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A land gifted with pristine beaches, exotic water villas on serene islands, vibrant tribes and their cultural ethos. No! We are not talking about a fascinating dream but about Indonesian landscapes. There are many surreal places in Indonesia, and together they offer a mix of outlandish island wonders and spine-chilling adventures. Here’s a list of the most beautiful places in Indonesia, covering islands, beaches and lakes for the water babies; national parks for wildlife lovers; active volcano sites for adventurous souls; and places for city explorers.

What we are saying is that whether you are an adventure lover or someone who seeks peace and time alone, Indonesia is the go-to place. Ranging from wild and extravagant adventures to some beautiful sights, Indonesia is perfect! Pick your favorite and get going to experience an adventure of a lifetime! Indonesia’s best islands and mountains await your wandering soul! Have a look.

28 Most Beautiful Places In Indonesia In 2024

If you’re visiting Indonesia anytime soon, then make sure to keep these beautiful places in Indonesia to your bucket list and enjoy the nature’s beauty which is abundant at these locations. Make sure you add these places to your itinerary while planning an exciting trip to Indonesia, one of world’s most beautiful places to visit and the most visited holiday destination. Let’s find out what makes Indonesia so special.

  • Gili Islands – For The Best Nightlife
  • Raja Ampat Islands – Explore Rare Species Of Corals
  • Maluk Beach – Witness The Changing Colors Of Sun Rays
  • Kelimutu Lake – Dramatic Volcanic Peaks
  • Lake Toba – Largest Caldera
  • Bunaken Marine Park – Exotic Range Of Fish Species
  • Komodo National Park – For Giant Monitor Lizards
  • Mount Bromo – Volcano In An Active State
  • Mount Rinjani – Second Highest Volcano Of Indonesia
  • Ijen – For Mining Activities
  • Dieng Plateau – An Abode Of God
  • Torajaland – Relish The Culture
  • Borobudur Temple – World’s Biggest Buddhist Sanctuary
  • Ubud – Hike Through Rainforests & Rice Paddy Fields
  • Tanjung Puting National Park – Trek Through Tropical Jungles
  • Derawan Islands –  To Relax & Unwind
  • Belitung – For Dutch Colonial Architecture
  • Nusa Dua – For White Sand Beaches
  • Seminyak – Most Happening Place
  • Jakarta – Melting Pot Of Cultures
  • Lombok – A Stunning Marine Life
  • North Sulawesi – Best Diving Sites
  • Nusa Penida – Offbeat Yet Spectacular
  • Bali – Cliche Yet The Best
  • Yogyakarta – A Quaint Little Pretty Place
  • Bandung – A Different Kind Of Calm
  • Bangka Islands – Simply Blissful
  • Wae Rebo Village – Iconic Culture

1. Gili Islands, Lombok - For The Best Nightlife

A surreal evening at the romantic overwater bungalow at Lombok

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Overwater villas are so romantic, that there is no way to forget them while making a list of most beautiful places in Indonesia. Fringed by white sand beaches and blue water, the complex of three small and isolated islands namely Gili Trawangan, Gili Meno and Gili Air bears unique scenic appeal.

Tips: The best time to visit Gili Islands is between June to September as the crystal clear water poses perfect conditions for water activities.
Things to do: Besides adventure sports like snorkeling, surfing and diving, go island hopping, fishing and touring in glass-bottom boats. Else, just chill out in a beachside cafe or shack.
Best places to stay: Les Villas, Oceano Jambuluwuk and Ombak Sunset.
Tourist Attractions: Gili Meno, Masjid Agung Baiturrahman Gili, Gili Trawangan ViewPoint
Places To Eat: Ya Ya Warung, Kayu Cafe, Little Bali Restaurant
Best Time To Visit: September to November
How To Reach: The easiest way to get to the Gilis from Lombok's airport or Senggigi is to walk to the nearest travel agent, taxi desk or tour and book a package.

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2. Raja Ampat Islands, West Papua - Explore Rare Species Of Corals

Waiwo Dive Resort in Raja Ampat Islands is among the top Indonesian beautiful places

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Raja Ampat, meaning Four Kings, is an archipelago comprising islands Waigeo, Misool, Salawati, and Batanta, besides 1500 minor ones. The awe-inspiring backdrop of steep, forested islands, sizzling beaches, and marshy lagoons, small atolls looking like mushrooms and shining turquoise water makes the place a perfect delight for travelers. One of the famous Indonesia tourist spots is rich in marine flora and fauna diversity including rare species of corals.

Tips: There are no ATMs on this island. Make sure you have all the cash you need to survive on the island.
Things to do: Snorkelling, underwater diving, kayaking and relishing nature.
Best places to stay: Swiss Belhotel, Marina Mamberamo,-and Belagri Hotel.
Tourist Attractions: Misool, Kri, Dampier Strait, Gam
Places To Eat: Warung Cahaya Bone Waisai Raja Ampat, Rumah Makan Pondok Lesehan
Best Time To Visit: October - April
How To Reach: Fly to Sorong, the closest Indonesian city in West Papua, after landing in Sorong airport, transfer to Sorong harbor. At Sorong harbor, take a ferry to Waisai, the capital city on the main Raja Ampat Island. From Waisai to the Islands.

