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5 must-visit resort islands in Indonesia
Famous for its exotic and beautiful islands, Indonesia offers the whole package. Forget the wildly popular Bali; there are thousands of other islands scattered around the archipelago with much to offer. If spending some relaxing time in a secluded resort island sounds good to you, here are five options that you should consider. Bawah Island Presenting itself as a boutique eco-resort, this island comprises five islets at the southern end of Anambas, near Singapore. It actually serves as one of the groups of islands that form the Anambas archipelago. Having a unique contour, these five islets are connected whenever the tide is low. Around the site, you can reach spectacular coastal spots easily. For dive enthusiasts, two shipwrecks nearby also offer fantastic opportunities to explore. Though it's a very interesting place to visit, do note that Bawah Island is still being developed, so you should probably wait until next year to get the best experience. Nikoi Island Located near Singapore, Nikoi Island is a private island in Indonesia that made the list of the 2012 TripAdvisor Travelers' Choice. Fifteen beach houses nestle on the island; you can book only one or, if you have a group of up to 60 people, reserve the whole island for S$18,500 (US$14,796) per day on weekends. Some parts of the island are off-limits though, since Nikoi was developed as an ecologically sound holiday destination with the preservation of the island’s natural beauty as a priority. Fortunately, Nikoi offers lots of activities for adults as well as children. Joining a treasure hunt with a pirate chief should be fun for the kids. Although there is electricity, you won't find a TV, air conditioning or a telephone in your room. Half of the energy needed on the island is supported by a solar photovotaic array and battery bank. To reach the location, make sure you book beforehand and take the ferry from Bintan Resorts. Tiger Island Tiger Island, known as Pulau Macan by the locals, is situated in the Thousand Islands north of Jakarta. Set to become an eco-friendly island, Tiger Island offers a balanced experience for tourists looking for rest and relaxation, but without the worry of damaging the environment. The place runs on alternative energy, has a waste management facility, is keen on reef protection and clean-up and always uses nature-friendly products. On this island, you can choose to spend the night in a cabin, a bamboo or a wood hut in specific locations, depending on what view you would like to enjoy. For those wanting to do water activities like snorkeling and diving, a rental equipment store is available. You can also sail to the nearest deserted island if you want to know what it feels like to own your own private island for a limited time. Menyawakan Island Menyawakan Island is just one of the many resort islands in the Karimunjawa Islands that offer a private and secluded beach. To reach it, you will need to depart from Semarang in Central Java if you are taking a plane, or from Jepara if you are traveling by speed boat. Whichever you choose, the trip will be worth it. One of the private islands that can be reached from Menyawakan is Krakal Island. Lodgings are available, but all food is delivered from the Kura-Kura Resort nearby since there is no kitchen on site. If you want to stay for the night, a caretaker is also available to accompany you and your family. Interestingly, Menyawakan Island used to be a sanctuary for sea turtles. After abandoning the island for years, these creatures will return to lay eggs once the environment has improved. Gili Islands Located to the north-west of Lombok, there are actually three islands named Gili: Gili Trawangan, Gili Meno and Gili Air -- all of them offer similar yet different experiences. Gili Air, for example, is perfect for a family holiday. It is also the nearest island to Lombok, thus the easiest to reach. Gili Meno is situated between Gili Air and Gili Trawangan. Compared with the other two, this island is rather neglected by most tourists, though it actually has more to offer if you are looking for a peaceful and quiet place to relax. It may be rather underdeveloped because of its lack of vehicles or modern technology, but you will finally be able to put your mind at ease. Gili Trawangan is the furthest from Lombok, but also the largest and most famous of the three; this is why it offers the most complete facilities for tourists. This year, Gili Trawangan was crowned as the most affordable island for Indonesian travelers by TripAdvisor.
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