Looking for the best beaches in Indonesia, but don’t know where to start? Looks like you’re in luck, as we are resident Indonesian beach experts.
We’re not going to tell you Kuta or Seminyak, because you’ve already heard of these well-known (and sometimes infamous) places, and now you want some other off-the-radar ideas.
Deserted islands? Remote tropical beaches? Beautiful coral reefs, perfect for snorkeling? You can have all that and more – ancient culture, fresh seafood, village visits and rainforest jungles, full of curious native wildlife.
Our local Bali-based travel expert, Novi, here share their top Indonesian beaches, to start your trip off in the right direction. Let us take you on a photographic journey through the top 5…
Pink Beach, Lombok
So named for the tiny pieces of crushed pink coral tingeing its pure, white sand a peachy hue Pink Beach is somewhat of a hidden gem.
Most travelers bypass it because it’s a little tricky to find, but the payoff is reef-filled waters and (pretty much) empty, rose-tinted shores.
A short boat ride from shore is little Gili Petelu, without which a Pink Beach trip is not complete.
Derawan and Nabucco Islands
Technically these are islands, but we’re counting them as beaches because they’re as small as they are undiscovered.
Any of the Derawan Island chain could make this list, so if you’re able, take an island-hopping tour around the area and sample them all – azure seas, coral reefs, turtles, stingless jellyfish, wrecks to dive and zero obligations.
Perancak Beach, Bali – Location
If you’re looking for idyllic coastline with a side serving of sailing, turtle conservation and towering waterfalls, Perancak Beach on Bali’s western coastline can fulfil your whim.
The decorated junkung (canoes) here are famous and give you some insight into the area’s Arabian heritage, while a local turtle preservation project lets you see these cute little creatures up close and even adopt a nest.
Bira Beach, Sulawesi
If a remote beach escape is more your style, the beautiful Cape Bira Beach is just for you. Located in the southern part of Sulawesi, this laid-back destination gives you no option but to slow down.
A boat trip to nearby Liukang Loe Island gives you even more deserted beaches to enjoy.
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The beaches of Gili Trawangan
The island of Gili Trawangan has such perfect beaches we can’t choose just one.
This friendly little island lets you snorkel, sunbathe, swim and dive, and there’s enough of a scene to socialize without detracting from the natural vibe.
Clear waters, white sand, tropical fish – this Gili has it all.
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