Watching the dawn on volcanic crater, snorkeling with jellyfish in the Togean Islands, or resting on the white sands of the world’s famous beaches, are unforgettable experience for visitors to the nation with thousands of islands.
With more than 18,000 large and small islands, Indonesia is known for its diverse nature and tourist attractions. Here are nine experiences you should not miss when visiting Indonesia.
Watch the sunrise on the top of the volcano
Indonesia has innumerable large and small volcanoes formed on diverse natural landscapes that are popular with mountaineers. It must mention Api Mountain, which is like the miniature Mount Fuji, located on the Banda Islands which is 666 m high. Visitors can climb continuously for 3 hours to reach the top.
Other worth exploring mountains are Agung Mountain in Bali, Rinjani in Lombok, Bromo or Merapi in Java. Trekking trips can take from several hours to several days, and there is always a guide. The reward of these adventures is the beautiful scenery of sunrise or sunset which can take your breath away.
Visit Komodo - the Dragon Island
Komodo Dragon Island is Indonesia's most famous national park consisting of several small islands and diverse waters within 1,817 square kilometers. Most of the island here is covered by desert. This place is also known as one of the places where the Komodo dragon - the world's largest lizard living in nature. The sea around the island also has large fish species, especially sharks and rays, in large numbers.
Visit the world's largest Buddhist monastery Borobudur
As the highlight of most of Indonesia's trip, the Borobudur Temple complex has spectacular and famous views under the heyday of Javanese Buddhism in the 9th century. Today, this place is an important place of the Buddhism in the world and one of the most beautiful temple complexes in South Asia. The temple consists of six square floors with nearly 1,500 tables depicting Buddhist teachings and stories. In particular, 32 Buddha statues carved with stone meditation posture are placed on the top floor of the temple
Dive with Jellyfish in the Togean Islands
The tropical islands of Togean are known for their fresh, white sand beaches, surrounded by lush green coconut groves, small fishing villages, many eye-catching homestays, and especially the beautiful scuba dive spots with majestic coral reefs. There is also a natural jellyfish lake where visitors can swim along with thousands of jellyfish. You can forget about all social networking because internet access and cellular coverage here are almost zero.
Indonesia's rich cuisine is displayed in each region. Each place will have a different processing style and flavor depending on the spices, especially the way they use chilies, coriander, citronella, coconut and palm sugar. Sate (roasted skewered meat), nasi goreng (fried rice) and gado gado (vegetables with peanut sauce) are very popular Indonesian dishes that you should try. Especially many dishes of the island country should be enjoyed by hand as local people to feel the fun.
See traditional dances in Bali
Enjoying Balinese dance is also a highlight of the trip to Indonesia's most famous island. Lively sounds, subtle outfits, choreographies and even humor conveyed will give you a soothing sensation.
This traditional dance is often accompanied by music played by a group of instrumentalists called "gamelan". The sound of this charming percussion is both optimistic and haunting as the highlight of nightlife in Ubud - the cultural center of Bali.
One night in the capital Jakarta
The capital Jakarta is often referred to as a mysterious party for those who love the nightlife. Indonesia is a country where traditional Islamic culture is ingrained in everyday life, but in Jakarta, visitors find modern, vibrant urban life. The 1970s great-bar classical music, rock venues and electronic clubs are available in most central routes like many other modern cities. Not only that, the street food stalls with rich food open all night are always busy.
Explore the Toraja cliff
Life revolves around death, notably in Toraja, on Sulawesi. Visitors can take part in a funeral in this area. The ceremony usually takes place at the end of the day, starting with the big bullfights, followed by a series of prayer days, culinary and dancing festivities.
Finally, the deceased was taken to their resting place. The special thing is that the carcass is hung on the surface of the cliff in wooden boxes, in caves, or in tree trunks where people believe there is a god of protection.
A lunch on the beach of Karimunjawa Island
Located 90 km north of Java, Karimunjawa is a remote and wilderness archipelago but still accessible by ferry and flight from Semarang or Surabaya. The archipelago consists of 27 large and small islands, some uninhabited and not restricted to visitors. However, most of these islands are accessible by daily tours from the main island of Karimunjawa. You can take a jungle trek and camp on the mountain peaks, resting on the white sands under the shade of coconut trees. The special experience you should not miss is having lunch on an uninhabited island, with a natural grilled fish dish prepared by local people.