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Indonesia Popular Places to Visit

Komodo National Park

One of the most sought-after tourist places in Indonesia, the island is located between Sumbawa and Flores, along western Nusa Tenggara Timur, and is popular for the presence of giant Monitor Lizards known as Komodo Dragons. The island is arid, rugged and barren and forms a part of the Komodo National Park and Marine Reserve. Aerial views prove that it is inarguably, among the most beautiful places in Indonesia.

Besides spotting endangered Komodo dragons, a range of activities can be enjoyed at the Komodo National Park. Go for kayaking, diving, trekking or the guided island tours.

Best Time To Visit: April and December

How To Reach: Traveling around Komodo Island can be relatively easy, but to get to Komodo, you first need to travel to Bali and then to Labuan Bajo by either plane or boat, and finally to Komodo Island by boat. A couple of local airlines fly from Bali to Labuan Bajo on Flores Island.

Nusa Tenggara Timur, Indonesia

Bunaken Marine Park

Among the most beautiful places and a famous tourist place in Indonesia. Bunaken Sea Park located in the northern stretch of Sulawesi island is rich in marine flora and fauna. The sight of numerous exotic and endangered fish species present in the crystal clear water has increased the tourist density of the area.

Snorkeling and diving stick to them. They are the best ways to discover the glamorous and unusual aquatic life of the Bunaken Sea Park.

The best time to visit the marine park is from July to August. You should plan your trip around these months.

How To Reach: To reach the park you will firstly need to make your way to Manado. It is the second-largest city of Sulawesi after Makassar and it is located about 50 minutes away by boat from Bunaken Island. So to arrive in Manado, the best way is to get a plane from Jakarta, Singapore, Kuala Lumpur or Bali.

Manado - North Sulawesi, Indonesia

Lake Toba

Lake Toba, situated on Earth's largest caldera, has a volcanic origin and was formed approximately 70,000 years ago. It may sound like a riddle but Lake Toba is situated on an island, which again is in a lake! If you didn't get it, read again. It is indeed one of the popular Indonesia tourist places in the whole world.  Swim in the volcanically warmed water. Besides, it is perfect to relax and enjoy the stunning surroundings of this beautiful place in Indonesia.

The climate at Lake Toba gets cold. Keeping woolen clothing with you should come in handy.

Best Time To Visit: May and September

How To Reach: Medan is an international gateway. Parapat, the town by Lake Toba, is 176 km away from Medan and can be reached in under 6 hours by public buses that follow two routes: Medan-Parapat or via Medan-Berastagi.

Parapat - North Sumatra, Indonesia

Kelimutu Lake

Of all the Indonesia tourist places, Kelimutu Lake is a league apart, and certainly one of the most visited of beautiful places in Indonesia. Kelimutu is a collective term given to three crater lakes formed by the volcano of the same name and is deemed. Though situated on the same volcanic peak, three lakes display three different colors red, blue and white. The crater lakes are the must-visit Indonesia tourist spots and certainly one of the best things to do in Sumatra for treating the adventurer in you!

Go for trekking and exploring the beautiful landscapes and lake wonders. Sunsets and sunrises in Kelimutu are surreal.

Best Time To Visit: May to September

How To Reach: From Moni, the Kelimutu Volcanic Lakes are about forty-five minutes away. Flying into Ende is another good option. From the airport, it is forty minutes to Ende city and then three hours to the nearest village. From the village, people usually walk about two and a half hours to get to the lakes.

Note: The island is a rural destination and still not developed infrastructure-wise. It is imperative for visitors to dress modestly and respect the culture and traditions of the local people.

Nusa Tenggara Timur, Indonesia

Maluk Beach

This is one of the stunning beaches of Indonesia located along the western coast of south Sumbawa Island. With the changing colors of sun rays, the waves also look vibrant and magical. It is indeed one of the best places to visit in Indonesia. Sumbawa Island is more of a rural destination and poses authentic local village experiences for adventurers and explorers.

Sunbathing and wave surfing are common activities here. One can also visit the Malu Turtle Conservation Center located nearby.

Best Time To Visit: May to December

How To Reach: The Mauritius International Airport, Sir Seewoosagar Ramgoolam Air Terminal is 48 km from the main city of Port Louis. Mauritius is very well connected to major cities across the world such as Paris, Dubai, Vienna, London, Delhi and Johannesburg among others.

Sumbawa Island, Indonesia

Raja Ampat Islands

Raja Ampat, meaning Four Kings, is an archipelago comprising islands Waigeo, Misool, Salawati, and Batanta, besides 1500 minor ones. The awe-inspiring backdrop of steep, forested islands, sizzling beaches, and marshy lagoons, small atolls looking like mushrooms and shining turquoise water makes the place a perfect delight for travelers. One of the famous Indonesia tourist spots is rich in marine flora and fauna diversity including rare species of corals.

Snorkelling, underwater diving, kayaking and relishing nature are the main tour acitivities of here.

There are no ATMs on this island. Make sure you have all the cash you need to survive on the island.

Best Time To Visit: October - April

How To Reach: Fly to Sorong, the closest Indonesian city in West Papua, after landing in Sorong airport, transfer to Sorong harbor. At Sorong harbor, take a ferry to Waisai, the capital city on the main Raja Ampat Island. From Waisai to the Islands.

