Best Tourist Attractions in Indonesia 2020

Where to go in Indonesia? Achieve your travel goals with this list of beautiful destinations, things to do, best places to visit, Indonesia tourist spots, attractions & more.

Top / best tourist attractions in Indonesia:

  1. Weh Island
  2. Lake Toba
  3. Ngarai Sianok
  4. Belitung Island
  5. Dieng Plateau
  6. Karimunjawa Island

1. Weh Island

Weh is a volcanic island. No wonder even on the shores of the sea, still found typical volcanic stones that are easily found. This also affects the fertility of the soil. Some of the intact green forest cover can be found in the western part of the island. When driving towards the iconic destination on Pulau Weh, KM 0 - the symbol of the outer boundary of the Republic of Indonesia, visitors can find tropical forests. Often on the road, a group of long-tailed monkeys are on the road to relax.

weh island

Lying towards the sea, there is a bay between the seas, where at the deepest end of the bay lies the city of Sabang. From the height of the point visitors can see the beauty of this bay.

Being in this bay there is the island of Rubiah, - it is said that the name was taken from the tomb of a woman, Cut Nyak Rubiah buried on this island, there is a coral reef that makes Weh Island one of the famous underwater destinations.

Access to Rubiah Island is from Iboih Beach or the local name "Teupin Layeu". It only takes about 5-10 minutes by motorboat from Iboih to Rubiah Island.

At Iboih, visitors can also play water on the beach and stay at the guest house. If you are lucky, some eco-friendly concept hotels provide pavilions jutting into the sea. When you open your eyes in the morning, the view of the sea is directly in front of your eyes.

The main objective in Iboih is generally those who want to swim and do scuba diving. But there are also those who are just to enjoy the beauty of nature and try culinary delights.

For those who want to dive, you don't need to worry, there are several dive operators here that you can contact. One advantage of diving tourism on Pulau Weh is its close location. The sea around Rubiah Island and other small islands around it, has a diversity of various types of fish and beautiful coral reefs.

Even if you do not intend to dive, with snorkeling you can observe the beauty of the sea from the surface of the sea. Guaranteed, you can find a collection of fish (schooling fish) that swim around coral reefs. Meanwhile, the cost of renting snorkeling equipment is around IDR 40,000. While the one-time dive costs around Rp. 400,000 (or Euro 25 for foreign tourists).

The waters around Iboih Beach and Rubiah Island are intended for tourism. Massive fishing is prohibited, because it is feared that it will damage coral reefs, which in turn will have an impact on the underwater potential of this place. No wonder the underwater waters in this place are touted as one of the best in Sumatra.

Another more challenging dive point, - more than 30 meters, is below KM0 and the west coast of Pulau Weh. It is said that according to a local diver, the sea topography at this location is steep in shape that can be dived to a depth of 100 meters. This location is recommended for advanced licensed divers because of the difficulty and risk of diving.

Don't forget to maintain ethics while you are in this location. Visitors are expected to remain dressed politely to respect the local culture. To preserve nature you are also asked not to litter.

To get to Pulau Weh, you can use a ro-ro boat (ferry) or you can also use a fast boat from Banda Aceh. By fast boat from Ule-Lhe Port, Banda Aceh heading to the Port of Balohan, Sabang takes about 45 minutes. As an alternative, besides ships, heading to Sabang is also available direct flights from Medan.

2. Lake Toba

Lake Toba is a lake formed by volcanic activity of volcanoes including Super Vulcan, which is Mount Toba which is located in North Sumatra Province, Indonesia. The eruption of Mount Toba was estimated to occur around 73,000 to 75,000 years ago.

lake toba

Because of the huge eruption of Mount Toba, several foreign researchers conducted research on the causes that caused Lake Toba to form. It is estimated that the eruption of Mount Toba is one of the most severe eruptions that ever existed because the total material released reached 2,800 km3 - 2,000 km3 from Ignimbrit that flows above the ground, and about 800 km3 which fell as ash mainly to the west. Pyroclastic flows from the eruption destroyed an area of ​​20,000 km2, with ash deposits as thick as 600 m with the main crater. This causes the formation of a large caldera filled with water which is now known as Lake Toba and upward pressure by magma that has not yet come out causing the formation of an island in the middle of the lake known as Samosir Island.

