How far have you explored Indonesia? Do you prefer to vacation abroad or go around your own country? From Sabang to Merauke, Indonesia is like a stretch of rug with extraordinary natural beauty. Starting from the natural wealth under the sea to mountain ranges, Indonesia is the champion. Do you like beach? Indonesia has a row of beaches that you will never run out of. Do you like mountains? Indonesia has a list of mountains waiting to be climbed soon.
Not only abundant natural resources, culture in Indonesia is also very diverse. Each region has a distinctive culture that makes this country more colorful. Still doubting the wealth of your own country? Here’s a summary of the 10 tourist attractions in Indonesia that you must visit:
1. Komodo Island
Komodo Island is included in the Komodo National Park area along with other islands around the Nusa Tenggara Islands. In 1986, UNESCO established tourist attractions in Indonesia as one of the world’s heritage sites. This island is considered a Komodo dragon habitat that must be protected. One of the highest awards achieved was succeeded in entering the seventh ranks of the natural environment in the world, better known as the New Seven Wonders of Nature in 2011.
This tourist attraction offers the beauty of the land and the extraordinary underwater world. There are many things you can do here, from trekking, diving to snorkerling.
For trekking, you can explore the island with groups and a ranger or guide. On the way, you can find dragons who are hunting prey or resting. The ranger will equip you with a stick with split ends. This stick is believed to be able to weaken the dragons when these animals start attacking. By pressing the Komodo dragon’s neck using the ends of a branching stick, this animal will instantly tame. It is important for you to keep every movement while walking because these animals are very sensitive to sudden movements.
Diving and snorkeling in the waters of Komodo Island are no less exciting. This tourist spot is also known for its underwater beauty and is one of the favorite dive sites. What’s interesting is the presence of Pink Beach or Pink Beach. This beach is one of the seven beaches in the world that have reddish sand. This color is thought to originate from fragments of coral which were destroyed and mixed with beach sand. When exposed to the waves, the red color is increasingly apparent because it is wet.
2. Trio Gili
Trio Gili is three beautiful islands in Lombok. The three islands include Gili Trawangan, Gili Meno and Gili Air. The three are not only known by domestic tourists, but also have managed to invite many foreign tourists to come.
Of the three islands, Gili Trawangan is arguably the most popular. Apart from its wider size than the other two islands, there have also been many entertainment venues such as bars and cafes. There are many activities that you can do at this tourist spot, from sunbathing, diving to snorkeling. Even more fun, you can also rent a bicycle or ride Cidomo, a horse-drawn carriage like a horse, to get around the island.
Although Gili Trawangan is more visited, Gili Meno and Gili Air are equally interesting. Both of these islands also have the beauty of beaches and underwater nature that are waiting for you to explore. The atmosphere of both is relatively more quiet and calm so it is suitable for those of you who really want to escape from the crowd.
3. Raja Ampat
Raja Ampat is a new favorite in the world of Indonesian tourism. The charm of tourist attractions in Indonesia is starting to be well-known to both domestic and foreign tourists. Raja Ampat itself is a collection of islands at the tip of Papua. There are four main islands here, namely Waigeo, Misool, Salawati and Batanta.
The wealth of the underwater world of Raja Ampat need not be doubted. The waters in this tourist spot are known as one of the best diving and snorkeling locations in the world. Even The Nature Conservancy states that around 75% of the world’s marine biota can be found in Raja Ampat waters. To prove it, please prepare your diving skills and start exploring the underwater world. October and November are called the best times to dive here because the weather and water conditions are ideal.
Besides diving, you can also explore the beauty of the mainland islands in Raja Ampat. Local residents will be happy to offer services as guides. During trekking, you can also stop by people’s homes and interact directly or buy handicrafts such as statues of the Asmat tribe and their traditional musical instruments as souvenirs.
4. Lake Sentani
Lake Sentani is referred to as the largest lake with in Papua. Not surprisingly, because the lake has an area of about 9,360 hectares and is located at an altitude of 75 meters above sea level. This tourist spot in Indonesia is decorated with 21 surrounding islands which are residents’ villages.
What can you do here? Many. You can fish, swim or go around the lake in a rented boat. If you still feel you are still lacking, why not visit local villages? You can stop by the houses and chat while enjoying their unique culinary delights.
If you visit in mid-June, congratulations! You can enjoy the Lake Sentani Festival at the same time. This festival is a regular annual event featuring various shows of Papuan arts and culture. Besides that, you can enjoy a variety of typical Papuan cuisine here.
Who doesn’t know Bali? It is difficult to choose what is the most interesting tourist spot in Bali, because almost all corners of Bali are extraordinary tourist attractions. Bali has many beautiful natural beauty ranging from its rows of beaches, the atmosphere of its mountains to its sacred temples. Of the many interesting sights, the most popular in the ears of tourists are of course Kuta Beach, Legian Beach, Seminyak Beach, Pura Tanah Lot and the rural atmosphere of Ubud.
