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The best adventures and sensory wonders in Indonesia

To help you plan the perfect vacation to Indonesia, we're sharing everything you need to know about its incredible sensory and adventurous wonders, focusing on its unbeatable beaches.

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The beauty of Indonesia’s thousands of islands is there are more beaches than you could ever hope to visit. They’re a huge part of life in Indonesia.

From tiny, private beaches that can only be reached by boat, to the larger beaches with surf lessons and sundowners aplenty, Indonesia has them all by the bucket load. The best time to visit depends on how you feel about a bit of rain! It’s technically the rainy season over the winter months but this can just mean a few drizzles and lovely, cooler temperatures (the average temperature in December in Bali is 27 degrees Celsius). It can also mean fewer people, if you’re not feeling too sociable 😀

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Indonesia has some of the prettiest beaches in the world

Here we’ll share some of the best Indonesia beaches, as well as ways to get your vacation fill of adventurous and sensory wonders. You can take surfing lessons in Bali or go diving in the incredible Raja Ampat, or simply put your feet up on a beautiful Gili Island beach.

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Bali beaches

Nowhere shouts beach vacation like the beautiful island of Bali! It has some of Indonesia’s best beaches for every sort of traveler. So whether you’re looking to throw your yoga mat down and do some meditation to the sound of the waves, or just relax with a cool drink and a good book, Bali has a beach for you. Here’s our pick of some of the best:

Kuta Beach

This beach in southern Bali is one of the most popular in all of Indonesia. And it’s easy to see why. It’s famous for its sunsets and a very easy beach to vacation – you’ll find people selling drinks and foods all along the sand, which means you don’t have to leave your sunbed until you’re ready!

Seminyak Beach

If you’re looking for somewhere to surf in Bali, head to Seminyak beach. It’s close to Kuta and also very popular for people wanting a bit of an adventure in Indonesia. There are surf schools dotted around the coast and it’s very popular with beginners.

Kuta Beach is one of the country’s most popular

Balangan Beach

This is one Bali’s quieter beaches and is around 40 minutes from Kuta and around half an hour from the island’s main airport. It’s popular with surfers but because there’s not too much around, it’s great if you want some peace and quiet.

Nusa Dua Beach

There’s quite a few beaches in Nusa Dua, ranging from the stunning and calm Pandawa Beach to the sporty Tanjung Benoa beach. You can get your fill of adventurous wonders at the latter, where you can go kiteboarding or even skyboarding, or enjoy a quieter life at Pandawa.

The Nusa Dua coastline is one of the most beautiful in Indonesia

Uluwatu Beach

This is another of the top beaches for the adventurous travelers. It’s one of the most popular beaches in Bali to surf, and has conditions favorable to most skill levels.

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Surfing is a popular pastime at Uluwatu Beach

Flying to Bali

It’s easy to fly from the UAE to Bali. You can fly from Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Al Ain with prices from around AED1,500 per person.

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Other top beaches in Indonesia

Like we said, in a country made up of thousands of islands, beautiful beaches aren’t hard to find! If you’ve already ticked Bali off you bucket list, why not head to one of these other offerings:

Lombok & Mandalika

Mandalika on Lombok island has really expanded in recent years but was once dubbed a surfer’s best kept secret. The coastline here is beautiful but there’s loads of other attractions around if you want to keep busy. There’s waterparks, if the ocean isn’t enough for you, racing tracks, luxury hotels and golf courses. What more could you ask for?! Lombok is also a great place to go if you want to scuba dive or snorkel in Indonesia. There’s lots of liveaboards and dive schools on the island.

Lombok Island has lots of beaches to choose from

Gili Islands

This is an archipelago of three tiny islands just off neighboring Lombok. It takes around 30 minutes to reach them by boat, and it’s worth every minute. They are generally much quieter than many of the other popular islands, and incredibly beautiful. Gili Trawangan is the liveliest of the three with a busy restaurant and bar scene, while still surrounded by beautiful beaches of course! Gili Air is less busy but has a good mix of activity and R&R. It is a fabulous place to snorkel or take a yoga retreat.

Gili Trawangan is the liveliest of the islands but still incredibly beautiful

Riau Islands Province

Making your way to the Riau Islands Province is also well worth the journey. They are truly a feast for the senses. There are jungles, volcanoes and pristine beaches spread across a few thousands islands. Some of the best to visit include Bintan and Batam. Bintan has some of the best beaches in all of Indonesia (check out Trikora Beach, in particular) and has become something of an adventurer’s haven in recent years. It holds marathons, triathlons and extreme sport events every year.

The island of Bintan is a great place to visit if you want an adventurous beach vacation

Raja Ampat

Ok, so this isn’t a traditional beach destination but if you enjoy being under the water as well as next to it, it’s perfect. The Raja Ampat islands are one of the best places in the world to scuba dive and snorkel. There are lots of companies offering dives and courses for all abilities, and it would be an amazing place to get qualified! There’s plenty of shipwrecks around (not a surprise given the many islands) as well as shore dives from beautiful beaches. One of the jewels in its crows is Cape Cri, which is home to almost 400 species of fish. Fly to Sorong then head the harbor for a transfer.

Islands such as Misool Island have a fabulous combination of culture and adventure (temples and hiking trails) and pristine white beaches. It takes around 4 hours to reach by boat from Sorong but the journey itself through Raja Ampat makes it worth it.

Raja Ampat is one of Indonesia’s best places to scuba dive and snorkel

How much are flights to Indonesia?

It depends where you’re flying from and where you’re going. To work out the cheapest time to fly, use our Best Time to Book data. It can show you the cheapest month, on average, to visit a place, and when you should book your flights.

Our current data tells us October – February are some of the cheapest times to visit Bali, for example.

Also, by using ‘Cheapest Month’ in the date box for your search for flights to Indonesia, we’ll show you flight prices across a whole year.

To help plan your perfect Indonesia trip, read this: Cheap flights to Indonesia: to flight deals to Bali, Jakarta and more

*This article was published October 2019. Information and prices correct at the time of publication but may be subject to change.