Oct 07 2013
We spend a lot of time “researching” beaches and islands. Not just in Indonesia of course — we recently bagged our 30th Thai island (and another dozen beaches), for instance — but when it comes to beaches, Indonesia is often difficult to beat. We still have a lot of ground to cover (Hello Sumatra, Sumbawa and everything east of Flores!) so this is far from a definitive list, but perhaps it will give you a few ideas. Without further ado, here are some of the Travelfish.org team’s favourites beaches and islands in Indonesia.
Batu Karas, Java
While Batu Karas is best known as a surfing locale, it’s not the surfing that captured our imagination so much as the overall laidback vibe that encourages swimming, eating, sleeping and not a whole lot else.
While we are most certainly not great fans of Pelabuhan Ratu, just five kilometres away you’ll find another surfer hangout — Cimaja. It’s a pebble beach, so a bit more work for a walk by the water than your more typical sand offering, but it delivers in the rugged beauty department.
Considerably more popular than Batu Karas, though still with some good waves, Pangandaran gets busy during the day, but come the evening there is plenty of fodder for long slow walks with a setting sun.
Ujung Genteng, Java
A sleepy seaside village located more than 100 kilometres from the nearest city, remote Ujung Genteng is the stuff dreams are made of.
Jump over to Java’s north coast and you’ve got the glorious Karimunjawa Islands. The main hassle here is the boat timetable, which means you’ll often need to stay longer than planned. Oh the horror.
When it comes to Bali, it’s hard to pick just one… we could write a post like this just for the island (hmm, there’s an idea!) but today we’re going to exercise a little self control and limit ourselves to our single overall favourite, Balangan Beach on the Bukit Peninsula.
Jungutbatu, Nusa Lembongan
Nusa Lembongan’s main beach, Jungutbatu is a working rather than a lazing beach, but in the late afternoon, with a sinking sun and a distant volcano it has has its own special beauty.
The Gili Islands have more than their fair share of delightful (and not so delightful) beaches, but this, the back beach on Gili Air, pretty much sums up our thoughts on the place.
Southern Lombok has some fabulous beaches. This is one of the better ones. No, we’re not going to tell you where it is.
Kanawa Island, Flores
Jumping over Sumbawa as we’re yet to visit there, next stop is Kanawa Island midway between Flores and Komodo. It’s rather nice, with some of the best off-the-beach snorkelling we’ve ever seen.
This mystery beach is actually a 30-minute walk south of Waecicu (which itself is a 20-minute boat ride from Labuan Bajo) followed by bushwhacking down the slope to reach the sand. Is it worth the effort? Yes.
You can’t really have a collection of Indonesian beach photos without mentioning Riung on the north coast of Flores. You agree?
We’re written about the Togean Islands at length already, so we’ll finish with this one.
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