Known For : Ulu Watu Mushroom Beach Mount Batur
Indonesia’s most famous island, Bali is the best place for any tourist who needs a week of absolute relaxation, fragrant cuisine, scenic beauty and a galore of culture and tradition. With its elaborate temples, endless coastline, scenic coral reefs, waterfalls and retreats, Bali is indeed, a place of leisure and idyll, and simultaneously, a place for the adventurous and the explorers.
Best Time: April, May, June and September
Gili Air is the island closest to Lombok and offers travellers, the option to choose teh best of both worlds - be it peaceful travelling or party hopping. There are many temples and waterfalls to go to along with cozy cafes and nightlife hubs. There are the usual beach activities like sunbathing, snorkelling, and Scuba Diving. Besides these, you can go fishing, horse-riding, water skiing, wakeboarding, and there is also a surf break to the south of the island for the experienced surfer. For golfers, there is an 18-hole course just 10 minutes away if you choose to travel by the speed boat. Life here is slow and that’s what makes it special for people who want to escape the hustle-bustle of life. Gili Air can be traversed well within two days but it’s highly advised to pack even the most basic of supplies because you’re walking off the well-trodden path.
Known For : Art Class Petulu Rafting in Ayung River
Ubud is a central town in Bali and is completely opposite of what you think of when you hear the word 'Bali'. It is a quaint, little town of artists and is regarded as the arts and craft hub with all the the galleries and artists' workshops in the town and nearby villages. There is a lot of culture and history to be seen in the surroundings. The architecture of the town also adds value to it._
Best Time: April to June and September
Known For : Mount Rinjani Trek Gili Trawangan Pura Lingsar
Lombok is an island in the Indian Ocean which is part of the Lesser Sunda Islands. Promoted as "an unspoiled Bali", Lombok is what people expected Bali to be before it became crowded and a mainstream travel destination. The island is in itself getting some attention in recent times for its beaches and as a surfing destination.
Best Time: Dry season (May to Septembert)
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Known For : National Monument of Indonesia (MONAS) Grand Indonesia Mall Merdeka Square
The capital city of Indonesia, Jakarta is its cultural, economic and political centre. Established in the 14th century, it has a rich, varied history, and is a city of exciting metamorphosis- with its bustling traffic, its strong affiliations to its own historical roots, and a hub of development in Indonesia.
Best Time: July to October
Located southeast of Bali, Indonesia, Nusa Penida is often called the most exotic of the three Nusa Islands. Lacking in tourist infrastructure, Nusa Penida is abounded with picturesque lagoons and cliffs, making it ideal for scuba-diving to explore coral reefs, manta rays and even whale sharks. Home to the endangered Balinese starling as well as several Hindu temples, this island is a must-visit for tourists.
Known For : House of Sampoerna Arab Market Suroboyo Carnival Park
The centre of the Indonesian freedom movement, Surabaya is the second largest city in Indonesia. With mixed Islamic, Chinese, Dutch and Indonesian culture surrounded by traffic and high buildings, this city is another unique mix of traditional and modern architecture.
Best Time: May to September.
Known For : Maha Vihara Duta Maitreya Temple Barelang Bridge Adventure Sports in Batam
The island of Batam is one of the most picturesque islands in the Riau Archipelago, and also one of the most modernised areas in Indonesia. Tourists from usually flock here for a retreat, and some fresh ocean air.
Best Time: May to September.
Known For : Fort Rotterdam Losari Beach Malino
A bustling port, Makassar is the largest city in East Indonesia. Its cosmopolitan nature and urban attractions make it a must-visit city in Indonesia.
Best Time: June to September
Known For : Kawah Putih Tangkuban Perahu Situ Patenggang Lake
A city with interesting contrasts, Bandung has developing cities, along with rippling rice fields and volcanic mountains. It is one of the cooler cities in Indonesia, perfect for a day-trip from Jakarta or Bali.
Best Time: June to September
Komodo island has been named as one of the new seven wonders of nature. It is a paradise for those who love to explore the valorous wildlife. Komodo island, the land of dragons, is also a popular attraction for having a thrilling experience of scuba diving. The crystal clear waters and exotic beaches surround this beautiful island present a fantastic opportunity to experience breathtaking diving adventures. Komodo island is also an abode of a varied range of flora and fauna, which surely is something that shouldn’t be missed.
Lake Toba, located in Northern Sumatra is the largest lake created within a volcanic crater. Deemed to be one of the greatest natural wonders of the world, the huge area of the lake surpasses the size of Singapore. Its depth of 450 meters also makes Lake Toba one of the deepest lakes across the globe. The amazing greenery and pristine blue waters of the lake make a mesmerizing picture that lure thousands of tourists to the site easily accessible from Medan.
Raja Ampat Islands is a group of over 1500 islands in the West Papua Province of Indonesia. Composing of steep rocky terrain islands, shoals and cays with some forest cover, the archipelago consists of four main islands, Waigeo, Salawati, Batanta and Misool. The rest of the islands surround these four significant islands. Some are them are large enough with wide sandy beaches, some are tiny islets while some are just large rocks in the middle of the ocean.
Believed to be named after Lord Brahma, Mount Bromo is an active volcano located in the East Java Province of Indonesia. The attraction is a famous hiking destination and draws adventure buffs from all over the world. The volcano is situated in the middle of the Sea of Sand, a natural plain which is also a part of the Bromo Tengger Semeru National Park. A complete tour of the attraction is recommended to explore the surrounding national park and volcanic crater.
Indonesia is a place of wonders. The list of places to visit are never ending, this is a very humble attempt at a list of places you have to visit on your trip, these places in Indonesia are supposed to give you the full Indonesia experience.