Soi 55 Travel | Indonesia - 5 breath-taking islands to visit outside of Bali
I've got a lot of LOVE for Indonesia, every inch of it! And don't get me wrong I love Bali and have spent many happy times there but the diversity found across its 8,844 islands (922 permanently inhabited) there's plenty of other options to explore outside of the wonderful 'island of the Gods' .
Here's just 5 we've found so far!
S U M A T R A
Being almost twice the size of the U.K it's hard to picture Sumatra as an 'island' but it is in fact the 6th largest island in the World and also my favourite place i've travelled to to date. Sumatra is vast and adventurous. Thick jungles and gushing waterfalls morph into miles of deserted beaches and crashing surf. It is truly wild and you need to go.
L O M B O K
A popular hop for Bali holidaymakers, backpackers and surfers parts of Lombok have become similar to it's sister island and with it's very own Kuta, can be compared to hedonistic Bali. Ride out of these hot spots though and you'll find secret beaches and the real Indonesia ready to explore. Hire a ped and head off around the island pronto!
J A V A
Ah Java, a mystical, magical place! Whether it's a moutain climbing trip to witness Mt.Bromo doing it's thing or checking out the historical sights in Yogjakata Java is a must-visit Indonesian island. Only a short ferry hop of flight from Bali it's the perfect mini trip!
S U M B A W A
With an area three times the size of Lombok and gravel roads connecting most areas Sumbawa's wonky looking island is a toughie to explore but another true Indonesian experience. It's vast grassland and crystal clear ocean is topped only by its huge volcano to the North-West - Mt Tambora. Give yourself plenty of time to get to know the place!
G I L I A I R
One of three stunning islands just off Lombok Gili Air is a mix of peace & serenity and party vibes and good times! A little less brash that its larger neighbour Trawangan but more lively than mouse-like Meno; Gili Air is the perfect combination. The snorkelling here is incredible and the main beach has uninterrupted views of Lombok's spectacular Rinjani.
These are just a few of some of the most developed islands we've visited in Indo, stay tuned for our a post on some of the more remote islands I've visited over the years.