Indonesian Tourism Recommendations To Visit

Indonesia attracts many foreign tourists to come to remote parts of Indonesia.

Starting from beach tourism, national parks, to traditional villages, each has its own power of attraction for tourists. Check out the following article about a list of world-famous Indonesian tourist attractions.

Recommendations and Destinations of World Famous Indonesian Tourist Attractions

1. Raja Ampat

Raja Ampat is an Indonesian tourist attraction that is worldwide and recognized by Unesco. The beauty of the underwater panorama is the main attraction of this island at the eastern end of Indonesia.

Reported from the Unesco website, the beauty of Raja Ampat is located in the distribution of small islands that are bordered by sea water, bays, and karst rock formations creating beautiful color gradations. Raja Ampat consists of several large and mountainous islands, along with the largest, namely Waigeo, Batanta, Salawati, and Misool, nicknamed the Four Kings.

Citing the website of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the area included in the Four Kings archipelago is too large. Covering 9.8 million hectares of land and sea, home to 540 types of coral, more than 1,000 types of coral, and 700 types of mollusks. This makes it the most varied living library for the world's coral reef and underwater biota.

According to a report developed by The Nature Conservacy and Conservation International, about 75% of the world's species live here. The coral reef system that remains pristine is a dream destination for divers and snorkelers alike.

Famous locations in Raja Ampat:

Some of the favorite spots for divers and snorkelers are:

  •  Kabui Passage (a very narrow passageway between Waigeo and Gam Island)
  • Arborek Island Pier
  • Sawandarek
  • Yenbuba
  • Friwenm wall

The beauty of Raja Ampat is not only available in the underwater panorama, but also in the dense forests available on the islands. Citing the Raja Ampat Geopark website, Raja Ampat consists of a total of 2,713 islands, 7 nature reserves, 5 regional marine conservation areas, and 2 national marine reserves.

2. Labuan Bajo

Labuan Bajo is known as a hidden paradise in eastern Indonesia. This village is located in Komodo District, West Manggarai Regency, East Nusa Tenggara Province, which is bordered by West Nusa Tenggara and separated by the Sape Strait.

Citing the Ministry of Foreign Affairs website, Labuan Bajo has become a very well-known tourist destination to foreign countries. The existence of Komodo Island which is a national park has been considered a world heritage site by Unesco.

Top attractions in Labuan Bajo:

a. Rinca Island

Rinca Island is located not far from Komodo Island, and remains within the Komodo National Park area. Rinca Island also offers a beautiful panorama. Trekking activities on this island also offer a more challenging exploration path from Komodo Island.

b. Padar Island

Padar Island is not far from Rinca Island and is only separated from the Leech Strait. To enjoy the beauty of the natural panorama, you have to do quite a challenging trekking to the top of the hill on Padar Island. Trekking fatigue also pays off along with the beautiful natural scenery along with the tricolor beach landscape and the range of small islands scattered around it.

c. Pink Beach

The attraction of this one beach is the pink sand. The pink color comes from this sand, which is a mixture of white sand along with red shells, shells, and invertebrates. You can snorkel, dive or sun bathe at Pink Beach.

3. Bintan

Bintan Island is not a tourist gateway in Indonesia. Bintan Island has a natural beauty that is no less slick than other tourist islands in Indonesia.

Famous locations in Bintan:

a. Stinging Island

Penyengat Island is located opposite Tanjung Pinang City and it only takes 15 minutes to cross the sea using a rented boat. On this island, there are several interesting objects, including the brightly colored Sultan Raya Mosque and its location not far from the pier, which is said to have been built using egg whites.

Also available include the tomb of Raja Ali Haji, a famous poet, scholar and historian who is known as one of the first people to write Malay language discourses in the 1800s. Inside this tomb complex, there are several tombs of members of his very famous family, including King Hamidah.

b. Treasure Bay Bintan

Citing the Ministry of Tourism and Creative Economy's website, Treasure Bay Bintan is the largest swimming pool in Southeast Asia. Treasure Bay is located on 338 hectares of land along with a total swimming pool of 6.3 hectares (crystal lagoon). Besides swimming, you can play kayaking, paddle boarding, jet sky, or other water sports.

c. Thousand Statues

The Temple of the Thousand Faces Statue has the formal name of Ksitigarbha Bodhisattva. The existence of 500 statues along with the appearance of different areas makes this area better known to the residents as the Thousand Faces monastery. This area has also become a new tourist icon in Tanjung Pinang, Bintan because of its uniqueness.

d. Trikora Beach

The famous white sandy beach in Bintan, including Trikora Beach. This beach is located in Meeting Village, Malang, Gunung Kijang Regency, Bintan Island. This beach consists of four parts, namely Trikora 1, 2, 3, and 4. According to residents around this beach, it is named Trikora because it comes from the name three corals given by tourists by foreign tourists who are currently coming to this beach.

e. Kawal Blue Lake

Blue Kawal Lake was once a former mining area filled with water and is now a tourist destination. Citing the website of the Ministry of Tourism and Creative Economy, white rock mounds combined with clear water that seems to turn blue are not one of the most sought after spots by tourists when they come to Bintan Island.

