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9 Hot Beaches in Indonesia

Located between Asia and Australia, Indonesia is the largest archipelago in the world. Made up of 17,508 islands, most of its regions are surrounded by ocean, making it the perfect destination for sun, surf and sand. So whether you’re into surfing, diving or deserted stretches of sand, you’ll find your ultimate island getaway on one of these idyllic Indonesian beaches.

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Mentawai Islands, West Sumatra

​Speak to any seasoned surfer and chances are they’ve visited the breaks off the Mentawai Islands. With flawless reefs and crystal clear tubes, this spot is regarded as having some of the most consistent surf breaks in the world.

​Panaitan Island, West Java

​This island hosts seven surf spots including one of the world’s longest, most perfect, most dangerously shallow left-hand barrels across a reef. Panaitan is part of Ujung Kulon National Park and home to native wildlife.

​Gili Trawangan and Gili Meno Islands

​Many people doubt this spot, but that’s good because it keeps the crowds down. This area has a super laid back vibe and the locals are so welcoming, it’s not unusual to be offered a hammock to rest your head indefinitely.

​​Bunaken, North Sulawesi

​With up to 16 dive spots spread amongst the islands in the area, most people visit Bunaken for the snorkelling and diving. This beautiful dive spot features a slope with up to 30 metres drop-off housing various species of fish and marine life.

​Nusa Penida, Bali

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​Located just one hour east of Bali, this island is popular with both locals and travellers. It’s known as having some of the most beautiful coral reefs around, with exceptional visibility of 15 to 35 metres.

​Karimun Java, Central Java

​This area holds a collection of 27 smaller islands surrounded by ocean water rich with blue coral Acropora reef. One of the drawcards of this location are the underwater remains of Indonour, an ancient merchant ship that sank long ago in 1955.

​​Pulau Derawan, East Kalimantan

​If you’re looking for spa treatments, celebrity chef dining, Wi-Fi and posh Indonesia hotels, this is not your place. Located 20 kilometres off the coast of East Kalimantan, Derawan is a gateway to the Sangalaki archipelago, a chain of over 30 islands that are home to some of Indonesia’s most isolated beaches.

​Banda Islands, Maluku

​Take a ferry ride from Ambon to this chain of islands and you’ll find unspoilt beaches that look like they belong in a picture perfect screensaver. Make sure you’re not pressed for time, as the ferry ride can take up to 12 hours.

​Mawan Beach, West Nusa Tenggara

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​Head five kilometres west of Kuta and you’ll come across the south coast of Lombok that is home to a spectacular horseshoe-shaped beach called Mawan (pronounced Mar-warn). The only inhabitants are a small fishing community, so you can have the beach to yourself.

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