Island hopping in Indonesia
Explore the Indonesian Archipelago by visiting these 30+ best islands
Heralded as one of the best diving spots in the world, Wakatobi boasts some of the best reefs and most beautiful underwater view you can find. Wakatobi, an acronym of the four main Tukangbesi Islands: Wangi-wangi, Kaledupa, Tomia, and Binongko, is home to the Wakatobi National Park, which comprises 1.4 million hectares, of which 900,000 hectares are decorated with different, colorful species of tropical coral reefs.
An intimate and eco-friendly resort called Wakatobi Dive Resort is the only fully license dive tourism operator, situated on a small island called Onemobaa, next to Tomia Island, one of four major islands covering an area of 821 sq. km. The beautiful resort is built directly at the seaside, with all bungalows spaced along an exquisite beach.
22. Pulo Cinta
A perfect blend of turquoise and blue sea stretching as far as the eye can see. Feel the calming whisper as the wind breeze as you admire the heart-shaped shoal. Breathe the reviving smell of the sea. Drown in the endless horizon around you. Blue as far as the eye can see. Wake up to the sunlight and gentle sound of the waves, a morning in Pulo Cinta is a magical moment you wouldn’t want to miss. Enter a wonderful journey in the islands of Boalemo. Walk off the beaten path and discover a world of exotic beauty in Celebes hidden corners. Nestled among the inhabited islands of Tomini Gulf – a sea rich in biodiversity, a land blessed with lush rain forest and pristine beaches. Indulge in Indonesia’s hidden paradise. Revive in luxury of nature and own life-changing experience of your own.
Bunaken is an island of 8 km², part of the Bunaken National Marine Park, at the northern tip of the island of Sulawesi, Indonesia. It belongs administratively to the municipality of Manado. Scuba diving attracts many visitors to the island. Marine National Park is one of the most beautiful marine parks in the world, famous for its beautiful coral formation. This marine park is home to more than 3000 species such as the lolosi yellowtail fish (Lutjanus kasmira), fish gusumi horse (hippocampus and horses), goropa (ephinephelus spilotoceps), white oci (seriola rivoliana) and many others as well have a diversity of endemic aquatic species such as dolphins, dugongs, and also beautiful ornamental fish.
Bangka is an island lying east of Sumatra, administratively part of Sumatra, Indonesia, with a population of about 1 million. It is the 9th largest island in Indonesia and the main part of Bangka-Belitung Province, being one of its namesakes alongside the smaller Belitung across the Gaspar Strait. The provincial capital, Pangkal Pinang, lies on the island. The island is administratively divided into 4 regencies and a chartered city. The largest town is Pangkal Pinang which also serves as the capital of Bangka-Belitung Province. Sungai Liat is the second largest city in Bangka island. Mentok (formerly called Muntok) is the principal port in the west. The other important towns are Toboali in the southern region, Koba an important tin mining town, also located on the southern part of the island, and Belinyu, a town famous for its seafood products. There are 4 seaports in Bangka; Mentok on the far west, Belinyu on the far north, Sadai on the far south, and Pangkal Balam which is in Pangkal Pinang. It was intended that a nuclear power station be built there.
25. Banda Neira
Banda Neira or Banda Naira is one of ten volcanic islands in the Banda Archipelago in the Maluku province, in eastern Indonesia. Known as a charming island and a historically significant destination. A sparkling, sapphire sea surrounds these already incredible islands, brimming with exquisite corals and abundant ocean life, making the Banda Islands not only a historically significant destination but also an internationally recognized diving spot. To reach Banda Neira, you can take a domestic flight to Pattimura Airport, Ambon.
26. Nusa Lembongan
Lembongan Island or in the Balinese language called Nusa Lembongan is a small island adjacent to Nusa Ceningan and 2 km northwest of Nusa Penida and is located in the Badung Strait to the southeast of Bali. Lembongan Village has interesting places for tourists to visit, such as white sand beaches, unique natural and artificial caves, challenging sea cliffs, mysterious swamps, and much more. Attractive and well-known beaches in Lembongan Village, including Tanjung Sanghyang Beach, Dream Beach, Selagimpak, Selambung, Sunset Beach, Pemambat, Lebaoh (seaweed center beach), etc. Other places that are visited by tourists include the Gala-gala Underground House, Batu Melawang Sarang Cave, Buanyaran Art Shop Center, Pegadungan Rawa-Rawa, Romantic Place Kolong Pandan Sunset Park, etc.
Lembeh Island is part of Bitung administrative area in North Sulawesi. The island is famous for its untouched and almost-perfect diving spot. There are so many unusual habitats and exotic organisms live under Lembeh Island, like, the coral skeletons, colorful nudibranchs, mandarin fish, gosh pipefish, frogfish, rhinopias, shrimps, blue-ringed, mimic octopus and rare pygmy seahorses. It is a fantastic dive area for underwater photographers and the diversity of smaller creatures ensures many memorable photo opportunities. There are several undeveloped beaches on the shoreline of Lembeh Strait which are excellent for swimming and snorkeling.
There is one national park namely Manusela National Park which is famous for its many endemic animals and plants. Reaching this place can be reached through Yaputih or Hatu Village in Tehoru District, approximately 100 km from Masohi. It could also be through Wahai Village, in the North Seram section, whose route passes through several villages namely Hoaulu, Kanikeh, and other small villages. Seram Island is remarkable for its high degree of localized bird endemism. From the 117 species of birds on the island, 14 are endemic, including the Eclectus parrot, Purple-naped lory, salmon-crested cockatoo, Seram masked owl, lazuli kingfisher, sacred kingfisher, Grey-necked friarbird and Moluccan king parrot.
29. Bawah Reserve
Enveloped by lush tropical greenery and azure blue ocean, Bawah Reserve rests in sheltered carefree seclusion 160 nautical miles (300km) northeast of Singapore in Indonesia’s remote Anambas Archipelago. Surrounded by clear turquoise waters, blue lagoons and coral reefs, this pristine and previously uninhabited marine conservation area cater to outdoor adventurers with an appetite for indulgence as well as paradise seekers looking for relaxation. Bawah offers the true meaning of sustainable luxury.
30. Tanjung Bira
Tanjung Bira has located about 40 km from the city of Bulukumba or 200 km from the city of Makassar with a travel time of about 3-4 hours. Not only known for the charm of the beauty of its beaches, but Tanjung Bira is also a traditional South Sulawesi shipbuilding house and visitors can see the shipbuilding process on the shore.
There are many things visitors can do in the tourist area of Tanjung Bira. One of them is snorkeling or diving while enjoying the beauty of the underwater in several spots here. Spot in the Liukang Loe Island range, which is a small island located on the western side of Tanjung Bira, is one of the best spots. Visitors can also spend time off at Tanjung Bira by just sunbathing in the sun while enjoying the fresh breeze that blows and watching the charm of the sunrise and sunset.
Rote Island is an island of Indonesia, part of the East Nusa Tenggara province of the Lesser Sunda Islands. It has many historical relics including fine antique Chinese porcelain, as well as ancient arts and traditions. Several prominent Indonesian figures were born in here. A popular music instrument, Sasando, is made of palm leaves. In the eastern part of the island is a pond in Landu Village that has non-poisonous jellyfish. The pond also has a white sandy beach.