Indonesia is the largest archipelago in the world and offers travelers many beaches to visit and explore. From pink sand beaches, crystal blue waters, and unforgettable sunsets, here is a list of 9 beaches to visit during your next trip to Indonesia.
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Best Beaches in Indonesia
Pink Beach – Flores
One of the very few beaches in the world with pink sand is in Indonesia and is called (surprise!) Pink Beach. This stunning beach is located in Flores Island, within the Komodo National Park, and is part of the itineraries of most tours departing from Labuan Bajo to see the famous Komodo dragons.
In Flores, book your stay at Ayana Komodo, the best hotel in Labuan Bajo.
Discover more about the Pink Beach in Indonesia by reading the posts Where to stay in Labuan Bajo and What to do in Labuan Bajo.
Karma Beach – Bali
Karma Beach is a stunning beach accessible by funicular with surreal views of one of the most beautiful parts of Uluwatu, in Bali. Karma Beach is the beach of the Karma Hotel but is also accessible to non-guests. Once here, you will find beach chairs and comfortable bean bags to enjoy the day and soak in the views. If possible, try to stay for a full day to watch the ocean tide change throughout the day.
Want to stay close to the beach? Reserve Karma Kandara.
Make sure to read: One-week itinerary to Bali
Tanjung Aan – Lombok
One of the most idyllic beaches of the Indonesian archipelago, Tanjung Aan is stretched in 2 kilometers full of beach swings and turquoise blue waters. There you will find warungs (food stands, in Indonesian) with beach chairs or bean bags to get comfortable and pass the day worry-free.
Stay at Hotel Origin Lombok or Novotel Lombok.
Read everything you need to know about Kuta Lombok and the two most idyllic beaches of the region.
Berawa Beach – Bali
Berawa is not one of the most beautiful beaches of Indonesia, instead, it can be deceiving with its darker colored sand. That being said, don’t let it fool you – Berawa is one of the best places in Canggu with its young atmosphere and number of beach clubs to explore. The beach made this list for its memorable sunsets which offer a prism of colors with vibrant tones of orange and yellow.
Book your stay at The Haven Suites.
Also read: Where to stay in Canggu and Where to eat in Canggu.
Padang Padang – Bali
Padang Padang is a perfect beach for surfing. It attracts travelers who want to spread their beach towels and just sit to pass the time. This beach is stunning needs to be a part of your itinerary to Bali.
Pantai Mawun – Lombok
Pantai Mawun is one of the best beaches of Lombok. It’s located in a picture-perfect cove with white sand, intensely blue water, and mountains on each side of the coast. Pantai Mawun has a relaxed vibe and deserves to be a part of any itinerary to Indonesia.
Bingin Beach – Bali
Bingin is a stunning beach that offers fantastic views of the Indian Ocean. With its big waves, this is one of the most sought-after surfing spots in Bali. The rocky landscape gives a more natural feel and makes Bingin beach even more charming.
Tanjung Bira – Sulawesi
Completely off the beaten path, Tanjung Bira is a location for those who like a simpler life. Though not very easy to reach, here your days will be filled with snorkeling and scuba-diving.
Read more about Tanjung Bira.
Ujung Gelam – Java
Another less famous place within Indonesia, Ujung Gelam is located in a small archipelago off the coast of Java island called Karimunjawa. Here the infrastructure is limited, only a small food stand selling water, beer, and coconuts, but the beauty of the place is stunning. In order to learn how to get here and where to stay, be sure to read the post about Karimunjawa, a hidden paradise on the island of Java.
Reserve here your stay at Kura Kura Resort.
Indonesia Packing Tips
Tips for visiting Indonesia
- Visa: for current information about Indonesia’s visa, currency, and other travel updates, please visit my post on What to Know for Visiting Indonesia.
- The best time to visit Bali is from April to October.
- Always carry some cash with you, as some places do not accept credit cards.
- In Canggu, you can get Grab and Go-Jek (apps that work like Uber). In Ubud and Uluwatu, the apps don’t work (because of local disputes), so you’ll have two options: rent a motorcycle, or negotiate with taxi drivers to take you to the places you want to go. There is also the option of booking a car with a driver at the hotel, but it can end up being the most expensive option if you don’t plan to travel a lot.
- Travel Insurance: I recommend purchasing travel insurance for every international trip, and the same applies to Bali. My recommended and used travel insurance tool is SquareMouth, a platform for searching for the best option amongst travel insurance companies. It allows travelers to instantly purchase a travel insurance policy from every major provider in the US and it also makes clear each policy’s COVID-related coverage.
Best tours in Bali
- Sunrise Mount Batur Hike with Breakfast: have an early start to your day on this tour to watch the sunrise from above the clouds at Mount Batur’s summit.
- Monkey Forest, Rice Terrace & Tanah Lot Private Tour: this is one of the best tours to take in Ubud because you’ll see the Tegallalang Rice Terrace, visit the Sacred Monkey Forest, learn about Luwak coffee, and catch the sunset at Tanah Lot Temple.
- Best of Nusa Penida Tour by Fast Boat: on this full-day tour from Bali you’ll go to the heavenly Nusa Penida to see some of the main attractions of the island – the gorgeous Kelingking Beach and Broken Beach.
- Instagram Highlights Tour: visit the most Instagrammable places in Bali near Ubud. It includes Lempuyang Temple, Tegallalang, and Tirta Gangga.
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