Indonesia is home to over 17,000 islands that stretch between two oceans, boasting impressive natural landscapes and colorful marine life. If you make the journey to these far-flung islands, you’ll be rewarded with some of the clearest waters you’ll ever find. Those looking for a holiday of leisure can walk along the shoreline and admire mesmerizing sunsets. Ready to get off the grid? Dig your toes in the sand and enjoy the gentle sound of waves crashing on the shore at one of the beaches.
In this blog, these are the best beaches in Indonesia which people love to visit!
Snaking its way for two kilometers into the Indian Ocean from Warbal Island, Ngurtafur Beach looks more like a sandbank than a beach. Glorious turquoise waters border its narrow strip of sand on both sides.
Breathtaking to behold, its remote location means that you’ll often find yourself utterly alone amidst the stunning scenery – there aren’t many other places like it in the world. The island is only accessible by chartered boat, and you won’t find any hotels or restaurants on the horizon.
Island hopping is a wonderful way to explore the surrounding area. Most people use Debut Port as a base from which to visit all the idyllic beaches that this amazing part of the world provides.
A crown jewel in Indonesia, the Raja Ampat Islands is one of the world’s best places for a snorkeling excursion. An untouched paradise made up of 1,500 smaller islands, this region is home to species of underwater life that you won’t find anywhere else. As its pristine landscapes have so many unexplored areas full of blue water mangroves and over 1,000 tropical fish species. Lined with resorts sitting directly on the beach, you will feel like you’ve traveled to another planet as you take in your surroundings.
While Indonesia beaches may be known for their snow-like white sand, Pink Beach is a natural phenomenon that absolutely must be seen on any visit to Komodo National Park. This is one of only seven beaches in the entire world with pink sand and has been nominated as one of the natural wonders of the world. Head away from the coast in search of some Komodo dragons, or dive into the waters for some underwater activities.
Located in Berau, Derawan Beach in East Kalimantan is one of the best snorkeling and diving destinations in Indonesia. Its unique coastal ecosystem lures travelers in with its coral reefs, seagrass beds and mangrove forests. There is also a lot of protected wildlife to spot here, from whales and dolphins to clams, coconut crabs as well as endangered green and hawksbill sea turtles. Its white-sand beaches will melt your worries away, as the natural landscapes are simply mesmerizing.
One of the most photogenic spots in Bali, Kelingking Beach on Nusa Penida Island offers a mesmerizing view with white cliffs contrasting its turquoise blue waters. While its clifftop views are an Instagram hotspot, sitting on the beach is just as alluring. The horseshoe-shaped beach is also referred to as “Kelingking Secret Point Beach”. You can reach there by walking down a natural road that is equipped with bamboo handholds. Take a dip in its waters, and when you’ve worked up an appetite, grab some snacks and drinks from the local huts nearby.
Ringed by beautiful beaches, Derawan Island is a dream to visit. The island is part of an archipelago of 31 small islands of which only 4 are accessible. Its coastal coral reefs teeming with marine life make it a mecca for scuba divers and snorkelers.
The small island is home to a number of eco-friendly lodges and resorts; many of them are built on wooden platforms that stretch out into the ocean. As such, they look stunning lying atop the sparkling blue waters with colorful fish flitting beneath them.
While most people come for the breathtaking dive sights and wealth of marine life, including dolphins, coconut crabs, and sea turtles.
Looking for an easy escape from city life in Singapore? Hop aboard a ferry to Bintan, a resort island with plush accommodations and glorious beaches. Trikora, on the northeast side of the island, is the go-to beach area in Bintan. The windswept expanse features four adjacent beaches with soft white sand and picturesque boulders. Across the clear blue sea, you can see other islands in the distance – an especially pretty sight at sunrise. Look closely for small snails and other creatures in the area.
Have you ever wanted to try kite surfing? Give it a whirl at Trikora Beach. Bintan has two seasons for kite surfing, which typically run from November through March and June through September. Tourists can take lessons from various kitesurfing schools and resorts in the area.
There are no other beaches in Indonesia quite as epic as the collection at Nusa Penida, a small, relatively undeveloped island just south of Bali. You may have to trek down steep sets of stairs, or hike along the bottom of jagged cliffs to reach the beaches, which feel as pristine as those you’d find on a deserted island.
There’s a beach for everyone on Nusa Penida. Head to secluded Kelingking Beach for incredible photo ops of a famous cliff that looks like an open-mouthed Tyrannosaurus Rex jutting out into the sea.
If you want to watch a breathtaking sunset, head to the west-facing Crystal Bay Beach. The calm waters also lend themselves to swimming and snorkeling.
Tembeling Beach is a great spot for tourists looking to go off the beaten path in Nusa Penida. The long stretch of soft sand and turquoise water is surrounded by lush forest, where you can find hidden swimming holes and cliff jumping spots.
Another popular option in Nusa Penida is Atuh Beach. The only thing that would make a day at this pure white-sand beach with mesmerizing cliffs even better would be a fresh coconut. Fortunately, coconut sellers in the area have got you covered. Order one of the refreshing fruits and sip your way to bliss in this paradise.