Stunning beaches and historic destinations await visitors to Indonesia. The archipelago features a sweeping landscape that will provide memories that last a lifetime. Here are 15 reasons you need to visit Indonesia.
1. Scuba Diving In Bunaken
Bunaken Marine Park is located on the island of Bnaken. The Leukan Walls are popular among divers in the area and feature three separate sites. Expect steep sides as well as unique aquatic life on each excursion.
2. Surfing In Uluwatu
Surfers love the great waves and excellent weather throughout the year. Uluwatu is always full of visitors but its worth braving the crowds to experience the waves and tubes found among its coastline.
3. Borobudor Temple
This 9th century temple presents one of the largest Buddhist structures in the world. Hiking among the intricately decorated walls give visitors a breathtaking view that makes it a must see stop on any itinerary.
4. White Water Rafting On The Maulu River
The Maulu runs through the island of Sulawesi. These class II and class III rapids offer a challenging adventure among the rainforest. One day treks are available, but try to book several days to make the most out of this adventure.
5. Ampera Bridge
The Ampera Bridge presents an important landmark for Palemband. Its vertical lift design features an over 70-foot width that covers the Sungai Musi. Drivers should never stop on the bridge so plan a stop on the surrounding banks to get a full view of its structure.
6. Climbing Mount Bromo
Mount Bromo is recognized for its missing peak which now features a massive crater instead. Try climbing during June and July. These months offer the driest climate as well as great views of the surrounding areas.
7. Dining in Yogyakarta
Experience the local specialty known as Gudeg. The dish features a blend of herbs and chicken in a beef lining. Spicy sauces are especially popular, so look for options such as a chili blend.
8. Relaxing Spas
The secluded locations and island landscape make spas throughout Indonesia a great choice for relaxation. Check out the Hot Springs in Ciater for a calming atmosphere that revitalizes any traveler.
9. Bogor Botanical Gardens
This natural attraction features beautiful displays of flora and fauna. The Bogor Palace is also nearby for a historical structure that emphasizes the importance of the area. Crowds can become large on weekends, so try to visit the gardens during weekdays.
10. Street Eats
Jakarta is known for its on the go street dining. You can expect vendors to offer a wide range of dining options including satay. Be sure to try new foods and different courses to experience the full range of flavors.
11. Candi Sukuh
The Gunung Lawu temple features a pyramid design that helps the structure stand out from its surroundings. Try to visit with a guided group for the best access to the site.
12. World Class Golfing
Jakarta and Sumatra are just some of the destinations that feature top golf courses. Famous golfers including Jack Nicklaus and Greg Norman have designed courses with varying difficulties. Take advantage of packages that feature overnight accommodations as well as scheduled tee times.
13. Orangutan Feeding Centre
The feeding centre in Bukit Lawang rehabilitates and reintroduces orangutans to the wild. Guests can view daily feedings and learn more about this organization for free. A guide is necessary for entrance to the park at all other times.
14. Komodo National Park
Come face to face with the Komodo Dragon in this popular attraction. Its grounds are listed as a global conservation priority area and features beaches as well as adventurous terrain.
15. Sanur Beach
This Bali beach offers a great spot for the striking sunrises and sunsets known around the world. Resorts in the area make it easy for overnight stays as well as long term trips to the area.