For beach lovers, Indonesia is a traveler’s paradise — this South Pacific archipelago is made up of over 13,000 islands, spanning across two tropical oceans. This has created a haven for gorgeous soft sand beaches, stunning waves and sunny skies. Whether you’re searching for popular tourist destinations or untouched shoreline, Indonesia’s islands contain beaches to suit any taste. Surfers, snorkelers and avid divers flock to the coastline to immerse themselves in the sparkling waters, ablaze with tropical sea creatures. What’s stopping you from booking your cheap flight to Indonesia? Chances are, you’ll find everything you’re looking for and more from Indonesia’s world-famous beaches.
To remove yourself from the hustle and bustle of city life, try escaping to one of the secluded Gili Islands (Gili Trawangan, Gili Air and Gili Meno). Each island has a unique vibe, but all are equally breathtaking. For decades, backpackers and adventurous travelers have hopped over from Bali to dip in bath-warm waters of the Gili Islands. Here, snorkeling and diving is abundant, and cars and motorbikes are banned. Visitors love to explore local deep-water coral reefs, turtles and stingrays. After a long day of diving or snorkeling, relax on a beach bungalow with a tropical beverage. An easily accessible ferry from Bali makes transportation relatively simple to the Gili Islands.
Just floating southwest of Timbor, floats a slender, limestone island called Rote. Known for its great surfing, Rote’s beaches are varied to suit both beginners and experienced shredders. Between November and March, offshore winds kick up enormous swells into barrels. It’s the perfect place to search for hidden white-sand beaches, tiny villages and bright blue lagoons. Aside from the stunning sun and surf, Rote Island is home to lush forests, rolling hills and natural limestone bridges. Not into surfing? Many visitors dive the fringed coral around the island, looking for manta, fire fish and duguong.
When most people think of Bali, they think of gorgeous blue water and white sand. This small island is known for hosting some of the best beaches on the planet – and Seminyak Beach and Petitenget Beach are considered some of greatest on the island. These beaches are also famed with the best, most breathtaking sunsets in Bali. It’s one of the luxury locations on the island, with fantastic hotels and resorts. This is the place for high-end spas and shopping. Once you step on the beach, you’ll see why — endless white sand in either direction. It’s a fun location to mingle with the glitterati on the island. There are plenty of activities to partake in as well. Look around for snorkel and scuba diving instructors alongside the beach. Or just watch the sun fade at the end of lovely day of beach tranquility.
Once you book your cheap ticket to Jakarta, you may be tempted to visit one of Indonesia’s more accessible beaches. Taking the trek to the Togean Islands may be a longer journey, but it’s worth the hassle. Made up of 56 small islands and islets, the Togean Islands are a great destination to get disconnected from the world. It’s the perfect place for a digital detox. Imagine island hopping from one perfect, secluded beach to the next. A place where fresh fish and hammocks are plentiful. There are only a few family-run cottages and guesthouses on the islands, most resting right on the shore. You can expect a homey welcome and evening full of bonfires and cold beer. The seclusion also means empty beaches, better diving and more privacy.
Indonesia’s plentiful islands make it home to some of the world’s most famous beaches. And with so many varied climates and destinations, it’s easy to discover a beach to suit any type of travel. The only difficulty is choosing just one.