Explore Bali's hidden bays
Bali is fringed by beautiful beaches with crashing surf, sizzling seafood barbecues and a whole lot of tropical sunshine. From the black volcanic sands of laid back Lovina, where wild dolphins play off the coastline to sun-kissed surfing hotspots on the southern Bukit Peninsula, there are all kinds of shores to explore. Get a taste of traditional life in the fishing villages of Amed, snooze under a coconut palm on sleepy Sanur and catch blazing Balinese sunsets over Jimbaran Bay. Be sure to take a look at our Bali trips.
Get stranded on the Gili Islands
The Gili Islands are just stone’s throw from Bali, but are in a little world of their own. The pace of life is slower here, with strictly no cars and no worries allowed. These tiny drops in a turquoise ocean boast white sands and beautiful clear waters. If you’re after a real Robinson Crusoe experience, there’s nowhere better than the island of Gili Meno. Kick off your flip-flops, grab a snorkel mask and wade into the azure sea… you’ll soon find yourself swimming with sea turtles, clown fish and a rainbow of coral.
Laze around on Lombok
Lombok is blessed with stretches of sugar-soft white sand that seem to go on forever. Senggigi, one of its most beautiful beaches, is the perfect place to sip a cocktail at sunset gazing out over to Bali and the Gili Islands. Backed by gorgeous countryside and traditional villages, the beaches of Lombok are a great base to explore the island. Take barefoot strolls and melt into sun loungers against the sound of lapping waves. Bliss.
Go castaway on Cubadak Island
If you’re looking for a secluded beach escape, Sumatra holds the answer. Cubadak is a tiny exotic island just a boat trip away from the Sumatra coastline. Here, you can search the forest for pangolins and monkeys, swim in clear azure waters, indulge in a spot of sun-kissed island hopping and snorkel to rainbow coral reefs. It’s a hidden nook of paradise and you’ll have the place practically to yourself.
Bask on black volcanic sands in Java
Java isn’t acclaimed for its beaches, but there’s something irresistible about Pangandaran. A popular holiday hotspot amongst the locals, it’s a stretch of black volcanic beach with surfers and bobbing fishing boats scattered across the horizon. Packed with character, it’s a working beach and a sandy playground rolled into one. Join the kids kicking around a football on the beach, head for the nearby national park or lie back on the black sand and soak up the sunshine.