INFONAS.ID|LIFE STYLE -Indonesia is well-known abroad as a country with beautiful natural scenery. This 1.91 million km2 archipelago indeed has a stunning natural landscape, ranging from Aceh to Papua.
It is no wonder that the number of tourists coming to Indonesia continues to increase, both from within and outside the country, to directly witness the variety of natural beauty tourism in Indonesia.
Due to Indonesia's incredible natural beauty, vacationing doesn't need to go far abroad. There are several Indonesian natural tourism destinations that are very interesting to visit. What are they?
Here are the best recommended natural beauty destinations in Indonesia that have gone global:
1. Weh Island
Weh Island holds the status as the westernmost region in Indonesia. On this island, you can find the Kilometer Zero Monument as a symbol of the beginning of the journey in Indonesia.
Although not very large, Weh Island has incredible typical Indonesian natural beauty. To reach this island, you must sail by ferry for about a 2-hour journey.
One of the spots that showcases Indonesia's natural beauty on Weh Island is Iboih Beach. This beach is famous for its incredibly beautiful panorama. The vast stretch of seawater looks clear blue.
The sand along the coastline also appears white and soft. In addition to Iboih Beach, there are also several other beaches, such as Kasih Beach, Tapak Gajah Beach, Sumur Tiga Beach, and Anoi Itam Beach, which are no less enchanting.
2. Lake Toba
You can also enjoy Indonesia's natural beauty when visiting Lake Toba located in North Sumatra. Lake Toba is the largest lake in Indonesia. In the middle of the lake, there is a relatively large land, namely Samosir Island.
You can visit Samosir Island by taking a ferry for 30 minutes. On Samosir Island, you can explore the history and culture of the local community.
Located around 900 meters above sea level, the atmosphere around Lake Toba feels cool. While relaxing and enjoying the stunning natural panorama, taste fresh seafood dishes.
Don't forget to choose the best spot to witness the perfect beauty of Lake Toba. If you want to explore this Indonesian natural tourism object more fully, find the nearest accommodation.
3. Belitung Island
Belitung Island has become one of the tourist destinations that showcases the natural beauty of Indonesia. The number of visitors coming to this area continues to increase throughout the year.
There are several spots that offer natural beauty in Belitung Island, including Tanjung Binga, Leebong Island, Tanjung Kelayang Beach, and Lengkuas Island. These places are synonymous with white sand and crystal clear seawater.
The name of Belitung Island became even more famous since Andrea Hirata published his novel titled "Laskar Pelangi" (The Rainbow Troops). Set against the stunning beauty of Lengkuas Island, this inspiring story has successfully attracted the interest of many people to come to Belitung.
So, for those of you who are planning to vacation on this island, make sure to set aside more than one or two days to explore it.
4. Mount Bromo
Mount Bromo is one of the most popular mountains among tourists because it offers stunning natural beauty of Indonesia. Despite being an active volcano, Bromo is never empty of visitors.
There are several interesting spots around the area of Mount Bromo that are favorite among tourists. One of them is Puncak Penanjakan which is often used as a location to watch the sunrise panorama. Puncak Penanjakan has been equipped with various facilities, ranging from toilets, prayer rooms, to food stalls.
In addition to Puncak Penanjakan, you must also visit Pasir Berbisik. It is a vast expanse of sand dunes covering 5,920 hectares located on the way to the peak of Bromo. The texture of the sand is fine and black. The natural scenery in this place looks even more exotic with the presence of magnificent cliffs around it.
5. Raja Ampat
Located in the eastern part of Indonesia, Raja Ampat is a group of islands that boasts some of the most stunning natural beauty in the world. The crystal clear waters surrounding the islands are home to a diverse range of marine life, including rare and exotic species of fish and coral.
Raja Ampat is a favorite destination for divers and snorkelers due to the incredible underwater scenery. Visitors can explore the colorful coral reefs, swim with giant manta rays, and even encounter whale sharks. In addition to the underwater world, the islands also offer breathtaking landscapes, such as Wayag Island with its iconic karst formations and turquoise lagoons.
To reach Raja Ampat, visitors can take a flight to Sorong and then continue by speedboat to the islands. The best time to visit is from October to April when the weather is dry and sunny, making it perfect for outdoor activities.
