12 Best Places to Visit in Indonesia

Indonesia is one of the most beautiful places in the world where some amazing islands come and meet creating a beautifully serene atmosphere. It’s a gifted land of exotic beaches, active volcanoes, vibrant landscapes, and rich friendly culture. Words do no justice when it comes to describing the beauty of this place. From nerve chilling wildlife to the mesmerizing flora and fauna and of course, the crystal reflecting beaches, Indonesia is a land to be at least once in life and witness the depths of nature.

If you are planning your next trip to Indonesia and want to gather information about it then this article is for you. We have curated the best places to visit in Indonesia during your trip. We request you not to miss any of these Indonesia tourist places while your visit to Indonesia.

Indonesia Tourist Places

Here’s a list of best Tourist places to visit in Indonesia. From city explorers to nature lovers, there’s something for everyone here.

1. Bali


Bali is the most popular tourist destination in Indonesia. It is an Indonesian island that is popularly known for its beautiful forested volcanic mountains, waterfalls, beaches, coral reefs, and iconic rice terraces. Bali has many religious sites such as Tanah Lot, Goa Gajah, cliffside Uluwatu Temple and more.

Bali is a place where you can enjoy nightlife as well as spiritual life. This place is a complete package if you are planning a trip for meditation or honeymoon.

2. Gili Islands, Lombok

Gili Islands, Lombok
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From winter night to summer evenings, there’s no place better than Gili Islands to spend some romantic time or simply relax by the shores. The out waters are a mix of three islands namely, Gili Trawangan, Gili Meno, and Gili Air. The white sand beaches and crystal water gives this place a very beautiful scenic appeal. Major activities to do here are surfing and diving, go island hopping, snorkeling, fishing and touring in the glass-bottom boats. 

3. Bunaken Marine Park, North Sulawesi

Bunaken Sea Park is the next amazing spot to visit in Indonesia and one o the best Indonesia’s tourist places. The park is rich in marine flora and fauna with lots of different animals, mammals and sea creatures in it. They also have maintained a few of the most amazing endangered species in crystal clear waters which attracts more tourists to this place. 

4. Borobudur

Borobudur Places To Visit In Indonesia
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Borobudur temple is one of the most ancient and oldest temples that still has its religious significance and importance up to date. The temple dates back to the 8th century and was constructed in the shape of a Buddhist mandala. It was forgotten over the centuries and then rediscovered again.

The region is believed to have frequent massive volcanic eruptions due to which the site was forgotten over the years. But today, it is one of the main tourist spots in Java. Make sure you visit during the sunrise to witness the whole complex bathed in the sunrise. Borobudur is part of an old Japanese city that had great significance in the past. It was a place of rich culture and traditional offerings.

5. Orangutans of Borneo

Orangutans of Borneo Places To Visit In Indonesia
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One of the most interesting things to watch when in Indonesia is orangutans, and Borneo’s wildlife sanctuary. Orangutans are believed to be one of the endangered species of the world and many sanctuaries work to protect them today.

Tanjung Puting National Park in Kalimantan, Borneo is a must-visit place in Indonesia for you if you love to watch birds and animals. They have many amazing endangered species and animals which attracts a huge amount of tourists in Indonesia.

6. Tana Toraja

Keeping the alive the staple designs and culture of past, Tana Traja is a place where you’ll feel as if you’ve traveled back in time. The place depicts the richness of Indonesian culture to all the visitors around. The most interesting part of this place is their unique way of living and practicing daily rituals. The death ceremony here is no less than a grand feast where they have food and elaborated dance. The dead people are buried in graves where caves are surrounded on sides. A local might give you here some more deep insights into their life. It’s a place to explore and know many new things. 

7. Lake Toba

Lake Toba
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Lake Toba is another natural wonder of Indonesia and one of the best places to Visit in Indonesia. The lake is believed to be a result of the catastrophic eruption which was formed 69,000 and 77,000 years ago. It is both, an active water body and a supervolcano. The major beauty of this place comes from the new islands discovered over a few years which were pushed due to the volcanic activities here. It is situated on the Earth’s largest caldera and is one of the most popular tourist spots in Indonesia. The surroundings and lake waters are very pleasant to enjoy in summers as they stay volcanically warm and pleasant.

8. Pura Tanah Lot

Situated near the seaside with some calm spiritual vibes, Puura Tanah Lot is believed to be the most iconic temple which attracts many tourists for its beauty and charm. The place is surrounded by the sea where waves come and crash across washing the shores of the temple. The temple was built in the 16th century inspired by the priest Nirartha.

Though the foreigners are not allowed to enter in, you can still wander around the temple at low tide and take some vintage background pictures and enjoy the peaceful vibes here. 

The magnificent setting of the place is perfect for power up visit and to enjoy the true essence of nature here. The evenings here are worth to spend with beautiful sunset between the hilly regions and the shops’ stall that come to life. You can purchase here the famous Balinese Souveniers.

9. Raja Ampat Islands, West Papua

Raja Ampat Islands, West Papua Places To Visit In Indonesia
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Raja Ampat islands constitute of many small beautiful serene islands coming and joining together – Waigeo, Misool, Salawati, and Batanta, besides 1500 minor ones. The place is a perfect spot where you can switch between islands to enjoy the white sand beaches, crystal waters, marshy lagoons, fresh coconut palms and much more.

The turquoise vibes and cute turtles crawling across the shores make it extremely beautiful to view and relax by. You can also enjoy Snorkelling, underwater diving and kayaking here.

Enjoy the day and nightlife here with a fresh breeze and less crowd around. Just make sure you have cash in hand as there are no ATM’S/ATM systems in and around this place.

10. Sacred Monkey Forest, Ubud

For all the animal lovers and photographers, Ubud Monkey Forest is an entertaining spot with large troops of macaques with an evocative jungle set up which makes it look extremely beautiful to look at. the Ubud is a town in the uplands of Bali and a must-visit place if you are in Bali.

The place has a green dense forest with leading pathways covered with beautiful banyan trees with an ancient temple built up around.  It is situated near the Padang Tegal, it’s a small village nearby where people have a different concept of Hinduism.

The place is all set to give you some magical mystical feel with a beautiful charm to the green old world. Make sure you visit here with your minimal belongings as the monkeys may snatch away your expensive essentials.

11. Derawan Islands

Derawan Island is a perfect escape paradise in this archipelago country. The place is calm and composed of any extra noises and you can feel the nature here. There is a wide range of scenic beauty spots and adventures to live. There are lavish resorts, sublime caves and much more on to enjoy and explore this hidden jewel of Indonesia. From tourists to locals, people to choose to come here to get some quality and peaceful time with nature.

12. Komodo National Park

Komodo National Park is another UNESCO World Heritage site in Indonesia which you shouldn’t miss at any cost. It’s a combination of five main islands and other small islands. The place is arid, rugged and barren. The Komodo dragons (monitor lizards) are the main reason why this place has become one of the most visited attractions in the country.

Besides viewing these majestic deadliest creatures, you can also hike, snorkel, go canoeing here. Visitors can go here by boat and there’s an additional charge for entry as well. The aerial views of the place prove that it is one of the most beautiful spots in Indonesia.

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We hope your next vacation is exciting and adventurous with exploring these places. Do share with us what you think about these spots in Indonesia and which one would you love to visit first.

Happy journey, safe travels!