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A Guide to Indonesia’s Most Beautiful Islands

Indonesia is the world’s fourth most populous country and has 18 of the world’s 33 richest countries. This makes it a destination with plenty to offer in terms of culture, history, and natural beauty. Indonesia also boasts one of the largest archipelagos in the world – which means there are countless islands for you to explore! Indonesians themselves have almost 300 different names for their own islands. 

We’ve narrowed down our list to several beautiful Indonesian island destinations that we think will be perfect for your next vacation or adventure! 

Exploring Indonesia 

Indonesia is an island country, counting over 17,000 islands. The best way to explore the riches of Indonesia is by boat. Indonesian islands cruise is a trip that offers you a once-a-lifetime shot to see some of the most beautiful islands on the planet. Grab it without hesitation, because you need this adventure. 

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Indonesian islands are known for their beautiful beaches and crystal clear waters. What is also unforgettable are all the forests, rivers, and waterfalls, as well as volcanoes that lay on those islands. There is rich wildlife, and also, Indonesia is the habitat of the komodo dragon, one of the largest lizards on this earth.

Now onto the people that live there. In Indonesia, you will find a variety of people and cultures. With that many islands, Indonesia counts dozens of cultures and religions. Traditional food is something you must try for yourself. There are temples that guarantee you peace, no matter your beliefs. 

Indonesia’s most beautiful islands 

Like we mentioned, there are over 17.000 separate islands under Indonesia. In the following, we will mention a few, breath-taking places that you should visit at least once in your life. 

Bali 

Sounds a little bit cliche, but Bali is a destination known and loved by many. People are making reservations way ahead of departure, just so they can enjoy themself on a few days on this beautiful island. 

The island itself is regularly visited and it offers a little bit of everything. It has those big sandy beaches, and the water is warm and so clear that you can see all the stones and pebbles underneath it. You can swim and dive and explore the surroundings. Surfing is ideal since there are big waves that are waiting for you. Also, you can hike if that’s your thing. It’s a great activity that comes with an even greater reward- after a while, you will come to a hidden waterfall. Remember to grab your camera!

Lombok 

Often compared to Bali, and called his laid-back sister. Lombok is an island worth visiting while you’re there if you’re looking for a more intimate atmosphere. It has many hidden gems inside it, making it a perfect place for adventure-seekers. 

Lombok has beautiful beaches that are as beautiful as the ones in Bali, perfect for diving, surfing and snorkeling. You can just swim and relax in the water if that’s what you prefer. Many hikers come here to conquer Mount Rinjani, which has a beautiful blue lake on the very top.

The Gili islands

The Gili Islands are two small islands located in Indonesia: Gili Trawangan, Gili Meno, Gili Air. The first one, Gili Trawangan, is the biggest, and most modern one. It has tons of different seaside cafes and rich nightlife. The smaller one, Gili Meno, is more intimate and quiet, perfect for honeymoons. Gili Air is the right choice for a decent adrenaline rush. There is a whole different underworld hiding in the waters of Gili Air, waiting for you to discover them. 

Even though the three Gili islands are totally different from one another, tourists can visit them all in one go, since they are close to each other and offer different kinds of activities. This is a great opportunity if you’re traveling with your significant other or with a close group of friends. 

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Flores 

Flores stands for flowers in portugese. This is a small, beautiful island that has many natural treasures. Although the island is pretty much full of hidden gems- forests, mountains, beaches, and a beautiful lake- the Kelimutu Lake, it is the culture that separates it from the rest. 

Flores is the home of many different ethnic groups that have different religions, traditions, customs, and ways of life. Here, you can stay with the locals and live their lifestyle, to experience the culture to the fullest. It is a great experience that will bring you joy every time you reminisce about it.

Summary 

Indonesia is a true natural gem when it comes to perfect destinations for vacation and adventure. It offers many places where you can relax and clear up your mind, bringing you peace. Also, it can give you a dose of adrenaline if that’s what you’re looking for. With the tons of different tourist attractions, we’re sure you’ll find the right one for you.