Where to go and what
to see in Indonesia
A country as vast and varied as
Indonesia has an enormous array of Things to See for tourists.
In this section you will find an island-by-island (sometimes
province-by-province) summary of tourist attractions across the
Indonesian archipelago, just in case you wonder where to go and what to
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Sulawesi, Maluku, Papua
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The island of Batam is only a short boat ride away from Singapore.
Developed as an industrial area, Batam also offers recreation and
The Special Territory of Aceh is no longer off-limits for foreign
However, with the tsunami reconstruction still going on, there is no
infrastructure in place.
departure for overland trips to Prapat, Lake Toba.
The Gunung Leuser National Park is
world-renowned. Visit the orangutan sanctuary.
See Lake Toba and Samosir island.
The small island of Nias lies off the coast
of West Sumatra. It is quiet and has simple accommodations. The main
attraction of the island is the surf which resembles that of Hawaii.
Visit Sianok Canyon, Lake Singkarak.
Not a spot for mass tourism, the Mentawai
islands’ inhabitants still live in relative isolation from mainstream
Indonesia. Mentawai is a favorite spot among the world's surfers.
Get away from it all: 40 Kms from Padang there is a little known island
Cubadak. It's a great spot for diving and snorkeling. The island can be
by boat directly from Padang. Stay at Paradiso
Village (Italian management).
Sights include the Ampera Bridge spanning
the Musi River. See the busy boating scene, floating restaurants and
shops. Wind down at Punti Kayu park.
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West Java: Ujung Kulon
boat trips to rather active Anak Krakatau volcano (if the volcano’s
condition is safe enough to do so) in Strait Sunda
Beach hotels, ferry harbor
with crossings to Sumatra.
Banten is also the home of the Baduy, an ethnic group that isolates
itself from the rest of Indonesia.
accessible from Jakarta, Bogor and Bandung, Pelabuhan Ratu not only
offers beaches and a view of the Indian Ocean, but also tropical
forests. There are simple cottages and one hotel of international
standard (Samudra Beach Hotel).
Jakarta (DKI Jakarta)
Indonesia's capital and cultural melting
pot. Taman Mini Indonesia (Indonesia in miniature),
Sea World at Ancol and Ancol Dream Land, National Monument (Monas),
cultural performances at Taman Ismail Marzuki, Wayang Museum, National
Museum, Bird market (Pasar Burung), Istiqlal Mosque.
Savor great meals at the many international restaurants, see Kelapa
Sunda harbor with its traditional pinisi sailing cargo ships from
Not far from the harbor, in the old quarter of the city near Jalan
Pakin and Kali Besar the old light house, Menara Syahbandar, the
Maritime Museum and Cafe VOC Galangan give you a taste of colonial
National Museum (Museum Fatahillah) was Batavia's City Hall during the
colonial times. The location is bustling with activities on Sundays.
Double decker tourist buses make it easier to see the most important
Shop until you drop in the many shopping malls: Jakarta has the world's
highest shopping mall density.
Looking for a place to stay or to unwind a bit? Kemang is s
neighborhoods favored by expatriates.
North from Jakarta in the Java Sea is a
popular weekend destination. There are cottages for rent and
attractions include snorkeling, diving and fishing on many different
Visit the Botanical Gardens, the
Presidential palace and the nearby safari park.
Situated halfway between Bogor and Bandung,
cool Puncak offers weekend cottages, hotels, tea estates
Bandung is well known for its many
surviving art deco buildings, such as Hotel Homann at Jalan Asia Afrika.
Owing to the favorable climate it is also famous as a strawberry center.
Enjoy a pancake breakfast, Bandung style, at Pancake Braga Permai
restaurant. Dine all day, shifting through a menu of 1,100 items at
One of the excellent spots for sweets, desserts and cakes are Bandungse
Melk Centrale (Dutch for Bandung Dairy Factory), Toko Roti Bawean
(formerly 'Sweetheart') and Sumber Hidangan offering Dutch cookies
Shop along Braga street and get a taste for traditional West Javanese
angklung music, such as at the late Pak Oedjo’s angklung school.
Climb the Tangkuban Perahu volcano, enjoy the hot springs at
The Jatiluhur dam and its lake are not only
used to generate electricity, but also for irrigation. A tourist park
with cottages is part of the complex.
Although not easy to reach with public
transportation, Pangandaran is the location of choice for nature lovers
and hikers. Accommodation is modest.
