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Best Beaches in Indonesia | East Nusa Tenggara

The best beaches in Indonesia are not only in the ballyhooed island of Bali. In fact, among the most sparkling ones are those that are way south of it, in East Nusa Tenggara.

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Unforgivingly hot & dry, the southernmost tail of Indonesia is home to a group of volcanic islands known as the province of East Nusa Tenggara.

With its temperature rising up to 40° Celsius & sometimes beyond, all of its terrain is rugged, characterized by arid mounds of earth & vegetated by golden savannas.

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The best beach bumming spots here are the islands that dot the Komodo National Park. Yes, these pretty isles are actually the lairs of the komodo dragons—humungous, fierce & ugly.

But don’t panic because you won’t be swimming among them as they only thrive in Loh Liang, Rinca, Gili Motang, Gili Dasami & Flores islands.

Did you know that the New 7 Wonders of the World include some of the best beaches in Indonesia?

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Komodo Islands is part of the Coral Triangle along with the tropical marine waters of the Philippines, Malaysia, Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands & Timor-Leste. It is rich with hundreds of species of reef building corals, making it a global center for marine biodiversity.

There are 29 islands along East Nusa Tenggara’s ring of paradises & here are some of the top picks.

Pink Beach in Komodo Island

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Touted as one of the seven special pink beaches on the planet, Pink Beach is everyone’s favorite spot to cool down after a scary encounter with the komodos.

It stretches to about 300 meters of velvety pink sand framed by a lush savannah & turquoise water. And if its shore isn’t enough of an allure to you, plunge into it’s underworld & get a front row seat to a luminescent spectacle.

Padar Island

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No doubt, this spot is the most scenic beach in the entire Komodo islands. But to appreciate its magnificence, you have to trek all the way up to the summit.

Padar is a contrast of beauties. Cerulean waters against the white sand coves; dry & rugged hills against the azure sky. Truly, this island deserves all the praises as one of the best beaches in Indonesia.

Kanawa Island

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Located in between Labuan Bajo & Sebayur Besar, Kanawa is a speck of white sand island brimming with unpretentious beauty.

From its sparkling white fringes to its crystal clear sea & vibrant underwater life, Kanawa is a caboodle of natural wonders.

Kelor Island

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If you’re looking for tropical marine garden, Kelor Island is one of the perfect spots on this side of earth.

It’s a snorkeling haven gifted with colorful fishes, sea grasses & corals. Even just tramping along its short but powdery white sand, spotting brilliant starfishes is an easy joy.

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Being the world’s largest island nation with the most number of active volcanoes, everything about Indonesia seems supersized. It has one of the longest coastlines stretching to about 80,000 kilometers encompassing parts of Oceania.

With complex & extensive coral reef and rich volcanic deposits, no wonder why some of the best beaches in Indonesia are all here in East Nusa Tenggara.


And what makes the southernmost tail beaches more stunning is the absence of mass tourism. Here, you can enjoy the serenity of the island all to yourself or with just a few sun worshippers.

If you fancy untamed islands, exotic marine spectacles & powdery soft sand, then East Nusa Tenggara is home to the best beaches in Indonesia. And so ready to fulfill your beach bumming wanderlust.


Forget about transiting in Bali when you want to fly to Labuan Bajo! Starting October 21, 2016
Garuda Indonesia Airlines, the country’s national carrier flies to Labuan Bajo direct from Jakarta.
Click here to book your flight or get more information!

Hey Peeps! I also made a short video about East Nusa Tenggara. Check this out.


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    Comments ( 5 )

  • I think this post has given Indonesia justice, you have described it beautifully Potpot and the photos are equally amazing. I am most most interested to visit Padar Island. I don’t like trekking but the view from the top is something that I need to see. I have never seen anything like it, not even in our own country.

    The fact that it is not yet too crowded is what makes it all the more appealing to me. I would always prefer it than the overly commercialized tourist spots.

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