3. Maluk Beach, Sumbawa Island - Witness The Changing Colors Of Sun Rays

Maluk Beach is a beautiful place in Indonesia

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This is one of the stunning beaches of Indonesia located along the western coast of south Sumbawa Island. With the changing colors of sun rays, the waves also look vibrant and magical. It is indeed one of the best places to visit in Indonesia.

Tips: Sumbawa Island is more of a rural destination and poses authentic local village experiences for adventurers and explorers.
Things to do: Sunbathing and wave surfing are common activities here. One can also visit the Malu Turtle Conservation Center located nearby.
Best places to stay: Rantung Beach Hotel, Nomad Tropical Beach Resort,-and Ring Sameton Inn. There are numerous homestay options available around Maluk beach.
Tourist Attractions: Mantun Hill, Pink Beach, Tanjung Ringgit
Places To Eat: Happy Restaurant, Myamo Beach Lodge, Dreamtime Sumbawa Homestay
Best Time To Visit: May to December
How To Reach: The Mauritius International Airport, Sir Seewoosagar Ramgoolam Air Terminal is 48 km from the main city of Port Louis. Mauritius is very well connected to major cities across the world such as Paris, Dubai, Vienna, London, Delhi and Johannesburg among others.

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4. Kelimutu Lake, Nusa Tenggara Timur - Dramatic Volcanic Peaks

A sunset view of the three-colored Kelimutu Lake in Indonesia

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Of all the Indonesia tourist places, Kelimutu Lake is a league apart, and certainly one of the most visited of beautiful places in Indonesia. Kelimutu is a collective term given to three crater lakes formed by the volcano of the same name and is deemed. Though situated on the same volcanic peak, three lakes display three different colors red, blue and white. The crater lakes are the must-visit Indonesia tourist spots and certainly one of the best things to do in Sumatra for treating the adventurer in you!

Tips: The island is a rural destination and still not developed infrastructure-wise. It is imperative for visitors to dress modestly and respect the culture and traditions of the local people.
Things to do: Go for trekking and exploring the beautiful landscapes and lake wonders. Sunsets and sunrises in Kelimutu are surreal.
Best places to stay: Kelimutu Crater Lake Eco Lodge
Tourist Attractions: Taman National Kelimutu, Muru Keba Waterfall
Places To Eat: Mopi's Place, Chenty Restaurant, Good Moni Cafe
Best Time To Visit: May to September
How To Reach: From Moni, the Kelimutu Volcanic Lakes are about forty-five minutes away. Flying into Ende is another good option. From the airport, it is forty minutes to Ende city and then three hours to the nearest village. From the village, people usually walk about two and a half hours to get to the lakes.

5. Lake Toba, North Sumatra - Largest Caldera

A gorgeous view of Lake Toba

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Lake Toba, situated on Earth's largest caldera, has a volcanic origin and was formed approximately 70,000 years ago. It may sound like a riddle but Lake Toba is situated on an island, which again is in a lake! If you didn't get it, read again. It is indeed one of the popular Indonesia tourist places in the whole world.

Tips: The climate at Lake Toba gets cold. Keeping woolen clothing with you should come in handy.
Things to do: Swim in the volcanically warmed water. Besides, it is perfect to relax and enjoy the stunning surroundings of this beautiful place in Indonesia.
Best places to stay: Hotel Carolina, Toledo Inn, and Hotel Tiara Bunga.
Tourist Attractions: Air Terjun Sipiso Piso, Bukit Indah Simarjarunjung, Pasir Putih Parbaba, Bukit Holbung Samosir
Places To Eat: Rumba Restaurant, Maruba Restaurant, Jenny's
Best Time To Visit: May and September
How To Reach: Medan is an international gateway. Parapat, the town by Lake Toba, is 176 km away from Medan and can be reached in under 6 hours by public buses that follow two routes: Medan-Parapat or via Medan-Berastagi.

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6. Bunaken Marine Park, North Sulawesi - Exotic Range Of Fish Species

Sea turtle swimming in the colorful underwaters at the Bunaken Sea Park

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The picture clearly says that next in our list is among the most beautiful places and a famous tourist place in Indonesia. Bunaken Sea Park located in the northern stretch of Sulawesi island is rich in marine flora and fauna. The sight of numerous exotic and endangered fish species present in the crystal clear water has increased the tourist density of the area.

Tips: The best time to visit the marine park is from July to August. You should plan your trip around these months.
Things to do: Snorkeling and diving stick to them. They are the best ways to discover the glamorous and unusual aquatic life of the Bunaken Sea Park.
Best places to stay: Siladen Resort, Living Colours Dive Resort, and The Village Bunaken. Besides, there are plenty of homestay options for backpackers.
Tourist Attractions: Bunaken, Siladen Island, Manadotua Island, Mount Tampa
Places To East: Nelson Bunaken, Arto Moro Bunaken, Coral View Dive Resort
Best Time To Visit: March - October
How To Reach: To reach the park you will firstly need to make your way to Manado. It is the second-largest city of Sulawesi after Makassar and it is located about 50 minutes away by boat from Bunaken Island. So to arrive in Manado, the best way is to get a plane from Jakarta, Singapore, Kuala Lumpur or Bali.

