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15 Extreme Things to Do in Indonesia Before You Die

by Hindarko Luh Setyawanto

Indonesia has a beautiful nature and diverse culture. In addition to sightseeing, there are so many extreme things to do to enjoy the beauty of Indonesia. From diving to skydiving; from surfing to flyboarding.

There are many places in Indonesia where you can do extreme things. From the virgin beaches of Papua to the popular beaches of Bali; from the volcanoes of the ring of fire to the traditional market of Sulawesi. Check out the list of extreme things to do in Indonesia..!

1. Diving with Whale Sharks in Cenderawasih Bay National Park

Sharks are identical to malignant animals, but it is not the case with whale sharks. Fish that has the Latin name Rhincodon Typus is only eating plankton and larvae or small fish. Whale sharks can dive up to 1,000 meters with weights up to 45 tons and reach lengths of 21 meters.

In the Cenderawasih Bay National Park for most of the year whale sharks can be found. They usually appear around the places of anchovies catching. Often fishermen call the whale shark by throwing anchovies into the sea. Although whale sharks are relatively benign and friendly to humans, you still need to keep a safe distance. Wigs from a whale shark’s tail can be dangerous.

How to Get There

Cenderawasih Bay National Park is located in Kwantisore Village, Nabire, West Papua. First you take a plane by route Jakarta – Manokwari. From Manokwari you continue the journey by small plane or boat to Kwantisore Village, Nabire. In Kwantisore Village there are several dive resorts that offer diving tours with whale sharks. Or you can also join liveaboard tours (live on the ship) that are offered by many tour bureaus in Manokwari. Diving with whale sharsk is one of the many things to do in West Papua.

2. Surfing in Krui

Indonesia is directly adjacent to the Indian Ocean which is famous for its great waves. Therefore it is not surprising one of the best places to surf is in Krui, South Lampung. Krui has a beach with the best beach breaks in the world. The beach here is known for its strong waves, so it is more suitable for professional surfers.

The best time to surf in Krui is from February to May. In these months, surfers will get big and stable waves. Krui has many surfing spots so surfers have the freedom to explore. In addition Krui is not too crowded, has friendly residents, and the food is good.

How to Get There

It is not difficult to get to Krui. From Jakarta you take the plane to Bandar Lampung. Then proceed with a mini bus or rental car to Krui. The journey takes 6 – 7 hours drive. Anyway surfing is not the only things to do in Krui.

3. Freediving in Gili Trawangan

Freediving is a dive by using only masks and fins, without using the help of oxygen. So you just rely on the power of holding your breath in the water. Some might say freediving is a dangerous sport number 2 after BASE jumping.

You need adequate information and intensive training to master freediving. In Gili Trawangan there are several places that offer freediving training, ranging from beginner to expert level. They have complete facilities and experienced instructors. You can learn freediving while enjoying the underwater beauty of Gili Trawangan.

How to Get There

The most popular way to Gili Trawangan is by boarding a speed boat from Bali. Or you can catch a plane by route Jakarta – Lombok International Airport, and then cross to Gili Trawangan by boat. Take time to explore Gili Trawangan. There are many things to do in Gili Trawangan.

4. Flyboarding in Tanjung Benoa Bali

You want to feel the sensation of flying in the air like Ironman? You can try flyboarding at Tanjung Benoa Bali. Discover the unique experience of flyboarding. Anyway how hard is it to fly?

Before attempting flyboarding, you will be briefed by the instructor. Make sure you wear safety equipment well. You should be calm and focused while flyboarding. Do not panic when falling. No pain no gain.

How to Get There

It’s very easy to Tanjung Benoa. Tanjung Benoa is just 1 hour drive from Ngurah Rai International Airport, Denpasar. You will have fun in Tanjung Benoa. Lot’s of things to do in Tanjung Benoa.

5. Flying Fish in Tanjung Benoa Bali

For you the adrenaline junkie, the flying fish at Tanjung Benoa is a must-try activity. Flying fish is a combination of three banana boats into a series with additional fins on the right and left side. The maximum of people who ride it is only three people; two passengers and one instructor.

As the name implies, flying fish, you will feel the excitement of flying up to 5 meters above sea level. So when viewed from below, you are like a kite pulled by a speed boat. Do not worry, the instructor will make sure all safety procedures are well executed.

