With over 17,000 islands to choose from in Indonesia, both big and small, choosing which ones to go to is difficult. Holly’s made it a little easier for you. Having been to a fair few of the islands, she has a good grasp on which ones she thinks are best. Here she has handpicked four of her favourite islands to visit in Indonesia…
Boasting some of the world’s finest stretches of coastline, underwater adventures and clear azure waters, Asia is the perfect destination for any beach lover.
Although famed for its wildlife, Borneo also claims a stunning coastline and a collection of idyllic islands. Gaya Island and Lankanyan Island are firm favourites, but for something really unique we recommend the Turtle Island National Park, a sanctuary known for its work protecting endangered turtles. Witness the magic of the turtle hatchlings and enjoy the clear, rich waters of the Sulu Sea.
The beaches on Cambodia’s southern coast are a world away from the hustle and bustle of Southeast Asia’s cities. Sihanoukville is the best known of Cambodia’s coastal towns and is a great spot for scuba diving, whilst those seeking luxurious seclusion should venture to Song Saa, an eco-friendly island resting in turquoise waters. Cambodia makes for a great combination with neighbouring Southeast Asian countries.
On the luxurious islands of the Maldives enjoy your own thatched over water villa, dive with whale sharks or simply unwind on a powder soft beach. Diving, surfing and snorkelling on the archipelago are amongst the world’s best, thanks to its fast waves and a colourful marine ecosystem. The Maldives can be paired seamlessly with Sri Lanka, only an hour’s flight away, for the ultimate combination of beach and culture.
Malaysia has an impressive variety of beaches to choose from that line the East and West coasts. The islands of the West coast are hailed as the most stunning in the world and include the glamorous Langkawi and Pulau Pangkor, or ‘beautiful island’. The East offers a more relaxed ambience and boast the blissful Perhentian Islands, a haven for scuba divers and snorkelers with waters rich in tropical fish.