Attraction in Indonesia
Lombok is an island just to the east of Bali. It is lesser known than Bali, and so it is a quieter, more laid-back tourist destination. Lombok’s culture is very similar to Bali in that it is populated mostly by people of the Hindu and Buddhist faiths. Lombok is dotted with temples, the locals are friendly, and there are many mountains and lakes where you can enjoy hiking and fishing.
Bali has been a very popular tourist destination for years, and with good reason – it’s a beautiful location and the locals are friendly. On Bali, you’ll find dozens of picturesque beaches, shopping centres, shops, trails, wildlife parks and volcanic mountains stretching from east to west. The Holy Mountain called Gunung Agung is 3,170 m high. Bali differs from the majority of Indonesia in that the majority of people there are Hindu rather than Muslim. Because of this, there are hundreds of ancient temples for you to explore on the island. For information about Bali travel insurance.
Ubud is a town located on the island of Bali. Ubud has a population of around 30,000 and is famous for its beautiful locale. Situated amongst lush rainforest, rice paddies and steep ravines, Ubud is very popular with tourists.
Pura Besakih, Bali
Located on Bali is the Pura Besakih, a temple that dates all the way back to the 10th century. It stands proudly on the volcanic slopes of Gunung Agung, the Holy Mountain. Today, Pura Besakih is an enormous spiritual complex consisting of more than 30 temples.
Tanah Lot, Bali
Tanah Lot is a rock formation and Sea Temple in Tabanan, Bali. It is a Hindu pilgrimage and a cultural icon. It is 20 km from Denpasar airport.
Istiqlal Mosque, Java
The Istiqlal Mosque in Jakarta is one of the largest Mosques in the world. It is the third largest Sunni mosque by capacity and the largest in south-east Asia. This mosque was built as a celebration of Indonesia’s independence, and so was named Istiqlal – an Arabic word for independence.
Prambanan temple complex, Java
The Prambanan temple complex located in central Java is the largest Hindu temple complex in Indonesia, honouring Shiva, Brahma and Vishnu – Hindu gods. A temple was first built in around 856 CE, and since then has expanded with more temples being built to mark the return of Hindu dynasties to the central Java region. The temple is breathtaking, particularly at sunrise.
Ujong Kulon National Park, West-Java
Ujong Kulon National Park is located on the westernmost tip of the island of Java, within the Banten province of Indonesia. The park is around 1,206 kilometres squared. When the volcano Krakatau exploded in the late 19th century, a tsunami enveloped much of the western Java peninsula, forcing the population to leave. The human population was forced to stay away from the area due to the high accumulation of ash. Naturally, the animals of the peninsula repopulated the area and so since then, the park has become a kind of natural sanctuary. In Ujong Kulon you can travel by canoe through the many river systems, spotting rare and endangered animals like the elusive Javanese Rhino.
Sulawesi is one of the four Greater Sunda islands in Indonesia, it is located east of Borneo. The landmass of Sulawesi includes four main peninsulas: Minahasa Peninsula; the East Peninsula; the South Peninsula; and the South-East Peninsula. Sulawesi is dotted with ancient megaliths, dated to be from around 3000 – 1000 BCE, so it is a popular spot for archaeological tourism. The island is flourishing with flora and fauna; there are 127 species of endemic native mammals, meaning they exist only on the island. The mammal species include a number of unique anoas and suids (buffalo and pigs). There are also unique birds, primates, crustaceans and fish. The island is characterized by high mountains, valleys, turquoise blue tropical lakes, rivers and bays, and thousands of waterfalls, and the occasional hot spring.
Located on the northern tip of Sulawesi, Bunaken is a national marine park. Bunaken extends over an area of roughly 890 kilometres squared, only 3% of which is terrestrial, the rest is coral reef and ocean; needless to say, scuba diving is the islands main attraction.
Torajaland, in the southern highlands of Sulawesi, is populated by the Toraja people. They’re a distinct ethnic group, made up mostly by Christians and Muslims, but there is also a strong animist culture in their community – ‘the way of the ancestors’. Animism is the belief that all things; animals, objects, plants and people possess a spirit – there is no distinction between the physical and the spiritual. Torajaland is known as the ‘Land of Heavenly Kings’, and the people there are known for their strange traditions and customs. The architecture of their houses is unique, with homes jutting from the earth like the bows of old Viking longboats, and they’re known to bury their dead in vertical tombs along the faces of cliffs. If you’re a hunter for traditions vastly different to your own, we recommend travelling to Torajaland.
Samosir is a large volcanic island, located in Lake Toba, in the north of the island Sumatra. The island is 630 square kilometres and is the largest island within an island. Samosir is a geological marvel, with an exotic history, the home of the Batak people, and awe-inspiring vistas; it has become a popular tourist destination and has a number of villa resorts for visitors.
Tanjung Puting, Borneo
Tanjung Putting is a conservation reserve located in central Borneo. The park includes 416,040 hectares of dryland dipterocarp forest. Dipterocarp is a tall type of forest tree endemic to south-east Asia. The park also consists of mangroves and heath forest, a moist type of forest, and forest beaches. The park may be accessed by speedboat along the Kumai River, and then the Sekonyer River; a voyage which takes about one and a half hours and is highly scenic. The park was designated as a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve in 1977 and is famed for its orangutan population.
There are many more activities to experience in Indonesia. The island of Komodo, the Gili Islands, Mount Bromo; the list is endless. See our Indonesia activities page for more on what to do in Indonesia.
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