20 Beautiful Indonesia Beaches: The Best Beaches In Indonesia

Indonesia beaches are fantastic, but they tend to be underrated because a lot of the really good ones are hiding in remote places without easy access. On the bright side, that means you’re more likely to have them to yourself!

In Bali, for example, the most spectacular beaches are on the nearby Nusa islands, not the mainland. The same rule holds true in other places like Sulawesi, Sumatra, and Java — if you really want to see the best beaches in Indonesia, you usually have to get off the beaten path and do some island hopping.

With some exploring, what you’ll find are the most amazing white sand beaches, dazzling pink beaches, and black volcanic beaches, along with top quality surf spots, and occasionally some very photogenic cliffs, boulders, and shipwrecks.

Here’s my complete Indonesia beach guide with a list of our favorites!

Sulawesi Beaches
1. Pasir Panjang Beach

Labengki is a remote island off the coast of Sulawesi, and it has some of the best beaches in Indonesia.

Long Sand Beach (Pantai Pasir Panjang) is Labengki’s longest beach, hence the name. It’s a perfect stretch of white sand with a palm forest and calm blue water.

More info: Labengki Island

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Pasir Panjang Beach
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Drone pic of Pasir Panjang Beach
2. Pasir Merah Beach

The Indonesian name for this beach is Pantai Pasir Merah and it means Red Sand Beach — a name that comes from the reddish-orange color of the sand.

The giant cliffs and bent palm trees on this beach are picture perfect. It was hands-down my favorite beach in Labengki, and has to be one of the best beaches in Indonesia!

More info: Labengki Island

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Pasir Merah Beach
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Red Sand Beach
Pantai Pasir Merah Red Sand Beach drone picture in Sulawesi
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Drone pic of Pantai Pasir Merah
Komodo Beaches
3. Pink Sand Beach

The Komodo National Park in eastern Indonesia is home to several pink sand beaches! The color comes from tiny organisms in the coral called foraminifera.

Pink beaches are very rare, and there are only a handful of them worldwide. These unique beaches are a must see when you’re visiting the Komodo islands.

More info: Komodo’s Pink Beaches

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The extraordinary pink sand beaches at Komodo National Park
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A heart shaped coral
4. Padar Island

This one’s not really a beach per se, but actually a scenic spot where you can see a bunch of beaches.

Komodo’s most famous viewpoint is on the small island of Padar. This island has a giant X shape, with three bays where you can see a white beach, black beach, and pink beach.

Each of those sand colors is pretty special in itself, but to see all of them in one place is crazy. This is probably the only place in the world where you can witness that!

More info: Padar Island

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The famous viewpoint on Padar Island
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Beaches in all directions!
Sumatra Beaches
5. Tanjung Tinggi Beach

Belitung is a scenic island in Sumatra with lots of white sand beaches.

Tanjung Tinggi is possibly the most photogenic beach on the island, with perfect blue-green water and giant boulders. It’s a good sunset spot too.

This is easily one of the best Indonesia beaches we’ve seen, and it really deserves to be more well known.

More info: Tanjung Tinggi Beach

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Drone pic of Tanjung Tinggi Beach
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Drone pic of Tanjung Tinggi Beach
6. Lengkuas Island

This small island is one of the highlights of a Belitung island hopping tour.

It’s home to an iconic Dutch lighthouse from the 1800s, and you can still climb to the top today! From the 18th story balcony you get views of the granite rocks and blue water below.

Last, but not least, Lengkuas has some of the best beaches and snorkeling spots in Belitung.

More info: Belitung Island Hopping

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Lengkaus Island
Lengkuas Island lighthouse
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The old lighthouse at Lengkuas
7. Batu Berlayar Island

This was one of our favorite mini-islands in Belitung.

It’s a small circle shaped sand island, with rocks and boulders scattered across it. Kind of like a messy, natural Stonehenge on the ocean.

There’s even a little cave you can walk through to pass between the main boulders in the center of the island.

More info: Belitung Island Hopping

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Drone pic of Batu Berlayar island
Batu Berlayar Island boulders cave
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Hiding in the boulders
8. Banyak Islands

The Banyak Islands are a group of barely inhabited paradise islands northwest of Sumatra.

For accommodation, you have a basic bungalow on an almost private island, with white sand beaches and crystal clear water in all directions.

