Indonesia

→ World’s largest archipelago
→ Packed with stunning beaches
→ Rich in culture and adventure

why should you visit Indonesia

Indonesia has got extreme geographical diversity from beaches, and jungles to active volcanoes offering unique experiences to its visitors. Mount Bromo (an active volcano), Komodo dragons, and Orangutans are some specific reasons that you should visit Indonesia.

who should visit Indonesia

Outdoor Activities Lover

Snorkeling and Scuba diving, Surfing, White water rafting, Trekking/Hiking, Exploring National Parks, Bungee jumping, Sky diving, Sailing, Sea Kayaking, Four-wheel driving, Bike riding, Caving, Paragliding, Jungle safari, Water sport activity, Mountaineering

Wildlife and Nature Lover

Beaches, National Parks, Forests, Mountains, Scenic Landscapes, Geological Sites

Art and Culture Lover

Architecture, Museums and Galleries, Forts, Palaces, Mansions:
Culture and Traditions:
Festivals and Events:

Recreation and Fun Lover

Amusement Parks:
Theme Parks:
Fun Parks:

when should you visit Indonesia

Best season: May-September

Top destinations in Indonesia

This is the list of top destinations in Indonesia where you can have a lot of experience in one trip. This saves your time not only while surfing the internet for the top destinations to travel but also while traveling or exploring that particular location. And of course, this can save your money too.

Bali

Bali

Java

Java

LOMBOK and GILI ISLANDS

LOMBOK and GILI ISLANDS

Kalimantan, Borneo Island

Kalimantan, Borneo Island

Flores and Komodo National Park

Flores and Komodo National Park

Sumatra

Sumatra

Raja Ampat, West Papua

Raja Ampat, West Papua

top activities to do in Indonesia

Exploring and enjoying beach vacation

Snorkeling and Scuba diving

Wildlife Safari

Trekking/Hiking to active volcanic mountains

our recommendations

Based on the places and experiences that you will never get in other countries i.e they are uniquely different from other countries, we tried to narrow down the lists in terms of ‘must-see’ places.

Indonesia is made up of thousands of volcanic islands. Choosing the islands for Indonesia trip is very daunting while you have limited time to visit because most of the islands offer completely different and unique sights to see and activities to experience.

Let’s try to narrow down the list to include the places in your first visit.

Must-visit destinations in Indonesia:

If you are an outdoor activities lover:

For water sports lover:
  1. Bali
  2. Java
  3. Lombok
  4. Gili Islands (Near Lombok)
  5. Komodo National Park
  6. Sumatra
  7. Raja Ampat

For hiking lover:

  1. Komodo National Park
  2. Sumatra

If you are a beach lover:

  1. Bali
  2. Java
  3. Lombok
  4. Gili Islands (Near Lombok)
  5. Raja Ampat
  6. Kalimantan, Borneo Island
  7. Flores

If you are a nature lover:

  1. Bali
  2. Java
  3. Lombok
  4. Gili Islands (Near Lombok)
  5. Flores
  6. Sumatra
  7. Raja Ampat

If you are a wildlife lover:

  1. Borneo Island
  2. Komodo National Park
  3. Sumatra
  4. Raja Ampat

If you are temples and culture lover:

  1. Bali
  2. Java
  3. Sulawesi
  4. Kalimantan, Borneo Island

   

From the above list, you can see that Java and Bali overlap in four categories, whereas Lombok and Gili Islands overlap in two categories. You can make your trip worthy by planning an itinerary according to your priorities and make much out of it by having a lot of experiences in your single trip without having your time and money wasted in traveling and just covering distances in-between.

Our Pick:  Since Indonesia is mostly about active volcanoes, beaches, nature and culture, and endangered species, our first pick would be Bali, Java, Lombok, Borneo Island, and Komodo National Park. Lake Toba, the largest volcanic crater lake also offers a unique experience.

Follow these itineraries ideas (below): If you want to make most out of your trip; if you want to have a lot of experiences  in one trip missing almost nothing in your whole trip; if you also don’t want to miss the must-see places and if you also don’t want to miss ‘nowhere-else’ destinations on the planet, then follow these tips.

If this is your first-time visit to Indonesia and if you have only a week or 10 days to travel, then it is very tough to choose the places to include in your itinerary. It totally depends on your interests. You have to choose among Tanjung Puting National Park for endangered Orangutans and other wildlife (Kalimantan), Lake Toba, enormous crater lake (Sumatra), Borobudar/Yogyakarta, culture and historic sites, Mount Bromo, an active volcano (Java), natural scenery of Bali, Komodo National Park for Komodo Dragon and great diving spot, Raja Ampat for its beaches and coral reefs rich with marine life, which all are the “must-see” otherwise “nowhere else” places. so if you have just one week or 10 days then, then you should visit Indonesia for a second time in order to cover most of the Indonesian highlights.  


