A guide to Indonesia’s Most Beautiful Islands

A guide to Indonesia’s Most Beautiful Islands
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The paradise that is Indonesia happens to be the largest archipelagic country. The roughly 18, 000 scattered islands that comprise this Asian gem are all worth exploring. But do not be taken aback by its sheer size. Embarking on a cruise to some of the most popular and beautiful islands will get you to experience enough of the rich culture, mesmerising nature, and long Indonesian tradition. So in this article, we are presenting some of the must-visit islands in Indonesia to help you narrow down the choice! 

You can use this Bali Travel Itinerary to plan for your trip to Bali, and don’t forget to tick off these Best Tours in Bali for Solo Travellers. And if you are wondering if Bali is Safe for solo women travellers, the answer is YES. It is. 



What to See in Indonesia APART from BALI



The Spice Islands

The Spice Islands are at the top of this list due to their sheer natural beauty, history, and culture. The swaying palm trees on the white sand beaches and the sparkling turquoise waters that hug them are something that you won’t be able to get your eyes off of. 

These islands have a secret charm. The colourful architecture and the pungent nutmeg smell will make you think that you are back in Banderina’s colonial times. You can also see the Sahureka-Reka dance on Namalatu Beach and visit the traditional market in Ambon. Go on a walk around the world-famous active volcano Gunung Api. Swim in Natsepa Beach and explore the magical underwater world of Indonesia with either snorkeling or diving.

The fascinating history, unspoiled nature, lush vegetation, and marvellous coral life will leave you wanting to go back to The Spice Islands time and time again. 




In many ways similar to Bali and in many, many ways different from Bali – Lombok island is a more peaceful and less touristy location. And a one you don’t want to miss especially if you are looking for more privacy.

Senggigi Beach – Lombok | Photo by Tandya Rachmat on Unsplash

There are a couple of smaller cities on the island, the largest of them being Mataram. Mataram happens to be the home of The Taman Narmada temple complex that the Hindus consider a secret place. The complex is open to the public so everyone can experience its glory.

If you don’t want to go temple hopping you can go nightclub hopping. You can trek to Tiu Kelep waterfall. Go on a hike on Mount Rinjani and take a dip in Air Kalak Hot Springs. Visit a pearl farm and explore Kuta Lombok. Sunbathe on Selong Belanak Beach and try out one of the many water sports.



The Gili Islands

The three beauties known as the Gili Islands – Gili Trawangan, Gili Air, and Gili Meno are places that should only be experienced, not discussed.

The largest of the three, Gili Trawangan is the most modern and developed one. With vibrant nightlife and fabulous seaside cafes, some say that it is a better party destination than even Bali. It’s got a more rural vibe to it than most since you can only access nightclubs by foot or an old-fashioned horse – but that is what makes it so special. 

Gili Trawangan | Photo by Tom Bixler on Unsplash


When you are in need of something more serene and relaxing, go to Gili Air. There you can explore the coral garden and sunbathe. Once you get your batteries charged, hop to Gili Meno for some of the most exciting adventures. Swim and dive among some of the rarest and most dangerous species.





The Nusa Islands

Another collection of three islands that are close to Bali but offer whole different worlds. Nusa Ceningan, Nusa Lembongan, and Nusa Penidaa are all locations with deep tropical colours that make idyllic views. Just like on land, these islands are surrounded by awe-worthy coral reefs that are just waiting to be explored.

Kelingking Beach – Nusa Penida | Photo by Nattu Adnan on Unsplash


You can jump off of some crazy cliffs into see-through waters in Nusa Ceningan. Take a yellow bridge and go on Nusa Lembongan where you will encounter some of the most gorgeous beaches. Finally, go and visit the world-famous Trex Beach on Nusa Penida and take some instagrammable photos.



Weh Island

The most remote location on this list is perfect for travellers in search of uninhibited exotic places. Visiting Weh Island will make you feel like you are alone in the world and all the heavenly things on it are just for you.

Just imagine laying on white warm sand each. Translucent water in front of you lush greenery behind you. The most tranquil environment that you can ever experience.

The island has thriving wildlife due to the fact that it is undisturbed. Jet the island itself is not underdeveloped. You can stay in charming cottages and dine in magnificent seaside restaurants that offer freshly caught seafood and local Indonesian cuisine.



Java Island

Not a conventional choice when it comes to cruising Indonesian islands, but certainly not one to dismiss. Java Island is a place where the modern world collides with Indonesia’s natural beauty. It is also the home of Indonesia’s capital – Jakarta. From volcanic mountains and lush fields to museums and temples, Java Island has it all.

Mount Bromo – Java Islands | Photo by Waranont (Joe) on Unsplash


Shop till you can in Bandung and trek the rolling hills of Dieng Plateau. Swim in Amazon-like waterfalls in Purwokerto. Be humbled by the ancient temple Borobudur and be enchanted by the beauty of Prambanan. You can also take snorkeling charters to the hidden paradise of Karimunjawa and chill and soak in the laid-back Malang. Visit art galleries and museums and take in all the Indonesian culture while strolling the streets of Jakarta.

If you truly want to get a general idea of how Indonesian people live, about their culture and history – then Java Island should be your first stop on your next Indonesian adventure.

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