Bali is the #1 destination for tourists in Indonesia. However, virtually every part of every island in Indonesia has some magic and beauty to it.
Here are 5 places to see outside of Bali next time you visit Indonesia.
1. Wakatobi Island
Most tourists think Bali is a country. Or many somehow come to the conclusion that Bali and Indonesia are one in the same without any other facets. Considering that Indonesia is an archipelago of over 18,000 islands, there is SO much more to see in Indonesia than simply the beauty of Bali. If you’re looking for something a little less touristy, off the beaten path and incredibly beautiful, Indonesia has much more to offer!
Ever heard of Wakatobi? Probably not. It might be the most beautiful island in the world that you’ve never heard of.
Wakatobi is much more than just a gorgeous island. Wakatobi is essentially a region, or an archipelago in its own right. Making up this archipelago is Wakatobi Island, the floating village of Bajo, Hoga Island, and much more.
2. Rinca Island
Rinca Island is just a short boat ride away from Lebuan Bajo and is home to hundreds of wild komodo dragons. In fact, there are more Komdo Dragons than people that inhabit Rinca Island! You’ll trek through the mountains with a trained guide who will carry a stick for protection. No, seriously. Your only protection from these 3 meter long quasi dinosaurs will be a stick and a local guide. Witnessing these creatures in their natural habitat is quite a moving experience.
3. Pink Beach
Pristine white sand mixes with vibrant red coral to create the infamous “Pink Beach.” This beach is like something out of a dream! You’ll see crystal clear water, beautiful coral everywhere in the shallows, and green land with rolling hills behind the beach. We had a picnic and spent the day snorkeling and enjoying the sunshine while on Pink Beach. These suggestions are obviously just 3 of the things you can do when you visit the Komodo Islands. However, they are 3 things you shouldn’t miss, so be sure to allow for a few days in the Komodo Islands so that you can enjoy each stop to the fullest and not feel like you’re island hopping at an unenjoyable speed.
4. Bajo Village
magine an entire community living in the middle of the ocean, making the foundation of their homes from reef and rocks and living off of nothing but the sea for centuries. Well, these are the Bajo people, and they are truly something marvelous. After taking a two hour boat ride we arrived at the Bajo village that is completely untouched by the outside world. Visiting These people of the ocean (Bajo people literally means people of the ocean) was one of the most humbling experiences of my life. The children will welcome you right off of the boat with huge smiles. They took us by the hands and brought into their homes to show us their unique and amazing community. The way the live is so simple, yet something we could all learn from. They are so happy with what little they have. It’s truly a beautiful experience watching these loving people live their everyday lives.
5. Padar Island
Padar Island is easily my favorite stop we made in the Komodo Archipelago! We did not see any komodo dragons here, however, this island has one of the most breathtaking hikes and views that I’ve ever seen (as seen in the picture above)! It’s a pretty difficult hike to the top, so I recommend bringing strong hiking shoes, sunscreen, and plenty of drinking water. The view is 100% worth the climb! Do not miss this if you’re heading to Komodo!