If you have 7 days, then we recommend you to choose the following itinerary:

Just do Java and Bali:

Jakarta(Day 1)→Yogyakarta (Day 2-3)→Bali (Day 4-6)→Return home (Day 7)

or,

Fly to Yogyakarta (Day 1-2)→Bali (Day 3-4)→Komodo National Park (Day 5-6)→Return home (Day 7)

(Tip: Jakarta is not worth staying. Flying first to Jakarta could be a cheap option to reach Yogyakarta. Fly straight to Yogyakarta from your home town instead if you have a tight schedule.)

or,
Just do Bali and Lombok/Gili Islands

or,
Just do Bali and Komodo/Flores

or,
Just do Bali and Raja Ampat

or,
Just do Java and Raja Ampat

or,
Just do Java and Komodo/Flores

(There are many possibilities to combine for your one week itinerary)


If you have 10 days, then we recommend you to choose the following itinerary:

Jakarta(Day 1)→Yogyakarta (Day 2-3)→Malang, Mount Bromo (Day 4-6)→Bali (Day 7-9)→Return home (Day 10)

or,

If possible fly straight to Yogyakarta(Day 1-2)→Malang, Mount Bromo (Day 3-5)→Bali (Day 6-7)→Komodo National Park (Day 8-9)→Return home (Day 10)


If you have 14 days, then you can extend above itinerary. 

Medan, Bukit Lawang (Day 1-2)→Lake Toba→(Day 3)→Yogyakarta (Day 4)→Malang, Mount Bromo (Day 5-7)→Bali (Day 8-9)→Lombok/Gili Islands (Day 10-11)→Komodo National Park/Flores (Day 12-13)→Return home (Day 14) (Our pick for 14 days itinerary)

You could choose between Lake Toba and Lombok Island if you feel that this trip is going to be crammed. If you want to not overdo your beach vacation and if you are including Mount Bromo in your list already, then choose Lake Toba….. We know it is a tough call.

(Note: If you are short in time to reach Borneo for seeing Orangutans (Kalimantan), you can also see them at the Bohorok Orangutan Centre in Bukit Lawang.)

or,

If you are a wildife lover, then include Tanjung Puting National Park, Central Kalimantan (below):

Yogyakarta (Day 1-2)→Malang, Mount Bromo (Day 3-5)→Bali (Day 6-7)→Lombok/Gili Islands (Day 8-9)→Komodo National Park (Day 10-11)→Borneo, Kalimantan (Day 12-13)→Return home (Day 14)

If you are island lover, include beach in Komodo and Raja Ampat (paradise for divers):

Bali (Day 1-3)→Lombok/Gili Islands (Day 4-6)→Komodo National Park/Flores (Day 7-9)→Raja Ampat (Day 10-13)→Return home (Day 14)


If you have 3, weeks then you can extend above itinerary.

Medan, Bukit Lawang, Lake Toba (Day 1-4)→Medan, Yogyakarta (Day 5-6)→Malang, Mount Bromo (Day 7-9)→Bali (Day 10-11)→Lombok/Gili Islands (Day 12-13)→Komodo National Park/Flores (Day 14-15)→Kalimantan (Day 16-17)→Raja Ampat (Day 18-20)→Return home (Day 21) (Our pick for 3 weeks itinerary)


Tips: Indonesia is much about relaxing and enjoying your life’s most unforgettable moments in nature rather than rushing around to cover all highlights in a short time. So stay focused on a few regions and explore them deeply if you are short on time.


(Note: Please note that the itineraries mentioned here are focused on the routes or directions to follow for saving time and money and still not missing the ‘must-see’ destinations. The days mentioned here in-between the places is a rough estimation just to give you general itinerary ideas. You can shorten or lengthen this time according to your interests, season, budget and time available. For example, sometimes you might want to experience the nature, activities and culture in a relaxed manner without any haste and without feeling cramped.)


We’ve covered our recommendations for ‘must-visit destinations’. The list of other wonderful places throughout Indonesia can get long. The priorities for a destination to visit can be different from person to person as it depends upon personal preferences and interests. But these are the itineraries covering ‘must-do’ or ‘must-see’ places once in your lifetime.