7. Komodo National Park, Nusa Tenggara Timur - For Giant Monitor Lizards

Aerial view of the Komodo National Park - a UNESCO World Heritage Site in Indonesia

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One of the most sought-after tourist places in Indonesia, the island is located between Sumbawa and Flores, along western Nusa Tenggara Timur, and is popular for the presence of giant Monitor Lizards known as Komodo Dragons. The island is arid, rugged and barren and forms a part of the Komodo National Park and Marine Reserve. Aerial views prove that it is inarguably, among the most beautiful places in Indonesia.

Tips:-The best time to visit the park is during the dry season which runs from April to December.
Things to do: Besides spotting endangered Komodo dragons, a range of activities can be enjoyed at the Komodo National Park. Go for kayaking, diving, trekking or the guided island tours.
Best places to stay: Waecicu Eden Beach Hotel, Komodo Resort, and Golo Hilltop.
Tourist Attractions: Pink Beach, Pulau Kelor, Pulau Kalong, Lawa Darat Gili
Places To Eat: Manta Point, Baccala Bajo, Cafe Melinjo
Best Time To Visit: April and December
How To Reach: Traveling around Komodo Island can be relatively easy, but to get to Komodo, you first need to travel to Bali and then to Labuan Bajo by either plane or boat, and finally to Komodo Island by boat. A couple of local airlines fly from Bali to Labuan Bajo on Flores Island.

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8. Mount Bromo, East Java - Volcano In An Active State

Mount Bromo is home to an active volcano - which makes it one of dangerous, yet most beautiful places in Indonesia

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Mount Bromo or better known as Gunung Bromo is a volcano in the active state and one of the must visit places in Indonesia. The top of the Bromo forms a crater which emits white smoke at regular intervals. A part of the Bromo Tengger Semeru National Park, this volcano is fringed by the sea of volcanic sand. This is one of the most beautiful places to go to Indonesia.

Tips: If you are opting for a private car to reach here, make sure you make arrangements well in advance.
Things to do: Hiking and trekking
Best places to stay: Java Banano Bromo
Tourist Attractions: Luhur Poten Temple, Bromo Tengger Semeru National Park, Lautan Pasir Bromo
Places To Eat: Lava View Lodge Hotel, Jiwa Jawa Bromo, Teras Bromo
Best Time To Visit: April to October
How To Reach: To reach Mount Bromo, you can fly to Juanda international airport in Surabaya. There are direct flights to Surabaya from Singapore, Kuala Lumpur, Hongkong, Jakarta, and Bali. From there, continue your journey to Mt Bromo by booking with a travel agent, or driving the Surabaya-Pasuruan-Wonokitri-Mt Bromo route.

9. Mount Rinjani, Nusa Tenggara Barat - Second Highest Volcano Of Indonesia

Stunning colors of Mount Rinjani in Indonesia

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Locally known as Gunung Rinjani, this is an active volcano on Mount Lombok. It is the second highest volcano of Indonesia after Mount Kerinci in Sumatra. The hilly landscape is dominated by the Crater Lake called Segara Anak, which has a natural hot spring in it. It is one of the best places to visit in Indonesia.

Tips: The hiking to this mountain is not for casual travelers and novice because of its treacherous path.
Things to do: Besides enjoying the serene yet daring beauty of a volcano, Mount Rinjani is a good place to go hiking. Climbing alone is not advisable, so prefer going in a group.
Best places to stay: Hakiki Inn, Green Orry Inn, and Dewi Tunjung Biru along with plenty of decent homestay options.
Tourist Attractions: Gunung Rinjani National Park Office, Rinjani Samalas Tour & Trekking, Senaru Crater Rim
Places To Eat: Rinjani Samalas, Cafe Rifka, Sinar Rinjani Cottages & Restaurant
Best Time To Visit: April - July
How To Reach: The easiest way to reach the mountain is to fly directly to Lombok International Airport and then taking a long drive to the foot of Mount Rinjani.

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10. Ijen, East Java - For Mining Activities

Ijen in East Java is a group of volcanoes in Indonesia

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Ijen is one of the groups of volcanoes within a huge acidic blue-water crater. Ijen is located in eastern Java, lying west of Gunung Merapi. It is the tallest volcano of the cluster and dangerously beautiful place in Indonesia and amongst the best things to do on Java Island. The area is rich in sulphur and famous for mining activities. This is one of the most beautiful cities in Indonesia.

