Islands of Indonesia

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Islands of Indonesia

Comprising over 17,000 islands, Indonesia is the world's largest archipelago, and therefore it comes as no surprise that this country has innumerable island destinations to visit. From lush, green rainforests, to smouldering volcanoes, to pristine white-sand beaches, Indonesia offers everything to its visitors. The islands of Indonesia caters to everyone, from the party-animal to the solitude seeker, from the beach-bum to the adventure junkie, from the culture buff to the foodie, there is something for everyone to enjoy!

Here is the list of 20 Islands of Indonesia

1. Bali

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Known For : Ulu Watu Mount Batur Scuba Diving

Indonesia’s most famous island, Bali is the best place for any tourist who needs a week of absolute relaxation, fragrant cuisine, scenic beauty, and a galore of culture and tradition. With its elaborate temples, endless coastline, scenic coral reefs, waterfalls and retreats, Bali is indeed, a place of leisure and idyll, and simultaneously, a place for the adventurous and the explorers.

Best Time: April, May, June and September

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2. Lombok

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Known For : Mount Rinjani Trek Gili Trawangan Pura Lingsar

Located east of Bali, Lombok is a more laidback and slow-paced alternative to Bali's raucous disposition. Promoted as "an unspoiled Bali", Lombok is what people expected Bali to be before it became crowded and a mainstream travel destination. Blessed with some of the best surf breaks in the world and pristine beaches, Lombok is quickly earning its own reputation as a world-class surfing and beach destination.

Best Time: Dry season (May to Septembert)

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3. Gili Trawangan - The Youngest of the Three Gili Islands

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Located just off the northeastern coast of Lombok and to Bali's west, Gili Trawangan is a part of the Gili Island archipelago comprising Gili Trawangan, Gili Meno, and Gili Air and more than 20 other smaller islands. It is also the most developed and tourist-friendly among them. The largest of the Gili Islands, because of its tourism-centric infrastructure and fantastic marine biology, it has blossomed into the ideal place to go freediving, scuba diving, and snorkelling. 

4. Ubud, Indonesia - Artists' Village

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Known For : Art Class Petulu Rafting in Ayung River

Ubud is a central town in Bali and is completely opposite of what you think of when you hear the word 'Bali'. It is a quaint, little town of artists and is regarded as the arts and craft hub with all the galleries and artists' workshops in the town and nearby villages. Ubud is also home to Bali's famed terraced rice fields at Tegallalang and the picturesque paddy fields are one of its largest tourist attractions.

Best Time: April to June and September

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5. Nusa Penida - The Rugged Beach

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The largest of the three Nusa Islands, Nusa Penida is chock-full with dramatic cliff-faces, pristine beaches, and dive sites that offer some of the best snorkelling, scuba diving, and surfing opportunities amongst anywhere in the world. Known for preserving the endangered bird Bali Starling, this island’s famous attractions are the Crystal Bay sand beach and the stunning sunset panorama seen from the island. Boats regularly move from mainland Bali to the three Nusa Islands, with Nusa Penida being the last stop.

6. Padar Island - Beautiful Beaches on the Indonesian Archipelago

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Padar Island is the third largest island in Komodo National Park, located in between its two sibling islands- Komodo Island and Rinca island. Padar is surrounded by beautiful rugged hills that offer a splendid panoramic view. It is a perfect place for hikers that love a challenge. The hike up Padar hill is an activity that is one of the most popular things to do on Padar Island.

7. Gili Gede

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Gili Gede lies to the southwest coast of Lombok and is small, rugged, and isolated from the other parts of Indonesia. While Gili Gede's name translates loosely to 'Large Island', measuring 4 km by 1.6 km at its widest point, Gili Gede packs a substantial punch for its relatively small size.

Desert Point is renown for being one of the best surf spots in the world, with one of the longest left-handed surf breaks being found here. Gili Gede is also a snorkeller's paradise and with its crystal clear waters and teeming marine life, it is sure to be a haven for water sports enthusiasts.

8. Batam, Indonesia - An Adventure-Filled Retreat

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Known For : Maha Vihara Duta Maitreya Temple Barelang Bridge Adventure Sports in Batam

Located just off the eastern coast of Sumatra, nuzzled up against the Singaporean coast, Batam is one of the most picturesque islands in the Riau Archipelago, and also one of the most modernised areas in Indonesia. Its proximity to Singapore also makes it one of the most visited weekend getaway destination for residents from the island nation that are looking for a retreat, and some fresh ocean air. Batam consists of three principal islands, Batam, Rempang, Galang, and a smattering of other smaller islands.

Best Time: May to September.