Visit ancient Chinese temple Watu Gong, and
the railway museum at Ambarawa. The nearby town of Jepara is famous for
Don't forget to take a break with a colonial snack or a sumptuous meal
at Toko Oen.
Karimunjawa National Park is a archipelago off the coast, north from
Semarang. It is a paradise for beach afficionados, scuba divers and
snorkelers. You can reach the islands either by chartered flight from
Semarang, Bali or Yogyakarta or by boat from Semarang or Jepara.
Enjoy natural beauty and hot springs in Baturraden's Wana
Wisata park. Can be reached easily from Pangandaran,
Semarang, Magelang, and Yogyakarta.
Stop in Purbalingga, one of Java's cleanest towns.
The cool plateau lies at an altitude of
almost 2,000 meters (10,000 ft) and offers volcanic activity, a nature
park and a series of small temples.
The ancient Borobudur temple, one of the
wonders of the world is just outside the town of Magelang. Recommend
times for a visit are early morning( before sunrise) and late
afternoon, to see the sunset.
Nearby you will also find smaller temples, such as Candi Mendut and
Candi Pawon and a functioning Buddhist monastery (can be visited free
Note that visitors are required to dress modestly, not showing bare
Just an hour's drive from either Semarang or Yogyakarta, Salatiga is a
small and quiet town. You will find it a pleasant place to stay for a
few days, enjoying the fresh air and the view of Mount Merbabu
Boasting three universities Salatiga is known as a town of science and
Stay at Guest House Tulip Inn, Jl. Dr. Sumardi 2, Tel.:
Ambarawa: A small provincial town
Ambarawa, approximately 10 kilometers
West from Salatiga or 31 kilomets South from Semarang is known for the
Steam Railway Museum, located in the former Willem I railway station.
museum's collection of steam engines is limited. However it gives a
overview of the history of the colonial railway system in Java.
The town of Klaten, just East from Prambanan is home to the Sugar
Museum (Museum Gula), housed in the former sugar
mill, characterized by well preservded colonial architecture.
Visit the two Sultan palaces of Kasunanan
and Mangkunegaran, Tawangmangu park and shop for bargains along Jalan
Selamat Riyadi. Near Singaran village the fossilized remains of ‘Java
Man’ were discovered (Pithecanthropus erectus) in 1891.
Istimewa Yogyakarta: Yogyakarta
Sultan’s Palace (Kraton), Water Palace,
bird market, silver works at Kotagede, visit Borobudur (near the town
of Magelang) and Prambanan and Kalasan temples. Please note that
visitors are required to dress modestly,
not showing bare legs.
Kaliurang mountain resort offers cool air and a climb through the
Climb Merapi volcano, go to the beach at Parangtritis (don't go for a
the undertow is lethal). Looking for a site with very few international
tourists? Try beaches with stunning views and
caves in Baron, Ngobaran, Drini Indrayanti and several others.
Shop along Malioboro street and see Beringharjo market, one of the
indoor markets in Indonesia. In stark contrast is Amplas (Mall
Take cooking or batik courses.
In the town of Imogiri you will find the royal cemetery, which is open
to the public. Full traditional Javanese dress is required and
can be rented on the spot.
enjoy an excellent meal at Moro Lejar restaurant, in the municipality
of Sleman, near Kaliurang or at Numani, Jl Parangtritis, just South
from the Ring Road. Try their ikan bakar (barbequed
try Yogyakarta's traditional dish gudeg in one of
the many gudeg restaurans along Jalan Wijilan.
at the underground level of Malioboro Mall (Jl. Malioboro) you'll find
an excellent Periplus bookshop with many English titles and foreign
magazines and newspapers.
check out the latest shopping mall: Ambarrukmo Plaza next to
the recently renovated
Royal Ambarrukmo Hotel.
Prambanan: The Hindu Prambanan
temple complex is a UNESCO world cultural heritage site. Watch the
Ramayana ballet performed at an open air theatre at the Prambanan
temple at night.
Some 60 Km southwest from Surabaya, on the
road to Solo is the town of Trowulan the capital of the ancient
Majapahit Empire. Majapahit artifacts can be found in the Trowulan
Surabaya is fast becoming Indonesia’s culinary capital. Shop and eat at
Tunjungan Plaza, Supermal, Mall Wonokromo or an of the other
sprawling malls. See the old market at Pasar Atum, see the old
buildings in the Arab
The Jembatan Merah (Red Bridge) area has some excellent examples of
Dutch colonial architecture. It is at walking distance from China Town.
