Indonesia is the largest country in Southeast Asia and, with over 17,000 islands, the largest archipelago in the world. Therefore, it should not surprise you that it offers an overwhelming diversity of attractions for those who visit it. It is a land endowed with clean beaches, exotic villas, islands with crystalline waters, quasi-active volcanoes, vibrant tribes, incredible wildlife and amazing cultural richness.
Although this is not a complete list of all the places to visit to Indonesia, it is certainly an excellent start to planning a trip of a lifetime.
Bali. Bali is one of the most visited islands in Southeast Asia and a top destination for honeymoons, for couples who are looking forward to an incredible vacation. The island is a true image of paradise, blessed with wide beaches, turquoise waters and green volcanic landscapes. Therefore, it is not surprising that most of the money in Indonesian tourism comes from this exotic island.
Unlike the rest of Indonesia, which is largely Islamic, Bali is predominantly Hindu, hosting a host of impressive temples, which hundreds of artists, writers and people interested in holistic healing frequent. Among the most famous attractions on the island are the Tahah Lot Temple, the Ulutau Temple, the Ubud Monkey Forest, the Jatiluwih Rice Terraces and the Batur Mountain.
Yogyakarta. The city of Yogyakarta, populated by about 500 000 people, is the most popular tourist destination on the island of Java, due to its proximity to the famous Borobudur and Prambanan temples. Borobudur Temple is the largest Buddhist sanctuary in the world, being a must-see attraction both because of its religious significance and its beauty and charm. Built around the eighth century, this temple is a reflection of the country’s long and complex history, revealing to visitors essential information about Indonesia’s religion, culture, customs and architecture.
Nusa Islands. Nicknamed the “Maldives of Bali”, the three islands off the coast of Bali are a charming tropical paradise, with natural attractions of unrivaled beauty. Nusa Penida, Nusa Lembongan and Nusa Ceningan each have their own personality, but all three offer a splendid underwater scene, with rich wildlife and crystal clear waters. The area is perfect for scuba diving, snorkeling and other water sports, but also for hiking in nature.
Komodo National Park. Comprising both Rinca Island, Komodo Island, and a number of smaller islands, Komodo National Park is world-renowned as the habitat of Komodo dragons, these being giant carnivorous lizards that can reach up to 3 meters in length. The reptiles wander the islands free, and visitors are accompanied by experienced guides for observation and more safety. At the same time, Komodo National Park is known as a great diving destination, with an extremely varied and colorful marine life.
Sumatra. Sumatra is the largest island in Indonesia and the sixth largest in the world. The huge slice of land is divided by the equator on the western edge of Indonesia and is a dream come true for adventurous travelers or people interested in tropical forests and endangered plant and animal species. Moreover, Sumatra is one of the last two places left in the world where you can see wild orangutans (Borneo being the other).
Most tourists’ attention is usually directed to the north of the island, where the area of Lake Toba, the largest volcanic lake in the world, dominates. A new island, Pulau Samosir, has risen to the center of the lake and is home to Batak, Karo and other indigenous tribes who used to practice cannibalism and headhunting in the past.
Raja Ampat. With one of the liveliest underwater scenes on the planet, this world-renowned tropical paradise is home to over 530 species of corals, 700 species of molluscs and about 1300 species of fish. Despite the charm of the marine life and the amazing views of the island, Raja Ampat remains, to a large extent, a clean area due to its remote location. More than a paradise for divers, Raja Ampat is a great destination for bird lovers, photographers, adventurers and for those who want a quiet exotic vacation, far from the noise of everyday life.
Flores Island. A beautiful Indonesian island, part of the Lesser Sunda group of islands, located east of Sumbawa and west of Lembata, which offers a range of natural and cultural sights. The most popular attraction in Flores is the caldera of Mount Kelimutu, containing three lakes filled with volcanic gases, which change color depending on the amount of oxygen in the water. Also, the tourists can visit on the island some charming traditional villages, hike in nature and relax on the beautiful Bluestone beach.
No matter how you choose to spend your time in Indonesia, we guarantee that you will discover spectacular things and places that will enrich your luggage with beautiful memories for the rest of your life.