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Sailing Indonesia: Best Islands You Should Visit Aside from Bali

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Indonesia is mainly known for its most privileged and visited island Bali. However, this beautiful country has much more to offer and is home to 17,000 islands. The most famous ones, like Borneo, Java, and Sumatra, are also among the biggest ones worldwide. But there are smaller ones that are uninhabited and located in remote areas.

Even though Bali is the ultimate destination for many tourists who want to have the “Eat, Pray, Love” experience, there are many more sweet spots that need to be explored.

In this article, we’ll discover the most beautiful islands on the equator while sailing Indonesia through words and descriptions and admiring its beauty. Let’s check them out!

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1. Lombok

Lombok Indonesia

On this Indonesia tour, you will learn more about the diversity of islands that host small cities, mesmerizing coral reefs, stunning landscapes, and breathtaking snorkeling spots. Lombok Island is one of them. It’s the home of the 18th-century palace, Taman Mayura, and the largest city, Mataram. It’s the host of the Hindu temple, where many tourists find relaxing spots.

For surfers and adventure seekers, there is a beach with the biggest surfing attractions, called Kuta. It is a beach with a laid-back atmosphere and stunning views where you can sip a cocktail and enjoy the sunset or conquer the waves.

2. Sumatra

Sumatra is a story in itself; one of the top tourist attractions in Indonesia and the volcanic center of attractions like Lake Toba — the largest volcanic lake. Lake Toba is surrounded by luxury hotels and sloped-roof homes, which give off a relaxing atmosphere and peaceful vibes.

Looking at one of the largest cities in Indonesia, Medan, you will feel the vibrant culture, taste the delicious traditional food and enjoy specialties like Nasi Padang and Soto Medan — dishes prepared with rice, meat, veggie toppings, and a chicken soup.

3. Java

Java offers a different type of experience and gives tourists the chance to enjoy the glamorous city of Jakarta. You will find many shopping malls and get your favorite pieces, or if you are more of a spontaneous type of person, try out the street food or go sightseeing around Kota.

Once you’ve had enough of Jakarta, and we believe you never will, it’s time to head out to the city of Yogyakarta and wander around the Kraton Palace. Nevertheless, a trip to Java wouldn’t be complete without visiting Borobudur, a Buddhist archeological site with hundreds of statues.

There are many things to do in Java, and the above are just a highlight of an unforgettable trip to this beautiful island.

4. Raja Ampat

Raja Ampat

Raja Ampat Islands count as more than 600 small islands and four isles, Salawati, Bantana, Waigeo, and Misoo. These islands host many snorkeling, scuba diving, and bird-watching spots and destinations, appealing to many tourists around the world.

You can swim with manta rays and dolphins, snorkel with more than 1,200 species of fish and catch the most picturesque sunsets. Also, you can enjoy many cliffs, and one, in particular, that has the form of lips, eyes, and nose.

5. Gili Islands

The idyllic Gili Islands are near Bali and the ultimate getaway from the crowds of this well-known island. The interesting thing is that you can explore these islands only via foot or bike as there are no cars or other transportation means.

There are many reasons to visit Gili Islands, from a place to relax and hang your hammock, to swimming in the crystal clear waters. Do not forget the swings over the water. After all, the Instagram posts on social media look incredible with the turquoise background and the person on the swings, capturing the perfect shot for an Instagram picture.

But will you fully enjoy the Gili Islands if you don’t have a cocktail at the golden hour? Indonesia is known for its breathtaking sunsets and beautiful beaches, so bear in mind not to miss this shot!

6. Komodo Islands

Padar in Komodo Islands

The Komodo Islands are known for the Komodo dragons, the world’s largest lizards, with venomous bites and descendants of the dinosaurs. Many tourists visit these islands due to the wildlife, especially the manta rays and tropical fish.

Komodo’s climate is tropical. However, if you visit it during the rainy season, from December to March, you will witness high amounts of rainfall. Make sure to check the weather conditions and travel requirements before booking your trip.

7. Wakatobi

The Wakatobi islands are in the southeast of Indonesia, known for their diving attractions. Wakatobi has one of the best diving spots in Indonesia, where tourists and locals enjoy the marine life views and fulfill their dreams. Pulau Hoga and Pulau Tomia are two of the best diving spots on Wakatobi, known for their marine life and colorful coral reefs.

Book Your Trip!

After you’ve read about the different islands you can discover during your Indonesia sailing trip, it’s time to make that reservation! Plan the itinerary and create your bucket list of the places and islands to visit while enjoying the Indonesian air.

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