These Remote Islands Are An Unbelievably Beautiful Secret Paradise In Southeastern Asia

If you are keen to discover an island paradise, then Indonesia is undoubtedly the place to do that. The country has around 17,500 islands and the spectacular Kai Islands may be one of its most wonderful secrets. This archipelago offers a glorious opportunity to switch off from modern life while enjoying some of the least-touristed white sand and clear sea that Indonesia has to offer.

The Kai Islands are in the Southeastern Moluccas, located in the Banda Sea. They are made up of Kai Besar (Great Kai), Kai Kecil (Little Kai), and Kai Dulah. This archipelago also includes the Kur and Tayandu island groups. Kai Kecil is where the majority of the attractions and accommodations are, as well as being connected to Dulah via a bridge over the ocean. If you love beaches, caves, stunning islands, and swimming without the crowds then this is the place for you. Once you've encountered these islands, you're sure to agree that they are one of the best places to visit in Southeast Asia.

What to do in the Kai Islands

One of the best things to do on Kai Kecil is hire a scooter and take in the breathtaking beauty of this hidden gem island. Head to the beaches of Pasir Panjang, Ngurtafur, and Ohoidertawun for some sunbathing on the island's most picturesque sands. If you're interested in snorkeling, then hire a boat to take you around the Bair Islands, nicknamed "mini Raja Ampat," which form a natural swimming lagoon. Coral reefs can be found around the islands of Ngav, Er, and Ngodan, a trio that can be visited on a day trip.

If you like birdwatching, you can visit the pelicans that gather at Ngurtavur Sandbar on Waha Island which is also a good snorkeling location. Another great place for swimming is Air Goa Hawang, a unique lake within a cave where you can marvel at the rock formations above you. Travel up to Masbait Hill near Kelanit Village for views of the sun rising or setting after a day of exploring these incredible islands.

Where to stay in the Kai Islands

The majority of the oceanside accommodation on the islands is in the North of Kai Kecil, on Ngurbloat Beach and Ohoidertawun Beach. As the islands are off-the-beaten-track, most of the places to stay are in budget-friendly locally-owned guesthouses. On Ngurbloat, two of the highest-rated hotels are 3 Maria Cottage and Casa di Stella, both of which are close to the sea with breakfast included. 3 Maria Cottage has scooters and snorkels to rent as well as a private beach area. Casa di Stella boasts sea-view villas with a terrace to sit on and its own parking area.

On Ohoidertawun Beach are the Savana Cottages which are located near the sand with more than 4 out of 5 stars on different review platforms. Travelers loved it as it was like a "pirate hideout," with great breakfasts, friendly hosts, and hammocks to relax in. There are also some hotels near the airport for those who have an early flight to catch. Wherever you choose to stay, these guesthouses offer an opportunity to lie back and really savor the remoteness of Kai Island living.