Home to more than 17,000 islands, Indonesia has plenty of sumptuous spots to choose from. Opt to island-hop by helicopter, or soak up individual island’s beauty from the skies.
Holding the title of the world’s largest archipelago, Indonesia has no shortage of island destinations to discover. From world-class surfing spots and idyllic tropical paradises, to wildlife havens and cultural charm, the country has it all.
Inject some glamour into your explorations and take an aerial tour of the islands from a helicopter, charter a flight and curate your own island-hopping itinerary from the air, or save time and hire a helicopter to travel in style from one island to another. The choices are endless. Here are some of Indonesia’s top islands.
Undoubtedly the most famous of Indonesia’s islands, beautiful Bali’s charm is on the radar of millions of international travelers annually. The island is home to incredible stretches of coastline, stunning rice terraces, striking volcanic mountains and plenty of ancient sacred sites. Due to its popularity, a range of helicopter tours offer incredible areal views of its iconic attractions, including Tanah Lot Temple, Mount Agung and Jatiluwih Rice Terraces.
Lombok boasts a much more laid-back vibe than its neighbor, Bali. Home to a wealth of nature, the island’s offerings take in mountains, beaches, sacred sites and thick forests. Away from its beaches perfect for surfing, many visitors head to the island to hike to the peak of stunning Mount Rinjani to admire its iconic blue crater lake. Soar the skies and enjoy breath-taking bird’s eye views of the island’s bounty of natural beauty.
Famed for their white coral beaches lapped by turquoise waters, the gorgeous Gili Islands comprise three small islands. Gili Trawangan is the largest and most modern, Gili Meno is a pristine natural paradise, while Gili Air ticks all the boxes for divers, thanks to its vibrant tropical underwater world. Take to the skies and marvel at the islands beauty from the comfort of a helicopter.
Nestled in East Nusa Tenggara, Flores is a nature-lover’s dream. Home to an abundance of natural charm that takes in mountains, beaches, and incredible tri-colored Kelimutu lake, it is even more enchanting from the sky. Book a helicopter tour online and have your breath blown away as you hover above striking Kelimutu volcano and its three crater lakes that change color over time.
While the likelihood of being able to spot Komodo Island’s most famous resident, the Komodo dragon, from the air is small, you can charter a helicopter to fly above vast Komodo National Park and the island’s landscape of rolling hills licked by stretches of dazzling white sand. There is the option to land in the city and take an overland tour to meet the magnificent giant lizards.
Sitting east of Sumatra, this exotic paradise is home to striking granite boulders that flank a blindingly white coastline. Simply stunning to view from above, the area is also home to a smattering of small offshore islands fringed by coral reefs. This includes Lengkuas Island, home to an iconic 19th century lighthouse.
Exclusive Bintan Island is only accessible by sea – unless you hire a helicopter and fly over clear waters to the island that sits close to Singapore. Forming part of Riau Province, Bintan is rising in fame among those seeking a slice of luxurious paradise and is home to upscale resorts, golf courses and Southeast Asia’s first seawater lagoon.