Indonesia, which in fact is an island nation consisting of thousands of islands throughout the archipelago, holds millions of charm and beauty that attract foreign tourists to visit it even to have the desire to buy it. For that we as Indonesian citizens themselves will be very disadvantaged if we ourselves have never been to visit and enjoy the natural beauty of our own country. Here are some of the list of beautiful islands in Indonesia that you must visit once in a lifetime which Greatnesia summarizes from various sources:
1. Saumlaki Island – Maluku
The name Saumlaki Island may sound foreign to your ears. However, once you come here you will definitely feel at home and you won’t feel bored! Yes, Saumlaki Island is included in West Southeast Maluku Regency. Because it is located outside Indonesia, Saumlaki Island is more famous abroad than in Indonesia. Ships ranging from Australia, Timor Leste to the United States very often stop at Saumlaki Island. Beach tourism on this island is the most popular tourist attraction, where white sand and clear sea will make you feel comfortable for long here. Weluan Beach and Pertamina Beach become one of the famous tourist destinations on Saumlaki Island.
2. Derawan Island – East Kalimantan
You certainly agree that Derawan Island is on the list of the most beautiful islands in Indonesia. Because the beach on this island is included in CNN World’s 100 Best Beaches In The World list and occupies the 63rd position. The white sand on this island is so soft and the water is clear. In fact, it is so clear we can snorkel enjoying the beauty of the underwater world. Anyway, Derawan Island is not inferior to Maldives!.
3. Karimunjawa – Central Java
Who says in the Java Sea there are no cool islands to visit? The Karimunjawa Islands, which consists of 27 islands, prove that on the island of Java there are also small island tours. Of the 27 islands only 5 islands are inhabited and the rest are uninhabited. However, the uninhabited islands, such as Menjagan Kecil Island, Mrican, and Cemara Kecil, are the favorites of travelers. In addition to offering fine white sand and green sea water in Tosca, Karimunjawa Islands also have natural underwater tourism with coral reefs that are still very beautiful.
4. Weh Island – Aceh
Hearing the name of Pulau Weh, surely what you imagine is an island located in the westernmost part of Indonesia. Yes, indeed Weh Island is an island in the western part of Indonesia, precisely bordering on Aceh. This zero kilometer point of Indonesia offers a panoramic view of the sea where the water is still very clear. You must visit a number of beautiful beaches on Pulau Weh if you go on holiday here. Although only a small volcanic island, there are already many accommodations available on Weh Island.
5. Belitung Island – Bangka Belitung
The island, located off the east coast of Sumatra, is flanked by the Strait of Gaspar and the Strait of Karimata, with the Mentas Stone located at the foot of Mount Sharp having tremendous potential as an integrated tourist destination. The natural beauty of both the clear river and the dense forest and the unique flora and fauna, the life of the local community with its pineapple and white pepper garden centers coupled with the uniqueness of its traditional cultural arts and expertise of the local community in making woven from rattan make Belitung Island one of the most beautiful islands in Indonesia like a paradise that you should visit.
6. Nusa Lembongan Island – Bali
Nusa Lembongan Island is located in the southeast of Bali Island close to Nusa Ceningan Island and Nusa Penida Island in the Badung Strait. In addition to the beautiful and attractive beaches, Nusa Lembongan also offers unique and artificial natural caves, challenging sea cliffs, mysterious swamps that can attract your interest to come and many more.
While the beaches on Nusa Lembongan that are quite famous for their beauty are Dream Beach, Tanjung Sanghyang Beach, Selagimpak Beach, Selambung Beach, Sunset Beach, Pemambat Beach, Lebaoh Beach (seaweed center beach) and other places such as Rumah Bawah Land, Gala-gala, Sarang Walet Batu Melawang Cave, Buanyaran Art Shop Center, Pegadungan Swamp and romantic place in Kolong Pandan Sunset Park.
7. Three Gili Island – Lombok
Tiga Gili is the name of an island located west of Lombok Island. These islands include Gili Trawangan Island which is famous for its crystal clear sea water and its underwater world that is like heaven. Gili Meno has recently been declared the Best Beach in Indonesia by the Online Site TripAdvisor and Gili Air which is famous as a place to learn diving because there are many training sites and very complete equipment rental.
The Three Gili Islands in Lombok is one of the most beautiful islands in Indonesia, like a paradise that has a stretch of clean and fine white sand with clear sea water as clear as glass and underwater beauty that is as amazing as heaven, making these three islands the ideal island for tourists.
8. Moyo Island – West Nusa Tenggara
Moyo Island, which is about 2.5 kilometers north of Sumabawa Island, West Nusa Tenggara, Indonesia is one of the most beautiful islands in Indonesia, which is already very well known by foreign and local tourists as a honeymoon. Even the late Princess Diana, Mick Jagger to Russian princess Maria Sharapova greatly admired Moyo Island while on vacation to this island.
In addition to being able to do diving, snorkeling, swimming, sunbathing and enjoying the beauty of the sunset and the natural beauty of the land and underwater which is very exotic, you can also stop by the Mata Jitu Waterfall which is really beautiful and amazing.
9. Kanawa Island – East Nusa Tenggara
Vacation to Kanawa Island, East Nusa Tenggara will make you not want to go home soon. The coastline is gently sloping and white sand and the sea water is as clear as a jewel. On this island you can swim and snorkel to your heart’s content because the island feels privately owned.
10. Sipora Island – West Sumatra
At present, Sipora is the main destination for those who are visiting Mentawai Island. Not surprisingly, this island offers several interesting tourist attractions and the perfect surfing area. That means Sipora is famous among those who like surfing and other water sports. The fact is that the beaches on this island will be crowded between April and October when the waves are at their best. Even so, another month is also suitable for enjoying surfing. Sipora Island is considered as the most ideal and best place for surfing activities because the island offers perfect conditions for surfers and tourists especially the waves that support all year round. Even beginners can enjoy the good times there as long as they have basic knowledge and get some tips from the locals.
For those who are looking for a good surfing spot, several options are available including Lance’s Left and Hollow Trees (known as the famous cylinder wave called the right tube). However, it is not recommended for beginners because the waves are considered dangerous. Well, it will be easier if tourists ask for more information from their tour agent. Other options are Iceland, Telescope and Scarecrows, which are also recommended for surfing.
Besides surfing, Sipora Island also offers other attractions including local food. For example, there is something called Subbet (snacks made from taro and grated coconut). This food is cheap and delicious so tourists must try some when visiting Sipora. Furthermore, they can meet with the Mentawai Tribe and learn some local culture and dance there. Mentawai people are very open and friendly to tourists. That means it won’t be difficult to approach them.