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20 Holiday Destinations in Indonesia (Must Visit Before You Die)

by Yoga Adi

Holiday time has come ! Now start to pack and decide where you want to go. If you still confuse, where you want to go for this holiday, come to visit our country Indonesia! Heavenly place filled with thousand of attractions ready to explore till your heart explode. So, if you looking for a good place in Indonesia, its a good choice!

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You can start anywhere in this country. If you point your finger anywhere, there will be at least one attraction there. The probability to find a good place is very high, so don’t even worry not finding one. Okay, here we make you the list about Top 20 holiday destinations in Indonesia, let’s check it out!

1. Kuta Beach

For tourists of domestic and foreign, enjoying the sunset on the island of Bali was not complete if you have not watched it in Kuta Beach. The attractiveness of Kuta Beach is different from Sanur Beach which is more desirable because of its sunrise beauty. In addition to panoramic sunset, Kuta Beach also presents a quite impressive scenery, the curved crescent shaped beach with a stretch of white sand along 2 km.

As the most popular Places To Visit in Bali, the pulse of tourist activity in Kuta Beach moved from early morning until dusk. In the morning, Kuta Beach is visited by tourists who want to breathe fresh air, just walking around, or looking for breakfast. During the day, the tourists both domestic and foreign tourists enjoy the natural panorama while sunbathing on the Beaches in Kuta. There are also families who bring their children to play sand or swim at the beach. Indeed, its a must place to visit and Things to Do in Kuta Bali

  • Entry Ticket : Free!
  • Opening Hours : Opens every time

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2. Pandawa Beach

Pandawa beach popularity as one of the attractions in Bali, became one of the places as a mandatory destination when you arrange a package tour in Bali. Its strategic location occupies the travel path of South Bali, and is located in the village of Kutuh, District Kutas Selatan, Badung, so it is also known as Kutuh beach.

Formerly before the beach Pandawa is popular, by the foreign tourists its better known by the name of Secret Beach, because it lies hidden behind the hill. But once there is access road entrance by dredge the hill, then the beauty of this beach becomes more famous, especially with the existence of limestone cliffs formed after the making of the road, looks harmonious combined display beautiful natural scenery.

  • Entry Ticket : Rp4.000,- for domestic, Rp10.000,- for foreign
  • Opening Hours : Opens every time

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3. Old Town Jakarta

Old Batavia is a term from the Old Town of Jakarta is a trading center for the Asian continent during the Dutch East Indies era. History of the Old Town of Jakarta at that time the sailors and merchants from around the world, especially Asia made the transaction here.

By the European sailors in old times of this region is also called the “Queen of the East” as well as the “Asian Gem”. The area of ​​this city crosses the area of ​​West Jakarta and North Jakarta and has an area of ​​approximately 139 hectares. Now, the famous Things to Do in Old Town Jakarta  became a tourist attraction. There can be found are various buildings with European and Chinese-style architecture. 

For those of you who claim to be lovers of history and also photography, tours to Old Town Jakarta is the right place for you. Here you can get around by hiring a bicycle while taking pictures and enjoying delicious culinary. Old Town area has old buildings relics in the Dutch colonial period so that the Dutch architectural style is very subtle in this area. The Jakarta City Government maintains the condition of this building as the original and performs various improvements on various sides by maintaining its original shape. So, its a must place to visit.

  • Entry Ticket : No entry ticket to enter Old Town Jakarta area
  • Opening Hours : No opening hours for the area itself except the museums

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4. Komodo National Park

Yes, in Indonesia has Komodo National Park located in East Nusa Tenggara. If you are traveling to the island of Flores, do not forget to stop here. Well, Komodo National Park is one of the three islands located in the cluster of small islands of East Nusa Tenggara, for the size of 1.817 square kilometers.

