Photo: Just another beach.

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Boat trips

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If you’re not a surfer, or the surf just isn’t happening, consider asking around to hire one of the boats laying around for a half-day visiting some of the outlying beaches. If you thought Jelenga was pretty, you haven’t seen anything yet.

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We joined in on a trip from Wood Garden in Jelenga that took us out and over the reef then around the headland to the north, where we saw at least eight pristine white-sand beaches. None of these can be reached by any means other than boat and they are all utterly deserted.



Unfortunately on the day we visited there were jellyfish in the water, so we couldn’t swim, but the beaches were gorgeous all the same. On the way back we got the boat to stop outside the reef where we did a quick bit of snorkelling — visibility was very good and the reef was in pretty good shape, but there were not all that many fish around.

Beach taxi.

Beach taxi.

You can also organise a boat to take you around the headland to the south where there are a few more white-sand beaches, before another headland that marks the northern edge of Benete Bay (and the mine and ferry terminals there).

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Where to next?

Where are you planning on heading to after Jelenga? Here are some spots commonly visited from here, or click here to see a full destination list for Indonesia.

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