Top 10 Bucket List Destinations In Indonesia.

Indonesia

Indonesia is a vast and diverse country with a range of extraordinary sites and places that are worthy of anyone’s bucket list, and in no particular order here are 10 of the absolute best.

Mount Bromo.

Getting there may be akin to a descent into Hades itself, but viewing this active volcanic crater at sunrise is worthy of every bucket list. The landscape of the caldera from the surrounding craters really is one of the most spectacular and memorable views on the planet.

Komodo National Park.

Komodo Island

This paradisaical collection of three islands are more than just stunning, picturesque backdrops to a leisurely speedboat cruise around the Indonesian archipelago. The UNESCO world heritage national park is also home to the majestic Komodo dragons who roam freely around the islands and are viewed with the help of skilled and knowledgeable rangers. Simply visiting these absolutely stunning islands is worth the trip in it’s own right, but seeing these amazing and endangered animals up close really is a once in a lifetime experience.   

Krakatoa.

Krakatoa is one of the single most famous volcanoes in the world, and getting to see it up close and first hand is a must do for anyone who visits Indonesia, but getting to hike it takes the experience to a whole new level and makes it a worthy addition to any bucket list worth its salt!

Karimunjawa.

Karimunjawa is Java’s hidden paradise, unknown to all but the most savvy travellers and locals themselves. This stretch of 27 pristine beaches and tropical islands along an archipelago are still largely untouched by mass tourism and are the perfect way to escape from normal society for a while and relax in tropical heaven.

 

Borobudur.

Stupas at Borobudur Yogyakarta

The famous temple aof Borobudur is not only a majestic architectural wonder and a UNESCO world heritage site in it’s own right, it is also the single largest Buddhist temple in the world, making it yet another unique wonder that Indonesia has to offer.

Raja Ampat Islands.

The word paradise really doesn’t do these islands justice, the really are some of the best islands in Indonesia, and that is saying something! This divers paradise is filled with long stretches of powder white sand, turquoise waters and swaying palm trees set to a backdrop of something directly out of treasure island. Whatever image you have in your mind of a tropical paradise, then this is it and then some. And that is just what is above the surface! The unique limestone formation of the islands has led to a vast underwater reefs filled with thousands of marine species and home to some of the most colourful and picturesque underwater landscapes in the world. No wonder it is considered a divers paradise.

Prambanan Temples.

Prambanan entrance

These 10th Century Hindu Temples are another well deserved UNESCO world heritage site and another worthy addition to any bucket list. You can get your complete temple fix with this unique temple complex and if that isn’t enough, you can stay after sunset and watch the traditional Ramayana ballet.

Dieng Plateau.

A visit to the highlands of Java seems like a world away from the rest of Indonesia. Trekking through the rolling hills and stunningly green plantations is a cool, refreshing break from the heat and the hustle of Jakarta and Yogyakarta, and the location provides some of the best countryside hikes in Indonesia.

Uluwatu Temple.

This iconic Balinese temple is one of six key spiritual pillars of Bali and has one of the best sunsets overlooking the Indian ocean on the island. The traditional Balinese Kecak dance performance however is what most people come to see and tick off their bucket lists.

Pink Beach.

Pink Beach Indonesia

Okay so it isn’t pink anymore, but it is a beach, and it is a stunning one at that! You can still see hints of the red coral that once gave this beach it’s name and there are still some stunning coral reefs that make for some great snorkelling, but part of what makes a visit to this beach a must on any bucket list is the journey to get there. The boat ride – whether you choose a modern speedboat or a traditional Indonesian Pinisi – through the Indonesian archipelago is an amazing experience in itself.

 

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Disclaimer

This article was written in partnership with the Indonesian Ministry Of Tourism as part of the #WonderfulIndonesia campaign. The views and opinions expressed are entirely the authors own based on personal experiences when travelling and are honest and factual without any bias.

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Michael Huxley is a published author, freelance travel writer and founder of Bemused Backpacker. He is also a charge nurse by vocation with an interest in emergency nursing and travel medicine, but his real passion is travel. Since finding his wanderlust a decade ago in South East Asia, he has bounced from one end of the planet to another and has no intention of slowing down.

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8 comments on “Top 10 Bucket List Destinations In Indonesia.
  1. Freya says:

    I am here now so this is perfect for me!! I had no idea about Komodo island.

  2. Alicia says:

    Your photography is just beautiful. Indonesia looks like a beautiful country!

  3. Eleanor says:

    Amazing post, I I love the diversity of Indonesia. There’s just so much to see and do. But why would you say getting to Bromo is like hell? I got a jeep and a horse ride up and it was crowded but okay.

    • It wasn’t so much the ease or difficulty of getting up Eleanor, it was more the irresponsible mismanagement of the place and the animal abuse with the horses. You should check out my posts on the topic.

  4. Oh wow, that Komodo dragon looks amazing!

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