For visitors who come there will be accompanied by tour guide, who will be ready to guide wherever you go. In addition, visitors can also capture the moment along with the predator animal, but from a long distance, its a bit risky if things happen that are not desired. So you must prepared to prevent the worst to enjoy Things to Do in Komodo National Park

  • Entry Ticket : Rp90.000,-
  • Opening Hours : Opens every time

5. Trans Studio Bandung

Trans Studio Bandung is a modern tourist place located in Bandung city of West Java. Trans Studio Bandung has now become one of the favorite tourist destinations of tourists who are visiting in Bandung. Its open to the public in June 2011, presenting entertainment tours that have the feel of an indoor playground and its Indonesia’s largest indoor even in the world. Trans Studio Bandung is managed by Trans Corp for Bandung Attractions

Previously has been built Trans Studio Makassar in Makassar which certainly is not less good and successful to Trans Studio Bandung. Due to the success of Trans Studio Makassar, Trans Corp is trying to create a bigger and more spectacular indoor playground than trans studio in Makassar. Its a great place to visit.

  • Entry Ticket : Rp 180.000 on weekday, Rp280.000,- on weekend
  • Opening Hours : Opens from 09.00 – 21.00 everyday

6. Raja Ampat

Raja Ampat is a series of islands that are close, exactly 4 islands. This island cluster belongs to Raja Ampat regency, West Papua. Now Raja Ampat becomes a tourist destination especially for those who enjoy diving or swimming.

There are some interesting diving spots, such as in Misool Island, Salawati, Waigeo, Batanta. Raja Ampat Islands has great tourism potential especially for diving. Raja Ampat is recognized as one of the top 10 dive sites in the world. The flora and fauna are very complete. With the best coral reefs in the archipelago.

The seawater stores at least 1000 species of hard coral fish, 540 hard coral species, and 700 species of molluscs. So 75% of the world’s coral species are in the waters of Raja Ampat, and there are no areas of waters with the same extent to have as many corals as there are in Raja Ampat Islands Indonesia. Some species that you can find here are manta rays, dwarf horses, and wobegongs. Heavenly place.

  • Entry Ticket : About Rp1.500.000,-
  • Opening Hours : No exact opening hours (You can come here any time you want, but keep looking at the boat departing schedule)

7. Bunaken National Park

Bunaken National Marine Park has an area of ​​75,265 ha. There are 5 islands included in this national park, those are Naen Island, Bunaken Island, Manado Tua Island, Siladen Island, and Island of Mantehage and its surrounding small islands. And the number of people in the five islands is about 21,000 people.

Geographically Bunaken Island  is included in the territorial waters of “Triangle of Gold”. More than about 3000 fish species are located in Bunaken. The “Golden Triangle” region is a marine pathway linking the Philippine sea, Papua sea, and the Indonesian sea. Because of the natural wealth in Bunaken, national and international non-governmental organizations work together in the conservation of coral reefs and mangroves. Don’t forget to come here.

  • Entry Ticket : Rp50.000,-
  • Opening Hours : Opens from 08.00 – 16.30

8. Cendrawasih Bay National Park

The Bay of Cendrawasih has a unique geological structure and a very important oceanographic history. This marine national park has a vast coral reef with the best quality in the world. Surveys conducted with the involvement of world coral reef experts in 2006 found more than 500 species of coral reefs with 14 new species. Purup Island and Numamurang Strait is the largest biodiversity found ever recorded in the world.

There are more than 950 species of reef fish found in Cendrawasih Bay National Park. This area is home to mega fauna populations including whale shark (Rhinocodon typus), mermaid (dugong), Napoleon wrasse, turtles and relatively healthy predator populations such as sharks. So it must be a perfect place for underwater world lovers.

  • Entry Ticket : Rp15.000,- for domestic tourist, Rp 25.000,0 for foreign
  • Opening Hours : Opens from 07.00-16.00

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9. Tanjung Benoa

Many people know, Bali’s most frequent tourist destination for Bali water sport activities is Tanjung Benoa beach. It makes Tanjung Benoa Beach the choice to do water sport activities in Bali, because the beach of Tanjung Benoa has a calm sea wave and is very safe for water sport activities in Bali. Very different from the Kuta beach Bali which has a slightly higher sea wave and more suitable for surfing sports activities.

Safety in carrying out the watersport activities of Tanjung Benoa Bali takes precedence by providing trained and experienced instructors and the tools used must also meet safety standards. Accident insurance coverage is also provided to consumers. Its a perfect place to enjoy with family and friends enjoying Things To Do in Tanjung Benoa

  • Entry Ticket : Rp5.000,- parking ticket
  • Opening Hours : Opens from 09.00-16.00 everyday

10. Mount Bromo

Mount Bromo is one of the active volcanoes in Indonesia, precisely in East Java and includes 4 districts of Probolinggo, Pasuruan, Lumajang, and Malang regency. As an active volcano, Bromo became a popular tourist destination in East Java and almost never deserted every day. Its active status makes Mount Bromo more attractive to tourists. Things to Do in Mount Bromo

The height of Mount Bromo is 2,392 meters above sea level and has an interlocked body shape between the valley and the canyon with the surrounding caldera or a vast sea of ​​approximately 5,300 hectares.