Tips: You will smell a stench in the air because of the high amounts of sulfur in it. You can have the masks from the entry point. Also, wear warm clothes and comfortable shoes to reach this place. Al
Things to do: Trek up to the crater or in the foothills, the beauty of the place is enthralling. Also, the local villages are worth a small exploration trip.
Best places to stay: Berlian Abadi, Manyar Garden Hotels and Ijen Resorts and Villas.
Tourist Attractions: Mount Bromo, Semeru, Bromo Tengger Semeru National Park, Madakaripura Waterfall
Places To Eat: Arumanis Restaurant, Melati Restaurant, Sarkies Seafood Restaurant
Best Time To  Visit: May to September
How To Reach: The ferry that runs the only sea route from Bali to Java, from Gilimanuk ferry port in West Bali to Ketapang port in East Java, is a vehicle ferry.

11. Dieng Plateau, Central Java - An Abode Of God

Sunrise at the Dieng plateau - another one of Indonesian beautiful places

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Tectonically formed after an eruption, this plateau is a caldera situated almost 2000 meters above sea level and is considered amongst the best Indonesia tourist places. This marshy plateau, known as Dieng which means abode of God, is one of the best places to visit in Indonesia. This is believed to be the most beautiful places to visit in Indonesia.

Tips:-The guesthouses in this part of Java are sparse and may only have the least of basic amenities. Also, it gets really cold in the highlands. Make sure you pack proper clothing.
Things to do: Trek to the multi-colored Telaga Warna lake and explore the Arjuna temple.
Best places to stay: Kresna Gallery Hotel, Arjuna Hotel and Surya Asia Hotel. There are numerous homestay options available for backpackers.
Tourist Attractions: Sikidang Crater, Arjuna Temple
Places To Eat: Losmen Bu Djono, Dieng Plateau Homestay & Coffee, Kedai
Best Time  To Visit: May to October
How To Reach: The only way to reach the Dieng Plateau is by land. The main town on the plateau, Wonosobo, can be reached from Yogyakarta by stopping in Magelang. Buses leave from Yogyakarta northern bus terminal.

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12. Torajaland, South Sulawesi - Relish The Culture

Unique house structure at Torajaland in Indonesia

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Considered amongst best Indonesia tourist places, The highland region is known as Torajaland, located at southern Sulawesi is the home of the Toraja tribe. Torajan people are well-known for their culture, tradition, rituals and high peaked-roof houses called Tongkonan. Their unique pattern makes it a distinct and beautiful place in Indonesia.

Tips: You will find bizarre and extraordinary cultures being followed in this part of the region like-their funeral. Try not to freak out.
Things to do: Hiking is the best, and the only thing to do here. It will be fun to explore the model Toraja settlement at Kete Kesu.
Best places to stay: Luta Resort, Riana Guest House and Hotel Indra.
Tourist Attractions: Pallawa, Londa, Ke'te Kesu, Batu Tumonga, Lemo
Places To Eat: Cafe Aras, Tropical Cafe, Mambo Restaurant, Rimiko, Celebes
Best Time To Visit: June, August, July
How To Reach: Fly to Makassar is 10 mi from Hasanudin Airport (Makassar, Indonesia) and Drive 6 hours to reach Toraja land.

13. Borobudur Temple - World's Biggest Buddhist Sanctuary

Borobudur Temple

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Borobudur Temple is the world's biggest Buddhist sanctuary which not only has a religious significance but it is also admired for its architectural beauty making it amongst the best tourist places in Indonesia. Built around the 8th century, this temple reflects the country's long preserved history which can be seen in its architecture, culture and customs. This ancient temple is a home to ornate stone carvings, a grand structure to gaze at and scenic views that surrounds the monument.

Tips: Get to the site early and avoid going on the weekends
Things To Do:
Seek blessings, religious purposes, spiritual
Places To Stay:
Plataran Borobudur, The Amrta, Amanjiwo, Plataran Heritage Hotel
Tourist Attractions:
Borobudur Temple, Pawon Temple, Taman Wisata Candi Boro Borobudur
Places To Eat:
Stupa Restaurant, Patio Restaurant
Best Time To Visit:
April to October
How To Reach:
If you're arriving in Jogjakarta and going directly to Borobudur temple, you can use the local bus terminus to catch a bus to Magelang or Muntilan. From either location, you can catch a bus to the Borobudur terminus.

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14. Ubud - Hike Through Rainforests & Rice Paddy Fields


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The art and cultural capital of Bali, Ubud is a mesmerizing place to enjoy the scenic surroundings, art galleries and traditional dances making it one of the best places to see in Indonesia. It is one of the most beautiful places in Indonesia which attracts tourists every year. Surrounded by tropical jungles, calm rivers and varied wellness homes, this place is indeed a must-visit while in Bali. If you are searching for interesting places in Indonesia then you must surely not miss out this place.

Tips: Carry your own water bottle that you can refill as they charge an exorbitant amount for water and it's often not available easily at shops.
Things To Do: Hiking, cycling, Go for Bali Swing, Visit Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary
Tourist Attractions: Tegalalang Rice Terrace, Ubud Monkey Temple
Places To Stay: Ubud Inn & Spa, Halaman Depal Hostel
Places To Eat: Bridges Bali restaurant, Blanco par Mandif, Spice By Chris Salans
Best Time To Visit: June - September
How To Reach: Ubud is located in the middle of Bali, and if you're planning on getting there via flight, you really need to go to the Denpasar Bali Airport, which is located on the southern tip of the island. From there you can either rent a car or take a bus to get to Ubud.

