Indonesia Vacations

Indonesia is a series of islands that run through the Indian Ocean south of Thailand and Malaysia and due north of Australia. Indonesia has over 17,000 islands of which one third of them are uninhabited. Jakarta is the capital of Indonesia and has a city of population of 10 Million people and metro population of 31 Million people as of 2010. Indonesia has a great diversity in their ethnic population with a population reaching 240 million and 740 different languages spoken. Most of the 300 different indigenous groups of Indonesia have native Indonesian ancestors. The country is located along the trading routes between Asia and the Middle East, which has resulted in the country being strongly influenced by a variety of religions that include Islam, Buddhism, Hinduism, Christianity and Confucianism as their idealogy.

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Indonesia Vacations: Things to see while on vacation in Indonesia

A perfect travel destination, the Indonesian archipelago is located between two oceans and several seas and encompassing no less than 17 thousand islands. A cultural phenomenon, sheltering eight UNESCO World Heritage sites and a plethora of temples, seasoned with exotic beaches and grandiose seascapes, Indonesia is a micro universe that begs to be revealed and enjoyed.
Several Indonesia vacations might be compulsory if you want to attempt to explore this paradise on earth!

As a large mass of independent islands, beaches are Indonesia’s greatest treasure. And this is where you can experience the full range of Indonesia’s beaches that range from quiet coves to glitzy promenades along some of the most exotic beaches in the world. Choosing among them is a truly extreme sport, so let’s bungee jump over some of them:

Pangandaran Beach, crowned as Java’s most outstanding beach can be found about 90 km from Ciamis, in Pananjung Village. The uniqueness of this white sandy beach consists of the fact that sunset and sunrise create an amazingly beautiful atmosphere and can be viewed from the same spot for each occurrence. Also included nearby is the marine park, with its collection of marine life and fishes.

Bali’s Balangan Beach attracts the attention with its spectacular seafront grinded by high tides. A strongly preserved secret here in Kuta, because of its magic sunsets, sea views and beach cafes. It’s a top choice for surfers thanks to the huge waves encountered here and for the scenic panoramas that offer the cliffs toward the splendor of the Dreamland Beach.

Nusa Dua Beach located in Bali is a place of infinite grace, where time and space seem to have stopped in a divine harmony with the universe. Simply contemplating the turquoise crystal waters for a whole day can turn your day into blissful experience. Add to this a breathtaking sunrise, delicious local food and cocktails, a refreshing massage or a camel safari. What else could you ask for?

Awarded with the nomination “a natural wonder of this world”, Pink Beach in Komodo, is an absolute must see. Sheltered by the Komodo National Park, this is one of the only seven pink sand beaches that mother earth has gifted us. And the location is extremely rare, surrounded by lush mountains, pink sand beach and dazzling emerald waters.

There are many other charming spots surrounding the area known as the Komodo Island National Park and coral reefs.

Ora Beach, Ambon a charming tropical area with clouds hanging on the top of mountains and verdant rainforests descending into the azure sparkling sea, an inviting slice of paradise for your next Indonesian vacations. This is a region with rich historic reminiscences from the Portuguese colonial era, fort ruins and war cemetery. Diving and snorkeling are privileged activities here, that you should definitely try.