This lake has a length of 100 kilometers and a width of 30 kilometers so that this lake is the largest lake in Indonesia and Southeast Asia, because of this this lake is well known to foreign countries. Besides this, the lake is famous for its beauty so that until now many tourists visit Lake Toba and Samosir Island.

To reach Samosir Island visitors can go through the mainland on Lake Toba, there are accommodations available in the city of Parapat. Parapat is a small rocky peninsula town jutting into the lake. On the way to Parapat from the hill town of Berastagi visitors will get some views as the lake starts to look and the way down the mountain is close to the coastline. In Parapat, only the Toba Bataks and Simalungun Bataks are known as happy and relaxed people, famous for their lively and sentimental songs. Although the majority have embraced Christianity, ancient beliefs and traditions still persist.

Visitors can make more convenient choices for enjoying tours on Lake Toba and Samosir Island, by staying on the large island of Samosir in the middle of the lake. Here visitors can see the original home of the Toba Batak people. This island has many traces of a past story in which there are stone tombs and traditional villages, such as in Ambarita which has a courtyard with stone furniture where in the old days prisoners were tried and beheaded. Or visit Simanindo where visitors will enjoy traditional Batak music and dance rituals. This is where visitors will be brought to discover the unique and ancient Toba culture.

In Tomok, visitors can find souvenirs and crafts of the Batak, buy hand-woven red and black scarves called ulos which are still used today, rattan batak calendars, wood carvings and others. Samosir Island can be accessed by using a regular ferry from Parapat. Apart from the ferry, there are boats that pass regularly around the island. And if you want to better understand the culture of the Batak visit the Batak Museum in Balige, further south on the mainland coast there are many smaller hotels and accommodations around the lake, especially in Parapat and Tuktuk on Samosir Island.

3. Ngarai Sianok

Ngarai Sianok, used to be the main menu when visiting Bukittinggi, West Sumatra. Ngarai Sianok, located in Sianok Village, Bukittinggi City, Agam Regency, West Sumatra. Its beauty is famous to foreign countries, even equated with the Grand Canyon in the United States. Ngarai Sianok has a depth of 100 m and a length of approximately 15 km with a width of 200 m. It extends to the south of "Ngarai Koto Gadang, Ngarai Sianok, Enam Suku, and Palupuh".

ngarai sianok

Ngarai Sianok was formed due to the movement of the earth's fault. The fracture is formed extending and winding from the south of the Ngarai Koto Gadang to the nagari Sianok Anam Suku and ends at Palupuh. Elongated fault or commonly called the Semangko fault forms a steep wall, perpendicular to the valley and river flow. In the Minangkabau language, the flow of the river with clear water is called Batang Sianok.

During the Dutch colonial period, this place was called Karbouwengat or Kerbau Sanget, because plants and grasslands flourished and there were many wild buffalo at the bottom of the canyon.

The Paradise of Wild Flora and Fauna - At the base of the Ngarai Sianok besides the clear flow of the Batang Sianok river, fertile plants form a forest. This place is a safe location for wild animals and fauna to depend. The existence of wild animals and fauna seems to complement the beauty of the Ngarai Sianok. Some wildlife that can be found along the Batang Sianok flow include Siamang or long-tailed monkeys, Russian tapirs, deer, leopards and wild pigs.

In addition to animals, flora that grows are also various types. The most special, the many Raflesia plants that can be found in this place. Even plants that have benefits for medicine are also commonly found.

Enjoy the Ngarai Sianok stretch - We can see and admire the landscape of Ngarai Sianok through two locations. The first location is the Panorama Park in the center of Bukittinggi. Here you can see the beauty of Sianok canyon from a height. Not only the view of steep cliffs, the curve of the Batang Sianok flow surrounded by green forest but also enjoy the sound of wild birds that are free to fly, adding to the perfection of the beauty of this tourist location.

And if still not satisfied, can continue the journey to the valley. It's just to get to this location takes a little struggle to cross a steep downhill road. But do not worry, all that will be paid off by seeing the beautiful canyon from below and enjoy the fresh air of the forest and the sound of the sound of river water that reassures the heart.

