Top 10 things to do in Indonesia

Updated: Jan 28, 2021

1. Visit the Dragons on Komodo Island

Komodo island is a must visit and has been ranked as a 7th wonder of nature. If seeing Komodo dragons isn’t enough for you what about some of the best snorkelling in the world? Or taking advantage of the islands pink beaches to get that perfect Instagram shot? This paradise has everything and should be at the top of your list when visiting Indonesia.

2. Climb to the top of Mount Bromo

Mount Bromo is actually an active volcano found in East Java. It is the most hiked mountain in Indonesia and for good reason. The landscapes are simply exceptional and watching a sunrise over Mount Bromo should definitely be on your bucket list.

3. Party in the Gili Islands

The Gili islands are made up of three islands that are all very different from one another. Gili Trawangan (also known as 'Gili T') is considered the party island and is a great place to meet new friends. However, if you are not into the party scene and would like somewhere quiet with local character then Gili Meno, the smallest island, is the place to be. If you would like the best of both worlds then Gili Air is a good mix of both buzz and bliss.

4. Chasing waterfalls in Bali

Bali is well known for its beauty and culture and is a tourist hotspot. Bali has a big airport so travelling through Bali is quite common and I would recommend spending some time to explore this wonderful island. Hiring a motorbike and chasing waterfalls is a must do in Bali as it has some of the most breath-taking waterfalls I have ever seen during my travels.

5. Spend the day exploring Nusa Penida

Just a short boat ride from Bali you can find the island of Nusa Penida. Although this island is more difficult to get around, you are rewarded with incredible views offering you some great spots to get awesome travel photos to show your friends and family back home.

6. Explore Yogyarkarta on foot

Yogyarkarta also referred to as ‘Jogja’ is known for its traditional arts and culture, it is a wonderful creative and colourful place and is perfect for simply walking around and exploring. On your travels you’ll find a surplus of batik which is a classic Indonesian art of decorating fabrics with dye. You can do workshops to see how its done or even try your hand at it yourself.

7. Visit the temples of Borobudur and Prambanan

The temples of Borobudur and Prambanan can be found just a short drive from the city of Yogyakarta. These temples are usually unheard of to the average traveller which baffles me as I would argue they are some of the best in the world. I would highly recommend visiting Borobudur at sunrise as the early morning mist creates a surreal landscape that you will never forget.

8. Hang out with the Orangutans in Borneo

I think this one speaks for itself. Who wouldn’t want to hang out with a great ape?

9. Go Diving in Raga Ampat

Raga Ampat is known among the diving community as one of the best places in the world to go diving. If the under-water world fascinates you diving here is a must. You can also learn to dive here if you are a complete beginner, or want to brush up on some skills.

10. See the blue fire at Mt Ijen (pronounced Eye-Jen)

The hike to the Ijen crater is most famous for its natural phenom ‘the blue fire’ and having the largest acid lake in the world. The area is full of sulphur clouds so you’ll have to wear a gas mask - which might seem a bit odd but was actually very cool and added to the experience. You’ll also be completely humbled to see many of the local sulphur miners who risk their lives everyday carrying weights of up to 90kg on their backs!

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