When talking about places to visit in Indonesia, the richness and variety of things to do will definitely overwhelm not only foreign tourists but also locals. To help narrow down your search, or for those whose sole intention is to create the best social media feed ever, here are some landmarks that you should visit for those dream snaps of yours.
1. Tanjung Puting National Park
With the largest wild orang-utan population in the world, Tanjung Puting National Park in Borneo has been long been seen in many Instagram feeds, especially those of adventurous travellers looking for an Insta-worthy destination as well as diverse flora and fauna which they can feast their eyes on.
Once you step into the park, you will be enchanted by the purity of the air and the beautiful night sky dotted with astounding views of the Milky Way, all while graced by the magnificent presence of gentle orang-utans. The occasional downpours that instantly cool the air will also make you feel so peaceful. It is not a strange sight to see an orang-utan sitting down on the wooden bench along the park, and, of course, they are a main point of attraction for #Instagrammable shots. Aside from the orang-utans, the diverse habitat zones are home to a great variety of fauna and flora and you will be in close proximity to myriad different species.
2. Mount Bromo
The magnificent Mount Bromo may be considered small when compared with other volcanic mountains in Indonesia but you definitely not be disappointed with its spectacular sights and dramatic landscapes. Only 4 hours’ drive from the capital of East Java, Surabaya, Mount Bromo is not only accessible, but it also provides a stunning background for your Insta-worthy shots—perfect to be shown off to your friends.
Visitors are usually advised to wake up in the early morning at around 4am to get to Mount Penanjakan to see the sunrise over Mount Bromo. Trust us: the vista is worth it as you will be treated to a kaleidoscope of purples and shades of oranges, projecting a sort of mythical scene that justifies the early-morning call. After witnessing the brilliant sunrise views, hike down and ask one of the guides to take you across the sands on horseback to the crater’s edge. Listening to the hissing of the smoke will keep you on your toes, but it will definitely be worth your time.
3. Rinjani National Park
Mount Rinjani is definitely not easy, but the wonderful sights you will encounter along the hike will take your breath away. Compared with other volcanic mountains, Mount Rinjani actually stands in second place at 3,726 metres after Mount Kerinci in Sumatra. Be treated to a lush valley full of bright greens and purples that look like they have come out from a movie. As well as the beautiful nature, you can also enjoy the sight of Lake Segara Anak, which is tucked in the bottom of the open crater and which boasts a deep turquoise colour, echoing the amazing colour of Lombok’s seas. With the awesome views, the challenging trek is definitely worth it because it will allow you to get out from your comfort zone and treat your mind and soul to breath-taking views.
4. Raja Ampat
Far away from the hustle and bustle of the city, you can find a complete contrast in Raja Ampat, where you will find pristine beaches and warm, friendly people. Located in West Papua province, Raja Ampat, locally known as the Four Kings, is a cluster of more than 1,500 small islands dotted around, which shelter more than 540 species of coral, some thousand species of coral fish, and around 700 species of molluscs. With the amazing diversity and panoramas, you will never run out of places to get Insta-worthy shots. With four main islands to explore, what are you waiting for? Raja Ampat is the ultimate paradise that you must visit at least once in your lifetime.
5. Lake Kelimutu
Lake Kelimutu is known as the tri-coloured lake: red, blue, and white. The colours change according to several factors, such as gas, temperature, and the microbes inside the lake. It is one of the most-beloved tourist destinations in Flores Island in Nusa Tenggara Timur. Located at a height of 1,639 metres above sea level, the largest lake is called Tiwu Nuwa Muri Koo Fai and has a green colour making it perfectly Instagrammable. The lake that changes colour most of the time is Tata Polo, which flows around Kelimutu mountain. The colour changes are caused by volcanic gas and iron, resulting in red and brown shades. Meanwhile, the green in Tiwu Nuwa Muri Koo Fai is biological in nature, resulting from mosses inside the lake, among other things. With such a colourful palette, what are you waiting for? It is literally a place custom-designed by Mother Nature for you to have the coolest Instagram feed ever.
6. Tana Toraja
Tana Toraja is in South Sulawesi and is home to the Toraja ethnic group. Even though you have to spend eight hours travelling from Makassar to get there, many tourists go to Tana Toraja because of its #Instagrammable spots. As a place filled with people with firm beliefs, rules, and rituals, Tana Toraja is the perfect backdrop for your Insta-worthy shots. Visit Kete Kesu, which is one of the best traditional villages in Indonesia, and immerse yourself in the history of Tana Toraja by visiting its museum called Ne’Gandeng where you can stay in a traditional inn called a Tongkonan, which is a Torajan house that can hold up to 30 people.
7. Padar Island
Padar Island is located between Komodo and Rinca Islands within the Komodo archipelago. As the third-largest island within the Komodo National Park, the richness of flora and fauna will definitely overwhelm the photographer in you. The quiet group of islands shelters white-sandy beaches, lush hiking parks, and world-class snorkelling and diving spots. Moreover, you can hang out with the dragons on Komodo Island, sit back and relax on the Pink Beach, and snorkel to your heart’s content at Manta Point.
8. Gili Islands
The Gili Islands consist of three small islands called Gili Trawangan, Gili Meno, and Gili Air, all located on the northwest coast of Lombok. With soft sandy beaches dotted with calming palm trees, you can enjoy the famous coral reefs just offshore. If you’re looking for sea turtles, you can find them at Gili Meno, where you can catch the turtles swimming at the aptly named Turtle Point. The most popular spot, Gili Trawangan, is where you can find a sunken ship at Wreck Point near Mentigi Beach, perfect for that Insta-snap. The Gili Islands are basically a vision of paradise and you can find hip hotels on almost every corner of the islands, ensuring a fun stay.
9. Lake Toba
In order to reach the beautiful lake Toba, all you need to do is to fly to the city of Medan then head over to the town of Parapet, which can be reached in less than six hours by public bus. If you’re looking for other options, plenty of travel agents in Medan can help you organise a rental car with a chauffeur so you don’t have to worry about anything else. Once you arrive in Parapet, catch the ferry to Samosir Island and relax with views of a sprawling lake that will be photogenic everywhere you take photos.
10. Prambanan Temple
Prambanan Temple is the largest Hindu temple in Indonesia and also known as Roro Jonggrang Temple—it was built in around AD 850 by Wangsa Sanjaya. UNESCO has declared it as a World Cultural Heritage site, so its preservation is very important. At a height of 47m, you will have plenty of things to explore here, so allocate some time for exploration and end it with a photography tour to decorate your social media feeds with.