5 Indonesian Islands Black Women Should Visit That Are Not Bali – Essence

At last count, Indonesia was made up of 14,752 different islands, yet not a day that goes by where you can scroll through social media without seeing photos of travelers exploring Bali. Now dont get us wrong, the Island of the Gods is definitely magical and a surefire hit amongst Black women for its lush rice paddies, awe-inspiring temples and of course, the famous Bali Swing. But theres more to Indonesia than its most famous destination.

In most cases, all it takes is a short flight from the tourist paradise to discover alternatives to the typical Balinese adventure. Picturesque islands like Moyo, Sumbawa, Java, and Borneo offer the same (or better) experiences than Bali without the smog infused traffic, crowds, and wall to wall big-box resorts most travelistas leave out of their photos and enthusiastic Bali owes me nothing! reviews. In fact, if you ask those that dared to travel deeper, chances are theyll tell you that Indonesias other islands are the true essence of the country and what Bali used to be before it became a travel hotspot.

This year switch things up and inject some fresh life into your adventures with five Indonesian islands that will be a treat for your senses, help you reclaim your zen and have you saying Bali who?.

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Forget those mischievous monkeys on Bali, if you really want to walk on the wild side, catch a flight to the lush island of Sumatra. Orangutans, endangered Sumatran tigers, rhinos and elephants fill the island's mysterious jungles. When you're not on the hunt for animal wonders, make your way to idyllic beaches like Banda Aceh for some relaxation.


Located just 65 minutes away from Bali by seaplane, Moyo island is an Indonesian gem that remains relatively untouched. The turquoise, coral-rich Flores Sea provides some of the best diving and snorkeling in the country, while the tropical forests, hiking trails, and wildlife speak to the nature lover in all of us.

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