4. Belitung Island

Belitung is part of the Bangka Belitung Islands Province. Famous as a producer of white pepper, lead, quartz sand, white clay (kaolin), and granite. Most of the inhabitants are Malays and Chinese descendants Hokkien and Hakka.

belitung island

Belitung Island is divided into 2 districts namely Belitung Regency, with a capital in Tanjung Pandan, and East Belitung, with a capital of Manggar. Belitung Island offers many tourist attractions. Here are some places that you must visit when traveling to Belitung Island:

- Tanjung Tinggi Beach

This beach is famous through the film Laskar Pelangi. Located on the north side of Belitung Island, or 37km from the capital city of Tanjung Pandan. The shape which resembles the curve of the bow and the position of granite in certain parts, looks like it is arranged, and this is the most interesting part. Waves and currents are so small that it is very safe to play on the beach.

- Kepayang Island - Babi

This is an island that has the concept of 'returning to nature'. If you want to stay here, no lodging has air conditioning. Kepayang Island - Babi is a place of environmental learning as well as coral reef restoration, and turtle conservation. However here there are many things that can be done here, including planting coral reefs, swimming in the sea, or sunbathing. The right place to escape from routine.

- Gunong Tajam

Is the highest hill on the island of Belitung which is often shrouded in mist. This mountain is a dense protected forest. In the middle of the forest there is Gurok Beraye Waterfall and a natural 'swimming pool'. If swimming here always pay attention to your body because there are many leeches here. At the top of the mountain, there is the tomb of Sheikh Abubakar Abdullah, a famous cleric from Pasai who spread Islam in the Buding region of Belitung, which at that time was still Ngabehi. To reach the top, there are two paths, namely the pedestrian path for those who like trekking, or the motorized vehicle lane.

- Tanjungpandan Museum

Is located in the center of Tanjungpandan city. This building is a relic of the Dutch era and is still neatly maintained until now. In this place, you will see some artifacts and cultural objects of the Belitung community such as spears, keris, ancient Chinese jars, pottery, Chinese tables, traditional kitchen utensils and others, also here there are large scale miniature tin mines, for geologists, you will be able to find various types of rocks and mining products on the island of Belitung.

- Lighthouse on Lengkuas Island

Lengkuas Island is around 4 miles from Belitung Island or 40 minutes by fishing boat. On this island there is a lighthouse which is a relic of the Dutch nation. Founded in 1882 with a height of 50 meters. This Lighthouse is still used today. You are also allowed to rise to the top to enjoy the beautiful views of the vast ocean studded with granite.

- Tanjung Kelayar Beach

This beautiful beach has its own uniqueness. As arranged, large granite boulders are on the west side, while an empty beach with white sand is on the east side. Meanwhile, rather protruding into the sea there are several small islands. Uniquely, there are two stones in the shape of a tortoise and a bird.

- Batu Berlayar Island

This is just a small island upon which there is a large rock that looks like a sail, while small granite stones and white sand around it form like a boat. There isn't a single plant that grows here.

5. Dieng Plateau

Dieng Plateau is one of the mainstay tourist destinations in Central Java Province. During weekends or holidays, this destination is usually visited by many tourists.

The natural beauty presented at Dieng is one of the main attractions for tourists. Destinations in Wonosobo and Banjarnegara Regencies are surrounded by mountains so the scenery is breathtaking.

Besides the scenery, the air in Dieng is also very cool because it is located at an average height of around 2,000 meters above sea level. This destination is also suitable for those who want to feel the cold mountain air.

The following are 5 beauty portraits of the Dieng Plateau:

+ 1. Arjuna Temple which is covered in fog

Arjuna Temple became one of the Dieng Plateau icons that looked captivating, especially when covered in fog.

arjuna temple, dieng plateau

One of the best places to take pictures of the Arjuna Temple which is covered in fog is in the hill area around Aswatama Terminal. From there, the temple from the past will look so elegant against the backdrop of Mount Sindoro and the mountains around Dieng.

+ 2. The fog-covered residential area, like on the clouds

Still in the same spot, beautiful scenery is not only presented in the direction of Arjuna Temple. The fog-covered residential area on the west side of the hill also looks so beautiful in the morning.

dieng banjarnegara

The blanket of fog that enveloped the settlement made it look like a country in the clouds. The mountainous area that surrounds the residential area adds even more exotic views.

+ 3. Mosque on the clouds

When you want to take pictures of the beauty of Dieng, which is covered in fog, don't forget to bring a zoom lens. It was intended that photographing specific objects can be done.

