Indonesia is the largest archipelago in the world, it is made up of over 18,000 islands. The country is home to a plethora of incredible sights to see, with many of its beautiful beaches, mountain peaks and national parks that competes in the ranking amongst the most beautiful in the world.
The country has ethereal volcanic craters, alluring rural landscapes, and mystical dense jungles.
Everywhere you go in Indonesia you will always find yourself admiring the vibrant country and its endless beauty. Whether you’re looking for a paradise to relax or explore indulge in your inner nature lover self, Indonesia has it all. However the country is very big and spread out, so it can be hard to know what to do. Should you just go to Bali? A favourite haunt of backpackers, party goers and digital nomads… Or maybe explore further? These are our recommendations for best places to visit when you are in Indonesia.
Here are the 8 best places in Indonesia that will surely not disappoint
1. Raja Ampat
Located in Papua New Guinea, Raja Ampat is one of the most amazing diving destinations in Indonesia. It is made up of four jungle-clad islands – Waigeo, Salawati, Misool, and Batanta – and is surrounded by ethereal deep blue water and white sand beaches. Raja Ampat is home to rich marine life, lush coral reef, and a fantastic birdwatching destination. This island is just so beautiful to miss.
2. Flores Island
Situated in Sumbawa, the long island of Flores is known for its multi-colored crater lakes around Mount Kelimutu. The lakes are truly jaw-dropping with its blue and green colored waters that reacting to the minerals of the volcano. The island is also home to several traditional villages and Egon volcano. Flores island is such a must-see place, especially at sunrise or if you don’t want to take the long hike, you can simply relax in hot springs or snorkel at the islands.
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Located in West Sumatra, Bukittinggi is a popular destination due to its beauty and panoramic view. Bukittinggi is about 930 meters high and has a long history and extraordinary visuals. The island is a combination of vibrant, lush green pasture, deep blue waters, and white sand that surrounds the island. It attracts tourists with its beauty and its majestic Sianok Canyon.
4. Derawan Island Beaches
Derawan Island is an archipelago that has 31 small islands. It is located in East Kalimantan and is one of the most beautiful beaches in Indonesia. The island itself is a dream destination with its healthy coral reefs teeming with abundant marine life, making it an epoch for divers and snorkelers. Derawan Island is home to eco-friendly facilities, that are mostly built into the ocean with wooden platforms. The island is also home to dolphins, coconut crabs, and sea turtles. Derawan Island is always a sight to behold with its sparkling blue water and vibrant fish flitting beneath the hotels and the idyllic beaches.
The most popular destination in Java and home to the famous Borobudur and Prambanan temples. Yogyakarta is a center for education and culture, specifically the Javanese fine arts. It is also the only city in the country that is still ruled by a monarchy. This city has been seismically active and still has active volcanoes like Mount Merapi that emitted lava over the village in 2010.
6. Burobodor Temple
Burobodor Temple is the world’s largest sanctuary for Buddhists. The temple of great importance with its religious significance, but it also has a contribution to tourism for its beauty and charm. Visitors are amazed by the stone carvings and the gaze of the main structure.
7. Tanjung Gelam
Tanjung Gelam known as Sunset Beach is the largest island of the Karimunjawa Archipelago. It is secluded and a peaceful getaway with its scenery and incredible panoramic views. Dazzling white sand, crystal clear water, and flourishing palm trees adorn the 2 separate bays, make up this paradise beach. Tanjung Gelam also has a protected marine life that can be viewed by scuba diving or snorkeling, where you can indulge yourself in the midst of colorful coral reefs and shoals of fish
8. Kuta Beach
Kuta Beach is the most popular beach in Bali. It is known for its lively, yet laid-back vibe and is full of spas, hotels, restaurants, and bars. Kuta Beach also has Indonesia’s white sand and deep blue waters. Kuta Beach is also the most popular surfing destination in Bali.
Due to its popularity, Kuta Beach can be quite crowded, especially peak seasons, but don’t worry the island still has plenty of other hidden beaches, hidden hill villages and secluded getaways for you to discover.
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