Summer is usually the time to enjoy exotic beaches in exotic locations around the world. But, with the COVID-19 pandemic still not fully over yet, a lot of countries are still closing off their borders for international tourists, so we might not have the chance to explore the beaches this summer. No worries though! A few of the most wonderful looking beaches in the world are right here in Indonesia, and–with luck–domestic traveling is open again by July 1st! If you just can't wait to get your dose of vitamin sea, here are our pick of the top 5 best looking beaches to explore in Indonesia this summer!
Nyanyi Beach might not be as popular internationally as other well-known beaches such as Nusa Dua, Sanur, or Kuta, but Nyanyi is not less beautiful. The name 'Nyanyi' was taken from a nearby village Nyanyi, in Beraban, Tabanan district, Bali. Nyanyi also means singing a song in Bahasa Indonesia, representing the beach's readiness to entertain every visitor who comes. Nyanyi Beach is located around 19 kilometres from Denpasar, and just a kilometre nearby, there's the famous Tanah Lot temple.
Nyanyi Beach faces south, enjoying the cool blue view of the Indian Ocean, adding charm to the black golden sands and rocky cliffs lining its sides. The waves are large and long, so Nyanyi is ideal for surfers, while a number of fishing boats are there for anyone to hire to sail a little bit towards the sea or for a short fishing trip. Nyanyi is tranquil, peaceful, and provides more privacy, ideal for those who need a little respite from a busy day.
Pink Beach, or Pantai Merah, as it is aptly named, is one of seven pink beaches on the planet, and is just one of the many amazing features of Komodo Island that make it truly a Natural Wonder of Nature. This exceptional beach gets its striking color from microscopic animals called Foraminifera, which produces a red pigment on the coral reefs. When the tiny fragments of red coral combine with the white sands, this produces the fairy tale-like soft pink color that is visible along the shoreline. Aside from Pink Beach itself, a few small segments along Komodo’s eastern bay also have a pinkish tint.
Located immediately west of Flores island in East Nusa Tenggara , Komodo Island is one of three larger and many islets that make up the Komodo National Park and is particularly well-known as the natural habitat of the Komodo dragon, the largest living lizard. Take a moment to appreciate panoramic views of turquoise seas, green rolling hills, blue skies, and fascinatingly pink sands. Be careful though, the island is an uninhabitaed island, and a natural habitat of the Komodo Dragons, which are excellent swimmers and wild animals that could be potentially dangerous to people, so it is not recommended to visit this beach without the help of an experienced guide or ranger.
A neighbour to Komodo Island, the island of Padar is about 30 kilometres from Labuan Baju, in western Flores. Padar is the third largest island in the area, mostly savannah-covered, but the landscape is so beautiful it's almost surreal, fringed by bright green-capped mountain, and three bays of different colours: pearly white, charcoal black, and baby pink.
Visitors can do a 30 minute hike to Padar's summit to see a panoramic view of the island, go trekking for around an hour, snorkel or just hit the pristine tri-colored beaches. Labuan Bajo is the closest city, and there are tours departing daily for one, two, or three-day visits. The best time is from April to June, and from September to November. Bring sunscreen, sunglasses, good hiking shoes, a hat, plenty of water and get ready for some serious 30-foot exercise uphill.
Located in Seram Island, accommodation places are adequate in the main town. However, if you are looking for an exhilarating experience, Ora Beach Bungalow is the place to stay. The stilted colorful cottages are located in the astonishing settings of nature. The lush green mountains in the backdrop and the crystal clear waters of the sea create a calm, peaceful surrounding. You don't have to travel to Maldives or Bora-Bora to experience such beauty, we have them right here in our own country!
Located east of Bintan Island in the Riau Archipelago, Trikora Beach is a long stretch of white beach, scattered with picturesque huge boulders. This is the popular seaside playground for locals but recently have captured the attention of travelers from Singapore and Malaysia as well. It takes about 45 minutes to reach Trikora Beach by car from the city of Tanjung Pinang, and around half an hour from your hotel at Bintan Resorts.
On the beach you will see rows of kelongs or fish traps and boat houses under which fishermen hang out their nets to catch small fry, or ikan bilis, for which Bintan is so well known. If you want to experience catching fish with this uniquely traditional way, there are boardwalks with rented kelongs attached on either side.
So, what do you say? Once everything's safe, why not explore these beautiful beaches in Indonesia before we travel overseas? Who knows, you might rekindle the patriotic flame in you, and fall in love all over again with the wonders of Indonesia's natures. Until then, stay safe, and when you go, let SweetEscape have your moments #CapturedPerfectly!