Papua, Indonesia

Gili Islands

Overwater villas are so romantic, that there is no way to forget them while making a list of most beautiful places in Indonesia. Fringed by white sand beaches and blue water, the complex of three small and isolated islands namely Gili Trawangan, Gili Meno and Gili Air bears unique scenic appeal.
 
The best time to visit Gili Islands is between June to September as the crystal clear water poses perfect conditions for water activities.
 
Besides adventure sports like snorkeling, surfing and diving, go island hopping, fishing and touring in glass-bottom boats. Else, just chill out in a beachside cafe or shack.
 
The easiest way to get to the Gilis from Lombok's airport or Senggigi is to walk to the nearest travel agent, taxi desk or tour and book a package.
Lombok - West Lesser Sunda, Indonesia

Belitung Geopark

For many centuries, the rock-studded coastline and offshore island with hundreds of tiny coves made this place is a perfect place for pirates’ nest. But now those rock park became tourist attraction and the government of Bangka Belitung (Babel) Islands has made a proposal to UNESCO for Belitung Rock Park to be declared as a world geopark.

Many different kinds of rock we can see here, from the Metasedimentary rocks cover about half of Belitung Island. The Siantu Formation composed by pillow lava and volcanic breccia is located on the north of the Belitung Island. Tajam Formation and Siantu Formation probably inter-fingers with the formation of a permo carboniferous age. Tanjungpandan (Pandanus Cape) Granite unit lies on the northwest of Belitung Island which is part of the Southeast Asia granite belt spreads from Myanmar along the Malaca Peninsula to Belitung. The Adamelite Baginda Unit is located in the edge of southern part of Island age of Jurassic.

Tanjung Pandan - Belitung, Indonesia

Belitung Island

Belitung though not yet as popular as Bali or Lombok in fact possesses some of South East Asia’s finest beaches, as well as offering refreshing sea breeze, clean sea water and easy to access as only about 400 km North of Jakarta or 500 km South of Singapore. It is only less than one-hour flight from Jakarta. When there will be direct flight from Singapore it will the less that 90 minutes’ flight.

Belitung island is one of the two large islands and several small islands belong to Bangka Belitung Province or local shorten as BABEL Province. It is the 31st province of Indonesia separated from North Sumatera since 2001. Before Bangka and Belitung belongs to South Sumatera Province following the history of 7th Century Srivijayan stone inscription testifies those two island links with Palembang. During the era of 14th to 17th centuries the area including Palembang managed under Javanese influence.

Bangka and Belitung are two verdant islands lying in the placid South China Sea to the east of Sumatera. Geologically Bangka and Belitung are more closely related to Malaya and Borneo that the Sumatera – forming part of the older, non-volcanic core of Sunda Shelf.

There are several different ways of writing concerning the name of this island, before the Dutch occupation people wrote as Belitong, during the Dutch era it was written as Billiton as also written in English way, after our independence it should be written as Belitung and now during the era of millennium people write as anyway but officially it is written as Belitung. 

History

Bangka Belitung and Palembang had been noticed overseas at least already since the 7th century, the name Shri Vijaya Kingdom with the city called Shri Bhoja (or Sri Boja) had been visited by I-Tsing a 7th century Chinese Buddhist pilgrim who has left behind an account of his travels to India. In between the year of 671-673 on his sailing journey from China to India. Later from 685 to 689 he stayed in Shri Vijaya Kingdom for 5 years he devoted himself to the translation of Buddhist Sanskrit texts.

At least until 1710 there were already transaction of sea, forest and iron products were the island’s principle export controlled by the Sultan through the Chinese Moslem agents living of the island.

Then in 1710 they found tin deposits in Bangka and Belitung make these two Islands become the tin producers. The Sultan abandoned attempts to work the mines with local recruits and began bringing in coolies from China. The early coolies were mainly hardy, hark-working Hakka from a mountainous Guangdong Province. Ingenious Chinese mining technique increased production and the Chinese soon organized themselves into cooperatives (kongsi) which developed new mines managed labors, smelted and sold the ore and shared the profits.

Those Hakka Chinese most of them stayed and married with local women once their contracts were up, and Hakka displaced Malay as the main language in the mining communities. The decedents, the local born Chinese or Peranakan Chinese or Chinese Huáqiáo live much the same way as local people.

Tanjung Pandan - Belitung, Indonesia

Taman Ayun Royal Temple

Taman Ayun, which literally means beautiful gardens is located in the village of Mengwi, 18 kilometres west of Denpasar, is indeed one of Ball's most picturesque temples. One of the kings of Mengwi, I Gusti Agung Anom. built the stately proportioned courtyards and large surrounding moat in the year 1634. Containing not only royal family ancestral shrines but also the "Meru" shrines to the major Balinese deities, Taman Ayun Temple became the most important temple of the ancient kingdom of Mengwi. Indonesia Jaya Reptile Park located in Mengwi, covers more than two hectares, and is home to many
reptiles, including the Komodo dragon, as well as many kinds of crocodiles, cobras, pythons, and various lizards. Apart from reptiles, this park also presents the "Debus" trance plus amazing fighting demonstrations between men and crocodile.

 

Denpasar - Bali, Indonesia