If you are looking for picture perfect holiday destination then look no further than Indonesia. Indonesia will take you on a journey from tropical sights to adrenaline pumping adventure sports. It will make you experience the culture of an exotic land, make you indulge in delicious cuisine and you will visually treat yourself to the best landscapes and waterscapes the country can offer. Here’s a list of 5 destinations to start off your magical journey:
Pura LuhurUluwatu, Bali
Pura LuhurUluwatu is a renowned sea temple in Bali. It is one of nine directional temples of Bali meant to guard it from evil spirits. This structure is extraordinary. It is balanced at the edge of a rock overlooking the sea. One could even assume that the temple acts as a permanent watch guard.
Pura Luhur is considered as one of the six most significant temples in Bali. It remains open from 9am to 6pm for visitors and tourists. For religious purposes it is open 24/7.
There is a must watch Kecak Dance performance held every day at this temple and we recommend it as a must do in Bali. You need to wear a sarong to enter the grounds (only if your legs are showing). You can walk around and explore the entire area at your own pace so be sure to bring your camera and some water as it can get really warm.
The temple is inhabited by large number of monkeys, who are extremely adept at snatching belongings, including bags, cameras and eyeglasses. Keep a very close watch and grip on all your belongings. On the bright side however, if you do have something taken, the monkeys can usually be persuaded to exchange it for some fruit. That’s real monkey business.
Mount Bromo, East Java
Watching an active volcano can be so eerie yet so breathtakingly beautiful. The view cannot even be described in words and that in our opinion can be a good enough reason to go visit Mount Bromo. The volcano stands tall and mighty at a height of 2329 m and is one of the most iconic and hiked areas in Indonesia.
There is a sense of mysticism surrounding it. This might be because of its hollow inside that keeps emitting white sulphurous smoke. Mount Bromo is counted amongst the most active volcanoes in the world and there are some areas that remain blocked off for tourists due to the imminent danger of its eruption.
Trek up Mount Penanjakan well in time so that you can view the gorgeous sunrise over Mount Bromo. It’s about a 1-2 hour trek to reach the first vantage point. The sun rises at 5.30am, so you have to plan accordingly so that you know exactly when you should start climbing depending of course on your level of fitness. Information guides and maps are easily available around the area.
Don’t forget to take a jacket and a pair of gloves as it will get chilly up there. But if you don’t have either then not to worry, you can take jacket on rent at around 25k rupiah and purchase a glove at 20k rupiah. Also try to avoid the weekends because the place tends to draw lots of people.
Komodo National Park, Flores
Being a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Komodo National Park is highly rated by all travellers who go to Indonesia. It is located in the Wallacea Region and is the home to the mysterious and frankly quite frightening Komodo dragon.
The park is also home to over 1000 species on land and also 250 species of coral reef. There is a chance of spotting fruit bats, gliding across the star-filled night sky. If you are in the mood for some fun-filled adventure then one can go snorkelling at the Pink beach, where you can enjoy swimming alongside sea turtles and manta rays.
The Park is not that big so you can cover most of it on foot. But if you want, you can board private boats to take you around. The climate is sub-tropical so the best time to visit weather wise is in the beginning of the year. You may encounter heavy rain at the end of the year and it can be really hot and humid during August/September so plan your trip accordingly.
Stay safe when around Komodo dragons. They are highly dangerous have a history of attacking humans. Always be with your guide and listen to their warnings. If you’re hiking around, a hard stick is very useful not only as a support but it will also act as a weapon for defence when needed.
Gili Islands, Lombok
Experience the real island life that is both tranquil and rich in flora and fauna. Imagine a blend of Reggae Island beats playing in the background while you have your tropical drink staring out into the sky blue ocean. The waves gently caressing the shore as you unwind. No fumes from cars or traffic to annoy you, just pure island bliss.
The Gili Islands is an archipelago of sorts. The three main islands, Gili Meno, Gili Trawangan and Gili Air are pretty famous. Locally they are known as Tiga Gili which means three Gilis.The islands are known for being very remote, so you can really switch off from the rest of the world.
No motor vehicles are permitted within the islands. People can either opt for bicycles or if you’re there with someone special, you can book horse-drawn carriages called cidomo’s. There are some other Islands in Indonesia named Gili. In the local dialect Gilli actually means small islands. Don’t get confused and make sure you go to the right ones. In case you do, don’t worry. We will be there to help you out.
Be careful of thefts in Lombok. Keep your belongings well attended and lock your luggage. The locals are very nice but they can be extremely cunning when it comes to unsuspecting tourists. Carry some bug spray if you can as well.
Lake Toba, Sumatra
High up among mountains, crystal clear water that are as good as mirros, this beautiful lake is a hidden gem. To add to all of this, the Batak people living here are very friendly and they will make their best efforts to make your stay comfortable. Just speak “Horas” (their way of greeting) and you will definitely get a blink of their hospitality with some local juice, pipes and music!
Lake Toba, also popular by name Danau Toba, is the largest volcanic lake in the world measuring at 1,707 sq. ft. It was formed by a massive volcanic eruption around 70,000 years ago and is probably the world’s biggest caldera.
Around Jan/Feb this place remains particularly popular on the occasion of Chinese New Year. It can be quite a treat to experience however; if you’re price conscious and not too fond of crowds then our suggestion is to visit after the festivities have ended.
Bring a raincoat or umbrella because it rains here like the heavens themselves are about to come down and wash you away. Also as always because the place is sub-tropical, and much like any sub-tropical nation, it’s got quite a few insects. Bug Spray for the win!