INDONESIA is known as an archipelagic country with stunning underwater beauty, it is not surprising that many local and foreign tourists are interested in diving in Indonesia. But, did you know, it turns out that Indonesia is not only known as the best diving spot? However, it is also the best destination for ‘island hopping’.

Island hopping or “jumping” from one island to another is a tourist activity that is popular with many tourists. Interestingly, we don’t just stop by various islands. But you can also try island hopping with the live on-board concept.

In short, live on board is a tourist attraction by staying overnight on a ship. Until now, live on board has become a unique tourist trend that is interesting to try. The reason is, we will get the experience of staying in the middle of the open sea, while diving and visiting various tourist attractions on the islands we visit.

You don’t need to worry about choosing, because Indonesia has many of the best island hopping and live on board spots that you can try. Here are some of them:

Having many beautiful beaches, it is not surprising that Bali and Lombok are one of the most popular tourist destinations that are almost never empty of tourists. Not just surfing or relaxing on the beach, Parekraf friends can try the sensation of island hopping in Bali-Lombok.

For the island-hopping route, you will start from Sanur Harbor towards Nusa Lembongan on Nusa Penida Island. After that, continue to Gili Trawangan, then “jump” to Gili Meno and Gili Air. During island hopping in Bali-Lombok, we will be amazed by the very clear sea water. It’s so clear, we can try doing various exciting activities, such as diving, snorkeling and canoeing.

Labuan Bajo
If you are looking for an anti-mainstream holiday experience, you can island hop while live on board using a phinisi boat in Labuan Bajo, one of the Super Priority Destinations (DSP). This time, we can experience the experience of staying on a ship, while traveling around the waters of East Nusa Tenggara for several days.

Apart from enjoying the natural beauty from inside the ship, we have the opportunity to stop by the beautiful beaches in Labuan Bajo, one of which is Pink Beach. The combination of pink sand, with views of clear turquoise sea water makes you feel peaceful.

Island hopping in Labuan Bajo is incomplete without diving and snorkeling. For this reason, make sure you make time to dive at Manta Point. If you are lucky, you will have the opportunity to interact directly with manta rays and sharks.

As one of the Super Priority Destinations (DSP), Likupang offers extraordinary beauty of underwater beaches. That’s why many tourists use Likupang as an island-hopping spot that is still “virgin” or rarely touched.

One of the islands that must be visited when island hopping in Likupang is Lihaga Island. Here, you can enjoy the underwater beauty which is still very well preserved. Once satisfied with diving, we can continue our journey by boat to Gangga Island. Not only does it have natural underwater charm, Gangga Island is famous as an exotic sunset spot in Likupang.

Raja Ampat
Another best island hopping and live on board spot in Indonesia: Raja Ampat. Plus, there are many world-class diving and snorkeling spots in Raja Ampat. One of them is visiting Misool Island to meet hundreds of types of ornamental fish and beautiful coral reefs.

Apart from diving, you also have the opportunity to stop by Warkesi Village while island hopping in Raja Ampat. Here, you have the opportunity for bird watching to see Papua’s endemic birds directly, namely the bird of paradise. Those are 4 island hopping spots while live on board that you can visit. []