How to Get There

Tanjung Benoa is just 1 hour drive from Ngurah Rai International Airport, Denpasar.

6. Bungee Jumping in Seminyak Beach

The tradition of jumping from high places comes from the Maori tribe in New Zealand. There the youths prove their courage by jumping from a tall tree to a pond. You can also prove how big your guts is with bungee jumping at Seminyak Beach.

In Seminyak Beach there is a bungee jumping ride with a height of 45 meters above the pool. The operator makes the safety of participants a top priority. The good thing is to climb the tower you do not use the stairs, but the elevator. You can choose to jump anytime; day, afternoon, or night.

How to Get There

Seminyak Beach is located at Dhyana Pura Street, Seminyak Village, Kuta, Badung Regency. It’s about half an hour drive from downtown Denpasar. Seminyak is the perfect place to going crazy. There are many things to do in Seminyak.

7. Cliff Jumping in Nusa Ceningan

Well, for you who are still hesitant to try bungee jumping, you can warm up first with cliff jumping in Nusa Ceningan. There are two spots for cliff jumping here, namely Blue Lagoon and Mahana Point. You can jump gradually, from low cliffs to highest cliffs.

After trying cliff jumping you can relax while enjoying the beauty of Nusa Ceningan. The turquoise sea stretches out before the rocky cliffs forming breathtaking views. Also do not miss the beautiful sunset here. You can feel the peaceful atmosphere because the place is still rarely visited by tourists.

How to Get There

Nusa Ceningan is located in Klungkung Regency of Bali. First from Denpasar you go to Sanur Beach. Then from Sanur Beach you take a boat to Nusa Lembongan Island. From Nusa Lembongan Island you just walk across the bridge to Nusa Ceningan Island. Explore this little island, you will find lots of things to do in Nusa Ceningan.

8. Rafting in Citarik River

Indonesia has many fast-flowing rivers that are suitable for rafting. One of them is the Citarik River in Sukabumi, West Java. This river has a varied difficulty level from grade 3 to 4. Water debit is quite a lot, clean and stable, making this river as one of the favorite rafting places in Indonesia.

On the Citarik River there are at least 5 tour operators that offer rafting tours. There are several tracks you can choose. Each track has different mileage and difficulties. Rowing a rubber boat through a swift stream of river not only requires courage but also good teamwork. Therefore you should always pay attention to the words of the instructor.

How to Get There

Citarik River is located in Bantarselang Village, Cikidang, Sukabumi Regency, West Java. The journey from Jakarta to Sukabumi by car takes about 4 hours. Sukabumi is full of interesting places. You have a lot of things to do in Sukabumi.

9. Canyoning in Cikondang Waterfall

If you want something new, try canyoning. The perceived sensation is similar to rock climbing combined with rafting. You will feel the mood of being in the height mixed with splashing water into the body.

Cikondang Waterfall has a height of about 25 meters. Down the Cikondang Waterfall with a rope will certainly give an unforgettable excitement. Make sure you use safety equipment properly such as helmets, elbow protectors, and knee pads.

How to Get There

Cikondang Waterfall is located in Sukadana Village, Campaka, Cianjur Regency, West Java. The journey from Jakarta to Cianjur by car takes about 3 hours. Cianjur is one of many beautiful places in West Java. Get yourself a time, many things to do in West Java

10. Caving at Jomblang Cave

Jomblang Cave is one of about 400 caves that exist in the mountain area of Gunungkidul. Jomblang Cave is a vertical cave with a distance of approximately 80 meters and a diameter of about 50 m. Inside the cave you will find limestone hills, forests with very green vegetation, stalactites, stalagmites and underground rivers that end at sea.

The best time to enjoy the beauty of Jomblang Cave is at 10 am – 12 pm. At that moment the sunlight will enter the cave perpendicularly. It’s so beautiful. Make sure you use all safety equipment well. Also note the instructions given by the guide.

How to Get There

Jomblang Cave is located in Semanu Village, Gunungkidul Regency. It’s about 50 km southeast of Yogyakarta. It takes around 1.5 hours drive from downtown Yogyakarta. You will have no trouble finding a travel agency offering caving tour to Jomblang Cave. Gunungkidul also has another attractions. You won’t believe there are many things to do in Gunungkidul.

