A-Z Activities in Indonesia
Come enjoy the white and black sand beaches, the clear, blue waters, the light breezes, and the beautiful landscapes of Bali – the most popular destination in Indonesia. Bali has something to offer for everyone. From surfing and bodyboarding, to snorkeling and scuba diving, to yoga and massage, no one leaves the island unsatisfied. Come wander through the dense jungles, hike to the top of active volcanoes, and relax on the beautiful beaches of Bali.
Take a class in Batik-making. Batik is a traditional artform involving cloth, wax, and dye. Come learn more about the history of batik and make a colorful one of your own to take home and remember your trip by.
A trip to Indonesia is not complete without visiting some of the beautiful beaches located on each of the islands that make up the arhipelago. Make your friends back home very jealous as you relax with a cocktail and a good book and work on your tan.
Cooking classes can be found throughout Indonesia and can be an excellent way to learn about the delicious flavors that make up your favorite Indonesian dishes. Cuisine tends to differ slightly depending on the island, so cooking classes can also prove to be a good way to learn about the different variations of Indonesian cuisine. These classes are also a good chance to maneuver the busy markets with a local as many chefs take their students to the market to collect the ingredients they will use in their lesson.
Come witness a performance of traditional dance styles in Indonesia. Usually performed at night, these dances can be an excellent way to gain some insight into local culture. From the traditional costumes and makeup to the intricately perfect way that the dancers float through the performance, these dances are certainly a once in a lifetime experience.
For thrill-seekers, Indonesia offers some of the best scuba diving in the world. Diving in Indonesia give travelers an opportunity to see the underwater workings of these parts of the Pacific and Indian oceans and the kinds of marine life that dwell in these habitats. Inquire at any hotel or simply ask your guide for the best places to dive in Indonesia.
Indonesia is so rich in culture and history. Some of the most amazing things to experience while you are in the country are the many national festivals that occur annually. Depending on the time of year that you visit, look at which festivals are occurring at different locations throughout the archipelago. Some of the most famous festivals include Waisak Day, Galungan, and Nyepi (Balinese New Year).
Treks are plentiful in Indonesia. Whether you are hiking through the dense, green jungle or to the top of an active volcano, your options are wide-ranging and will certainly leave thrill-seeking adventurers satisfied. Regardless of location, travelers will undoubtedly enjoy the lush green scenery and the incredibly panoramas that these hikes have to offer.
One of the most amazing thing about Indonesia is all of the natural hot springs that travelers can soak in. Give your body a rest after all of your travels and take a morning, afternoon, or a whole day to relax in the local hot springs and restore and refresh your body.
Indonesia is an archipelago which means lots of islands. Some islands like Bali and Lombok are popular tourist destinations with lots of hotels, backpacker hostels, western fare, and creature comforts. Other islands are much more remote and untouched – proving to be a good place to explore when the crazy nightlife and tiring traveling begin to wear on you. Take a cruise or a day tour between the island to experience the best of both worlds.
Lombok is an island to the east of Bali. It is also well known for its beaches, surfing, and other water-related activities. The untouched Gili Islands are located off the west coast of Lombok and are an excellent way to experience and even wider variety of beaches, reefs, and marine life.
Indonesia is full of busy marketplaces, an aspect of daily life that makes it incredibly unique. Whether you are shopping for souvenirs, shopping for food for your cooking class, or simply wandering around and looking for an authentic Indonesian experience, the markets throughout the country cannot and should not be missed.
One cannot travel to Indonesia without getting a couple of massages. Massages in this part of the world are, often times, much cheaper than in western countries and are a much more authentic experience. With expertly trained masseuses and plenty of spas to choose from, you really cannot go wrong getting a massage in Indonesia.
The Indonesian landscape is incredibly beautiful and, although the country is made up of islands, there are many mountains to choose from throughout the archipelago. If you are an adventurer looking for a good hike, look no further than the country of Indonesia. From active volcanoes to mountains with beautiful panoramic views, you will find exactly what you’re looking for.
Take a break from the heat of the day and step into one of Indonesia’s many air-conditioned museums. Whether you are learning about art, food, history, or culture, you will be enthralled by the interesting facts and knowledge that these museums have to offer. These trips can be an excellent way to learn more about the country of Indonesia and what makes it unique.
Indonesia’s countless national parks are wonderful places to experience the different wildlife and plantlife in this part of the world. Some of the most popular national parks include Komodo National Park (watch out for Komodo Dragons!), Bromo Tenggur Semeru National Park, and Ujung Kulon National Park.
Southeast Asia is well-known for its rice production and its beautiful rice paddies. Some of the most beautiful rice terraces are located in Indonesia and many consider a trip to Indonesia incomplete without a trip to Jatiluwih. Stroll through the gorgeous, lush, green terraces and learn about the process of growing and harvesting rice from the locals to better understand the industry and its importance for the economy in Indonesia.
Wake up early, grab a board, and catch a wave! If you’re not an experienced surfer, you can also sign up for a lesson at any of the beaches throughout the country. Take a chance and try this exhilarating water sport! Indonesia has some of the best surfing in the world and is the perfect place to test out your skills.
Experience the incredible marine life in the waters that surround Indonesia. Bali, Lombok, and the Gili Islands are considered to be some of the best places in Indonesia to snorkel.
Take a tour and experience any number of the ancient temples that are located throughout the country of Indonesia. From ancient Hindu monuments to more recently built Buddhist structures, these tours are a good way to learn more about the religious and cultural history of the country.
Indonesia is especially well-known for its active volcanoes. Grab your friends, hire a guide, and take an early morning trek to the crater of one of these towering, molten-rock formations. Most treks leave very early in the morning so that guests can catch the sunrise from the top and miss hiking in the heat of the day.
Treks through the jungle often lead groups to huge flowing waterfalls. Come for a swim in the cool-refreshing waters or just stand in awe at the beauty of the cascade. Who doesn’t love a good waterfall?
Experience your true self through the act of practicing yoga. Indonesia (especially Bali) offers many luxury yoga retreats. Take classes with professional yoga instructors, soak up the knowledge, enjoy massages and facials, and learn about the many different detoxing techniques used by practitioners of alternative medicine throughout the region. A yoga retreat is a great way to treat yourself to some quality relaxation and build up some energy before continuing on your journey.
For those seeking an adrenaline rush, enjoy a tree-top tour by zipline! Zip through the trees and learn about the different species of birdlife, wildlife, and plantlife in the region you are traveling through. Most ziplines and aerial parks are located on Bali or Java, so plan accordingly if you are interested in a zipline tour.
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