The huge country of Indonesia offers much diversity for explorers.
The island of Bali is a popular destination, with Kuta offering sandy beaches that are great for surfing and a lively night scene, and artsy Ubud with the Monkey Forest and easy access to nature. The island’s Hindu culture is present everywhere. Other highlights on the island include the sacred temple of Pura Besakih, also known as the Mother Temple, the waterside temple of Tanah Lot, Goa Gajah cave, Tegallalang Rice Terraces, Mount Batur, and various waterfalls, temples, beaches, and museums.
Near to Bali, Nusa Penida is celebrated for its rugged and dramatic natural landscapes, and Nusa Lembongan is a picture-perfect island paradise.
Lombok is another favourite island, with the spectacular Mount Rinjani, the eye-catching Pink Beach, the sweeping views from Tanjung Ringgit, white sandy beaches, the high Tiu Kelep Waterfall, and Batu Bolong Temple among the island’s highlights. The nearby Gili Islands offer terrific snorkelling, diving, and laid-back beach life.
Head to the Banda Islands to escape the crowds and discover a lesser-visited gem, complete with aromatic spices, awesome diving and snorkelling, and inviting beaches.
The nation’s capital of Jakarta is located on the large island of Java. Key places outside of the city include the steaming active volcano of Mount Bromo, the sacred sites of Borobudur and Prambanan near Yogyakarta, the crater lake of Kawah Putih, Ujong Kulon National Park, which is home to the Javanese rhino, and the scenic Patenggang Lake. The Thousand Islands make for a great side trip from the capital.
The island of Sumatra is home to the huge and incredible volcanic lake of Lake Toba. It is also known for its verdant jungles that are home to orangutans, the striking Maimun Palace, the elegant Baiturrahman Grand Mosque, Mount Kerinci, national parks, beaches, and diverse historic and cultural sites. The nearby island of Belitung offers unspoilt coastlines and scenic vistas.
Culture lovers should add the village of Tana Toraja, located in Sulawesi, to their bucket list. Cultural heritage, vibrant ceremonies, and long traditions are sure to captivate visitors. North Sulawesi’s Manado is a predominantly Christian area with Dutch heritage and a spice-trading past. Places of interest include a number of churches, Citraland Park, the lovely lakes of Linow and Tondano, and several volcanoes.
In the Papua area travellers can meet diverse tribes in the spectacular landscapes. The different groups still retain many ancient customs and traditions. Additionally, Papua’s Raja Ampat is often ranked among the world’s best diving destinations.
Nature at its best
Komodo Island is home to the fearsome komodo dragon, the largest lizard on the planet. Travel to the large island of Borneo to explore the wild landscapes of Kalimantan, home to orang utans, proboscis monkeys, hornbills, pygmy elephants, Sumatran rhinos, and more. Take a trip to the relatively young island of Anak Krakatau, also known as the Child of Krakatao, to marvel at the awesome power of Mother Nature. The island was formed following the devastating volcanic eruption of Mount Krakatau in the 1880s.
There are certainly plenty of options when it comes to creating many magical memories in Indonesia!