Of the millions of Australians that visit Indonesia each year, very few venture further than the tiny island of Bali. But you should think about getting up-to-speed on the best spots that beat Seminyak, so you can extend your horizons and holiday far away from the masses.
White sand and turquoise waters certainly aren’t exclusive to Seminyak – the relatively untouched islands of Bangka Belitung have them in spades. This province east of Sumatra includes the two large islands of Bangka and Belitung, as well as several smaller ones, each with plenty of stunning and, most importantly, secluded beaches.
Kepulauan Seribu (Thousand Islands)
If you’re after over-the-water accomo without the exxy flight to Tahiti, then look no further than Kepulauan Seribu. The chain of islands (around 110 in total) just two hour’s boat ride from the capital of Jakarta is home to plenty of these photo-worthy digs. Go full-deluxe and charter a boat while you’re at it. This is the ideal area for island hopping with a few of your friends on board.
This island in the East Nusa Tenggara province is a bonanza of mind-blowing natural beauty with incredible dive sites, rainforests, waterfalls and beaches. The World Heritage listed Komodo National Park is also a massive drawcard, home to the giant lizards, epic hiking trails and Pink Beach with (you guessed it) pink-hued sand.
Wakatobi is made up of four islands – Wangi-wangi, Kaledupa, Tomia and Binongko – surrounded by a national marine park of the same name. This unspoilt spot in Southeast Sulawesi offers some of the best diving in the whole dang world, with more reef and fish species than anywhere else.
You have plenty of idyllic islands to choose from in this east Indonesian archipelago. Tourist facilities can be few and far between, so if you’re keen to get off the grid and around some top-notch secret surfing spots, secluded palm-lined beaches and impressive volcanoes – this is where to go.
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This article first appeared on InStyle Australia.