15. Tanjung Puting National Park - Trek Through Tropical Jungles

Tanjung Puting Wildlife Reserve

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While Indonesia is a country blessed with the finest tropical jungles and traditional villages, there is more to this exotic Southeast Asian destination. Just in case you're not satisfied with all these natural settlements and craving for more, then visit the Tanjung Puting National Park which is home to adorable Orangutans and amongst the best tourist places in Indonesia. This place ranks top in the list of amazing places in Indonesia!

Tips: Everybody wants to visit in the dry season, so make sure you book it in advance.
Things To Do:
Explore wildlife, beach surfing
Places To Stay:
Rimba Orangutan Eco Lodge, Taman Nasional Tanjung Puting, Hotel Majid, Rimba Orangutan Eco Lodge
Tourist Attractions:
Tanjung Keluang, Pondok Tanggui, Camp Leakey, Kubu Beach
Best Time To Visit:
August, September and October
How To Reach:
To get to Tanjung Puting National Park, you will need to fly to the airport of Pangkalan Bun, Kalimantan.

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16. Derawan Islands - To Relax & Unwind

Derawan Islands

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The Derawan Islands is an archipelago of six islands and makes a great escape for the tourists who are looking out for a relaxing paradise and amongst the best Indonesia tourist attractions. These islands offer a varied range of adventures and scenic beauty. Derawan Islands are amongst the most beautiful island in Indonesia. From the sublime sea caves to the lavish resorts and lakes, this island paradise is one of the hidden beautiful places in Indonesia and gives the tourists worth a reason to visit.

Tips: Stay at the beach facing resorts to get the perfect view of sunsets and sunrises. 
Things to do: Indulge in water sports, sightseeing
Best places to stay: Grand Hyatt, Westin Resort, Sofitel Beach Resort
Tourist Attractions: Maratua Island, Sangalaki Island, Manimbora Island
Places To Eat: April Resto, RM. Karlina
Best Time To Visit: May to October
How To Reach: To reach Derawan, SilkAir flies from Singapore to Balikpapan in East Kalimantan. Or you can take a flight from Jakarta, Surabaya or Denpasar to Balikpapan or Tarakan by Garuda Indonesia. Then take a connecting flight to Tanjung Redeb in Berau. From here, boats will take you to the islands.

17. Belitung – For Dutch Colonial Architecture


One of the best places to visit in Indonesia, Belitung is an island located in the east of Sumatra and is famous for pristine beaches and calm waters and amongst must see places in Indonesia. The island’s largest town is Tanjung Pandan that features a Dutch colonial architecture and a colourful harbour. Pulau Lengkuas is one of the offshore islands that houses a 19th century lighthouse and also if you want to explore scuba diving in Indonesia, it has amazing opportunities for snorkelling and other water sport activities. Add this to your Indonesia tourist places. 

Tips: Do not miss the sunset views from Pantai Tanjung Tinggi Beach
Things To Do: Island hopping, Visit the lighthouse, enjoy the marine life, water sports like snorkeling and scuba diving, witness breathtaking sunsets, go off-roading on empty roads
Best Places To Stay: Hotel Santika, Fairfield, Arumdalu, BW Suite
Tourist Attractions: Tanjung Pandan, Manggar, Gantung, Badau
Places To Eat: Lemadang Seafood & Grill, RM Batu Garuda, Kampong Dedaun
Best Time To Visit: April to October
How To Reach: Visitors coming from Singapore and Kuala Lumpur can reach Belitung via connecting flights from Jakarta’s Soekarno-Hatta International Airport. 

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18. Nusa Dua – For White Sand Beaches

Nusa Dua is one of the beautiful places in Indonesia for beach lovers

For a perfect vacation in Indonesia, don’t forget to head to Nusa Dua which is one of the most popular tourist spots in Indonesia. The place is home to gorgeous beaches and offers numerous luxury resorts ensuring the most comfortable stay considered amongst the best beautiful places in Indonesia. You will be getting numerous pocket-friendly options here in terms of food and accommodation. 

Tips: Stay at the beach facing resorts to get the perfect view of sunsets and sunrises.
Things to do: Indulge in water sports, sightseeing
Best places to stay: Grand Hyatt, Westin Resort, Sofitel Beach Resort
Tourist Attractions: Museum Pasifika Bali, Puja Mandala, Waterbow
Places To Eat: Nusa Dua Pizza, Raja Bali Nusa Dua, Paisan Restaurant
Best Time To Visit: April – September
How To Reach: Nusa Dua is located 20 kilometers from Denpasar. If you are coming from the Ngurah Rai International Airport , it will take you 30-40 minutes to reach Nusa Dua. You can get a taxi from the airport, though they can be a bit expensive. We recommend you use Grab, Blue Bird or Go Jek to move around Bali instead.

