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We can probably think of a hundred reasons why to travel to Indonesia. It’s a country with a myriad of amazing beaches, cultural heritage, breathtaking temples, rich biodiversity, and stunningly beautiful islands.
Indonesia is the home of 17,000 islands, which are rated highly on most people’s travel bucket lists, including Java, Bali, Sulawesi, and Sumatra.
If you are not sure whether you need to visit this marvelous country, I’ve compiled a list that will definitely convince you. From surfing to island hopping, your days will never be dull! And I know as a fact because I’ve visited Indonesia for 1 month and fell in love with the country!
As previously mentioned, Indonesia is rich with 17,000 islands, so you will need a lifetime to visit all of them and explore them as you should!
Per one calculation, visiting one island per day, you would need a little more than 46 years to visit all of them! I mean I would do it 🙂
Fortunately, there are different means of transport, including an Indonesia cruise that schedules organized trips to some of the islands.
Some of the most famous islands you must travel to are:
- Sumatra, which is known for its endangered wildlife and rainforests;
- Lombok, famous for its beaches and nightlife;
- Bali, known for its temples, culture, diversity, and beaches for surfing;
- Padar is renowned for its colorful sandy beaches, especially those painted in pink, black and turquoise;
- Raja Ampat, is a MUST on your list if you are an ocean lover due to the incredible coral reefs and underwater marine diversity, not a coincidence that scuba diving is such a popular option there!
- Seram, for its calm and untouched environment, incredible mountains, and stunning landscapes;
Stunning Lakes and Beaches
While Indonesia is a synonym for beautiful landscapes, we can’t miss mentioning the lakes and beaches. One of the most famous lakes in the Kawan Putih, located on the Java island, originated from a volcanic crater.
It’s 2430 meters above sea level, so it can be cold sometimes. Kawan Putih is an acidic lake with large amounts of sulfur that affect the turquoise color of the water.
Remember, you can’t swim in this lake; however, you can take the most beautiful pictures for your Instagram profile or simply if you love photography!
If you decide to travel to Indonesia someday, make sure you enjoy a couple of days on its white sandy beaches with crystal clear, turquoise water. You’ll feel like you are in paradise with all of the tropical surroundings and beaches like Ora.
For those who want to soak up the sun and relax, beaches like Sanyr, Pink Sand Beach, Sunset Beach, and Seminyak are perfect for such activities, including snorkeling.
A good 20% of the coral reefs in the world are located in Indonesia. You can rent your gear and dive deep into the turquoise waters to explore the shipwreck ruins off the shores.
Delicious Indonesian Cuisine
If you travel to Indonesia and you don’t taste their cuisine, it’s like you never went there! Their cuisine is known worldwide, and you must try some of their specialties.
Dishes that are among the most famous ones, and are a snip of the price of tasting them elsewhere in the world:
- Nasi Goreng
Indonesia is the Queen of cuisine, with more than 50,000 recipes from the 17,000 islands. You can find some of these dishes in the night markets, local and street vendors, or at the resorts. You can even take cooking classes in Indonesia and learn how to prepare their traditional food.
Let’s not forget the Indonesian coffee. The country is one of the biggest producers of coffee, known for the “cup of Java.” Kopi Luwak is a coffee made from the poop of a civet cat that eats coffee beans and poops them out. Even though it might sound not-so-tasty for some, it’s one of the most expensive coffees in the world.
Indonesia is home to one of the finest biodiversity systems in the world, with unusual creatures found nowhere else. Indonesia, and Borneo in particular, is the home of the most famous orangutan and one of its peak landmarks for tourism.
Borneo is one of the biggest islands and the home of the oldest rainforests in the world. Over 230 species of birds live on the island, and most of them are endangered.
In the Tanjung National Park, you can see a clouded leopard, bearded pig, an elephant from Borneo, plus many more incredible species endemic to this beautiful place.
Another interesting animal you can see in Indonesia is the Komodo dragon. It’s found in the Komodo National Park, which was named after this extraordinary creature. The Komodo dragon is one of the largest lizards in the world, and it’s the closest descendant to dinosaurs. And Indonesia is the only place where you can see it!
Are You Still Having Doubts?
Needless to say, Indonesia is a great place to travel to. What other reasons would you possibly need to make up your mind besides these undeniably strong arguments and recommendations?
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