Indonesia is paradise for beach lovers. You’ll love this archipelago with its white-sand beaches and turquoise waters, as well as the lush green forests.
To explore more of this exotic country, I returned to Indonesia in the fall. My highlights were diving in Komodo National Park at sunrise and hiking to Kelimutu Volcanic Crater during the day. Both are highly recommended!
Many people have made Indonesia their home through my travels. After visiting many countries, they fell in love and have never stopped exploring Indonesia. It’s time for you to pack if you haven’t been before.
Day Trip to Padar
Padar Island, the third largest island of Komodo National Park is another excellent place to hike. Although the trails are more difficult than Bara Bara Batur’s, it is definitely worth exploring.
BONUS: Labuan Bajo offers day tours that include Padar, lunch at Pink Beach and snorkeling at Manta Ray Point.
Sunrise at Bara Batur
Bali is known for its sunrise hike up Mount Batur (Bara Batur). Mount Batur, a volcano active in Bali, is considered sacred. However, it is completely safe and worth a visit for nature lovers.
Either you can hike the mountain alone or with a group. You should leave the mountain at least two hours before sunrise in either case. Although it’s an easy hike you will need to wear good shoes so that you don’t slip down the descent.
The Kelimutu Volcanic Craters are worth a visit
Another must-see is the color-changing Kelimutu Volcanic Crater Lakes on Flores Island. These three famous lakes are created by a chemical reaction caused by nearby volcano gas activity. They can be either aqua, emerald or chocolate.
Spend at least one day exploring the area.
Divers consider the Komodo Islands the best spot in the world. This is a paradise for divers, with its stunning reefs and amazing variety of marine life.
Amazing coral can be found in the warm waters of the north. You’ll find mantas and whales in the cooler waters of southern Africa.
Borobudur Temple Compounds – Explore
You’ll find the Kedu Valley on Java, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is one of the most important Buddhist monuments in the entire world. The compound was built between the 8th and the 9th centuries. It contains three main temples, Borobudur Temple the largest and 72 stupas with Buddha statues.
Rice fields of Ubud
One rice field might seem simple, but it can be breathtaking. You haven’t seen all the rice fields, but that doesn’t mean that you have seen every one. Balinese rice fields are unique because of their unique irrigation system.
The world-famous Tegallalang Rice Terraces are the best place to see the view from Ubud.
Dive Gili Trawangan
To get up close and personal with Indonesia’s underwater world, take a dive off the island. After you are done, visit the beautiful beaches of Gili Trawangan. The quiet island offers amazing snorkeling and diving along its entire western coast.
Canggu’s Surf and Sunsets
Bali is a paradise for surfers. You can enjoy the best weather and the most consistent surfing on the planet. Canggu is a great place to learn the basics of surfing and for those who are looking for quieter, more peaceful places to surf.
Trek to Sendang Gile & Tiu Kelep Waterfall
Another great spot for hiking is Northern Lombok. Spend at least an afternoon exploring the stunning natural beauty of the area. You can start by hiking through the lush green forest to Sendang Gile Waterfall. Then, you can hike to Tiu Kelep Waterfall for a refreshing swim.
Sunset at Uluwatu
Uluwatu, known for its incredible surfing and Pura Luhur Uluwatu Temple are two of the most popular spots in Bali to view the sunset. You can explore the area on your own or join one of the many local tours to see the sunset from the Ulwuatu Temple.
Bonus: Raja Ampat
I spent 12 days diving liveaboard through Raja Ampat, Banda Sea this year. This is a great way to get close to the ocean and see remote islands.