More Extreme Things to Do in Indonesia

11. Hiking to Ijen Crater

Mount Ijen is an active volcano that has a blue flame phenomenon in its crater. To see the Ijen Crater you will hike through a path that is almost 4 km long. The first 1 km is flat terrain, the next 1 km is uphill and steep, and then the last 1 km is uphill but sloping. Upon arriving at the top, you have to walk down the huge rocks as far as 800 meters to see the blue flame.

Although Mount Ijen is open every day, it also can be closed at any time if Mount Ijen is churning. Hiking will also be prohibited if it is raining because Ijen Crater will release lethal monoxide gas. For you who has asthma, heart disease and high blood pressure are also prohibited from hiking to Ijen Cater.

How to Get There

Ijen Crater is located in East Java, on the border of Bondowoso and Banyuwangi. From Jakarta you take a plane to Surabaya. Then you take the bus with route Surabaya – Bondowoso. From Bondowoso the journey is still continued by bus to Sempol. From Sempol you take a bus to Banyupait. From Banyupait you ride a motorbike or car to Paltuding. Paltuding is the starting point to Ijen Crater where you start the hike. Anyway stop by at Banyuwangi. There are lots of things to do in Banyuwangi.

12. Paragliding in Puncak

Paragliding is commonly interpreted as a parachute that can be flown solely by utilizing the wind. Nevertheless paragliding can fly very high and reach a great distance. Paragliding uses pilot’s feet to take off and land.

The length of flight depends on weather and wind conditions. If the wind is strong enough and stable, you can fly for about 15 minutes. But, if the wind is too fast or slow, you should wait until the wind is stable again. Please note the allowable weight for paragliding is 20 kg – 85 kg.

How to Get There

You can try paragliding tour at Paralayang Hill, which is located at Puncak Street, Km. 87, Puncak, Bogor. It’s about 3 hours drive from Jakarta. You will not get bored in Puncak. You have many things to do in Puncak.

13. Culinary Tour in Tomohon

Have you ever tried rat satay or grilled snakes? Horrified indeed, but that’s the typical culinary of Tomohon, North Sulawesi. Tomohon Market sells a variety of unusual animal flesh such as dogs, cats, bats, rice field rats and snakes.

Most of the meat is bought for home cooking. For example bat meat will be cooked with coconut milking and woku seasoning. It can also be made for rica-rica. If you have guts, you can try a small portion of rat satay that costs Rp 25,000. It is said that the taste of rat satay was quite tender and sweet.

How to Get There

It is not difficult to get to Tomohon. First you take a plane from Jakarta to Manado. From Manado you drive to Tomohon. It’s only 1 hour drive. Take time to explore Manado, many things to do in Manado

14. Skydiving over Pangandaran Beach

In Indonesia, skydiving is an activity that has not so many fans. It’s because the cost to fly is not cheap. But for you daredevil, skydiving over Pangandaran Beach is should be on your list.

If you are rookie, you will skydive tandem with an experienced instructor. Make sure you have guts and are in good shape. Enjoy how fun it is to float in the air while looking at the beauty of Pangandaran Beach.

How to Get There

Skydiving activities in Pangandaran are centered at Nusawiru Airport located in Cijulang, Pangandaran, Ciamis Regency. It’s about 8 hours drive from Jakarta. Almost every travel agent that offers Pangandaran tour puts skydiving in the list.

15. Merapi Tour on Motor Cross

Since the last eruption of Mount Merapi, the area around Mount Merapi becomes not easily passed by regular vehicles. To enjoy the beauty of Mount Merapi you can ride a motorcross. Exploring the areas that were affected by eruption will be much more exciting.

There are quite a lot of motorcross rentals in the area of Mount Merapi. Generally they rent out motorcross in the form of tour packages. For example, short route tour is about 30 minutes, medium route tour is about 2 hours and long route tour is about 3 hours.

How to Get There
There are motorcross rentals in Kaliurang, Sleman Regency, Yogyakarta. It’s less than 1 hour drive from downtown Yogyakarta. Also do not miss the chance to go for a stroll in Yogyakarta. Many things to do in Yogyakarta.

Ok guys, now you know the extreme things to do in Indonesia. No doubt Indonesia has the best Places To Visit in Indonesia with its beautiful nature and culture (Once in a Life Time). Let’s visit Indonesia..!

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