45 Islands in Indonesia that you should visit - With photos & details

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45 Islands to explore in Indonesia

World's largest island country, with more than seventeen thousand islands.

Banda ApiBanda Api, Nusantara, Banda, Central Maluku Regency, Maluku, Indonesia

The small island of Banda Api is an active volcano in the Banda Sea, at the center of the Banda Islands group. It has been known to Europeans since the Age of Exploration when the Portuguese Empire and the Kingdom of the Netherlands competed in the area for the spice trade. A 7 km wide and mostly submerged caldera is located at the northwest corner of the volcano.

Banda IslandBanda Island, Banda, Central Maluku Regency, Maluku, Indonesia

The Banda Islands are a volcanic group of ten small volcanic islands in the Banda Sea, about 140 kmsouth of Seram Island and about 2,000 km east of Java, and constitute an administrative district within the Central Maluku Regency in the Indonesian province of Maluku. The main town and administrative centre is Bandanaira, located on the island of the same name. Until the mid-19th century the Banda Islands were the world's only source of the spices nutmeg and mace, produced from the nutmeg tree. T

Banggai IslandBanggai Island, Banggai Laut Regency, Central Sulawesi, Indonesia

Banggai Island is the second largest of the Banggai Islands, an archipelago located at the far eastern end of Central Sulawesi, Indonesia. The largest island is Peleng, smaller islands of the group are Bowokan, Labobo, Kebongan, Kotudan, Tropettenando, Timpau, Salue Besar, Salue Kecil, Masepe, and Bangkulu.  Banggai Island has an area of 268 square kilometres. It is one of the beautiful beaches in Indonesia.

Bangka IslandBangka Island, North Sulawesi, Indonesia

Bangka is an island lying east of Sumatra, administratively part of Sumatra, Indonesia, with a population of about 1 million. It is the 9th largest island in Indonesia and the main part of Bangka-Belitung Province, being one of its namesakes alongside the smaller Belitung across the Gaspar Strait. The provincial capital, Pangkal Pinang, lies on the island. The island is administratively divided into 4 regencies and a chartered city.

Bangkalan IslandBangkalan Island, Tinangkung, Banggai Kepulauan Regency, Central Sulawesi, Indonesia

Bangkalan is a town on the western coast of Madura Island in Indonesia, the government seat of the Bangkalan Regency.  Mount Jaddih is 10 kilometers from Bangkalan and can be accessed by a motorcycle to the mountain top to see Bangkalan town and Suramadu Bridge. The 500-hectare limestone hill of Mount Jaddih also offers a spring-water swimming pool for free. Other objects of interest to tourists near Bangkalan are a lighthouse from the Dutch colonial era, Rongkang Beach, and the religious site o

Banyak IslandsBanyak Islands, Asantola, West Banyak Island, Aceh Singkil Regency, Aceh, Indonesia

The Banyak Islands are a group of inhabited islands located between Simeulue and Nias off the western coast of Sumatra in Indonesia's Aceh Province. Surveys of the area approximate around 71 islands and additional mangrove stands in shallow off-shore areas, although locals count 99 islands. The largest island in the group is Tuangku, with the principal town of Haloban. Two other major islands located either side of Tuangku are Bangkaru and Ujung Batu. Tuangku is separated from Bangkaru by a faul

Batu IslandsBatu Islands, South Nias Regency, North Sumatra, Indonesia

The Batu Islands are an archipelago of Indonesia located in the Indian Ocean, off the west coast of Sumatra, between Nias and Siberut. The three primary islands, of approximately equal size, are Pini, Tanahmasa, and Tanahbala. There are forty-eight smaller islands, of which the largest are Sipika, Simuk, Bodjo, Telo and Sigata; less than half are inhabited. The islands are governed as a part of South Nias regency within North Sumatra province. In Indonesian and Malay, batu means rock or stone.

Beras Basah IslandBontang Lestari, East Kalimantan, Indonesia

Beras Basah Island is a small island located in the Straits of Makassar and approximately 10 km east off the coast of Borneo. Administratively, this island is under the City of Bontang government and Province of East Kalimantan. The island is known to be a tourist destination as a dive site that provides tropical underwater life.

BiakBiak, Papua, Indonesia

Biak is a small island located in Cenderawasih Bay near the northern coast of Papua, an Indonesian province, and is just northwest of New Guinea. Biak is the largest island in its small archipelago, and has many atolls, reefs, and corals.  The largest population centre is at Kota Biak on the south coast. The rest of the island is thinly populated with small villages.

