Indonesia is a country rich in culture and full of spectacular natural views and landscapes that will stay with you forever.
With around 18000 islands, there are many unique things to do in Indonesia. Unfortunately on my travels to Indonesia I ended up in a hospital with dengue fever and didn’t see many of the things I planned to see in Indonesia. I therefore teamed up with TailorGo, who know the country like no one else, to share some of the best experiences in Indonesia.
What not to miss in Indonesia
1. Visit the Komodo Dragons
At the Komodo National Park you can see the world famous, giant lizards – the Komodo Dragons.
The national park is composed of three large volcanic islands (Komodo, Rinca and Padar), and numerous smaller ones. It is a great area for hiking, snorkeling and scuba diving.
The Komodo National Park is a UNESCO World Heritage site and seeing the Komodo dragons for yourself is something you just don’t want to miss when traveling to Indonesia!
2. Visit the Tanah Lot temple in Bali
This Hindu temple is perched on top of an outcrop and is famous for its spectacular sunsets and picturesque views. It can only be accessed during low tide and therefore it’s best to check the times before going there. Legend has it that couples should refrain from going there together as it could be unlucky! The Tanah Lot temple is one of Bali’s most important landmarks and watching the sunset here is definitely something you don’t want to miss.
3. Hike an Active Volcano!
Soaring over 2300 meters (7550 feet) above sea level, Mount Bromo is the only active volcano inside Java’s spectacular Tengger Caldera national park. Hiking Mount Bromo is popular with both Indonesian and international travelers and it is without a doubt one of the things not to miss when traveling to Indonesia. People come here to see the smoking volcano, surreal landscape and spectacular sunrises.
Legend has it that a brave prince sacrificed his life for his family, so therefore the people here appease the Gods once a year during the annual Kasada festival where offerings of vegetables, chickens and money are thrown into the crater of the volcano.
Insider tip: the best time to visit Mount Bromo is from May until October and if you want to avoid the crowds, better skip the weekends.
4. Be amazed at the Istiqlal Mosque
This spectacular Mosque can be found in the capital city of Jakarta. In Indonesia, the majority of the population is Muslim and therefore you find spectacular mosques all around the country. The Istiqlal mosque is the largest one with a magnificent dome that will take your breath away. It is open to everyone.
5. Shake your body watching Balinese dance moves!
The Kecak and Fire dance is one of the most popular traditional Balinese dances and you can watch this in Pecatu, a beach resort located in the southern peninsula of Bali. This dance is a must-see attraction for anyone visiting Bali! It takes place at sunset and the dancers are beyond amazing!
6. Learn how to cook a spectacular meal
Throughout Indonesia you can find cooking classes, where you can learn how to cook with the traditional spices and flavors unique to this part of the world.
7. Visit the Borobudur Temple
This famous Buddhist temple, dating from the 8th and 9th centuries, is located in central Java. It is a masterpiece, the largest Buddhist temple in the world and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The spectacular carvings on the walls tell a beautiful story.
Insider tip: hire a guide, it is absolutely worth it!
8. Stay on a private sandy beach
I highly recommend that all love birds visit Pulo Cinta (Love Island). You will love the gorgeous beach, christal clear water, small huts and a view that will stay in your heart forever. Legend has it that during a time of war, a young Prince of Gorontalo met the beautiful daughter of a Dutch trader. Among the bloodshed – their forbidden love bloomed in agony. Hidden in the night, under the stars, Pulo Cinta was their secret escape. There, they could be lovers, far from everything that separated them.
9. Don’t miss out on Indonesia’s water sports
There is a vast number of water adventures available – from canyoning to rafting, surfing, sailing and scuba diving. Canyoning, especially at Kalimudah in Bali, is a must do. You slide down natural water slides – fun for the whole family!
10. Eat as much Indonesian food as you can!
The one thing you really don’t want to miss in Indonesia is the country’s incredible food. Indonesia is famous for its spectacular culinary delights. From fresh seafood to intricate, flavorful curries. Go on a gastronomic adventure you will never forget! Definitely don’t miss Indonesian Satay (meat on skewers), Beef rendang, Sop Buntut (oxtail soup) and Nasi Uduk (one of Indonesia’s national dishes). But really I could go on and on and make this list much longer so just try as much food as you can while exploring Indonesia!
Best experiences in Indonesia
Indonesia is so large and diverse that it is impossible to see it all in just a few weeks. But no matter when and for how long you travel to Indonesia, I hope you will have a great time and enjoy as much as you can of what this country has to offer! Check out this Complete Guide to Indonesia for more travel tips.
Also read: Traveling to Indonesia? 15 Quick Facts You Want to Know! And find some more interesting facts here.
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