Between the Indian and Pacific Oceans, and directly over the Equator, is the nation of Indonesia. The country is home to a staggering 18,000 different islands.

The most well known islands like Java, Sumatra and Borneo are among the biggest in the world, but the smaller ones are also well worth a visit. While not all of them are inhabited, more than 6,000 are and they’re all in the Indonesia beach holidays tour.

These islands are home to gorgeous beaches, stunning volcanoes, some of the world’s best diving destinations and exotic cultures. If you’re planning a trip to the largest archipelago in the world, these are the best islands in Indonesia you’ll most want to explore.

Ternate Island

Indonesia beach holidays
Indonesia beach holidays

The Maluku Islands, once known simply as the Spice Islands, were the only place on earth where nutmeg, mace, cloves and several other valuable spices were grown. Today, they are largely off the beaten track for visitors in this Indonesia beach holidays tour.

One of the most intriguing of the Maluka Islands is Ternate, a small island that is now the provincial capital. Since Ternate once had such a lucrative spice trade, the island is home to several fortresses, many of which are now in ruin.

History enthusiasts will definitely want to tour Fort Oranje, built by the Dutch, and Fort Tolukko, which was built by the Portuguese, Dutch and Spanish. There are also plenty of beautiful places to swim, including the clear waters of Sulamadaha Beach. Dominating Ternate is the Volcano Gamalama, which erupted as recently as 2011.

 

Lombok

Indonesia beach holidays
Indonesia beach holidays

Just east of Bali is a lesser known, but no less beautiful, island called Lombok. The island is very popular with travelers, and it is home to several small cities.

The largest city, Mataram, is where you can find the stunning 18th century palace of Taman Mayura as well as the Taman Narmada, a Hindu temple turned park where local residents, travelers and even kings all come to unwind and relax.

Lombok is also home to Kuta, a thriving beach destination where surfing is the biggest pastime. Kuta is a backpacker’s paradise, featuring incredible beaches and a laid-back, welcoming atmosphere in this Indonesia beach holidays tour.

To be continued…