Think of Indonesia and Bali probably comes to mind. Also known as “the island of the Gods”, Bali has had a major buzz for years. And it’s understandable—who doesn’t want to find heaven on earth? But Bali has become a victim of its own popularity, and the island tends to be overcrowded all-year long. So if you’re looking for places to visit in Indonesia that are still fairly tourist-free, look no further.
It’s the beginning of March and much like us, you’re probably already dreaming about the perfect vacation to help you recharge.
A mere few hours flight from Dubai, Indonesia has it all. But if you’re looking for the perfect spot that other tourists haven’t invaded yet, it’s time to expand your horizons and swap Bali for less familiar destinations.
We round up five under-the-radar places you need to visit in Indonesia—that aren’t Bali.
Gili Air, Gili Islands
Gili Air has it all: island fun as well as serenity. With fine white sand, turquoise waters and unbeatable panoramic scenery—Gili Air is perfect for groups of friends, couples and solo travellers looking for a perfectly laid-back destination.
The largest lake of Southeast Asia, Danau Toba is the perfect blend of nature and spirituality. There are temples, stunning views, and restaurants that are so good they’re worth flying in for.
Half away between Jakarta and Singapore, Betilung is home to secluded sandy beaches with transparent water. This is the ultimate snorkelling spot. Do not miss out.
If you’re looking for a place that combines total seclusion à la Robinson Crusoe and beachside luxury, Indonesia’s barefoot-luxury island is just for you. Tiny and secluded, Bawah is perfect for couples looking for a hideaway.
For those of you who want to discover a place that feels totally authentic, where the culture remains unspoilt, Yogyakarta is what you’re looking for. Here you can visit temples, shrines and explore the city’s rising art scene.