Mosque on the clouds, dieng, banjarnegara

There are several buildings that can be used as photo objects. One of the buildings is the mosque which is widely available in Dieng. Fog that enveloped the bottom of the mosque made the building fly over the clouds.

+ 4. Steam soaring geothermal energy sources

Dieng is actually located in the volcano area. There are many active and inactive craters scattered there. In addition to being a tourist attraction, some of them are also used as geothermal energy sources managed by PT Geo Dipa Energi.

dieng indonesia

Although the location of the geothermal energy source is closed to tourists, its beauty can still be enshrined through the camera lens. Smoke from the geothermal which soars high into the sky becomes an attractive photo object.

+ 5. Sea of ​​clouds, Dieng Plateau

Sometimes a thick fog envelops the Dieng Plateau so that it covers photo objects such as the Arjuna Temple, mosque, or people's homes. However, that does not mean reducing the beauty presented there.

Sea of ​​clouds, Dieng Plateau

Thick fog actually looks so charming from a height. The silhouette of Dieng's buildings that appear from behind the thick fog seems to bring the imagination of the Land of Khayangan.

6. Karimunjawa Island

Karimunjawa Island is an archipelago in the middle of Java Sea which belongs to Jepara Regency, Central Java. Karimunjawa Islands as a whole consists of 27 islands and only 5 of them inhabited.

Karimunjawa island

The Kerimunjawa Islands offers beautiful and charming marine and natural tourism for domestic and foreign tourists.

The name Karimunjawa itself comes from a local folklore. It is said that in the past Sunan Muria threw his naughty son, Shaykh Amir Hasar, to the island which was kremun-kremun in Javanese, which means vague.

Because it looks kremun-kremun, this island is called Karimun Island and now the island is familiarly known as Karimunjawa.

The island, which was made a National Park in March 2001, is home to coral reefs, mangrove forests, coastal forests and hundreds of species of marine fauna, of which more than 200 species are ornamental fish. The islands are also home to several rare animals such as the White Dada Sea Eagle, hawksbill and green turtle.

Another feature of this archipelago is the Dewandaru plant which is only found in this archipelago and is not found anywhere else. You are not recommended to pick and bring this plant home when you visit Karimunjawa because according to local folklore, if you do that the ship you are riding will sink.

The islands which have the majority of fine white sand do store natural beauty that always attracts tourists.

- Karimunjawa location

The Karimunjawa Islands are located about 83 kilometers north of the city of Jepara. These islands can be reached by boat from Semarang and Jepara. There are two choices of ships to reach this archipelago, fast ships and economy ships.

Fast boats usually only depart once a week from the port of Tanjung Emas Semarang, usually every Saturday and return every Sunday afternoon with a 2-3 hour long trip. Economy ships usually depart every two days from the port of Jepara Kartini Beach with a long journey of about 6 hours.

The voyage always depends on the weather and the waves of the Java sea. If the weather and waves do not support, the transportation can delay or cancel the voyage to the islands.

In addition to using ships, the Karimunjawa islands can also be reached by plane from the Ahmad Yani airport in Semarang to Dewa Daru airport on the Kemujan island with a travel time of about 30 minutes.

Between the two transportation options earlier, the ship is a more popular choice among tourists. The Karimunjawa Islands are indeed very beautiful, with its clear water and white sand beaches alone enough to attract tourists.

Coupled with an abundance of species of marine animals and some rare animals that can be seen in this archipelago, the attraction of this archipelago increases. With the maritime and natural beauty offered by Karimunjawa, these islands have several nicknames such as Vacation Island, Paradise of Java and Caribbean van Java.

- Karimunjawa Tourism Activities

Most people visit Karimunjawa to enjoy the beauty of the beach, the sea and the sea. Visitors usually often spend their time diving, snorkeling, swimming, fishing, playing sand and enjoying the beauty of the sunset.

But in this archipelago there is also a mangrove forest tracking tour in Kemojan village which is quite crowded.

Shark breeding on the Menjangan Besar Island also draws huge interest from tourists to the islands. Some other tourism in the islands are Legon Lele, Pantai Batu Karang Bridal, Barracuda Island, Nirwana Island, Karimunjawa Culinary Center, Karimunjawa Square, Ujung Gelam Beach, mangrove forests and many more.

With the remote and beautiful atmosphere of this island, it's no wonder that many people make this place a place to escape and relax from all the hustle and bustle of their daily lives.

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