Nihiwatu Beach, Sumba, one of the most astonishing Indonesian beaches with brilliant resorts and high-end amenities, is a top preference of honeymooners. Despite Eden land vistas, there are some other great places to visit in the area, like Lapopu Waterfalls, Weekuri Lake,Tarung Cultural Village or Mandorak Beach.
A captivating range of coral islands can be found near Derawan Beach located on East Kalimantan. These islands are part of the Coral Triangle, submerged islets and reefs which contain a unique geological formations and provide plenty of opportunities for snorkeling and diving. Derawan beach hosts a myriad of superb marine species like coconut crabs, dolphins or whales.
If we keep discussing Indonesian vacations and their amazing beaches, then we cannot skip surfing, as ultimate experience and cannot ignore the fact that Indonesia is known as a surfing paradise. An Indonesia vacation just for surfing? Well, for some of us definite yes! As the winds embrace mainly the southwest and south coastline of Indonesia, these are the best destinations for surf : Bali, Java, Lombok, Sumatra, Flores, Sumba, Sumbawa and Timor.
As a major tourist destination of Indonesia, Bali is also world renowned for its over 100 high level surfing destinations. Some of the amazing surf breaks offering perfect conditions are: Balangan, Bingin, Canggu, Green Balls, Impossibles, Hyatt Reef, Keramas, Kuta Beach, Dreamland, Nyang Nyang, Medewi, Nusa Dua, Padang Padang, Serangan Turtle Island, Seminyak, Uluwatu.
For adrenaline addicts and adventure seekers Java is the holy grail, with its giant and abundant waves. Inviting Javanese surf breaks lie around: Cimaja, Apocalypse, G-Land, Pussys/Inside Lefts Napalms, Illusions, One Palm Point, Ombak Tujuh, Turtles.
Sumatra prides with world class wave collection, particularly in Mentawai Island, arguably the best surfing spot on earth. Region’s surf breaks include: Afulu, Bank Vaults, GTs, Batcaves, Krui, Beng Bengs, Pinnacles, Burger World, Ebay, Treasure Island, Icelands, Macaronis, Nipussi, Pitstops, Zippers, Rifles, Scarecrows, Way Jambu, Suicides, Thunders.
Another place beloved by adventurous surfers is Sumba Island in East Nusa Tenggara. Displaying 12-15 feet Indian Ocean waves, this is a playground for connoisseurs. Surf breaks may be found at: Nihiwatu, Millers Right. Sumbawa Island is an excellent spot for all surfers, beginners or experts, and is a less crowded area, so one has plenty of space to deploy. Sweet spots for surf breaks are: Periscopes, Lakey Peak, Supersuck, Scar Reef.
When you say Indonesia vacations, three words step out beaches, surfing and temples. Would it be possible to visit this marvelous country of Indonesian without stopping to see their temples? It simply can’t be.
Concealed in the depth of luxuriant equatorial landscape, carved in stone, are some of the world’s most imposing antique structures. A myriad of Buddhist and Hindu temples are clear evidence of the rich spiritual history of this country. And as always when it comes to Indonesia, it’s extremely difficult to choose and pick among them. Here are some of the most striking temples:

The Javanese Borobudur temple is the most famous Buddhist temple in the world and also a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is a millennia old structure, build manually around 9th century and the unanimous opinion is that it will last forever. Since it already survived earthquakes, bombing attacks and volcanic eruptions. This monumental structure rises above the local rice fields and is simply astonishing. It is constructed into three sections meant to symbolize the three hypostasis of the Buddhist cosmology: kamadhatu - the desire layer, rupadhatu - the form layer and arupadhatu - the formless layer. Its appearance looks like an ornate pyramid with statues climbing to the top. The central dome counts no less than 72 statues of Buddha and the whole assembly gathers about 432 stone statues of Buddha.
Prambanan Temple is the largest Hindu temple in the Indonesian archipelago and one of the most important in Southeast Asia. In reconstruction, the Prambanan Temple is a 9th century edifice, composed of no less than 224 temples, most of them ruins nowadays. A UNESCO World Heritage monument, the temple is devoted to the Hindu great divinities Vishnu, Shiva and Brahma and unveils stone decorations that picture the Ramayana epic.
Pura Besakih or Mother Temple of Besakih for locals, is the largest Balinese Hindu temple and the holiest. The complex consists of 23 temples and the most important among them is Pura Besakih Agung. Reposing on the peaks of the Mount Agung, the temple offers beautiful panoramas toward the surrounding country areas and the neighboring mighty volcano. The temple actively accomplishes its mission and during holidays and festivals, crowds of tourists and locals come around for celebration.

Pura Luhur Uluwatu is one of the principal Balinese temples, that is devoted to Sang Hyang Widhi Wasa, in his incarnation as Rudra. Pura Luhur Uluwatu has a privileged layout, hanged up 70 m on a sharp promontory and dates back to 16th century. It is one of the Six Temples of the World venerated by the Balinese people. The best moment of the day to visit this temple is the sunset and sunrise, when you can admire postcard-views of the temple and traditional dance show Tari Kecak.




Additional places to visit when visiting Indonesia:

Explore Borobudur which is a Buddhist stupa with a temple complex located in Central Java, Indonesia that dates back to the 8th century

Visit the 9th century Buddhist Temple, Mahayana, located in Java.

Indulge in Bali's Tea Industry and visit a Tea Plantation.

Hike through 1 of 3 National Parks on Sumatra that contain tropical rainforests. 2.5 million hectares comprise three national parks: Gunung Leuser National Park, Kerinci Seblat National Park and Bukit Barisan Selatan National Park.

Tour the Komodo National Park which is a haven for Komodo Dragons on the small island of Rinca.

View the history of Balinese Architecture at the Museum Negeri Propinsi Bali.