by Natalie Robinson / 2020-08-28 12:59:46
Indonesia is home to more than 17,000 paradise islands with beautiful beaches, intriguing wildlife and stunning scenery. From trying fun-filled water sports off the tropical shores of Bali to relaxing on the white sands of the Gili Islands, this country has something for every traveller. And there is still plenty to be explored off the beaten track and away from those amazing beaches.
An enormous volcanic crater lake, Lake Toba on the island of Sumatra is a sight to be seen. With depths of 450 metres and more than 442 square miles, it is the largest lake in Indonesia and one of the deepest in the world.
Visit to take in the scenery – Lake Toba is surrounded by greenery. You can also visit Samosir Island, in the middle of the lake, and immerse yourself in the Indonesian culture. Seek out Sigale-gale, a wooden puppet which locals believe can wail and dance by itself without music and used in ceremonies by local residents to deliver their loved ones’ spirit to the afterlife.
Rinca Island is the perfect destination for wildlife lovers. Part of Indonesia’s Komodo National Park, this is one of the few places to spot Komodo dragons out in the wild.
Take a privately escorted tour through the park with a ranger to help spot the park’s top predator. Along the way, you may also see deer, buffalo, wild boar and long-tailed macaques.
In the Indonesian rainforest in East Java, you will find the small town of Kalibaru. The area is home to many coffee plantations as well as cacao plants.
The Glenmore Plantationoffers coffee and rubber making tours. Try their special coffee and meet local people to hear more about their culture on your tour.
Many travellers to Indonesia will use Jakarta, the country’s capital on the island of Java, as a transit point but there is plenty more to explore here.
Find wonderful arts and crafts, textiles or delicious food at Mentong, a world famous flea market.
For visitors interested in history, find out more about Indonesia at the National Museum, in operation since 1868, or visit the Monas Tower, a monument for Indonesian independence.
Nicknamed flower city, Bandung is a beautiful but busy city with a mountain backdrop. Bandung sits in a former lake and was once nicknamed Parijs van Java due to its resemblance to Paris. With a brilliant shopping scene and lots of art, you’ll find modern cafes and boutiques as well as culture and history.
Take a day trip from Jakarta to visit Bandung and be sure to visit Lembang floating market where food and snacks are sold from wooden boats.
Baturaden in Central Java is the perfect stop for visitors wanting rest and relaxation. Visit Pancuran Pitu to see Indonesia’s famous hot springs and enjoy a sulphur massage to up the relaxation ante. Telaga Sunyi is a beautiful sight in Baturaden. These cold springs have crystal clear water and is a hidden gem.
Yogyakarta is a distinctive town and fascinating stronghold for tradition and culture. We can organise a privately escorted tour to show you both the bustle of life and the impressive temples. Experience Javanese life at its busiest before heading to Borobudur Temple, the largest Buddhist temple in the world, dating from the 9th century. Its huge terraces with lush mountain backdrop is an impressive sight to see. You can also visit the 9th century Hindu temple complex at Prambanan where you will still find intricate stone carvings. Yogyakarta is a very artistic city so be sure to visit a factory producing the famous Wayang Kulit leather puppets which are painstakingly crafted by hand.
Bali - Ubud
Bali is one of the most visited islands in Indonesia and Ubud is a must visit to discover Bali’s cultural hub. The arts and crafts scene in Ubud began in the 1930s when European painters, writers and musicians descended on the area, attracted by the vibrant rice fields, ancient temples and dramatic river gorges. Ubud is still home to many galleries, museums, workshops and craft markets.
Take time to relax during your stay in Ubud with many spas, yoga and meditation centres before enjoying dinner at one of more than 300 restaurants in the area.
Bali - Menjangan side trip
Why not take a step off the beaten track to Menjangan? On the North West coast in the heart of West Bali National Park, The Menjangan is a peaceful retreat in a beautiful part of the island.
At Menjangan Island, dive into the sea to find colourful coral reefs or explore the bay by kayak. Go into the jungle and keep your eyes peeled for residents including the unique Menjangan deer, monkeys or exotic birds.
Travelling to Indonesia takes around 15 hours from the UK. Our Travel Experts can help with taking you off the beaten track to these hidden gems. Give us a call to see what we can do.