19. Seminyak – Most Happening Place


Seminyak, home to the most stunning cafes in Indonesia, is one of the most happening places in the country and one of the best beautiful places in Indonesia to visit. Whether interested in exploring the lush green ambiance or interested in indulging in prolonged conversation with locals, Seminyak is one of the tourist places in Indonesia that won’t disappoint you. If you’re still wondering where to go in Indonesia then Seminyak is the place. 

Things to do: Plan a visit to beaches in Seminyak, SuperHero Factory, popular vineyard, etc.
Best places to stay: Samaja Beachside Villas, Villa Seminyak Estate & Spa
Tourist Attractions: Masceti Temple, Potato Head Beach Club, Cungga
Places To Eat: Street kings Bali, Mejekawi, Seminyak kitchen
Best Time To Visit: April to September
How To Reach: On Bali’s west coast, Seminyak is just north of Kuta and Legian. Seminyak is about 30 minutes from the airport, depending on traffic. You can get a taxi from the official airport stand at the airport when you arrive, or arrange a transfer with your hotel.

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20. Jakarta – Melting Pot Of Cultures


Jakarta is the capital of Indonesia, the dynamic lifestyle and the melting pot of cultures, it has influences from Malaysia, China, Arab, India and European as well which makes it one of the famous places to go in Indonesia. The beautiful amalgamation of these major cultures can be seen in its architecture, food and language. The old town of Indonesia, Kuta Tua is home to beautiful Dutch colonial buildings that are a major attraction of Jakarta, it is one of the best places in Indonesia for families to visit. 

Tips: It is better to not use tap water for drinking. Leave tips at restaurants after finishing your meals.
Things To Do: Shopping in Menteng, Admire Istana Merdeka, check out Monas Tower, day trips to nearby islands, enjoy the nightlife
Best Places To Stay: JW Marriott Hotel, The Ritz-Carlton, Four Seasons Hotel, Le Meridien
Tourist Attractions: National Monument, Taman Mini Indonesia Indah, Taman Impian Jaya Ancol, Jakarta History Museum
Places To Eat: Seasonal Tastes at The Westin Jakarta, OKU, La Brasserie Restaurant
Best Time To Visit: June and September
How To Reach: Airlines like Singapore Airlines and Malaysia Airlines offer frequent flights to and from the capital city. Road and train networks connect the city of Jakarta to other neighbouring cities with well-maintained highways and train routes.

21. Lombok – A Stunning Marine Life


This is probably one of the most famous and the best places to visit in Indonesia. With divine beaches and stunning marine life, Lombok Island is a majestic island that has a plethora of places to explore. It is located east of Bali and west of Sumbawa, part of the Lesser Sunda Island chain. This place is blessed with scenic beaches and it’s a much-needed escape that tourists need. Bali’s next-door neighbour, it is home to Indonesia’s second largest volcanic peaks, Mount Rinjani. This island offers many extraordinary experiences to explore the magical underwater world of Indonesia.

Tips: Plan your visit during Bau Nyale Festival and Senggigi Festival in February or March
Things To Do: Hiking to Mount Rinjani, Scuba diving, snorkeling, Rejuvenating Spa, Golf
Best Places To Stay: The Lombok Lodge, Jayakarta Lombok Resort & Spa
Tourist Attractions: Gili Islands, Mount Rinjani, Gili Trawangan
Places To Eat: El Bazar Cafe & Restaurant, Waroeng Alam Damai, Ashtari
Best Time To Visit: July to August
How To Reach: It takes about 4 hours from Jakarta to Lombok. Various flights are available from Bali to Lombok like Indonesia AirTans, Merpati Airlines, Trigana Air and Garuda Indonesia.

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22. North Sulawesi – Best Diving Sites

North Sulawesi

Famous for diving sites, nature parks and volcanic mountains, this place is hard to miss when traveling to Indonesia. It is bounded by the Celebes Sea to the north, the Molucca Sea to the east and south, and the province of Gorontalo to the west and makes for one of the popular tourist places in Indonesia. North Sulawesi is one of the hidden gems of Indonesia, a province located on the island of Sulawesi. 

Tips:Pick a resort or a homestay in the East or the West of the island.
Things To Do: Fishing, hiking, snorkeling, dive sites
Best Places To Stay: Four Points by Sheraton, Kungkungan Bay Resort, Grand Luley Manado
Tourist Attractions: Bunaken, Bunaken National Park, Tangkoko, Lake Linow
Places To Eat: Bambuden Sario, Raja State BBQ & Asian Restaurant, Cabal Dining Manado
Best Time To Visit: June and October
How To Reach: Manado has an airport with international flights from Singapore (by SilkAir).

23. Nusa Penida – Offbeat Yet Spectacular

Nusa Penida is one of the scenic and beautiful places in Indonesia

One of the places to visit in Indonesia that you absolutely can not miss is Nusa Penida. One of the offbeat destinations, Nusa Penida is in proximity to Bali yet remains unexplored and untouristic. The gorgeous cliffed  coastlines are surrounded by beautiful waters making for a sight to behold! An interesting thing is that you can take a day cruise from Bali to reach the islands and have a unique experience in one of the best tourist places in Indonesia.

