Beaching out in Indonesia (Top 5 beaches)
When you think of beaches and Indonesia, your mind would automatically think of Bali, and you wouldn’t be wrong! Bali has some beautiful beaches with good waves, and even better sunsets. One of the inconvenience with Bali are the large tour groups- and getting a good spot is close to impossible unless you get there by breakfast- if you don’t know where to go.
1. Nusa Penida Beach, Bali
Step back into the past and catch a glimpse of what Bali used to be before modernization and a tourist attraction. Imagine villages and seaweed farms. Lately it’s been receiving more and more traffic and recognition, but compared to Sanur or Kuta beach, it’s still a hidden paradise. A bonus if you’re into scuba diving, manta rays are abundant, and if it’s the season for them, you may see whale sharks as well!
How to Get Here: There are public boats from Sanur, Kusamba or Padang Bai in East Bali.
2. Pink Beach, Komodo Island, Lombok
While Indonesia beaches may be known for their snow-like white sand, Pink Beaches are a natural phenomenon that not many people get the opportunity to see. There are only seven beaches in the world that are pink so it is a natural wonder! With the incredibly clear waters, you can spend hours here exploring this new world beneath the surface, and if you’re feeling adventurous, you can venture inward on land to spot a few komodo dragons. (Stay a good distance away though)
How to Get Here: You can fly from Bali to Labuan Bajo located on Flores Island. Then take the ferry over to Komodo Island.
3. Raja Ampat
This untouched slice of paradise, which means Four Kings, is made of an archipelago of 1,500 smaller islands, and four main islands. Sitting pretty in the heart of the Coral Triangle, it’s no surprise that Raja Ampat is an attraction for divers, and because of its relatively unexplored areas, so you may be the first to find new beaches. The stunning islands are also home to the rarely seen Birds of Paradise. There are tours and hides for you to watch how they court and hunt.
How to Get Here:The quickest way is to take a flight or ship to Sorong, a taxi to Sorong ferry harbor, and then a ferry to Waisai.
4. Karimunjawa, Java Island
Karimunjawa Beach is a gift to the senses. What’s really unique about this beach, is that you can watch the sunrise and sunset in the same place! Spend the whole day watching the sun go around, waking up and going to bed with a warm orange glow around you. If you’re feeling a bit adventurous, head on over to Menjangan Island to swim with sharks! You don’t have to worry since they’re smaller than usual and won’t bite. You can also find turtles and the Javan hawk on this island.
How to Get Here: You can take a 12 seater plane from Semarang or Surabaya to the Dewandaru Airport in Kemujan island.
5. Sawarna Beach, Java
You’ve never seen a beach like Sawarna Beach before. This coconut tree-lined Indonesia beach is located on the island of Java and is home to colourful coral reefs and plenty of tropical fish.
How to Get Here: You can take a flight either to Jakarta or Banten and then a bus or a car to Sawarna Beach.