During full moon you can attend a traditional wayang performance at 300
years old Kong Co Kong Tik Cun Ong temple.
Ampel mosque, the city's most sacred mosque is at the center of the old
From Surabaya you can easily make a daytrip to the island of Madura
the new Suramadu bridge.
there is an interesting food court with an excellent fish restaurant,
Sea Master, at the traffic circle of Jl. HR Mohammad and Jl. Sungkono.
**The mud flow near Sidoarjo affects road and rail connections between
Sidoarjo and Malang**
Have pastries or a full meal at Toko Oen,
still equipped with some of its original colonial furniture. See the
last remains of the Singosari temple complex.
Tretes and Batu
Cool mountain resorts with
fruit market and Kakek Bodo park with waterfall (steep climbs), Safari
Park in Tretes.
Batu is famous for its orchards and gardens. Cottages can be rented for
Climb famous Bromo volcano to see the
sunrise (tours start from Surabaya or Malang). The climb begins around
03.00 AM. Bring a warm jacket against the cold! Horses can be rented to
make the climb easier.
Tours can be booked in nearby towns and cities: Surabaya, Probolinggo,
Pasuruan and Malang, but also from Yogya and Solo.
Most, if not all tour operators will be happy to sell you an all-in
Relax one or two days in a simple cottage
on the beach. Snorkeling, sailing in a traditional boat, see the coral
reefs and underwater flora and fauna through the glass bottom.
Accommodations are rather simple.
Ferry port for the one hour crossing to
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Capital city of Bali.
Traditional dances and
music performances in many villages and at hotels, visit the Bali
Museum in front of Puputan square
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Ferry harbor on the western tip of the
island (ferry to Ketapang in East Java) and entry point to visit the West
Bali National Park (hiking, climbing)
Sailing in a Balinese proa (see photo on
this page), parasailing, shopping
Close to Ngurah Rai
International Airport. Surfing, shopping, discos, have a massage
on the beach. Kuta has become a densely populated and noisy area. Its
white beach is often polluted with trash. More and more tourists avoid
Kuta in fvor of quieter locations.
The best quality handicrafts and hand made batik is available only at
Loka Kita, Discovery Shopping Mall, Jl. Kartika Plaza Blok A (left
Wing) 33A, A35, Kuta, tel 0361-769516
A very popular destination for tourists,
Tanah Lot is a temple built on a rock in the sea. Watch the sunset here
on the beach or in one of he many cafes.
The most recent development of this part of
the island is a quiet location for high-end hotels and resorts.
Visit the village where the original
Balinese (Aga Bali) live.
Silver and gold jewelry with Balinese
Center of traditional and modern woodcarving
Traditional Balinese paintings
Visit Taman Burung, Bali Bird Park
The holiest of all Hindu temples, the
Mother Temple can be visited daily. It offers a spectacular view of
Gunung Agung, the active volcano on the east of the island.
Departure point for day and
evening cruises and diving trips on motorboats and sailing
White water rafting, parasailing, jet-skiing
Visit the best elephant safari park in South East Asia.
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West Nusa Tenggara
Looking for a more affordable and
mesmerizing location beyond crowded
Bali? Hop over to Lombok.
Lombok's international airport has direct flights from Singapore and
Lumpur by Silk Air, Air Asia and Garuda Indonesia.
Enjoy the fabulous
beaches along the shores of west and south Lombok. Many beaches
are almost deserted, such as in Malimbu and Nipah.
Cross over to the Gili (islands: Gili Trawangan, Gili Meno, Gili Air)
by fast ferry services,
see Balinese temples, climb 2,100 meter tall Rinjani volcano (don’t
venture there alone –take an experienced
Seaside activities include snorkeling, diving and surfing (at
Don't forget to visit the waterfalls at Benang Stokel and Benang
Lombok is famous for its handmade high quality textiles (ikat).
The most popular hotel area is located all along the beaches of
Senggigi. Budget accommodation on the Gili islands.
See the Lombok Coffee House at Mataram Mall 2.
Plenty of time? Take the ferry from Labuhan Lombok to:
Flights arrive and depart from the small
airport of Bima.
Surfing at Hu’u beach
near the town of Dompu.
Climb Mount Tambora with its two colored lakes and see Mount Rinjani on
the island of Lombok in the distance
In 2015 Sumbawa commemorated the great eruption of Mount Tambora in
1815. The eruption affected weather patterns across the globe for
a very long period.