Derawan IslandsDerawan Islands, East Kalimantan, Indonesia

The Derawan Islands are in the province of East Kalimantan in Indonesia. They consist of 31 islands, most well known among these are the islands of Derawan, Maratua, Sangalaki and Kakaban. There are also numerous submerged reefs and islets. They are located in the Sulawesi Sea, on the coastal shelf of East Kalimantan. The islands are part of the Berau Regency.

Galang IslandGalang Island, Galang, Batam City, Riau Islands, Indonesia

Galang is an island of 80 km2 located 25 mi  southeast of Batam, belonging to a group of three islands called Barelang. Part of the Riau Archipelago, Indonesia, Galang is located just south of Batam and Rempang which themselves are just south of Singapore and Johor. The nearest city to Galang is Tanjung Pinang on Bintan, about a 30-minute boat ride away. The island is connected by the Barelang Bridge to Rempang and Batam.

Gili IslandsGili Islands, Gili Indah, Pemenang, North Lombok Regency, West Nusa Tenggara, Indonesia

An archipelago of three small islands. Automobiles and motorized traffic are prohibited on the islands, so the preferred method of transportation is by foot and bicycle or the horse-drawn carriage called a cidomo. Scuba diving and free diving in and around the Gilis is very popular due to the abundance of marine life and attractive coral formations

Gili MotangGili Motang, Golo Mori, Komodo, West Manggarai Regency, East Nusa Tenggara, Indonesia

Gili Motang is a small island in Eastern Indonesia. It is part of the Lesser Sunda Islands chain, which together with the Greater Sunda Islands to the west make up the Sunda Islands.  The island, volcanic in origin, is approximately 30 km² in area.  Home to a small population of about 100 Komodo dragons, Gili Motang is part of Komodo National Park. In 1991 as part of the national park, Gili Motang was accepted as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

JayapuraJayapura, Jayapura City, Papua, Indonesia

Jayapura is the capital and largest city of the Indonesian province of Papua. It is situated on the northern coast of New Guinea island and covers an area of 935.92 km2. The city borders the Pacific Ocean and Yos Sudarso Bay to the north, the nation of Papua New Guinea to the east, Keerom Regency to the south, and Jayapura Regency to the west. It is the most populous city in the Indonesian part of New Guinea. it is one of the beautiful beach area in the Papua province.

Kabaena IslandKabaena Island, South East Sulawesi, Indonesia

Kabaena or Tokotua is an island in the Flores Sea, Indonesia, off the coast of Sulawesi. Most of it is a part of Bombana Regency within Southeast Sulawesi province, although the southernmost district is administratively part of Central Buton Regency. The island's area is 900.73 km² and its total population at the 2010 Census was 35,558.

Legundi IslandLegundi Island, Punduh Pidada, Pesawaran Regency, Lampung, Indonesia

Pulau Legundi is an Indonesian island in the Sunda Strait between Java and Sumatra. It is one of the larger islands in the Strait and lies at the western end of Sumatra's Lampong Bay, in the province of Lampung. it is one of the beautiful destinations in Lampung provide and it attracts a lot of tourists to this place.

Lembeh IslandLembeh Island, Bitung City, North Sulawesi, Indonesia

Lembeh is an island off the north east coast of Sulawesi near the town of Bitung. Lembeh Island is 25km long and 2km wide. Lembeh Island is separated from the mainland of Sulawesi by a narrow stretch of water known as the Lembeh Strait.  The Lembeh Strait is world-known for its extremely high density of rare and unusual marine life, in particular frogfish, rare species of octopus, seahorses and nudibranchs.

ManadoManado, Manado City, North Sulawesi, Indonesia

Manado is the capital city of the Indonesian province of North Sulawesi. It is the second largest city in Sulawesi after Makassar, with the 2015 estimated population of 425,420 distributed over a land area of 157 km². The Manado metropolitan area has a population of 1.2 million as of 2018. The city is located at the Bay of Manado and is surrounded by a mountainous area.

Manadotua IslandManadotua Island, North Sulawesi, Indonesia

Manado Tua is a volcanic island in the Celebes Sea off the northeast coast of Sulawesi. The name Manado comes from manadou or wanazou meaning "on the far coast" or "in the distance," which derived from Minahasan languages. When the settlement on the island was relocated to Sulawesi, the name Manado was brought with it, and the island became referred to as Manado Tua.

Mandalika IslandMandalika Island, Indonesia

Mandlika Island is a small island in the Java Sea, which is about 2 kilometers distant from Donorejo village of Jepara Regency in Central Java, Indonesia. The island is situated in the north of Central Java coast, opposite to Portuguese Fort beach and close to Mount Muria. The island is just 500 meters from the fort and can be seen from there. The island has become a tourist attraction already.