While most people love a good Bali trip, there’s so much more to Indonesia than Bali. Getting up close to the native wildlife, boat trips, diving and snorkelling escapades, and mouth-watering and affordable food are just the tip of the iceberg. A trip to Indonesia means witnessing unparalleled landscapes featuring lush rainforests and jaw-dropping beaches that will be sure leave you speechless. Keen to learn more about specific adventures to have in Indonesia? Keep reading and then, start packing!
Even though Australia, Papua New Guinea, Maldives, and Malaysia have some premium diving spots, nothing compares to Indonesia’s Komodo National Park. Lots of pro divers say it’s the best spot on the planet, and while we can’t testify to that, we will say it’s one of the most unmissable attractions in Indonesia. If you get the chance to dive it – you must do it. Think a constant array of incredibly beautiful fish, sharks and even manta rays. For more coral sightings, head to the more northern waters, whereas if whales and bigger fish are what you’re after, choose the more southern waters.
Padar Island is the third largest island in Komodo National Park. Head to Padar if what you’re after is some ridiculously incredible views of the national park and well-rewarded hikes. From the tallest point of the islands you’ll get privileged view of Komodo. You can also go for a snorkel on Manta Ray Point – a truly mesmerising spot.
The island of Sumatra is another unmissable destination in Indonesia. Known for its lush rainforests and jungle, here is where you go for unforgettable nature experiences. Guided hikes through the thick jungle are easy enough to find, and they may give you chance to see will Orangutans, Thomas Leaf monkeys and gibbons. Bear in mind some of these hikes will require quite a bit of effort, so make sure you’re prepared to overcome steep hills and thick, enormous tree roots.
Surfing aficionados, you can’t leave Indonesia without catching some of its waves. Bali is well-known for surfing, especially Canggu, where you can improve your big-waves skills. That said, you can also think broader. Java and Sumatra have amazing spots, such as Batu Karas. Great waves plus no crowds equal amazing surf, right?
Volcanoes are not a natural phenomenon we’re accustomed to seeing every day. But in Indonesia, you can hike them! Head to the island of Flores to see incredible colour-changing volcanoes: the water of the Kelimutu Volcanic Crater Lakes can appear to be aqua, emerald, chocolate or cherry red-coloured, thanks to a chemical reaction from volcanic activity. It is truly an incredible sight.
Hiking in the dark can sound a bit dull, but when you reach the top and are rewarded with a rainbow-like sunrise overlooking paradise, that’s something most of us can get on board with! Mount Bromo in Java and Bara Batur in Bali are perfect hikes to do this. The best part is, you don’t need a tour to do it. If you’d like to soak the views all by yourself, wake up around 3am, research your route and off you go. You can even hike all the way up to the crater.
Surely you can hire day-trip boat rides or tours – but how about an extended trip? Ditch the bus and get from A to B with a boat ride. One of the trips you can do by boat is Lombok to Flores, where you’ll get the chance to daydream all day while looking the beautifully-coloured ocean and gaze the bright stars at night. In addition, you’ll also be island hopping.
Get your culture sightseeing going with a visit to Borobudur Temple. Located in the Kedu Valley in Java, the temple is one of the greatest Buddhist monuments in the world, and also a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Often known as ‘the soul of Indonesia’, Yogyakarta is a culturally-packed city and a historic and artistic centre. Don’t miss this bright, highly-interesting city; where you’ll find a more cosmopolitan Indonesia while still showcasing its old soul: hectic city life, traffic jams, traditional music and rituals and well as delicious and unique cuisine.
Dragons are mythical creatures, though not so much so for Indonesia. The Komodo dragon is the largest lizard living on earth, and it’s probably the most famous native wildlife species of the country. There are several tours you can take to see them. While getting too close is unlikely, it’s better to watch from afar: they may not shoot fire out of their mouths, but they surely are venomous.
There’s plenty on offer in Indonesia. From hiking volcanoes, adventuring through the rainforests, surfing, diving, and snorkelling and so much more. And while it’s best to travel without set expectations, make note of these 10 adventures for your next Indonesia trip. They’d be truly unforgettable!
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