5 Breathtaking Hideaways in Indonesia (The Explorer’s Bucket List)


Indonesia; home to over a thousand islands, warm tropical forests, gothic temples, record-breaking mosques, volcanic hills, diverse flora and fauna, and a unique population. Tucked between the Indian and the Pacific Ocean, this southeast Asian archipelago is big on tourism. It is the largest island country in the world and strategically positioned for both air and sea routes.

There is so much to see and experience in this country. You feel the holiday vibes the moment you step off your plane at Soekarno-Hatta (Jakarta International Airport). The warm weather, street life, traffic, the ocean breeze, welcoming beaches and tourists from all over the world make this whole place feel and smell like a holiday. We’ve compiled a list of some of the best places you must see and experience in Indonesia.

Jakarta is home to the thousand islands. This is the ideal destination for those who have limited time and want to get a taste of Indonesia close to the capital. A three-hour boat ride from the city will get you to the Kepulauan Seribu otherwise known as the thousand islands where you can enjoy the beaches, marine life, exotic resorts and much more. Of the 110 islands that make up Kepulauan Seribu, only 11 are inhabited by humans. 

  • Komodo Island

Famous for its giant Komodo lizards, Komodo Island is one of the unique spots in Indonesia for those tourists looking for an exclusive experience and aren’t scared of lizards of course! Komodo has so much to offer in terms of fun and relaxation for the lucky tourists that can get in. The world-famous Komodo National park is home to thousands of animals with a considerable parentage of them being endangered species. There are only seven pink sand beaches in the world and one of them is in Komodo island.

Visitors can either go diving/swimming in the ecologically diverse waters surrounding this exclusive island or go hiking in the forests as they explore the unique landscape and witness the only remaining dragon lizard in its natural habitat. Also, dive with the ever-curious manta rays in the various locations in Komodo island. A Komodo island cruise by the Komodo dive resorts will take you to all the exciting spots in pure bliss.

  • Bali- The Asian Romance and Vacation Capital

You’ve probably heard of Bali or seen it in most southeast Asian tourist guides and adverts. Bali is a tropical getaway exclusively located off the coast. Bali boasts of many warm water beaches, tropical forests and mountains and many exotic resorts for tourists to enjoy. Bali is by far, one of the top tourist destinations in this country.

You can take a dive or go snorkeling in the exclusive beaches lining the coast such as Jimbaran, Nusa Dua or mix with many other tourists from all over the world in Kuta. The Ubud forest is a favorite spot for those looking for adventure and action. There is no shortage of things to do in Bali; it’s a prime tourist sport with everything that you could want while on vacation.

  • The Dieng Plateau- Witness the Beauty of Indonesia From Above

The Dieng plateau is a must-visit destination in Indonesia. Witness the beauty of the land and village life from this plateau perched almost two thousand meters above sea level. From the high spot, visitors get to see the low-lying villages, distant mountains, multi-colored lakes and forests lining the landscape. This is also the ideal destinations for those looking to get a taste of the rural culture and lifestyle in Indonesia. 

  • Experience the Unique Culture of The Toraja

Visit Torajaland and get to meet the most unique tribe in Indonesia. The Torajas are known for their intricate burial rituals and unique lifestyle. They live in a beautiful part of Indonesia to the south of Sulawesi.


Indonesia has a thriving tourist industry and will never disappoint its many visitors. The islands dotting the archipelago are endowed with the best warm water beaches and marine life. It’s a natural addition to any explorer’s bucket list.

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