Explore Indonesia Beyond BaliSeptember 14, 2020 | By Leah Freeman-Haskin
Indonesia is an archipelago located off the coast of mainland Southeast Asia in the Indian and Pacific Oceans. When it comes to travel, this stunning country is best known for its volcanic, forested island of Bali. However, there are many lesser-known destinations that equal in charm and beauty. Here are a few to consider for your next international getaway.
An island of antiquity, Java is a sprawling island offering everything from picturesque beaches to metropolitan cities. If you are looking for outdoor adventure, head to Bromo Tengger Semeru National Park where you will find some of the most iconic volcanoes in all of Indonesia. Experienced hikers can reach the island’s highest point by trekking to the top of Semeru. Borobudur Temple is also a must-see when visiting the island. This famous Buddhist temple, dating from the 8th and 9th centuries, is located in central Java and is one of the greatest Buddhist monuments in the world.
Great food, fresh air, and breathtaking beaches are just a few reasons to visit the Gili Islands, a group of three small islands in Indonesia. The rows of beach bars and restaurants are a welcome sight after a day of underwater exploration and sunbathing in paradise. Pearl Beach Lounge, on Gili Trawangan, offers healthy food with spectacular views. Nosh on dishes like nasi goreng, a traditional fried rice, or beef rending, an Indonesian spicy meat dish.
Sumatra, part of the Sunda Islands, is located in western Indonesia. Lake Toba is the island’s main attraction being the largest crater lake of its kind in the world. The lake is said to have formed from a massive volcanic eruption or, as local legend has it, the result of the wish of a magic fish. Today, the lake can be explored via boat tours or by taking a dip in the turquoise waters. Mountains with hot springs border the lake along with quaint villages that can all be explored by foot, car, or motorbike. Niagra Lake Toba is a local hotel ideally positioned on the hillside of Parapat, where you can easily discover the wonders and beauty of Lake Toba.
The lush, mountainous island of Sulawesi is a place of magnificent natural beauty. From Lore Lindu National Park to the city of Manado, there is much to do across this tropical island. During your visit, be sure to explore Tana Toraja, home to the indigenous group, Torajan. Here, you will be able to experience how people have lived for centuries and, if you are lucky, witness one of their ritual ceremonies. Lore Lindu National Park is a forested protected area in Central Sulawesi and has been declared a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve. The park is a nature lover’s paradise with multiple ecosystem types, including lowland tropical forest, sub-montane forest, and subalpine forest at altitudes over 6,600 feet.
Senggigi Beach in Lombok is an international destination, beckoning beach lovers from across the globe. If you are looking for a more developed area with restaurants, bars, shops, and a range of accommodations, then this is your spot. The Lombok Lodge is a new, luxury boutique hotel where you can book your own private villa directly on the water. The hotel’s activity menu offers much more than just basking on the sun-soaked shores of the beach. Visit the Gili Islands, hike to the summit of the highest volcano in Indonesia or partake in sporting activities like golf and kayaking.
Depending on your travel needs and wishes, there is an Indonesian island just for you!