With a total of 17,508 islands in Indonesia, it’s time to explore! The most well-known and frequently visited is, of course, Bali, but now it’s time to venture beyond the Island of the Gods because there are many other beautiful locations around this country to visit. It’s summertime and the best idea is a beach vacation. Indonesia never fails when it comes to exploring islands, so we’ve gathered five jaw-dropping destinations with the most scenic views for you to visit immediately.

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Located in East Kalimantan, the Derawan Islands have a lot to offer, comprising Derawan, Sangalaki, Kakaban, Maratua, Panjang, and Samama Islands. These offer impressive diving experiences, absolutely gorgeous golden beaches, and the perfect sense of serenity. They also offer a variety of choices for tourists such as snorkeling, cave swimming, island hunting, mangrove tracking, and much more. Sounds perfect for the summer, doesn’t it?

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A luxurious diving resort, Wakatobi should be on everyone’s bucket list! The name Wakatobi is taken from the first two letters of the four main islands in the chain: Wangi Wangi, Kaledupa, Tomia, and Binongko. Tourists can either take a flight or a ferry to Wakatobi and take in marine life that is really something else and definitely worth the trip alone.

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This spectacular island requires you to travel between ferries and buses, but let’s be real: who doesn't love a little adventure now and then? Getting there might take some time, but it is worth every minute. Flores is known to be one of Indonesia’s most enchanting and captivating islands, with the long-established culture only adding to the charm. Flores also has smoking volcanoes and a number of impressive beaches. Word is that once you reach it, you will never want to leave—that’s just how beautiful it is. Flores is definitely a gateway to adventure and tranquility.

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For an exciting family getaway, Bunaken Island is for you. An aquamarine ocean world of diving and snorkelling, this island meets all expectations. Whether you’re an amateur or a professional diver, diving here is a must because it’s just so awe-inspiring. Once you get in the ocean, you will be immersed in a magical place where myriad multi-coloured fish swim around you. Furthermore, the number of different fish species you will be able to spot is almost uncountable. Bunaken Island covers a total of five other islands within the group.

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Everyone who has visited Pulau Alor attests that it is a little piece of heaven. With crystal-clear beaches and magnificent ocean views, Pulau Alor is somewhere everyone needs to visit at least once in their lifetimes. Who knew that Indonesia could have such a beautiful beach? Head to Pulau Alor to see it in real life.

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