Swap the crowds for serenity when you visit these lesser-known adventure destinations across Indonesia; they will radically change your impression of the country.
Every surfer dreams of visiting the Mentawai Islands but are surprised by how crowded it is. Fret not, shredders, because just a day's sail to the north
From your base camp at Surfing Village, you can surf seven different waves with varying degrees of difficulty (from left-hand barrels to easy rolling rights) with no more than the handful friends you arrived with. This is a surfer’s wildest dream.
The bunny-shaped island of Sumbawa, known as Indonesia’s last tourist frontier, draws travelers that come for surfing at breaks including Scar Reef, Lakey Peak, and SuperSuck.
But, back on dry land, the real, untouched Indonesia awaits. Summit Mount Tambora, the location of the 1815 volcanic eruption, one of the most powerful in history, that dispersed ash around the world and caused an event known as "The Year Without a Summer". The two-day hike to the top reveals a
Orangutans, check. Leaf monkeys, check. Gibbons, check. But now, you want to see a Sumatran tiger. With as few as 500 tigers left in the region, your guide is doubtful, “Ma’am, seeing the tiger is very, very lucky.”
Keep your eyes peeled because trekking in Kerinci Seblat, Indonesia’s largest national park, gives you the best chance of seeing the
Start on a high note - 1,2224ft (3,726m) above sea level, to be exact. Senaru is the place to begin your ascent of Mount Rinjani. By doing the three-day trek (rather than rushing it in two days), you’ll be pleasantly rewarded with a less breakneck pace and a more scenic and shady route to your camp at the crater rim.
To go low, head to the Gili Islands. Gili T is a safe and affordable place to get your scuba or freediving certification.
If you’ve already spent some time underwater, make sure you dive Shallow Halick and Deep Halick; the gentle sloping shelf of the Halicks is home to an underwater garden of bright colored coral, turtles,
Your Javanese journey begins in Indonesia’s cultural capital, Yogyakarta. Soak up the rich art and soul of the city (and explore the world-famous Borobudur Temple) before heading south-east to cool down and catch a few waves at IstanaOmbak near the small fishing village of Pacitan.
In Pacitan, you’ll find a dreamy palm-drenched bay flanked by
Eat like a local, get to know the villagers in a homestay, or just escape tourist-infested cities, with these 5 tips get off the beaten path in Indonesia.
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