Tips: Plan your stay in a tree house and don’t miss out on the exciting adventurous activities.
Things To Do: Snorkeling, surfing, and diving
Best Places To Stay: Semabu Hills Hotel Nusa Penida, Warong Nusa Penida, The Mesare Resort Nusa Penida
Tourist Attractions: Kelingking Beach, Angel’s Billabong, Manta Point, Nusa Lembongan
Places To Eat: Full Moon Bar and Restaurant, Papila’s Coffee House, Art Rolling Bistro
Best Time To Visit: May to September
How To Reach: Nusa Penida is an hour away from Bali. You can take a ferry ride from Sanur Beach or a day cruise to reach Nusa Penida.

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24. Bali – Cliche Yet The Best


If you are looking for places to see in Indonesia that have got it all then don’t look any further. The most popular tourist spot, Bali is an all inclusive tourist destination in Indonesia that has gained a lot of popularity in the recent years! From beautiful temples to lofty mountains, a rich heritage and culture to exciting nightlife, Bali has got it all and a lot more! It is known as the ‘Island of Gods’ and this Indonesia tourist place definitely deserves it!

Tips: Carry your first aid and bargain for everything, especially while shopping. Don’t forget to try out interesting activities.
Things To Do: Trekking, jetpacking, caving, wildlife safari, and nightlife
Best Places To Stay: Hard Rock Hotel, Sun Island Suites, Jendela Di Bali
Tourist Attractions: Sanur Beach, Pura Luhur Uluwatu, Tukad Cepung Waterfall
Places To Eat: Potato Head Beach Club, Queens Of India, Peloton Supershop
Best Time To Visit: April to October
How To Reach: Bali Denpasar Airport is one of the major airports in Indonesia and is well connected to all the major cities in the world.

25. Yogyakarta – A Quaint Little Pretty Place

Ultimate view of Yogyakarta

Often pronounced as “Jogja’, Yogyakarta is one of the beautiful places in Indonesia! Located in proximity to the UNESCO World Heritage Site, Borobudur Temple, Yogyakarta is a cultural destination and is believed to be the soul of Indonesia and reflects culture, history, traditions and art in the most beautiful manner possible and if you wish to get in touch with the same, visit the destination! The place is also wholesome and houses temples, beaches, museums, and a lot more!

Tips: Carry a pocket WiFi device, pack right, and indulge in water activities for the thrill of it.
Things To Do: River rafting, photography, and witnessing the sunset at a UNESCO World Heritage site
Best Places To Stay: The Phoenix Yogyakarta, Melia Purosani Hotel Yogyakarta, Hotel Santika Premiere Jogja
Tourist Attractions: Timang Beach, Merapi Volcano, Mangunan Fruit Garden
Places To Eat: ViaVia Jogja, Abhayagiri Restaurant, The House of Raminten, Rosella Easy Dining
Best Time To Visit: April to October
How To Reach: Yogyakarta-Adisutjipto International Airport is the major airport connecting the city to other towns.

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26. Bandung – A Different Kind Of Calm

Institute of Technology in Badung, one of the beautiful places in Indonesia

This one is a highland city, so it literally gives you a different kind of high. Bandung is one of the best cities to visit in Indonesia for those looking for creative yet not overcrowded cities. It is a city where you will find people who diligently love two things, their religion and their coffee! No, we are not kidding! You can find great markets and amazing cafes here. If you are looking for great tourist places in Indonesia for an amazing shopping experience, then this might be it. The Bandung Zoo and Jean’s Street are one of the best places to visit in Bandung. Taking a day trip here will definitely be worth it!

Tips: Carry a pocket WiFi device, pack right, and check for any discount coupons or passes you can get.
Things To Do: Camping, photography, cafe hopping, off-roading, shopping
Best Places To Stay: Kenangan Hotel, The Naripan Hotel, Anggrek Shopping Hotel
Tourist Attractions: Timang Beach, Merapi Volcano, Mangunan Fruit Garden
Places To Eat: Dapur Dahapati, Mie Rica Kejakasaan, Braga Permai
Best Time To Visit: April to September
How To Reach: Bandung is just a two-hour drive from Jakarta and there are many buses plying between the two destinations. 

27. Bangka Islands – Simply Blissful

Bangka-Belitung Islands is one of the beautiful places in Indonesia

The Bangka Islands are considered to be one of the best places to visit in Indonesia for multiple reasons. Located off the coast, close to the mainland of Sumatra, the place is known for its blissful beaches, granite boulders and palm trees. Expect a lot of oceans and islands around to hop with the Bangka Strait to the west, the Java Sea to the south, the Karimata Strait east and the Natuna Sea to the north. You will get the opportunity to tour several heritage, historical buildings and some amazing Indonesia islands.