If you’re looking for the Robinson Crusoe lifestyle, it doesn’t get much better than this!

More info: Banyak Islands

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The Banyak Islands are full of paradise beaches like this one
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Beach scenes near the Palambak Island Resort in Banyak Islands
9. Coral Island (Pulau Karang)

Coral Island, known by locals as Pulau Karang, is a hidden gem in North Sumatra with perfect white sand and photogenic palm trees that hang over the turquoise water like a postcard.

You can circle the whole island in 1 hour walking, but the absolute best scenery is on the beaches leading to the lighthouse. There are lots of bent palm trees that are perfect for photo ops (and climbable), and the sand is softer than powder!

More info: Pulau Karang

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Impossibly perfect beaches on Coral Island (Pulau Karang)
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Drone pic of Pulau Karang
Bali Beaches
10. Kuta Beach

This is Bali’s original beach! It’s a classic, so I had to mention it.

You won’t find peace and quiet here, but it’s still worth a visit. Shop at the Beachwalk Mall, go surfing, or watch the sunset with a Bintang.

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11. Bingin Beach

This is a photogenic beach with exotic boulders and seaweed covered rocks. Great for scenic pics or surfing, and it’s less crowded than some of the others.

There’s a bit of trash and rubble lately from hotel construction, but some high quality accommodation and restaurants are starting to spring up here.

More info: Bingin Beach


 

12. Nunggalan Beach

This is one of the bigger white sand beaches in south Bali. The walk down and back up is a killer, but you’re rewarded with a huge private beach and a cool shipwreck for pictures!

More info: Nunggalan Beach


 

13. Padang Padang Beach

This is a neat little hidden beach tucked into the cliffs in south Bali. It’s a popular spot for surfing, or you can just sip a fresh coconut and hang out on the white sand with the monkeys.

More info: Padang Padang Beach


 

14. Thomas Beach

This is one of the nicest beaches in south Bali. It has a long strip of white sand scattered with boulders, and not too many people.

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Nusa Penida Beaches
15. Kelingking Beach

Some of Bali’s best beaches are on the small neighboring island of Nusa Penida, which can be reached with a short boat ride.

After you’re done staring in awe at the famous T-Rex shaped Kelingking Cliff, there’s also a path to go down to the beach at the bottom. This hike is a major workout, a bit scary, and takes at least 2 hours roundtrip. Bring water!

As you can see in the picture below, the beach at the bottom is pristine and the waves are big; there’s even a little cave down there!

More info: Kelingking Beach


 
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See the tiny people walking on the beach?

16. Suwehan Beach

Looking for a hidden beach with perfect white sand and turquoise waves? Suwehan is one of the best hidden beaches in Penida.

There’s even a cool pointy rock that looks like a Christmas tree (or maybe an elf hat), and the locals recently built some tree houses where you can stay a night near the cliffs.

More info: Suwehan Beach

    
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17. Tembeling Beach

This is an awesome sea cave that opens up to a view of the huge cliffs on the Penida coast. There’s also a small natural pool near the cave that you can take a dip in.

More info: Tembeling Beach

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Tembeling Beach
18. Atuh Beach

This is one of the coolest beaches on the south end of Penida island. Unlike Suwehan Beach, Atuh is not a secret and there are sunbeds, beanbags, and a couple of nice food & drink shacks.

The highlight of Atuh Beach is probably the big elephant shaped rock in the ocean (locals say it looks like a stiletto), and the huge variety of sea life that can be seen trapped in the rocks at low tide.

More info: Atuh Beach


 

19. Diamond Beach

Diamond Beach, named after the pointy diamond shaped rock on the beach, is another utterly incredible “cliff beach” on the southeastern coast of Nusa Penida.

It’s newly accessible for the first time since late 2018, when a path down to the beach was carved into the side of the cliffs.

More info: Diamond Beach


 
Pointy rock and palm trees at Diamond Beach in Nusa Penida, Bali
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Diamond Beach gets its name from this unique pointy rock.

20. Nyanyad Beach

This is a mostly unknown beach on the south end of Nusa Penida, with a small temple and giant hills on both sides of the beach.

The hike to Nyanyad only takes 15 minutes, with concrete steps all the way, and the beach has perfect white sand!

More info: Nyanyad Beach

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Drone pic of the huge limestone hills surrounding Nyanyad Beach
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Nyanyad Beach
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