12 Things You Must Do in Indonesia
12 Things You Must Do in Indonesia
Wonderful Indonesia – An epic archipelago of over 17,500 islands and home to some of the greatest natural phenomenons in the world. This astonishing corner of the planet is hard to beat. The Indonesian friendliness, deep spirituality, diverse wildlife, and breathtaking landscapes are nothing short of wonderful. Here are the top things to do when traveling in Indonesia!
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1. Climb down to the foot of Tumpak Sewu, Java
Tumpak Sewu, loosely translated as ‘a thousand waterfalls’, rightly deserves its title as the most breathtaking waterfall in Indonesia. The numerous dramatic waterfalls descend from a height of 120 meters, making it one of the highest waterfalls of the country! Hike down to the foot of Tumpak Sewu to experience the thundering power of falling water on your body.
➳ Here’s how to get to Tumpak Sewu Waterfall in Java
2. Pink sand beaches of Komodo
It’s hard to believe it’s real but this incredible beach color is a natural phenomenon caused by tiny bits of red coral mixing with the white sand. The combination of colors, set against the fierce turquoise of the ocean creates a truly, somewhat surreal, magical paradise in Indonesia.
Fact: There are only seven pink beaches in the world and they are disappearing due to global warming. Replace your sunscreen with a reef-safe one now!
3. Explore the rainbow village of Jodipan, Java
Jodipan might be the world’s most colorful village. This bright, artistic town was once a slum area, however, since being refreshed using color it has become one of the main hotspots on Java Island in Indonesia.
Secret spot: Just across the bridge is the lesser-known blue village of Kampung Biru Arema, which was painted blue in 2018. This is a similar regeneration project, so make sure to buy something from the locals to help invest funds back into the community.
4. Experience the Balinese local life – Best of Indonesia
Building connections with people is one of the greatest gifts of traveling. Get away from the crowds on the coast of Bali and immerse yourself in village life by staying with a local Balinese family. This unique experience you must-do in Indonesia allows you to connect with new people and learn about a different culture and their customs. Help out on the farm harvesting coconuts, eat delicious homemade Indonesian food and make friends for life!
➳ Read more: Stay in a homestay in Bali
5. Prambanan and Borobudur Temples, Java
Two UNESCO World Heritage temples are among the best things to do in Indonesia. The Hindu temple Prambanan labeled the biggest temple complex in Indonesia, is designed in the shape of a Mandala, with varying levels, shapes, and sizes of temples. The nearby located Buddhist temple is the largest Buddhist monument in the world!
Split your day between these two fascinating religious relics, and enjoy the culture of Yogyakarta.
6. Hike up Padar Island, Flores
Picture perfect Padar Island is the 3rd largest of the islands making up the legendary Komodo National park. It also has not one, but three colors of sand beaches – white, black and pink! In just a 30 minute hike, you can reach the peak of the island and see mind-blowing panoramic views across the national park. A must-do on your boat trip through Komodo!
7. The creative, spiritual and tropical vibe of Ubud
Ubud is where the tropical nature of Bali comes to life! Luscious green rice fields set against a backdrop of waterfalls, make Ubud a must-do on anyone’s Indonesian journey. One of the top things to do in this artistic town is to walk through the Monkey Forest. There is a very deep sense of spirituality, showcased through the countless beautiful temples, holy pools, and yoga retreats. There is something for everyone in Ubud!
8. Discover the Nusa islands
These three unique neighboring islands just off the Bali coast are totally diverse in their character. Spend your days traveling on a scooter. Drive over the yellow bridge between Nusa Lembongan and Ceningan and chill at the beach bars. A 10-minute boat trip away is neighboring Nusa Penida, which is home to one of the world’s most impressive cliff views ‘KelingKing’ and countless Manta Rays that swim off the shores.
➳ Read: Things To Do at Nusa Penida
9. Spot the infamous Komodo Dragon, Flores
The Komodo Islands are home to a very interesting inhabitant – the Komodo Dragon! These giant lizards are a must-see when visiting the islands. The wildlife is limitless around the Komodo Islands and taking a boat tour will allow you to swim with Turtles, Manta Rays and more than 1000 species of fish that live in these waters.
➳ You can’t miss this Komodo Islands 3-day boat tour
10. Live the slow pace of life on Gili Air
Gili Air ticks off every element of your paradise wishlist – white sand, palm trees, and turquoise ocean. Live the slow pace of life, with no concrete roads, no cars, and bikes only. The island is so small you can walk around it in 90 minutes! Nothing will beat the feeling of swimming with turtles off the shores, combined with a coconut as you watch the sun go down over Mount Agung in the distance.
➳ Snorkel at the tiny paradise Gili Air
11. Mount Bromo and Ijen Crater, Java
Wake in the middle of the night to take a sunrise tour to Mount Bromo, one of the most active volcanoes in the world and a must-do in Indonesia. Watch the sunrise from the viewpoint looking over Mount Bromo, with the clouds lying beneath you and the sun rising over the top of the volcano.
A few hours away is Ijen crater where, at night, you can witness blue flames dancing from the crater caused by burning sulfur. An experience you will never forget!
12. The surf scene and beaches of Uluwatu, Indonesia
Discover the best surf and beaches on mainland Bali down south. Uluwatu, nicknamed the Bukit (hill), is a stunning limestone cliff region surrounded by white-sand beaches, surf and viewpoints overlooking the Indian ocean. Experience the heart of Bali’s surf scene here, as surfing enthusiasts gather from all over the world due to its deep blue waters and infamous waves.
➳ How to spend 3 days in Uluwatu
Don’t leave without experiencing the unusual ‘Kecak Fire Dance’, where talented locals use the mediums of dance and song to tell a celebrated story. Watching this local custom, sat atop a cliff overlooking the ocean at sunset, is a moment to be remembered.