Bali is proof that in order to be able to dance to the attention of the international community, culture and values of distinctiveness need not be sacrificed. By maintaining its culture, Bali actually invites many foreign tourists to come. Here, you will find many groups of foreign tourists who are enjoying performances of Balinese arts and culture.
6. Bunaken Marine Park
Bunaken Marine Park is one of the tourist attractions in Indonesia which is again set by UNESCO as a world heritage site, precisely in 2005. This is due to the extraordinary wealth and diversity of marine life ranging from coral reefs, seaweed to existing fish species.
This tourist spot has more than 30 dive points that are a favorite of many domestic and foreign divers. In addition to diving and in direct contact with fish here, you can also dive with the submarine provided. This ship has a transparent glass wall to make it easier for you to see the underwater scenery of the Bunaken Marine Park without being exposed to water and wetness. Hmm, interesting!
7. Puncak Jayawijaya
Jayawijaya Peak or commonly called the Carstensz Peak is the only mountain peak in Indonesia that has eternal snow. This peak rises as high as more than 5,000 meters above sea level. Even more proud is Mount Jayawijaya included in the list of Seven Summits or seven mountains with the highest peak in the world.
Jayawijaya Peak was first conquered by a Dutch explorer named Hendrik Albert Lorentz in 1909. Lorentz managed to climb this snowy peak with six Dayak Kenyah tribes he recruited in Kalimantan. After this successful climb, many climbers began to follow in the footsteps of Lorentz to conquer the Jayawijaya Peak. Hmm, are you the next climber who succeeded in conquering the Carstensz Peak?
8. Tana Toraja
Tana Toraja has incredible natural beauty ranging from rows of mountains and hilly greens. Besides being rich in nature, this tourist spot in Indonesia is also rich in ancestral culture that is still maintained today. Here, there are many ancient traditions that are still maintained, one of which is the Solo Sign.
Solo Signs’ is a funeral ceremony in Tana Toraja. What’s interesting about the funeral? Eits, you cannot miss the traditional Tana Toraja funeral. Solo Signs’ is the only most expensive eating ceremony in Indonesia and possibly in the world. This ceremony is carried out for days at no small cost. One of the rituals that is performed is to slaughter a buffalo. This buffalo isn’t just one. The higher the caste of the person who dies, the more buffaloes are sacrificed.
Tana Toraja people believe that as long as they have not been buried, the person who died is a sick person. His body was intentionally injected with formalin so as not to rot while waiting for the family to hold a Solo Sign. People who die are considered to be just sick. The family still treats him like someone who is still alive, invites him to chat and joke. If Rambu Solo has been done, then the family believes that person has died.
If Rambu Solo is less challenging for you, try visiting Londa or eating hanging ala Tana Toraja. Here, you can find many coffins hanging in caves on steep cliffs. Dare to visit?
9. Borobudur Temple
Borobudur Temple is the largest Buddhist temple complex in the world. This tourist spot in Indonesia was designated by UNESCO as one of the world heritage sites in 1991. Borobudur Temple was buried by volcanic ash from the eruption of Mount Merapi, until later discovered by Sir Thomas Stamford Raffles in 1814.
Tourist attractions in Indonesia are expected to be built in 824. The building is composed of volcanic beams and forms 504 Buddha statues, 72 stupas and a main stupa right at the top of the temple. The myth is, if you put your hand in the stupa hole and successfully touch the statue in it, then your wish will come true. Here, you can also buy various souvenirs ranging from T-shirts, key chains, fans to miniature Borobudur temples.
At the celebration of Vesak, Borobudur Temple is the center of the gathering of many Buddhists from various parts of the world such as Tibet and Thailand. This ritual is one of the tourist attractions here. The most popular among tourists is the peak event in the form of releasing lanterns to the sky. The lanterns will be released along with prayer and hope for the next year.
10. Beautiful Indonesia Miniature Park
Taman Mini Indonesia Indah
10. Taman Mini Indonesia Indah
If you can usually visit a museum to get to know the culture of an area, this time you can visit the Beautiful Indonesia Miniature Park as a giant museum to get to know Indonesian culture. As the name implies, this tourist spot in Indonesia initiated by Tien Soeharto is a place to see Indonesian culture in the mini version.
In the area of tourist attractions in Indonesia there is a lake with artificial islands that resemble islands in Indonesia from Sabang to Merauke. You can walk around the lake using the provided swan boat.
Beautiful Indonesia Miniature Park also has regional platforms from 34 provinces in Indonesia. Each regional bridge is in the form of a traditional house and there are traditional clothing, daily household appliances and traditional weapons. There is also a cafeteria on each platform that presents the typical culinary area of each.
In addition to the miniature Indonesian archipelago and regional platforms, the Beautiful Indonesia Miniature Park also has many museums and recreational facilities for families. Tourist attractions in Indonesia can be the right choice for those of you who want to introduce Indonesia to children in a fun way.