Whether you’re an urban escapist or adventure junkie, check out these unspoilt beaches just a short flight away from Singapore.
If you love Bali, you’ll looove these.
Lombok brings you back to easy Indonesian living: beach life is all about pristine, coconut tree-lined beaches and traditional thatched huts; even in the city centre, cows and chickens graze.
The water’s edge is never far away in Lombok. The Pink Beach near Komodo National Park, in particular, will blow you away – little wonder it was nominated as one of the seven natural wonders of the world.
NEXT: Pacitan, East Java →
Locals love Pacitan’s beaches for their glorious waves, making this a surfer’s paradise. Best of all, not yet on the tourist trail, Pacitan boasts unspoilt beauty and unadulterated idyll.
Drive down to Klayar Beach, Donorojo, an hour’s drive away from the heart of East Java. Although slightly hard to reach, it’s certainly not hard to love – bask in the rumbling ocean waves’ serenade as you look out to craggy cliffs and the Indian Ocean beyond.
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You’ll need to book the entire island for at least two nights, but that means you won’t have to share with strangers!
Plunge into your very own cosy pool after entering through a rock doorway, or pamper yourself at massage stations overlooking the ocean. The island also offers water sports like kayaking and paddle boarding.
P.S. Even the journey there – a drive from Bintan ferry terminal to the island’s private jetty, followed by a half-hour boat ride – is one to relish, too.
NEXT: Moyo Island →
The secluded, sun-kissed Moyo Island is the ultimate getaway from your daily hustle.
Kick back in the seductive safari tents of Amanwana (meaning “peaceful forest”), the only luxury resort on this untouched gem.
The rooms are romantic (plus, a gorgeous open-air spa and massage area), but you’ll want to get out and explore. Think swimming, kayaking, and even nighttime snorkelling safaris and turtle-watching.
NEXT: Sumba →
Mention Sumba even to a local in Indonesia and you’ll probably be met with a blank look – that‘s how undiscovered this island is. But as much as it certainly deserves more recognition than it’s getting, we’re happy to leave it as the sleepy secret that it is.
Past the immaculate beaches, there’s much more to love, too: Sumba is covered with traditional villages and megalithic tombs brimming with Sumbanese culture.
NEXT: Belitung Island →
The dreamy Belitung Island (meaning “sea slug” in the local language) is exactly what its name suggests – a lazy paradise lined with exotic, serene beaches; tiny, uninhabited offshore islands are home to coconut plantations, staggering granite rock formations, and more. Colorful local fishing boats will take you on an island tour.
A must-visit: Kaolin Lake, a short 10 minutes from the city centre. No, it’s not snow you’re seeing – this hypnotic scene is an abandoned Kaolin (clay mineral) mining site, and the mining activity left in its wake this stunning panorama of all-white sandstone and spectacular light blue waters.
NEXT: Maluku →
Getting to Maluku isn’t easy, but once you’re there, you wouldn’t want to leave. Check into Ora Beach Resort, a welcoming family-owned resort with only 5 water bungalows (so be sure to book in advance!).
Right outside your balcony, glimmering waters teem with marine life – jump in for a dip or snorkel with the fish. All of this dramatically backed by towering, forested peaks, making for a picture-perfect getaway.
NEXT: Lombok →
Thanks to an air route that became available in October 2018, you can be in the idyllic isle of Belitung a mere 60 minutes after taking off from Changi Airport!
Dubbed “the Maldives of Indonesia” by locals, it is located off the eastern coast of Sumatra and surrounded by more than 100 smaller islands. Like the other Maldives, Belitung boasts sparklingly clear waters, palm-sugar-soft sand beaches and an all-around laidback vibe.
Read more about why Belitung should move to the top of your bucket-list here!
By Pinky Chng, last updated July 2017
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