Top 10 destinations to visit in Indonesia
From active volcanos, charming cultural towns with captivating rituals to the beautiful underwater world on more than 17 thousand islands is what Indonesia is all about. 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 difficult but also necessary. If you’re looking for a top list, that represents our favorite destinations, these are the best in Indonesia.
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 crowd 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 special 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. Opt for a 2 days trek to get the real experience.
7. Komodo island
Komodo national park offers one of the best diving destinations on 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, wild pigs and when you feel refreshing, 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 doing boat trips, don't leave this one out. As on other islands in the national park, there are no accommodations available, so a day visit by a boat is the only option to see it. 30 minutes hike will take you to the most wonderful 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 definitely our favorite with a wide 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 just 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 quite 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 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 definitely 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. Also, you will be able to enjoy the view of dozens of volcanos when you return back from the bottom of the crater.
Author: Traveler and blogger Nika Pensek, www.andshexplores.com