Mount Bromo is famous as the most beautiful and most visited probolinggo icon. The word “Bromo” comes from the word “Brahma” which is one of the Hindu gods. Mount Bromo is not as big as other volcanoes in Indonesia but the view of Bromo is amazing. The magnificent beauty of Mount Bromo makes tourists amazed. Such a beautiful place.

  • Entry Ticket : Rp27.500
  • Opening Hours : Opens every time

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11. Mount Ijen

This mount Ijen has its own special place, Ijen crater. Ijen Crater is one of nature tourism that has become one of the tourist icons in East Java which is at the peak of Mount Ijen degan altitude of 2,443 mdpl.

It is a lake with acidic water . In addition to enjoying the amazing Ijen Crater, you can also see a row of mountains located not far from the Ijen Crater like Mount Suket, Mount Raung, Mount Merapi, Mount Rante.

This tourist area is also known as the Blue Fire phenomenon or blue flame that only appeared in the early morning around 02.00 – 04.00 and became one of the attractions of this crater Ijen. A nice place to visit indeed.

  • Entry Ticket : Rp5.000,- domestic, Rp100.000 for foreign tourist
  • Opening Hours : Opens every time

12. Borobudur Temple

Borobudur Temple is a temple built during the Syailendra dynasty and is the grandest Buddhist monument in the world. Because of its splendor and majesty, the temple built in the 8th century has been established by UNESCO as one of the world heritages in Borobudur Yogyakarta

Almost all foreign tourists visiting Yogyakarta are seeing Borobudur as a must-visit tourist destination. So is the case for domestic tourists. It feels less complete if you visit Yogyakarta but did not stop by the magnificent temple located in Magelang regency, Central Java. It is a place rich with history.

  • Entry Ticket : Rp40.000,-
  • Opening Hours : Everyday from 06.00 – 17.00

13. Prambanan Temple

Prambanan Temple is the largest Hindu temple in Indonesia and even Southeast Asia. This temple is also known as Roro Jongrang Temple which was built around 850 AD by Wangsa Sanjaya. By UNESCO since 1991 ago, this temple is designated as a world cultural heritage that must be protected. Prambanan temple has a height of 47 meters or 5 meters higher than Borobudur temple.

The structure of Prambanan temple depicts the belief in the Hindu religion of Trimurti. Prambanan temple complex has 3 temples in the main yard of Siwa temple, Brahma temple and Vishnu temple. Each main temple has one companion temple. For Siwa temple accompanied by Nandini temple, for Brahma temple accompanied by Goose temple and for Vishnu temple accompanied by Garuda temple. There are interesting events held every month on the full moon that is Ramayana staging. Ramayana story told in this show is a translation of the relief carved on the wall of Prambanan temple. It must be great to check it out.

  • Entry Ticket : Rp40.000,-
  • Opening Hours : Everyday from 06.00 – 17.00

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Other Attractions in Indonesia

Beside the places mentioned above, you can also visit these great holiday destinations in Indonesia:

14. Toba Lake, a beautiful lake located on Sumatra

15. Mount Rinjani, one of the great mountains in as one of the top holiday destinations in Indonesia

16. Ubud Monkey Forest, another unique place in Bali Things to Do in Ubud Monkey Forest

17. National Museum of Indonesia, place with rich of history

18. Bogor Botanical Garden, doing vacation while increasing your knowledge

19. Ancol Dreamland, a perfect place to enjoy with kids ( Things to Do in Ancol )

20. Tanah Lot, heavenly place of art and culture

That’s it, the list of Top 20 holiday destinations in Indonesia. Actually, there’s more things to do in there, you can explore it and i want you to find it yourself, and make a great experience of it, careful not to get lost though. Make a very nice memory of it, and please keep the environment clean, to make the beauty of those places still maintained. Enjoy your holiday in Indonesia and have a great day!

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