10 Beautiful Indonesian Islands You Must Visit in Their Lifetime

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Do you plan on taking a trip to Indonesia to visit some of the islands, but have no idea which ones to visit? Are you fond of adventures? Then you have come to the right place.

Indonesia is home to more than 17,000 islands.

It can sometimes be a bit tricky to decide which one to visit since nearly all of the islands are worth visiting. Below you can find 10 best Indonesian islands, all who have many activities to suit different needs.

1. Manado Tua

Manado Tua

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Located off the west coast of North Sulawesi and close to the capital city of Manado you can find Indonesia’s Manado Tua Island.

It’s an inactive volcanic island in the Celebes Sea. The name “Manado” actually means “on the far coast” or “in the distance” from Minahasan languages and “Tua” means old.

What this island is most famous for is the Bunaken-Manado Tua park. It is one of the most breathtaking dive sites in the whole world.

If you do not like diving that much, snorkeling is also a great option. You can also take up other activities on the island such as jogging, mountain biking, camping, and hiking.

So if you’re into diving and spectacular experiences, this Island should be in your “Places to Visit” list.


2. Peucang Island

Peucang Island

Another island you should visit if you ever find yourself in Indonesia is Peucang Island.

It is situated in the Pandeglang District in Banten province. This island is also part of the Ujung Kulon National Park which was named as a UNESCO World Heritage Site back in 1991.

This is definitely the best place to take a break from the busy everyday life and enjoy quietness and peacefulness. Beautiful white shores and clear turquoise water cover an area of 450 hectares, which all contribute to having a calm getaway.

Like other islands, Peucang is also a great site to go snorkeling and explore the extraordinary underwater marine life. From colorful fish to gorgeous coral, the waters of Peucang hold a beauty different from any place you’ve ever seen before.

3. Bali

The island of Bali is definitely one of the most well known in all of Indonesia.

It is not only an island but also a province which consists of some small neighboring islands.

Bali has a population of 4.2 million and is a popular destination for tourists. Located between Java to the west and Lombok to the east, Bali is also known as “Island of the Gods”.

It has a landscape which has many hills and mountains, sandy beaches, barren volcanic hillsides and more. Bali is one of those places where everything you see is just breathtaking and picturesque.

One of the many activities you can take up while in Bali are surfing, diving, a tour around the historical and cultural attractions and more.

4. Belitung

Belitung is located on the east coast of Sumatra in the Java Sea in Indonesia.

This island is most known for its pepper and tin. Aside from its popularity with these two items, it is also a place whose scenery is beautiful. It is considered one of the most beautiful islands in Southeast Asia.

Comprised of white sandy beaches and a clear turquoise sea, Belitung is a small island (with a population of more than 270 thousand) where you can go to rest and have a peaceful vacation. The best time to visit Belitung is between April and October.

What you can do when you arrive in Belitung is go snorkeling, take long walks on the beaches, go scuba diving, take cultural trips and more.

5. Weh Island

Weh Island

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Another beauty of Indonesia is the Weh Island.

Also known as Pulau Weh or Pulo Weh, this island is a small active volcanic island which is situated northwest of Sumatra. What Weh Island is most known for is its ecosystem.

The wildlife is protected by the government.

Weh Island is home to a rare megamouth shark species. It is also the only habitat for the threatened toad, Duttaphrynus Valhalla. Aside from the vibrant ecosystem, the island is relatively small but has beautiful beaches.

You can access them by renting a car since there is no public transport which will take you to these beaches.


6. Bunaken


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Bunaken is the island where every diver and snorkeler dreams of exploring.

It is one of the most famous diving and snorkeling spots in all of Indonesia. Every year Bunaken attracts visitors from many places around the world.

Another fun fact about this island is that its shape looks like a banana.

Although the island itself is relatively small, the Bunaken National Marine Park is the place where you can find most of Bunaken’s marine life.

This national park has made Bunaken a perfect example of how other islands in Indonesia should be preserving their marine treasures. An example of the diversity of flora and fauna of this island are the 70 different genera of coral, five species of sea turtle, some saltwater crocodiles and more.

7. Java

Java Beach

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Throughout the 17,000+ islands in Indonesia, Java is the fifth-largest island.

The island itself inhabits over 141 million people and is the most populous island on Earth.

Java has many things to offer its visitors: two of the world’s great ancient monuments, 121 volcanoes, rainforests, big waves and more.

Unlike the other islands in Indonesia, Java doesn’t have that many gorgeous beaches. The scenery elsewhere, however, is quite beautiful.

But if you’re the traveler who loves to relax on the beach, then you should travel to the nearby archipelagos like Pulau Seribu or Karimunjawa. These offer beaches with spectacular white sands and coral islands.

8. Flores


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Flores is one of the most cinematic places in Indonesia.

You can find it east of Sumbawa and west of the Solor Archipelago and Alor Archipelago. You can see many beaches and mountains; however, the main reason tourists visit this Island is the crater lakes at Mount Kelimutu.

The colors change regularly from aqua/turquoise, green, red and chocolate brown. This unusual phenomenon is believed to occur because of chemical reactions of the minerals in the lake which were triggered by volcano gas activity.

Besides the usual activities such as snorkeling and scuba diving, a growing business is the Ecotourism industry. You can visit traditional villages and stay with the local families, and you can join in Eco-friendly activities such as birdwatching and trekking.

9. Sulawesi


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Also known as Celebes, Sulawesi is part of the four Greater Sunda Islands.

It is also the eleventh-largest island in the world. A fascinating fact about Sulawesi is its spider-like shape. It has four arms spinning outward which resemble the legs of a spider.

What the island has to offer for its visitors is a unique culture, under-explored mountains, and many excellent diving spots.

10. Batanta


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Another island that you should not miss is Batanta.

It is one of the four major islands in the Raja Ampat Islands in West Papua. Each year Batanta attracts more and more visitors because of its peaceful beaches and exciting outdoor activities. The main reason tourists visit Batanta is to relax and get away from crowds of people. People also love sightseeing, since you can visit many interesting and unique places like traditional villages, waterfalls and more.

There are also many other islands in Indonesia for you to explore but these 10 are the best ones.

Although all of them have a breathtaking beauty, each island has its unique features. From cinematic landscapes to fascinating marine life, Indonesia’s islands offer some of the best experiences in the world. It is without a doubt a place worth visiting to make awesome memories.


There are a lot of beautiful islands in Indonesia that are definitely worth visiting.

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