Indonesia is a truly beautiful country with so much to see and do. The country is the world’s largest archipelago with some 13,000 islands to explore with an activity or experience for everyone. Trekking through rain forests, hiking active volcanoes, diving in incredible corals and the only place in the world to see endangered species like the Komodo dragon the experiences are as diverse as the scenery you can explore.
While some destinations like Bali are a mecca for backpackers and luxury holiday makers seeking a tropical retreat, many parts of Indonesia are almost empty of tourists for those who really do want to feel like they are off the beaten path in their own private paradise. Indonesia has incredible food and is cheap and easy to travel. The Indonesian people welcome travelers and will generally be interested in hearing where you are from and how much you are enjoying their country.
Indonesia really is one of the most exotic places to explore in the world. We have selected four of our favorite must see places, but this list is just the tiniest tip of the iceberg when it comes to incredible sites in this beautiful country.
The serene Gili islands, situated at the Northwestern tip of Lombok have been attracting tourists for many years. Made up of an archipelago of three islands, Gili Trawangan, Gili Menoand and Gili Air, all three islands have irresistibly warm waters and incredible coral reefs that are a haven for both diving and snorkeling. The islands have no motorized traffic adding to the experience of remoteness that you will feel from your beachfront bungalow. All you will need to do is kick back with a book and a cold beer and relax whilst pondering which beach side restaurant to stroll too to enjoy a deliciously fresh meal.
Komodo National Park
The Komodo National Park was set up to protect the last surviving population of Komodo dragons, the world’s largest lizard. There are estimated to be somewhere between 5000 and 6000 Komodo dragons in the park. Nowadays the park also protects other species such as rare marine life as well as being an area of terrestrial conservation. The park comprises of a stunning collection of islands of volcanic origin and is truly one of the most beautiful places in Indonesia with the richest coral diversity anywhere in the world. For this reason it is a popular place to dive with more than 800 species of fish.
Mount Bromo is the most visited of Indonesia’s incredible 129 active volcanoes. Although it is not as active as other nearby volcanoes, its cloud of white smoke gives evidence that the volcano is very much alive and could erupt at any time. At the foot of the volcano is the ‘sea of sand’, an area of fine volcanic sand that contrasts perfectly with the surrounding green valleys. A hike to Mount Bromo’s rim at 7,641 feet, although challenging is accessible for most people. The best time to make the hike is early (at around 3.30am) to ensure that you are there to see one of the most spectacular sunrises you will ever see.
Lake Toba, Sumatra
Lake Toba (Danau Tobwa) was formed over 70,000 years ago by a huge volcanic eruption. Measuring an incredible 1,707 square feet it is the largest volcanic lake in the world. It is also the deepest lake in the world and sits at 906 meters above sea level with a huge average depth of 450m. The lake attracts travelers who are seeking a place to relax and unwind and the friendly locals continue to make travelers feel at home. Indeed there isn’t a great amount to do at Lake Toba apart from admire the incredible scenery and ocean blue color of the lake, but we can’t imagine that you could ever get bored of such incredible views.