5 Most Beautiful Islands To Visit In Indonesia
By: Pinki Sun, 03 Nov 2019 12:43 PM
As the world’s biggest archipelago, no other country has as many island destinations as Indonesia. Stretching far and wide across the equator, Indonesia’s islands boast limitless charms. Some are renowned surf destinations, while others are famed for fascinating endemic species. Panoramic natural beauty is almost always guaranteed — beautiful ocean views paired with lush hills, thriving wildlife, charming cultural heritage and in many cases, all of the above. Here are the 5 best islands in Indonesia.
This exotic island east of Sumatra is represented best by the glorious granite boulders hemming its white-sand coast. While a lot of tourists here spend most of their time taking pictures of and on the idyllic beaches, this island also has charming colonial architecture and a quaint old harbour. Tourists can venture off its offshore islands, including the famed Lengkuas Island with its iconic 19th century lighthouse overlooking the translucent sea.
Often dubbed Bali’s more laid-back sister, Lombok has beauty to more than match its world-famous sibling. In fact, over the years Lombok’s popularity has quickly risen as more tourists attest to its satisfying escape from Bali’s crowds. The island hosts a wide array of attractions, including mountains, beaches, forests, temples and even historic cities. Many of its beautiful beaches are a surfers’ paradise, especially for those who prefer a more intimate atmosphere. Avid hikers come to this island to conquer the beautiful Mount Rinjani, with its iconic blue lake on top.
* Gili Islands
The Gili Islands consist of three small islands. Gili Trawangan, the biggest of the three, is the most modern, known for vibrant nightlife and chill seaside cafés. Gili Meno on the other hand is far more serene and quiet, making it a popular honeymoon destination. Gili Air is an adventurer’s paradise, with an impressive underwater world hiding some of the planet’s rarest and most dangerous marine species. Even though the three islands have such contrasting features, tourists can visit all in one visit due to their close proximity.
Flores, named after the Portuguese word for ‘flowers’, is a gorgeous small island in East Nusa Tenggara. Although the island features many natural charms — mountains, beaches, and the tri-coloured Kelimutu lake — perhaps the most intriguing quality is its culture. Flores is home to many different ethnic groups, each with their own unique cultures and customs. Staying with the locals and living their lifestyles is a popular, horizon-expanding activity, especially in well-known villages like Wae Rebo, which is prized for its beautiful mountain vista and quirky traditional houses.
* Komodo Island
Jurassic Park comes to life on this Indonesian island. The island in East Nusa Tenggara is home to the komodo dragon, a famous giant lizard known to hunt prey as big as water buffalo. Aside from this fascinating creature, Komodo’s natural landscape of hills and beaches alone could justify its recent fame as a hip island destination. Lavish accommodations and liveaboard boats are also present, leading to adventure and tranquility in one place.