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9. Komodo Island - Home to the World’s Largest Lizard

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Madura Island, also called Pulau Madura, is an island off the north-east coast of Java in Pattaya. It has varying topography such as rocky cliffs and sand-dune beaches in the north and shallow beaches and lowlands in the south. Madura Island is the land of gorgeous waterfalls, large caves, historic temples, and small islands that are perfect for water sports making it a great destination for history buffs and water-sports junkies who’d like to discover new waters

10. Madura Island, Pattaya

Madura Island, also called Pulau Madura, is an island off the north-east coast of Java in Pattaya. It has varying topography such as rocky cliffs and sand-dune beaches in the north and shallow beaches and lowlands in the south. Madura Island is the land of gorgeous waterfalls, large caves, historic temples, and small islands that are perfect for water sports making it a great destination for history buffs and water-sports junkies who’d like to discover new waters

11. Gili Air Island - The Youngest of the Gili Islands

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Gili Air, which is among the three Gili Islands in Indonesia, is the island closest to Lombok and offers the best of both worlds - be it peaceful travelling or party hopping. From temples to waterfalls, to beachside shacks, to secluded surf spots, along with cosy cafes and nightlife hubs, the youngest of the Gili islands cater to everyone's needs. Besides these, you can go fishing, horse-riding, water skiing, wakeboarding, and there is also a surf break to the south of the island for the experienced surfer. 

12. Gili Meno, Lombok

Gili Islands is a trio of small islands just off the coast of Lombok in Indonesia. Gili Meno happens to be the centrally placed island of the three and is exceedingly small in size measuring just two kilometers in length with a width of one kilometer. The natural locale has not been developed fully as yet and attracts hordes of tourists seeking solitude amongst natural surroundings. Gili Meno is a top draw for honeymooners as well as tourists aspiring for adventure.

13. Nusa Lembongan, Bali

Nusa Lembongan is one of the three islands located in the south-east of Bali. This picturesque beach paradise untouched by commercialism and remains a top draw for visitors aspiring for a bit of solitude. The area around Nusa Lembongan has an abundance of marine life, including colourful corals that are perfect for diving and snorkelling. Nusa Lembongan is stunning with clear, blue water exciting the nature lovers as do the glorious golden sunsets.

14. Nusa Ceningan, Bali

Famous as one of the most popular holiday destinations of Bali, the Nusa Ceningan Island also forms part of the Nusa Islands trio. Standing amidst the sea waters, the Island is blessed with hoards of attractive places comprising of beaches, resorts, cliffs and the famous ‘Blue Lagoon’. While the scenic beauties popping of the Nusa Ceningan Island makes it an ideal place for nature photographers, the place is also famous for various activities such as Underwater Scootering, Ziplining, Snorkelling, and Scuba Diving.

15. Derawan Islands

The landscapes in Indonesia are so much more than lush rainforests and smouldering volcanoes. The country is replete pristine white-sand beaches, and with an archipelago of six islands, the Derawan Islands are a perfect escape for those who love beaches, caves and adventure. There are lavish resorts and hotels where you can enjoy your stay with spectacular views of the white-sand beaches. The abundant marine life of these islands makes every tourist go for a round of snorkelling or scuba diving in the seas.

16. Flores - Indonesia's Next Big Beach Destination

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Known For : Maumere Labuan Bajo Pulau Bidadari

Flores is a beautiful and awe-inspiring island which had been overshadowed for a long period under its famous neighbour- Bali. Today, Flores Island is slowly emerging as a unique destination of its own. Flores is a beautiful place to take a swim in the pristine lakes, and waterfalls, or even dive into the depths of its amazing waters and explore the unrivalled beauty of the ocean.

17. Sumba - Rugged Roads and Stunning Beaches

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Known For : Waingapu Waikabubak

Sumba is a beautiful and untouched island which is situated to the East of the country; however, it amazingly distinguishes itself from the Northern volcanic part of Indonesia. The visitors that do make it to Sumba are usually surfers as Sumba has an amazing surf scene that remains under the radar. The clear ocean waters and the white sand beaches are great places to enjoy away from the noisy crowds.

18. Karimunjawa Islands

An archipelago that consists of 27 islands that form a marine park, of which only 5 are inhabited by people, the Karimunjawa Islands are the archetypal castaway island paradise. A burgeoning tourism industry is beginning to take hold of these islands fringed by pearly white sandy beaches and is quickly becoming a popular destination amongst those that are looking for pastures anew to escape the over-commercialized and over-populated tourist hotspots of Bali and increasingly, the Gili Islands too.

19. Wakatobi Islands

An island group that consists of 4 islands that are situated to the southeast of Sulawesi, Wakatobi is fast gaining a reputation for being amongst the world’s premier destinations for diving and snorkelling. Its pristine beaches, unspoilt marine ecosystem that contains the second largest coral reef system in the world make it well worth the effort taken to get to this relatively remote part of Indonesia.

20. Weh Island

Also known as Sabang, after the largest town on the island, Weh is located north of Sumatra and is typical of the tropical paradise. Palm trees swaying in the wind, azure blue waters lapping up the white sand beaches of the island, Weh is popular amongst divers for the diversity of marine life that include manta rays, whale sharks, and dolphins. Ferries from Banda Aceh are usually the preferred mode of transport to and from Pulau Weh.

Which of Indonesia's islands are you most excited about exploring? Tell us in the comments below!

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