among the islands of Indonesia, Bali attracts millions of tourists each year with its with its good mix of mountains, beaches, rice paddies, and temples. It is one of those places where you can find a bit of everything. Whether you are a surfer looking for good waves or a yoga fanatic looking into deepen your practice or a shopaholic looking for Bohemian finds, Bali has a diverse range of activities that will keep you from leaving.


Bali’s chilled, lesser known sister, Lombok is starting to gain a bit of popularity among the tourists who wish to see the less touristy version of Bali. A paradise for beach lovers and surfers, the coastline of Lombok intimate hideaways that will make you feel like a castaway. The island also has a place for climbers in the form of the beautiful but challenging Mount Rinjani with the mesmerizing blue lake within its crater.


Just off Northern Lombok, the three Gili islands are like siblings with the same family name but with different family traits. Gili Trawangan, the biggest of the three islands, is the party animal with its lively nightlife and beach cafes. The reserved Gili Meno is known for a laid-back and quiet atmosphere, making it the best choice for a honeymoon destination. Then, you have the rugged Gili Air, where great adventures await you. It is here that you will find rugged rocks to climb and meet rare and dangerous marine species underwater.


As charming as the flowers that it was named after, the island of Flores is where you find the different ethnic groups and their traditional houses. It is here that you will learn more about the diversity of the Indonesian culture as you stay with the locals in their small villages. On the island, you will also find the tri-colored Kelimutu Lake.


A section of the Komodo National Park in East Nusa Tenggara, this tiny islet provides an escape from the maddening crowds of Indonesia’s more popular islands. With its uncharted territories, the island is the perfect place for those who want to explore the less beaten path. Atop one of its viewpoints are panoramic views of the three azure bays that surround it.


Just off the coast of Bali, the three Nusa islands offer beautiful views of karst formations, blue waters, and golden beaches. With its translucent waters, these islands are a hit among divers and snorkelers. For the adrenaline junkies, Nusa Ceningan offers cliff-jumping. And then, there’s the magical experience of crossing the yellow bridge between Nusa Lembongan and Nusa Ceningan.


A surfer’s paradise with its 15 feet tall waves, the Mentawi Islands also have something for animal-lovers with its diverse collection of marine life, which include dolphins, dugongs, and sea turtles. It is also the best place for trekkers with its thick tropical rainforest and tribal villages.


At Indonesia’s westernmost point is the Weh Island. Hard to get to but worth the trip, the remote beach paradise has fine, white-sand beaches and pristine waters. On this island, a day is usually spent eating fresh seafood, viewing the island’s colourful underwater world, and watching the sun go down.


For a more luxurious vacation, Bintan Island is made to pamper with its lavish resorts, high-class restaurants, and expensive activities. It even has a flying club where you can ride an open cockpit seaplane.


Just off the coast of Central Java is an isolated string of isles, where you will be enchanted by its flourishing coral reefs and thick mangrove rainforests. Hop from one island to another for a glimpse of its exquisite white-sand beaches and a chat with its diverse inhabitants.


Topside, Ternate is a mix of natural formations and historical structures, being an important trade route during the colonial era. Underwater, you will find yourself mesmerized by its diverse marine life.


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