4. Lake Toba

Lake Toba in North Sumatra is one of the super priority destinations set by the Ministry of Tourism and Creative Economy (Kemenparekraf). Lake Toba is thought to have been formed from a massive volcanic eruption, Mount Toba, which took place 74,000 years ago.

Citing the website of the Ministry of Tourism and Creative Economy, with an area of ​​more than 1,145 square kilometers and a depth of 450 meters, Lake Toba is actually more like an ocean than a lake.

Famous locations around Lake Toba:

  • Bobok Elephant Hill
  •  Siadtaratas Hill
  • Simarjarunjung Beautiful Hill
  • Holbung Hill Samosir
  • Situmurun Waterfall

5. Lombok

Lombok tourism objects are now increasingly global after hosting the MotoGP in March 2022. Lombok is famous for its beautiful beach attractions, and the majestic Mount Rinjani.

Quoting the Ministry of Tourism and Creative Economy's website, the following are famous objects in Lombok:

a. Merese Hill

Merese Hill offers views of green hills directly adjacent to the blue beach. The best time to visit this hill is during sunset and sunrise.

b. Kuta Mandalika Beach

This beach tour can be reached in 16 minutes from the Mandalika Circuit. The stretch of white sand surrounded by green hills is a landscape that spoils the eyes when you come to Kuta Mandalika Beach.

c. Fresh Beach

Seger Beach can offer a variety of tourist attractions such as swimming, snorkeling, or surfing. This beach is a place to celebrate the typical Sasak tradition, namely Bau Nyale.

d. Gerupuk Beach

This beach is not one of the mainstay areas for surfing in Indonesia. In addition to the challenging waves, the gusts of wind at Gerupuk Beach are also strong. Activities that can be done here are harvesting seaweed to see the conservation area on Gerupuk Beach.

e. Tanjung Aan Beach

This beach is 2.8 km from the Mandalika Circuit. You can snorkel and look at the coral reefs that are still beautiful on this white sandy beach.

f. Mawun Beach

This beach can be reached in 30 minutes from the Mandalika Circuit. Mawun beach with white sand combined with clear blue sea water.

g. Sade Traditional Village

In this Sade Traditional Village, you can see traditional houses that remain authentic and weaving traditions that continue to be preserved.

6. Mount Bromo

Mount Bromo tourism is one of the favorite tourist areas for tourists both at home and abroad. Mount Bromo is located in Probolinggo, East Java and has an altitude of 2,392 meters above sea level.

Citing the Probolinggo Disporaparbud website, Mount Bromo is known for its sunrises and sunsets. Famous locations on Mount Bromo:

  • Mount Bromo Crater
  • Savanna Meadow
  • Whispering Sand
  • Mount Teletubbies Bromo
  • Pura Luhur Poten

7. Jakarta

This capital city of Indonesia includes offering attractive urban area tours. You can also learn about Betawi culture which is a native tribe in Jakarta.

Interesting attractions in Jakarta:

  • Istiqlal Mosque 
  • Setu Babakan
  • Batik Chic
  • Benhil Market
  • Old town

8. Komodo Island

Komodo Island has become a tourist magnet in West Manggarai Regency, East Nusa Tenggara. On Komodo Island you can see the wild life of Komodo dragons with three kinds of trekking packages, namely short track, medium track, and long track.

During the trip you can be accompanied by a handler who is ready to accompany and direct you to explore the best spots in Labuan Bajo. In addition, Labuan Bajo also offers a panoramic view of the expanse of the savanna and its beautiful blue sea.

9. Wae Rebo

The Wae Rebo Traditional Village is located in the Manggarai District on Flores, East Nusa Tenggara. Wae Rebo Traditional Village has received the Top Award of Excellence from Unesco at the 2012 Unesco Asia Pacific Heritage Awards which was announced in Bangkok on 27 August 2012.

This small and remote village is known for the redevelopment of the traditional residence of Mbaru Niang, which is based on the impulse of local people to work together towards a sustainable tradition, while increasing the welfare of the village.

Famous locations in Wae Rebo Traditional Village:

  • Beautiful mountains and dense Todo forest. In this tropical forest you can find orchids, various types of ferns and many birds.
  • Mbaru Niang

10. Kelimutu Lake

Mount Kelimutu is a volcano located on the island of Flores, NTT. This mountain has three lakes which are known as three-colored lakes because they have different colors, namely red, blue, and white. The people of this lake always change over time. These lakes are each named:

  • Blue lake or Tiwu Nuwa Muri Koo Fai
  •  Red lake or Tiwu Ata Polo
  • White lake or Tiwu Ata Mbupu
11. Sumba

Sumba so there is no jewelry found in East Nusa Tenggara (NTT). Sumba offers hilltop villages with traditional thatched-roofed dwellings clustered around megalithic tombs.

The location of Sumba is in the middle between the islands of Komodo and Sumbawa. Sumba is directly facing the Indian Ocean and so it is not a paradise for surfers.

