If you're sightseeing in Bali and want a bird's eye view of the island's scenery, then you shouldn't miss a hike up Mount Batur. Being one of the 127 active volcanoes in Indonesia, this Bali destination is among the easier volcanoes to hike up and only takes one morning. Reach the peak before sunrise to enjoy a spectacular view with neighbouring Mount Agung in the distance.
Pura Luhur Uluwatu is another must-visit when sightseeing around Bali. Located at the southwestern tip of the island and built right on a cliff, you get a panoramic view of the coast and the magnificent Indian Ocean. Come in the evening to watch the entrancing Kecak Dance and stay to enjoy the sunset. Pura Luhur is one of Bali's and Indonesia's famous temples, so get this on your bucket list.
Kalimantan, on the island of Borneo, has several national parks that are homes to orangutans. Tanjung Puting National Park, in South Kalimantan covers 4000 square kilometres. You can book a tour to see wild orangutans and even visit the Camp Leaky orangutan research facility where you can meet orangutans and learn more about them. Other parks in Kalimantan you can check out are Kutai, Gunung Palung, and Betung Kerihun National Parks.
Lake Toba in North Sumatra is a natural lake on the caldera of a supervolcano. It's the largest lake in Indonesia and the largest volcanic lake in the world. Another special thing about Lake Toba is the large island in its centre: Samosir Island. Here, you can meet the local Batak people and experience their culture including visiting their local market, wearing the traditional Ulos cloth, and sampling authentic Batak cuisine.
Indonesia is blessed with an array of islands surrounded by gorgeous waters, and Lombok is one of them. After your sightseeing in Bali, take a speed boat on an island-hopping journey to the Gili Islands and then Lombok. Just neighbouring Bali, Lombok is quieter and offers a more relaxed holiday experience. Lounge on its beaches, or explore the island on a bicycle; you'll leave the island rejuvenated.
Raja Ampat is an archipelago in West Papua consisting of over 1000 small islands. This region is mostly untouched and quite isolated from the rest of Indonesia allowing you to disconnect and just enjoy the natural beauty of the islands. If learning about the lifestyle of the local people of West Papua interests you, you can stay at a homestay in the local villages. Of course, the highlights of visiting this region are snorkelling and scuba diving which you can do from liveaboards.
There you have it - some of the best Indonesian places to cross off your bucket list. Whether your holiday in Indonesia involves Bali, Sumatra, Lombok, or Raja Ampat, you'll surely be in for a good time. If you're looking for a hassle-free experience in Bali, check out Club Med Bali. We'll not only take care of your needs from dining to childcare, but can arrange tours to Bali's best attractions as well. Book a stay with us today!