15 Reasons You Need To Visit Indonesia

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. 

Bunaken National Marine Park

Bunaken National Marine Park(Sakurai Midori/Wikimedia Commons)

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.

A Surfboard in Bali


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.


Borobudor(Jan-Pieter Nap/Wikimedia Commons)

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.

White Water Rafting (Rob Chandler/Wikimedia Commons)

White Water Rafting (Rob Chandler/Wikimedia Commons)

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.

Ampera Bridge

Ampera Bridge(Ujewongkito/Wikimedia Commons)

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.

Mount Bromo

Mount Bromo(Peter van der Sluijs/Wikimedia Commons)

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.


Gudeg(Midori/Wikimedia Commons)

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.

 (IQP/Wikimedia Commons)

(IQP/Wikimedia Commons)

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.

Bogor Botanical Garden

Bogor Botanical Garden(茂木靜夫/Wikimedia Commons)

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.

Jakarta Market

Jakarta Market(Midori/Wikimedia Commons)

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.

Candi Sukuh

Candi Sukuh(Bennylin/Wikimedia Commons)

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.


Golf(Sean Biehle/Flickr/Wikimedia Commons)

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.

Courtesy of _pavan_/Flickr.com

Courtesy of _pavan_/Flickr.com

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.

Komodo Dragon

Komodo Dragon(Raul654/Wikimedia Commons)

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.

Sanur Beach

Sanur Beach(Matt Croxson/Wikimedia Commons)

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.

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