Famous locations in Sumba:

  • Sumba pigtail weaving center villages in Prailiu and Lambanapu.
  • Matawai Swimming Pool in Waingapu City.
  • Beach tourism in Kalala, Walakari, Londalima, Watu.
  • Pigtail weaving center villages in Praiyawang-Rindu and Pa'U Umalulu.
  • The Wanggameti-Laiwanggi National Park area includes the Districts of Tabundung, Pinu Pahar and Matawai La Pawu as well as the Tanadaru-Manupeu National Park area which covers the districts of East Sumba and Central Sumba.

12. Gili Trawangan
Gili Trawangan is one of the leading destinations for West Nusa Tenggara (NTB). Gili Trawangan is located on the northwest side of Lombok Island.

On Gili Trawangan you can find a white sandy beach landscape along with colorful canoes floating in clear blue water. The area near Gili Trawangan is Gili Meno and Air, also known as Gili Tramena.

Citing the NTB Disbudpar website, the following are Gili Trawangan attractions:
  • Bicycle
  • Culinary
  • Snorkeling
13. Mount Rinjani - Segara Anak Lake

The beauty of Mount Rinjani was framed in the IDR 10,000 note issued by Bank Indonesia in 1998. The portrait of Mount Rinjani that emerges on the surface of the crater lake is surrounded by cliffs as high as hundreds of meters, and the peak of Mount Rinjani that soars into the sky is an attraction that is promoted to residents. Indonesia.

Citing the Rinjani National Park website, Segara Anak Lake is a favorite area for camping. This area is considered as one of the sacred areas by Hindus on the island of Lombok.

Attractions on Mount Rinjani-Segara Anak Lake are:
  • Aik Kalak hot water
  • Segara Anak Lakeside
  • Hoarding Waterfall
  • Finger's New Mountain
  • Savanna Propok Sembalun

14. Mandalika

Mandalika is an international racing circuit located in the Mandalika Special Economic Zone in Kuta Village, Central Lombok, NTB. This circuit has a track length of 4.31 km along with 17 corners.

Famous locations in Mandalika:
  • Kuta beach
  • Lagoon

15. Bunaken

Bunaken in Manado, North Sulawesi has become one of the Unesco heritage sites since 2005 and continues to be maintained until now. The beauty of nature and the friendliness of its citizens make this area a famous tourist destination at home and abroad.

This area is a conservation area established by the Minister of Forestry in 1991. The underwater scenery is a magnet for divers.

Famous locations in Bunaken:
  • Dive spots of Malcolm, Bethlehem, Emma Point, and the Fish House.
  • Nain Island
  • Mantehage Island
  • Siladen Island
  • Manado Tua Island.

16. Lake Sentani

Lake Sentani is one of the mainstays of tourism in Papua. Lake Sentani can be a tourist alternative besides Raja Ampat which is located close to the airport so that the intended access is also easy.

Attractions in Lake Sentani:
  • Lake Sentani Festival
  • Youtefa Bay
  • Ifar Puncak Peak
  • Anam Sand Beach
  • Tablanusu Beach
17. Tana Toraja

Tana Toraja in North Sulawesi is thick with customs and culture. There are various interesting tourist destinations to visit in Tana Toraja, feeling from culture to nature.

Famous locations in Toraja:
  • Lemo Cave
  • Jesus Burake Dead Statue
  • Pallawa Village
  • Limbang Water Pool
  • Sumalu Sand Dunes

18. Borobudur

Borobudur is one of the districts in Magelang, Central Java which is famous for its Buddhist temples. This temple was built by King Samaratungga from the Syailendra dynasty in the 8th century.

Borobudur Temple has reliefs depicting the life of the Buddha and his reincarnation in the form of Jataka and Lalitavistara stories.

Attractions in Borobudur:
  • Umbul Temple
  • Mendut Temple
  • Chicken Church
  • Earth Svargha
  • Puthuk Setumbu

19. Love Island

Pulo Cinta in Tomni Bay, Gorontalo is one of the tourist destinations known as the Maldives of Indonesia. Called Pulo Cinta because of its similar shape to the heart.

Its natural beauty is getting better along with the white sandy beach landscape. Pulo Cinta has now been built a resort so that it is well organized. You can enjoy the sunset and sunrise from the balcony of the room. Other activities you can dive, snorkel, and take pictures.

Famous locations in Pulo Cinta:
  • Pulo Cinta Cottage
  • Love Island Landscape

20. Way Kambas

Way Kambas National Park in Lampung is one of the conservation areas. Citing its website, Way Kambas was built to preserve and care for an area that is rich in various wildlife.

This tourist location is known as the residence of The Big Five Mammals, namely the tapir (Tapirus indicus), Sumatran elephant (Elephant maximus sumatranus), Sumatran tiger (Panthera tigris), Sumatran rhino (Diserohinus sumatranus) and sun bear (Helarctos malayanus).
The following five large mammals are well cared for and cared for at Way Kambas.

Attractions in Way Kambas:
  • Elephant attraction
  • Bathing the elephant
  • Resort Way Kanan

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