Islands Links (includes Lombok and Komodo)
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Pearl Farm (only
30 minutes drive from Senggigi)
Nusa Tenggara (NTT)
West Timor, Kupang
West Timor is
the place to look for Sasando music, ikat cloth of high quality. From
Kupang you can rent a small motorboat to one of the small islands to
enjoy a brief stay in a bungalow in your tropical paradise. Snorkeling
and diving are the preferred activities there.
Kelimutu: three mountain lakes with
different water colors.
Diving in the Bay of Maumere.
further east from Flores is the small island of Alor, rarely visited by
foreign tourists. Alor can be reached by air from Kupang by Trans Nusa
and offers views of pristine coral reefs. Fishhermen traditionally hunt
See the komodo dragons (be careful, these
are not pets, their bite is lethal).
The island can be reached by boat from Sumbawa or Flores. The nearest airport is Labuan Bajo.
monument, floating market
White water rafting near Kualakapuas.
Traditional gold panning.
Derawan Island offers a rare collection of
tortoises, reefs, and iguanas.
Floating market in the Barito River,
traditional diamond mining, white water rafting at Loksado.
Take a speedboat for a long trip upriver, visiting traditional Dayak
settlements. Overnight in a longhouse.
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The city and
its surroundings offer many opportunities to visit nearby islands, and
to go diving. The beach at Tasik Ria is well equipped. Visit the caves
near Tara-tara, used by the Japanese army in WW II.
World renowned diving resort. Bunaken can be reached by boat from Manado
See Fort Rotterdam. The Pantai
Losari boulevard was once famous for its food vendors, but these have
now all disappeared after the reconstruction of the
Makassar (also known by its former name Ujung Pandang) is the departure
point for overland trips to Tana Toraja.
Starting point for sport fishing and diving
trips. There are several simple hotels for backpackers. Bira is a ferry
harbor with a daily service to the island of Selayar. Public buses from
Makassar to Selayar stop in Bira before boarding the ferry.
Excellent, largely unexplored diving
opportunities, only two simple hotels are available on the island
Tana Toraja and Rantepao
Traditional burial sites in the rocks
Well known for its handicrafts and silver.
is the 'launch pad' for a visit to Wakatobi National Marine Park.
Bau-bau can be reached by air from Jakarta, Surabaya or Denpasar,
followed by a short flight on Express Air to Wakatobi.
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Capital of the province of Maluku.
The religious and ethnic
conflict in the Maluku islands that erupted in the late 1990s will take
a long time to heal.
Visits to these islands should be made only after consulting the
authorities. Otherwise the Maluku islands are the center of the spice
Ambon has ruins of Portuguese and Dutch forts and sea gardens to enjoy.
The island has a 360 years old clove tree,
believed to be the ‘mother of all clove trees’.
Nearby Morotai island was a military base in WW II.
Banda island has beautiful tropical
vegetation, but also has seen some of the bloodiest battles in the
history of Maluku caused by the Dutch East India Company (VOC) while it
established its clove monopoly.
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RumahRp (Beach side guesthouse
on the island of Saparua offering full board to 4 people. It features a
room, kitchen, bathroom, two terraces, and two bedrooms. Each bedroom
single beds. Site is in Dutch only.)
Papua is by far the largest province.
Although largely inaccessible Papua is gaining in popularity as a
tourist destination. There
are daily flights to Jayapura, Biak and Sorong.
Those who travel to Papua will be rewarded with fascinating sights,
rainforests, birdlife and traditional Papua cultures.
The capital of the province, Jayapura has preserved the house of
Lake Sentani is nearby.
Sentani: The Lake Sentani district
is making serious efforts to develop
the area's tourist potential.
The island of Biak was an Allied naval base
during WW II. In Biak and
its surrounding smaller islands, interested visitors may visit caves
used by the
Japanese Army, and underwater wrecks of ships and planes.
Pulau Dawi is one of the most attractive. It welcomes up to 2,000
many countries every year, even thought it's not easy to reach.
The woodcarvings of the Asmat are widely
copied throughout Indonesia. But nothing can surpass the originals.
Raja Ampat is yet another fabulous location for sailing, snorkeling
and diving. Get there by boat from Sorong. There are regular flights to
Sorong from Jakarta, Makassar and Bali.
To protect its sharks and
mantas, the local government has established the five million hectares
Shark and Manta Marine Sanctuary.
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