Tips: Explore the unexplored lands before they get colonized by globalization
Things to do: A lot of outdoor activities including island hopping, beach sports, camping and more
Best places to stay: Parai Beach Hotel Dan Resort, Fairfield by Marriott Belitung, Arumdalu Private Resorts
Tourist Attractions: Tanjung Tinggi Beach, Museum Kata Andrea Hirata, Pantai Parai Tenggiri, Danau Kaolin Belitung, Pantai Penyusuk
Places To Eat: P&R Restaurant, RM Selera Kite, Ratu Rasa Seafood
Best Time To Visit: February and March
How To Reach: You can take direct flights to Tanjung Pandan in Bangka Belitung from Jakarta.

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28. Wae Rebo Village – Iconic Culture

Aerial View of Wae Rebo Village, one of the beautiful places in Indonesia

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The Wae Rebo Village deserves a mention in the list of beautiful Indonesia tourist attractions because of the unique charm you can capture. The village is known to be the traditional home of the Manggarai tribe. For international tourists, the cone-shaped houses situated across the quaint mountains will definitely be the highlight of your trip to Indonesia. If you plan to visit the Wae Rebo Village, you are advised to tour the orchids, wildlife, and tropical greens. For the excellent conservation of culture, this one of the best Indonesia tourist places has been noted as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Tips: Keep the necessary items with you including enough cash, a strong backpack, hiking shoes and backup battery
Things to do: Hiking, sightseeing and camping are some of the top things to do in Wae Rebo
Best places to stay: Remon Guru, Om Selus, Warung Kopi, RM Moro Seneng
Tourist Attractions: Flores, Ruteng, Mules Island, Reok, Todo
Places To Eat: Pisang Goreng Tanduk 26 cm, Abun Takoyaki, Nasi Pecel Madiun
Best Time To Visit: May to September
How To Reach: It is a challenging yet fun journey to reach Wae Rebo Village. Labuan Bajo is the closest town from where you can find a bus to Denge, the closest village to Wae Rebo. From there, you need to hike for about 2 hours to reach the majestic village. A ride to remember!

Further Read: 27 Places To Visit In Jakarta

Are you excited to make your vacation worth the visit? If yes, then make sure to add these exotic locations in your bucket list and plan a trip to Indonesia today and spend the most memorable time here at tropical paradise. Don’t forget to explore the above-mentioned beautiful places in Indonesia!

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Frequently Asked Questions About Beautiful Places In Indonesia

What is Indonesia most known for?

Indonesia is an incredible country known for its amazing landforms, gorgeous landscapes, and rich culture. The natural beauty and the cultural experience also make it a well-known holiday destination, especially Bali and Java. Indonesia is highly popular for its volcanic islands out of which some are still active. People are attracted by tourism in Indonesia, its floating markets, Indonesian cuisine, paddy fields, beautiful temples, and pristine beaches.

Which is the most beautiful place in Indonesia?

Here are some of the most beautiful places in Indonesia that you must visit:
1. Komodo Islands
2. Dreamland Beach
3. Raja Ampat Island
4. Borobudur Temple
5. Mount Bromo
6. Tanjung Puting National Park
7. Bangka Belitung Islands
8. Lake Toba
9. Ubud

What is the best time to visit Indonesia?

May to September, the shoulder season in Indonesia receives large footfall of tourists. But if you are planning a trip during low season i.e. from October to April, you may get good deals on accommodation booking.

What should I avoid in Indonesia?

Indonesia is among the popular island holiday destinations, that considers tourism as an important aspect of its economy. Tourists are warmly welcomed and offered an enriching experience and wonderful hospitality. But here are a few things that you must avoid to you enjoy a hassle-free vacation here:
1. Don’t touch or point towards people’s head
2. Don’t smoke in public places
3. Keep in mind the dress code while visiting temples
4. Do not step on offerings places on footpaths
5. Don’t drink tap water
6. Exchange money only from authorized money changers
7. Do not click pictures in prohibited areas
8. Always wear sunscreen, when out
9. Avoid traveling during peak seasons, to avoid the crowd

What is the best thing to buy in Indonesia?

Your Indonesian holiday cannot exclude a good shopping experience. Here are some of the things that you must buy in Indonesia:
1. Batik fabric and paintings
2. Kopi Luwak coffee)
3. Celuk silver jewellery
4. Carved wood and stone products
5. Caping gunung
6. Wayang puppets
7. Pottery
8. Incense
9. Chocolates
10. Pickles

What are the best things to do in Indonesia?

There is a range of fun and exciting things to do in Indonesia, like visiting the famous Tanah Lot Temple, exploring Tegallalang Rice Terraces, taking a stroll in the Bali Safari and Marine Park, and adoring the architectural beauty of Goa Gajah, among other things.

Is Indonesia cheap for shopping?

Indonesia is a vast and rather a dynamic country. You can clearly expect two sides of the same coin: traditional and modern, native and innovative, cheap and expensive - which is fairly true in case of shopping as well!

What do Indonesians drink?

The most common beverage in Indonesia is teh (tea) and kopi (coffee). Kopi is a type of coffee mixed with sugar and hot water. It is poured straight into the cup without separating the coffee residue. Teh, on the other hand, is sweetened tea.

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