The tropical paradise of Bali is the first place travelers have in mind when they think about visiting Indonesia. That is completely understandable, considering how beautiful the island is, but it’s also a shame. The country has many more amazing places that are well worth your time but don’t get enough recognition.
Raja Ampat Islands
The archipelago Raja Ampat Islands consists of hundreds of rainforest-covered islands that hide some of the most breathtaking natural wonders. The islands provide a home to numerous species of birds, mammals, and reptiles, including some endemic to the area, while the waters surrounding them are an astonishing example of marine biodiversity. You can witness these wonders in person while engaging in activities like diving and snorkeling.
Komodo National Park
Komodo National Park was proclaimed as one of the new Seven Wonders of the World in an internet pool that saw 100 million people casting their votes. If this isn’t enough to make you want to visit, consider that it’s also the only place on Earth where the dragons still roam free. The area is best known for being home to the Komodo dragon, the world’s largest lizard, as well as its rich marine biodiversity.
If you want to learn more about Javanese culture and art and see some stunning buildings and historical places, then Yogyakarta is a can’t-miss destination. Besides its important landmarks and monuments, Yogyakarta is popular among tourists for its proximity to Borobudur, the largest Buddhist temple in the world, and Prambanan, the second-largest Hindu temple in Southeast Asia.