Indonesia has been a popular tourist destination for a long time, thanks to its natural beauty, abundance of activities and cheap prices. But do you really know what Indonesia has to offer? We’ve picked out the top 10 things to do while backpacking in Indonesia. Be warned, you’ll probably want to book a trip there by the time you get to number 10!
1. Explore Bali
Bali is one of, if not the, most well-known islands in Indonesia and a hotspot for backpackers from all over the world. On the south-west coast, the areas of Canggu, Seminyak and Katu feature lively beachfront bars and a bustling nightlife. A trip further east will take you to Ubud, home to Indonesia’s most iconic rice terraces, charming town life and beautiful Hindu temples.
2. Chase waterfalls
Indonesia’s unique terrain makes it a haven for spectacular waterfalls. Our favourite is Madakaripura, featured in the picture above. Located not far from Mt. Bromo on the island of Java, you’ll have to hike down to the bottom of the cliff and through smaller waterfalls to reach it!
3. Learn to surf
There are so many amazing beaches to learn to surf in Indonesia, but the most famous is in Canggu, on the island of Bali. Whether you’re a complete beginner or just need a confidence boost, there are an abundance of classes to pick from to help you become a master of the waves.
4. Trek in the Sumatra jungle
If you’re searching for an unforgettable experience, then the jungle of Sumatra is the place to be. Located in Gunung Leuser National Park are a colony of orangutans, one of the few places in the world where you can find them! Trek through the jungle with experienced local guides in search of these amazing creates, and keep your eye out for other wildlife along the way! You can even stay the night at a basecamp to really experiences the wonders of the jungle.
5. Join a yoga retreat
If you need a break from your adventures backpacking and are looking for some rejuvenation, Indonesia is one of the most popular countries for yoga-lovers across the world. Whether it’s a one-off class or a multi-day retreat, the quaint town of Ubud is home to thousands of yoga schools where you can relax and find your inner peace in an unbelievably beautiful location.
6. Climb Mt. Bromo
The islands that make up Indonesia are scattered with volcanos. Pay a visit to Mt. Bromo and experience camping at the foot of a volcano. Wake up early and catch a beautiful sunrise from the viewpoint in the picture avoid, before hiking up to the edge of the crater!
7. Check out real-life dragons
Having existed for millions of years, the Komodo dragons some of the oldest living animals on earth. With colonies living on the islands of Flores, Rinca, Gilis, Komodo and more, Indonesia is the perfect place to hunt for dragons! Averaging at around 2.6m in length, prepare yourself for an experience you’ll never forget.
8. Snorkel in crystal clear waters
Indonesia is part of the Coral Triangle, a region that contains the highest diversity of marine life in the world. It’s no doubt that snorkelling is such a popular activity, but the crystal clean waters sure do help! For those who have a certificate, you can go diving even deeper as Indonesia is one of the most famous destinations for scuba divers!
9. Island hop on a liveaboard boat
Made up of over 11,000 islands, there’s no end to the places you can explore while travelling in Indonesia. The Komodo islands are some of the most exciting, with pristine pink beaches, incredible hill-top viewpoints and even real-life dragons. The best way to experience them all is to hop on a live-aboard boat and spend your days island hopping!
10. Experience delicious local cuisines
Everybody knows that one of the best things about travelling is food and Indonesia is no different! With influences from China, India and the Middle East, Indonesian food is an array of rich, spicy dishes, usually accompanied by locally grown rice. For a truly authentic experience, treat your tastebuds to some delicious street food by paying a visit to local warungs.
Want to have your own Indonesian adventure? We’ve just launched two brand new tours, our 22-day Indonesia Island Hopper and our 14-day Java & Bali Tour. Drop us a message in the chat box below or send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org to find out more!
Published 22nd March 2019