We love Indonesia. In fact we've been to Bali 10 times. But it's nice to see some other beaches making an appearance - might have to branch out.
Indonesia consists of many islands and, as a result has some of the most beautiful coastlines in the world. These beaches line a myriad of location from sleepy fishing villiages to bustling bohemian hang-outs. So whether you are after the peace and quiet of a Nusa Dua beach or the popular hustle and bustle of Seminyak beach you can’t go wrong by visiting just about any beach in Indonesia, as they’re all so varied and have their own look and feel. That said, this list will outline the top 5 beaches you shouldn’t miss when on your travels here. So, in no particular order.
You’ll find Peucang on the coast of Ujung Kulon National Park, West Java. It’s so worth the journey here, even if you have to get a little seasick in the process! On one side of this beach you’ll even be able to discover things as diverse as a mini island and even a herd of deer. The sand is soft and powdery, the ocean a tranquil turquoise blue and, because it’s quite difficult to get there, you’ll likely be virtually alone! A great place to visit if you want some alone time in an area of outstanding natural beauty.
Seminyak Beach lies in Bali’s most fashionable and popular tourist area in the south-western coast of the island where five star luxury resorts and establishments like The Legian Bali and Ku De Ta are situated. Stunning views of the Indian Ocean can be enjoyed directly from the resort as well as while strolling along the Seminyak beachfront. This is a beach where you’ll want to be seen particularly while hopping between hip and fine restaurants, bars and lounges along the stretch, especially during sunset.
This long stretch of sand with a small vegetated area is perfect for getting a tan as there’s nowhere to sit in the shade! By taking an hour’s boat ride from Tomia Island you’ll be able to enjoy the beautiful clear blue water but be warned, it’s very easy to get burnt!
This beach is known by local surfers due to the sensational waves crashing onto the beach year-round. That said, there are still areas of the beach suitable for swimming. If you need a break from the surf, the spectacle of the wooden cafés overlooking the sea is not to be missed.
You’ll find this beach on Ambon Island, Maluku. An hour’s drive from the city is all it takes to find this beautiful island. To put it simply, it’s a glorious white stretch of sand complete with vivid blue water and stunning marine life. The fruit salad vendors here ensure you get a healthy snack as you relaxing soaking up the rays. If you’re feeling brave, you can even jump off the pier!
These beaches shouldn’t be missed when in Indonesia as there’s something for everyone here. Go ahead and plan a great summer!
Ian Garstang is a travel writer and marketing executive working in the luxury travel market. Ian is the editor at Luxury-Travels.net and has worked with such brands as GHM Hotels, Four Seasons and Aman. Ian was named Hotel Club's 'Bali Expert' and Nominated in the top 20 luxury travel bloggers on USA Today. Ian has written for various websites that include A Luxury Travel Blog, Luxury Asia News and Travelo Cafe.