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Top 10 destinations to visit in Indonesia

16 March 2020

From active volcanos, charming cultural towns with captivating rituals to the beautiful underwater world on more than 17 thousand islands are all about Indonesia. These breathtaking destinations deserve all the superlatives you can think of and a visit that will surely make it atop of your favorite travel experiences. Pinning down the best Indonesian places to visit is challenging but also necessary. If you’re looking for a top list representing our favorite destinations, these are the best in Indonesia.

10. Lombok

Lombok is an island east of Bali, but less famous than its neighbor. While every year, millions of tourists are attracted to Bali, many places on Lombok are still untouched. Visit for surfing, endless crowds, fewer beaches, a hike to Mt Rinjani, waterfalls, and Sasak culture.

9. Borobudur temple (Java)

The world's biggest Buddhist temple is located on Java island, and it's the number one must visit in Indonesia from a cultural perspective. Borobudur was built in the 8th century, and it's a reflection of Indonesian history, including its religion, culture, customs, and architecture. Make sure you visit early in the morning and experience sunrise at the top of the temple. Many visitors experience the feeling of unique vibes during their visit.

8. Bukit Lawang (Sumatra)

One of the places where you can still see orangutans in the wild. Tanjung Putting National Park is a mostly untouched tropical jungle with fresh air, mystical morning fog, birds chirping, rivers gushing, and creating waterfalls where you can shower in the morning. Option for a two days trek to get the real experience.

7. Komodo island

Komodo national park offers one of the best diving destinations in the world due to the richness of animal species underwater and also on the land. Hike Komodo island with a guide to see Komodo dragons, flying foxes, and wild pigs, and when you feel refreshed, there is the famous Pink beach, which we recommend to stop at.

6. Padar island (Komodo)

An island with a view. If you are staying in Labuan Bajo and making boat trips, don't leave this one out. There are no accommodations available on other islands in the national park, so a day visit by a boat is the only option to see it. Thirty minutes hike will take you to the most beautiful view in the area. A view of numerous bays and each one its beaches has different colored sand: one is pearly white, another charcoal black, and a third is a very rare baby pink. It is a rare combination, a quirk of this unique island.

5. Nusa Penida (Bali)

Most people's quick escape from Bali, but those tiny islands by far exceed anyone's expectations. Nusa Penida is our favorite with a full offer of activities as visiting the most beautiful beaches, and sometimes that means a lot of stairs, so be ready, swimming with mantas and diving to underwater temples, are, to name a few. These islands are surrounded by turquoise water and offer out of the world sights with its coastal formation.

4. Ubud (Bali)

Ubud is probably what most people think of Bali minus surfing. Endless rice fields, hidden waterfalls, numerous temples, and a lot of yoga places. It's all true and even more beautiful. Part of the experience is also staying in a villa with a private pool overlooking a rice fields hill.

3. Raja Ampat (West Papua)

One of the Earth's last paradises that remained entirely untouched and not overcrowded with tourists. Raja Ampat consists of a group of islands on the western tip of Papua and is also famous for its diving experience. Most of the agencies offer weekly sailing tours to get a chance to see most of the archipelago instead of only staying in one place.

2. Bromo volcano (Java)

One of the most beautiful active volcanoes in the world, placed on a massive Tengger caldera surrounded by the sea of sand on Java island. A tour that needs to be done with a guide that will take you for a hike during the night, and you will be rewarded with a breathtaking landscape during the sunrise. Prepare to be awed.

1. Kawah Ijen Crater (Java)

Indotravelteam will guide you to one of the most amazing sights in the world and our favorite in Indonesia. You will see blue fire, mesmerizingly beautiful turquoise lake that is very acidic, and you will face miners working in a sulfur mine, which was named the toughest job in the world. You will also be able to enjoy the view of dozens of volcanos when you return from the bottom of the crater.

Author: Traveler and blogger Nika Pensek, www.andshexplores.com

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