Ora Beach in Maluku, Indonesia is included in Condé Nast Traveler’s top 30 beaches

When we think of Indonesian beaches, Bali or Lombok might be the first to come to mind. But Indonesia is a huge archipelagic country home to many beaches that don’t get the same amount of attention as the more popular tourist destinations.

One such place is Pantai Ora, or Ora Beach, which is located in Maluku. It has garnered the attention of aspiring international travellers since it was featured in 8th place on Condé Nast Traveler‘s list of the 30 best beaches in the world.

The dreamy landscape of Maluku’s Ora Beach

Ora Beach in Central Maluku
Image credit: @moluccastrip.id

Located in Central Maluku, Ora Beach is a hidden paradise that’s bound to instantly mesmerize you. Whether you love swimming, snorkelling, or just enjoy sitting around while taking in the beautiful view, you won’t be disappointed by this beach.

Though the journey there is long – the resort is a ferry ride from Ambon city to Seram Island, followed by a 4-hour drive to Sleman – we think the views are well worth the travel time.

Three people at Ora Beach, Central Maluku
Image credit: @kakabantrip

The beach itself is surrounded by hills, so shutterbugs should definitely have their cameras on the ready at all times. You won’t need to use filters because Ora Beach’s natural beautiful blue and green palette is enough to give you excellent holiday photos.

Resort at Ora Beach, Maluku
Image credit: @falconiverson

Visitors at Ora Beach Resort can enjoy their own private huts on stilts above the water, with a full view of the Ceram Sea from their balconies.

Try local cuisine

Fish dish from Maluku
Ikan Kuah Pala Banda
Image credit: Nyero

Apart from water activities and taking pictures, you can also enjoy local cuisine, which often features fish and seafood. 

Sago, or locally called sagu, is a staple in this region and becomes the main ingredient of many dishes. We recommend trying Ikan Kuah Pala Banda while you’re in the area – it’s a fish dish that combines refreshing spicy and sour flavors. 

It might be a while until we can travel safely

Looking at pictures of beaches and mouth-watering food might make you want to jump on a train or a plane. But until we can travel safely again, it might be a good idea to do some research on the places you’re interested in visiting. You can also take 360-degree virtual tours of Indonesia to satisfy your wanderlust for now.

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