Island Hopping In Indonesia: The Most Incredible Way To Explore


Indonesia is the Southeast Asian nation made up of thousands of volcanic islands. Renowned for its beautiful landscapes, diving spots, and rare wildlife, Indonesia is a travel hotspot. Because it’s made up of around 17,000 islands, it has something for absolutely everyone. There are beaches to relax on, water sports to enjoy, restaurants offering all manner of exotic foods and plenty of villages, towns, and cities to explore.

The most popular way to see what Indonesia has to offer is by island hopping. This is because island hopping allows you to get a real taste of Indonesia, allowing you to immerse yourself in a range of the country’s cultures. Because of its vast size, Indonesia is home to a range of diverse cultures and ways of life – each island is different to the last. Indonesia is an incredible country with a lot to offer. If you’re yet to visit this amazing place, what are you waiting for?

To help you make the most of your time there, here are a few tips and suggestions to take note of.

Bali and Borneo aren’t all that’s on offer

Of all the islands that make up the country, Bali and Borneo are by far the most popular. While a must visit when in Indonesia, it’s important to realise that there is a lot more to this incredible country than these two islands. Visit both of these places, but don’t spend all of your time there. Visit places that are less touristy, and get to know the real side of Indonesia.

Plan, plan, plan

Because Indonesia is such a big place, it pays to plan your trip in advance. Sit down before you go, and pick and choose which islands you’d like to visit. Then work out how long you would like to spend on each of them. This will vary depending on their sizes and what they offer.

Ensure that while you’re in Indonesia, you see the temples that the country is famous for, eat street food, and try some of the country’s tea. Indonesia is famous for its teas, so they are a must try while you’re there.

As part of your pre-trip preparation, it’s important to go for a medical check-up. This is to ensure that all of your vaccinations are up to date. If you aren’t already inoculated against things like Diphtheria and Cholera, get vaccinated. Indonesia is also known for malaria, so it’s important to protect yourself. There may not be a vaccination for malaria, but there are tablets you can take to prevent it. Before you jet off and start island hopping, you can order malaria tablets online.

Where to visit

Must-visit islands include Lombok, Sumatra, Flores, Komodo, The Gili Islands, and Sumba.

Lombok is located just east of Bali and is renowned for its beautiful beaches and surfing and diving spots. The Gili Islands are located just west of Lombok. These islands offer a range of beaches, coral reefs perfect for diving and snorkeling, and also a popular sea turtle hatchery. Lombok is also blessed with areas of lush forestry, perfect for exploring and hiking in, making it a popular location for hiking enthusiasts.

Sumatra is known for its tropical rainforests, incredible wildlife, and volcanic landscape. It also has an array of beautiful white sand beaches and seas perfect for scuba diving and deep sea diving in. Because of its luscious tropical landscape, Sumatra is home to a vast population of orangutans, as well as tigers, rhinos, and elephants. For lovers of nature and photography, Sumatra is the most amazing destination.

Flores, meaning ‘flowers’ is set to be Indonesia’s next big thing. It has a lot more than just beaches and wildlife. It has tourist towns like Labuan Bajo, and attractions like Komodo National Park on the next island across. Komodo National Park, located on Komodo Island, is home to a large community of Komodo Dragons. There are dragon spotting excursions which you shouldn’t miss. These offer a once-in-a-lifetime chance to see these incredible creatures up close.

Sumba is one of Indonesia’s least populated islands. However, if you’re a fan of watersports, it’s somewhere that’s a must visit. There are lots of cute, quirky beach hotels here that are perfect if you plan on spending most of your time on the beach. Here you can learn to surf, sail, snorkel, or deep sea dive. For water sports lovers, this is the perfect place.

Indonesia is a nation that has a lot to offer any traveller. Whether you’re looking for a relaxing break, a cultural trip, or an adventure, this country is the ideal place to head to. With thousands of islands to see and explore, there really is something for everyone.

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  1. Did you go recently? I am really eager to get to Indonesia, hopefully sooner rather than later, but it does seem overwhelming to try and plan.

  2. Sounds like you’ve found yourself a little bit of exotic heaven. Enjoy! 🙂

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