Indonesia, officially the Republic of Indonesia, is a transcontinental country spanning the southeast part of Asia and western part of Oceania between the Indian and Pacific oceans. It consists of over 17,000 islands, including Sumatra, Java, Sulawesi, and parts of Borneo and New Guinea.
Nearly 17,000 islands spread between Southeast Asia and Australia, in the Indian Ocean, make up Indonesia. This makes it the largest archipelago in the world! To visit Indonesia is to explore diverse and varied landscapes, meet fascinating wildlife, and immerse yourself in a rich culture, influenced by the different religions of the peoples who live there.
With this selection of 6 most beautiful places to visit in Indonesia, we take you on a journey over volcanoes, through jungle and rice fields, on paradisiacal beaches with exceptional seabeds, but also in majestic temples.
Best spots to Discover in Indonisia
Go to the heart of the island of Java, a few dozen kilometers from the important city of Yogyakarta to admire a Buddhist monument of rare beauty: Borobudur Temple. This temple was built in the jungle between the end of the eighth century and the beginning of the ninth century, at the time of the Sailendra dynasty, before being abandoned for several centuries, and then rediscovered in the nineteenth century.
Listed as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO, Borobudur attracts millions of visitors from all over the world every year.
Flores and Komodo National Park
Flores, one of the small Sunda Islands, owes its name to the Portuguese who renamed it so in the sixteenth century because of the abundance of flowers on the island.
Its volcanoes, including Kelimutu and its lakes with surprising colors, its magnificent bays of Maumere and Labuan Bajo, or its villages with charm still intact, make it a destination of choice during a trip to Indonesia.
But that’s not all, off the coast of Flores, lies a real natural treasure: the Komodo National Park. This archipelago, on the UNESCO World Heritage List and Biosphere Reserve, includes 29 volcanic islands including Komodo, Rinca and Padar, which are inhabited by thousands of giant lizards called “Komodo dragons”. A must explore if you’re wondering what to do in Indonesia!
Mount Bromo and Mount Kawah Ijen
Watch the first light of day appear on the impressive Bromo volcano, still active, smoking in the distance. Bromo, which rises to more than 2,300 meters above sea level in the Bromo-Tengger-Semeru National Park on the island of Java, is sometimes considered the most beautiful volcano in Indonesia.
Further east, we find the Ijen volcano, also still active. Kawah Ijen, which means green crater in Javanese, is mainly known for its emerald green acid lake and “blue flames”, a mysterious phenomenon due to sulfur vapors escaping from the crater at temperatures of more than 220 °.Even today, porters work tirelessly to collect sulfur in this open-pit mine.
The Raja Ampat Islands
The Raja Ampat archipelago, made up of about 1500 islands, is a true paradise on land, or rather on sea. At the edge of the Pacific Ocean, the Raja Ampat Islands are renowned for their sublime seabed that will undoubtedly seduce diving enthusiasts or the most curious among you.
Let yourself be enchanted by this still preserved and magical place!
Gunung Leuser National Park (Sumatra)
In the north of the island of Sumatra, we find the Gunung Leuser National Park, which takes its name from Mount Leuser culminating at more than 3380 meters. This park, with an area of 9500 km2, is home to lush flora and fauna, and remains one of the only places on earth where it is still possible to observe orangutans and Sumatran tigers in the wild.
Together with the Bukit Barisan and Kerinci Seblat National Parks, it is recognized as a biosphere reserve by UNESCO.
Ubud and its rice fields
It is impossible to imagine a top of the most beautiful places to visit in Indonesia without mentioning the beautiful and fascinating Ubud, on the island of Bali. The cultural and spiritual center of the so-called Island of the Gods enjoys not only an extraordinary setting, but also an atmosphere conducive to well-being and Art.
If you are passing through, we advise you to walk through its beautiful rice fields (Tegallalang, Jatiluwih…), to visit its fabulous temples, to take a walk in the Monkey Forest or to attend a Balinese dance show, for example.
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