Indonesia is one of the countries in Asia that is composed of a long stretch of more than 13,000 mountains and forest islands. The rich and fertile soil of this enticing country makes it an ideal place for agricultural, forestry and logging industry. Tourists are eager to learn and understand the interesting culture, simplicity of life, and the warmth of its friendly people. The island is also a favorite honeymoon place for couples and a favorite family vacation spot because of the beauty of its natural attractions and surrounding waters. The clear lakes, rich seas, trekking sites, panoramic coastal areas, and the most spectacular rainforests comprise the beauty that is worth exploring and should not be missed seeing.
Here is a rundown of the top places that awaits you in Indonesia.
It is located on the western beach side of Bali and the latest crowd drawer on this side of Indonesia. Bali Jet Set Dive and Marine Sports have already carved out a good chunk of the local market in the sector and the appreciation of those who love to go underwater with the support of serious professionals like Rhonda and Nyoman, the dedicated owners who have done things really well about deep sea diving adventure and ocean floor exploration. It is perhaps a bit more expensive than any other water sport adventure around Bali but they really offer first-class service, nice and well trained staff and state of the art diving equipment. You and your friends can be picked up from the hotel and brought back after the underwater experience. Their professional service makes Bali a great Scuba Diving paradise!
Known for the wreck of the Liberty, Baruna Tulamben includes a short boat ride to reach the lovely and almost deserted wreck that is frequented by divers. The fauna consists of common reef fish but with a significant presence of humpback whales and some little barracudas. The Alamanda, Belekit Rocks and Cactus bay are covered with eyecatching colorful corals. The tide is of low current and has a good visibility that makes diving fun and more enjoyable.
For the animal lovers, the Bali Safari and Marine Park is the right place to see all kinds of animal gather together. Once inside you will not miss the stunning highlights of the park which have been reserved for special spaces outside of the safari. The Komodo dragon is incredibly fascinating along with the two white tigers that are enclosed in a fortress that resembles their habitat. The basic ticket provides access to all areas of the park, a photo with one of the animals and ride on one of the adventure rides. The safari lasts about half an hour and will take you between wildlife Indonesian, Asian and African, you can see the animals in their natural habitats that were perfectly constructed along with the typical African savannah animals and the rare Borneo Bears.
The Jakarta Cathedral (Gereja Katedral Jakarta) is over 100 years old and is considered as one of the strong cultural heritage sites given the sturdy structure of the building and the quality of the materials used. The alluring façade consist of a 3 high-rise tower. You can see a small tower on top and in the middle of the roof. The Angelus Dei looming tower has a total height of 45 meters from the floor. The north tower which resembles a fortress called the Tower of David represents Mary as the source of protection against the powers of darkness and evil.
The Taman Mini Indonesia Indah (Indonesia in Miniature Park) is located on a large site on the outskirts of Jakarta. The park can be reached by taxi but the faster option is the public bus that has its own bus lane to avoid traffic and congestion. Each of the 27 regions in Indonesia has its own pavilion here and a miniature representation of their culture and way of life. The facility is very nice and worth a visit. You can visit many houses in traditional style from the various Indonesian provinces – most from outside and some are also accessible. The houses are spread out around a pond and in the busy Jakarta where a walk can be pleasant despite the humid atmosphere.
The Prambanan Temples were almost completely destroyed a few years ago and has hardly been rebuilt but you can still see a few buildings standing high and mighty.
However, these are a good example of Hindu temples that exists from the ancient times so it is still worth visiting.
Located 25 kilometers away from the temple ruins in Yogyakarta, the Borobudur Temple is a splendid temple complex that stands in very good condition. If the clouds are clear you can see from a distance the Merapi Volcano which covers the entire landscape with its ashes that was discovered by Europeans back in 1835.
The entire facility and surrounding areas of the temple is well maintained and is further restored. It is one of the last standing ancient temples in Asia and the natural wonders of the world.
The Kawah Putih is a light steaming blue volcanic lake located at an altitude of over 2000 meters surrounded by mountains and a rich flora and fauna biodiversity. From the city of Bandung enjoy the scenic drive to reach the top of the white volcano. Be amazed by the peculiar atmosphere of the air and the quality of the water, warm with sulphuric aroma. The volcano stands close to two hot springs around the area. On the way back, there are stalls and hawkers selling tasty strawberries that are richly produced from the farms within the cold mountain.
