Not keen on Bali? The ubiquitous Bintang singlet not your type of travel wear? Fortunately for the adventure
But beware, the Indonesian government has ordered “10 more Balis” in the next 4 years, and some of the pristine islands are already seeing development activity. So book your tickets now!
Here's our list of islands to visit before the rest of the travel world discovers them.
To be honest, this is already super popular. Just a 45 minute boat ride from Singapore it has a number of resorts, including a Club Med. Not discovered by Aussies, but Singaporeans love it.
Lombok is no big secret
World Nomads tip: If you’re chartering a boat to get you there rather than taking a ferry, check the skipper is licensed and has proper safety equipment onboard, including a life jacket for every person.
Nearby is the exciting Komodo national park, with real live dragons!
“If you've previously visited Bali, don't even slow down for your next trip: Head straight to Flores.” Stuart McDonald Travelfish.org
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Not quite a thousand, more like 110 of them. They start just a couple of hundred meters offshore of Jakarta and stretch 45km out into the Java Sea. 11 of them have resorts, some are privately owned, 2 are reserved as national parks.
On the shore of a vast natural
Another global issue – dengue fever. Make sure you cover up and use a good quality insect repellent when you’re near the water.
There is an existing luxury, eco diving resort here right in the
One of Indonesia’s northernmost islands, and known in history as the spice islands. It was an important base for allied troops used in the WWII battle for the liberation of the Philippines.
Once known as Billiton – the source of the Aussie mining giant’s name BHP Billiton – the tin mines are closed and the welcome sign is out for adventure travelers. This is about as close to paradise as you can get. Some of the smaller islands offshore have white
Although it hasn’t made it onto the government’s official list the local community is keen to develop it as a tourist destination.
“Gobsmackingly stunning empty beaches, crazy tall top-hat-roofed thatched clan houses, ritual-filled daily life and one of the few remaining living megalithic cultures in the world, are all just a one-hour flight from Bali. Try to get there for the annual Pasola, a ritual horseback spear-throwing war.” Sally Arnold Travelfish.org
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