Ubud is a small town located in the heart of Bali, known for its serene and tranquil atmosphere and surrounded by lush green rice fields and picturesque villages. It is a popular destination for those who seek a more laid-back and spiritual experience.
Ubud is also a hub for art and culture, with numerous galleries, museums, and temples to explore. Visitors can also attend traditional Balinese dance performances, yoga classes, and meditation sessions. One of the must-visit attractions in Ubud is the Monkey Forest, a sanctuary for over 700 long-tailed macaques.
In addition to its cultural attractions, Ubud also offers a variety of natural beauty, such as Tegalalang Rice Terrace and Campuhan Ridge Walk, where visitors can take a leisurely stroll and enjoy the stunning scenery. Ubud is easily accessible from Bali's Ngurah Rai International Airport and can be reached by car or motorbike.
One of the proofs of Indonesia's natural beauty can be found in Bunaken. Bunaken National Park is located in North Sulawesi, precisely in the Coral Triangle.
In this area, there are around 390 species of coral reefs as well as various types of fish and marine animals. It is no wonder that many tourists come to Bunaken Marine Park to be able to see this underwater habitat up close.
The favorite activities while in Bunaken Marine Park are diving and snorkeling. In fact, Bunaken is said to be the best diving destination in Indonesia. The most popular spots are Bunaken Timur Mandolin and Puncak Barakuda.
Witnessing the beauty of the atmosphere in this place will make you amazed. If you don't want to get wet, take advantage of the facilities in the form of semi-submarine boats with glass walls.
8. Wae Rebo
Located at an altitude of 1,500 meters above sea level, the village of Wae Rebo is often referred to as a land above the clouds. Although it is not easy to reach the village located in Manggarai, East Nusa Tenggara.
However, the difficulty of the journey will be paid off after you directly see the beauty of the traditional buildings typical of Wae Rebo, framed by natural scenery and majestic mountains as the background.
Having a long cultural and historical value, Wae Rebo was designated as a UNESCO World Heritage site in 2012.
Located in Southeast Sulawesi, Wakatobi National Park, which mostly consists of marine areas, is a natural tourist destination that offers the stunning natural beauty of Indonesia.
Often referred to as an underwater paradise, this natural tourist destination in Indonesia is home to various types of marine flora and fauna, including a beautiful and exotic coral reef that is conserved here.
If you visit here, make sure to take the time to dive or snorkel to get a closer look at the natural beauty of Indonesia's underwater world.
10. Lake Sentani
Sentani means "here we live peacefully" and in accordance with this name, the atmosphere at Lake Sentani is indeed very peaceful and calming. This is because the panorama of the largest lake in Papua is still very pristine and exotic.
Covering an area of 9,360 hectares and located at an altitude of 75 meters above sea level, this natural tourist destination in Indonesia has a very refreshing air atmosphere.
Every year, precisely in June, the Lake Sentani Festival is often held. Here, you can witness various traditional cultural performances of Papua, such as war dances and other traditional dances performed on boats while accompanied by traditional musical instruments of Papua.
The beauty of Indonesia's pristine nature serves as a breathtaking background to these performances.
11. Mount Ijen
East Java is one of the provinces on the island of Java that holds a lot of natural beauty, one of which is located in the Ijen Nature Reserve which is in Banyuwangi. This popular natural tourist destination in Indonesia is famous for its crater that emits a bluish flame.
Located at an altitude of 2,368 meters above sea level, the best time to reach the peak of Mount Ijen is in the middle of the night before the sunrise, where you can witness the exotic blue flame that exists in the crater.
12. Kelingking Beach, Nusa Penida
Besides Diamond Beach, Nusa Penida also has Kelingking Beach, which offers an iconic natural view. It can be said that Kelingking Beach is currently the icon of Nusa Penida, well-known to both local and foreign tourists.
The main reason, of course, is the stunning natural scenery in the form of cliffs that resemble the shape of a T-Rex's head.
As its name suggests, this small beach has a shape resembling a human's pinky finger. If you look at it from above, the gradient colors of the beach are very captivating and beautiful.
The natural beauty of Indonesia is prominently displayed in some of its tourist destinations. However, there are still many natural attractions in Indonesia that are famous even abroad.
The natural and unspoiled atmosphere is a special magnet for tourists. Nevertheless, there is no need to worry because the available facilities are quite complete.
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