The Tangkuban Perahu Volcanic Crater is best explored wearing a good hiking boot to appreciate the beauty of this natural geologic formation. It is constantly flocked by tourists who marvel at the magnificent activity of its crater edge. It is an ideal place to both enjoy the silence and nature and a great reward after a 45 minute hike through a tropical rainforest. It has beautiful surroundings and an interesting lightly bubbling crater that completes the scenic charm of the mountain.
The Bali Bird Walks is a great place for both children and parents whose admission ticket is quite expensive but the price includes access to the opposite reptile park. The promenade park contains an impressive number of bird species and a colorful aviary that includes lots of small parrots. The park is very lovely and you can walk into a typical greenhouse jungle with different species of birds flying all around.
Ready your cameras as you are allowed to take pictures of lovely birds that you can take home as souvenirs. It is located behind the town of Ubud along a wonderful area called the Campuhan Ridge Walk that is full of beautiful rice fields. You need to take a short hike and be amused by the rich flora and fauna that surrounds this attraction as you pass by the fields.
On a trip to Bali in the town of Kuta do not fail to make a stop at the legendary Waterbom Bali. You are guaranteed to have a great day to enjoy all the slides (9 in total). These are chilling to freaky (almost free-fall) and can be all tried for a whole day. There are private recliners (gazebos) that you can rent to accommodate a whole family (it certainly fit 2 people plus children too). The prices are very upscale with 26 USD per adult for Bali. There are ride all you can bracelets to pay at the entrance booth that is consumable for a one day tour. Avail of it to enjoy all the water sports adventure offered on this dazzling water park.
At Kuta Square, there are a number of signature clothes shops, fast food restaurants and a huge supermarket. The supermarket is actually the best here. You get all the basic things you will need such as drinks, fruits, and even meat at reasonable prices. Compared to all the smaller shops out there (like mini mart) the prices of the basic products here are definitely much cheaper. You will also find a good souvenir – Shop for Bali – Coffee and the traditional kitchen utensils. This area is of course very crowded with tourists who wants to bring home sweeties and souvenirs from Indonesia.
After a day of hiking around the forest pamper yourself with a visit to the Banjar Hot Springs and have a fun and relaxing day at the same time. At first it seems the water looks “dirty” but, it is not. It is a reflection of the vegetation and the stone that acts as a bath to provide the characteristic greenish color to the water but once you soak yourself inside you forget about everything. The hot water comes cascading from the source in fact the baths are spread over 3 levels. In the first tank (tinier) the water is really so hot that you will prefer to go to the bigger tank with water that is not too hot. Then move on to the hot tiny bath that is definitely warmer and relaxing.
On Gili Trawangan, you can take a walk along its white sandy beach and discover that the priceless and serene sunset is just waiting for you to admire. Aside from having good coral reef areas and ideal diving sites the rest of the atmosphere is truly magical, fun and filled with travelers and friendly locals. In here life is simple, very nice and quiet with clear water snorkeling areas. It has no cars and motorbikes, only bicycles, horse and carriages are allowed to ply its quiet road. The Gili Islands are truly a breath of fresh air! It is a perfect place for relaxation from the hustle and bustle of Bali. Gili Trawangan is the most populated and where most tourists go if they want to observe the beauty of the waters and a perfect night out adventure. You can swim with turtles or just take a mask (or a snorkel), and you can observe tropical fishes. Diving gear equipments can be provided by the certified diving agencies around the area. From here, you can also visit the nearby beaches of Gili Air and Gili Meno which are also very nice and quiet.
Once you reach the beach of Gili Air you can arrange for an adventure at the famous Manta Dive. The experienced divers of this diving agency can make you feel always safe and well cared for. The dive site is where you will see countless turtles and sharks up to more than 2 feet inches wide along with the cute seahorses on the ocean floor. One of the highlights was meeting family of about 15 bump head parrot fishes that is bigger by a meter in length. This dive site is highly recommended for professional diving enthusiasts.
Take a scooter as you explore this charming island and when you reach the highest cliff called the Devil’s Tears stand on the top when the swell is strong if you are not afraid to take a shower. It is a stunning place with perfect sunset that provides the most relaxing views after a swim on the beach. Visit Devil’s Tear on a day when the sea rages considerably and be amazed as the sight of the waves crashing against the rocks that looks spectacular!
As you explore the rest of the island on board a scooter, do not fail to visit the stunning little park called the Mangrove Forest. Ride a small canoe and look for the hidden tar vegetation and a view from the boat of the wildlife animals that resides along the coasts and forest paths of Lembongan. If you visit it at a time when the tide is low, you can clearly see the colorful varieties of tropical fishes and interesting underwater corals.