Indonesia, a country of 18,000 islands, is well-known for its natural diversity and relaxing vibe. These are 9 activities that should be on your to-do list when travelling to this beautiful country.
Many volcanoes in Indonesia have become favorite destinations for mountain trekkers. The 666-meter high Api Mountain on the Banda archipelago is praised as a smaller version of the world famous Fuji Mountain. It takes 3 hours of non-stop trekking to reach the peak. Other volcanoes such as Agung in Bali, Rinjani in Lombok and Bromo or Merapi in Java are also worth visiting. The trip may take from several hours to a day. Visitors will be accompanied by a local guide. The reward for all the efforts is a breathtaking view of the sunset or sunrise.
The islands of Komodo dragons including several small islands and a surface area of 1,817 square meters, is the most famed national park in Indonesia. Almost all of the islands are deserts. People travel around an island by following the tracks. This national park is home for Komodo dragons, the largest living lizards on earth. The sea around the islands is home for a considerable number of big fish such as sharks and skates.
This is the highlight of the journey. The Borobudur Temple Compounds have magnificent scenery. It was the most popular religious site during the 9th century – the golden era of Buddhism in Java. Nowadays, Borobudur is considered one of the most important and beautiful Buddhist temple in the South East Asia. The six-storey square-shaped temple has more than 1,500 relieves in which Buddha’s quotes and stories were carved. On the top of the temple, 32 Buddha statues in the meditating position were placed.
Visitors will fall in love with the white sandy beaches, the lines of green coconut trees, the crystal clear water and the colorful coral reefs at the Togean archipelago. Visiting small fishing villages and diving with thousands of jellyfish in a natural lake are other ways to explore the archipelago. Forget about the social network since there is no signal on the islands.
The rich cuisine of Indonesia varies from places to places. Although chili, coriander, coconut and palm sugar are commonly used, each place has their own way of cooking and spicing the food to create distinctive flavor. Sate (grilled skewers), nasi goreng (fried rice) and gado gado (mustard greens with soy bean sauce) are the most popular dishes in Indonesia that visitors should not miss. Put the cutlery aside and eat the food with your hand like any other locals.
People in Bali, the most famous island of Indonesia, still manage to preserve their traditional dances. Visitors can lay back and enjoy a great performance combining dancing and storytelling. The lissome dancers in stunning costumes and the hilarious stories can truly make the day.
A traditional musical instrument named gamelan is used by the band playing for the dancers. The sound created by this type of idiophones can be optimistic or sad depending on whether the high or low notes are hit. Nothing can be more impressive than watching a traditional dancing performance at night in Ubud – the cultural center of Bali.
For the party lovers, the night life in Jakarta is a secret party. Although Muslim has rooted deeply in the Indonesian culture, the city life seems to be open. Classic songs of the 1970s are played in bars. Rock is in their air just like any other cities. Food stalls stay open all night to serve hungry customers coming home from an animated night.
Death tourism in the Sulawesi Island is a unique service. Visitors can participate in a funeral which is usually organized after a cow fight, praying, feasts and dancing. At the end of the day, the passed away will be buried. The corpse is put in a wooden coffin nailed to the mountain side or placed in a cave or under a tree which is believed to be blessed by gods.
90 km away from the shore of north Java, the Karimunjawa Island is quite remote. However, it can still be reached by ferries or flights from Semarang or Surabaya. The archipelago it belongs to consists of 27 small islands, some of which are not inhabited. Many visitors are in favor of a one-day trip from Karimunjawa to visit the nearby islands and explore the forests or just rest on the sandy beach in the shade of a coconut tree. Have grilled fish prepared by a local for lunch on an inhabited island to feel the complete disconnect to the world outside.