Including more than 17,000 islands and over 267 million people, Indonesia is the world’s largest island country. Whether you are an adventure lover, water enthusiast, leisure seeker, or wildlife explorer, in Indonesia you will have all sorts of places to get some never-before experiences. So here’s a list of the best and must-visit sites in this amazing archipelago, for you to have a look. Pick your favorites and make sure to include them on the itinerary of your next trip!
01.Raja Ampat islands.
An archipelago with more than 1500 islands, located in the Northwestern tip of Papua New Guinea, Raja Ampat is popularly known as one of the most sensational diving destinations in Indonesia. Apart from the bird watching areas, white sand beaches and turquoise lagoons, Raja Ampat is rich in marine life and underwater coral reefs. It’s home to 75% of all known coral species to be exact. You can either go kayaking, snorkeling, deep diving, or trek to nearby waterfalls or old rock caves there.
02. Borobudur Temple.
Borobudur temple, the world’s biggest Buddhist sanctuary has become one of the best tourist attractions in Indonesia due to both its religious and architectural significance. Built around the 8th century, it reflects the long preserved history, culture, customs, architecture, and Buddhism in Indonesia. You can observe the detailed stone carvings, the grand structure of the whole temple area and enjoy the scenic views of sun rising, jungles, and faraway mountain tops.
Lombok is an island in West Nusa Tenggara province and famous for its divine beaches, abundant marine life, and places to explore. It’s also the home to Indonesia’s second-highest, active volcano, Mount Rinjani. Therefore it’s the best place to go hiking, scuba diving, or snorkeling. You can also get a rejuvenating spa experience, enjoy the scenic beaches, or even buy some souvenirs at the markets in Mataram.
04. Komodo National Park.
With a length of 10ft and weighing about 70kilograms, Komodos are undoubtedly one of the most fascinating creatures on Earth. Other than this giant Lizard, which you can only encounter in Indonesia but nowhere else in the world, the island also has a well known pink sand beach, a breathtaking coastline, thriving marine landscapes, and lush tropical hills.
05. Torajaland/Tana Toraja.
You shouldn’t leave Indonesia without exploring its amazing culture. Toraja land, located at Southern Sulawesi is the home of the Toraja tribe and still remains independent of the western influence, hence one of the best places where you can learn about the local culture, history, and rituals. Toraja land is especially known for its unique high peaked-roof houses (Tongkonan) and bizarre funeral rituals. Take a hike or get a local guide to know more about these customs, lesser-known burial sites, and some more local insights and tips which you will never get if you travel alone.
06. Tanjung Puting National Park.
As a country blessed with all categories of natural beauty, we can’t miss this untouched tropical jungle where you can experience the morning fog, chirping birds, sparkling rivers, and of course, the wild Orangutans that steal the hearts of all the visitors. Other than exploring the amazing wildlife, you can even do beach surfing there.
If you are looking for a place that offers everything, we got you the top tourist destination in Indonesia, “Bali”. From towering mountains, splendid natural beauty, and glorious temples to highly developed art, sculptures, modern dancing, painting, metalwork, and music, Bali is the perfect place to go jetpacking, caving, trekking, wildlife safaris, and also to explore marine life and local traditions. Bali is known as the “Island of Gods” and you should definitely visit there to know why the place deserves that name.