Here’s our highlights of the top Indonesia things to do from our travelling experiences in February and March, 2014.
Indonesia is a huge country and we only managed to see a small portion of it in our 6 week trip, these are the things that we’ll always remember from our time in Indonesia. Do you have a favourite thing you liked in Indonesia? Let us know in the comments below.
1. Wae Rebo Village
Visiting Wae Rebo Village in Flores was definitely one of our Indonesian highlights. Wae Rebo is an old Manggaraian village, situated in pleasant, isolated mountain scenery. The village offers visitors a unique opportunity to see authentic Manggarai housing and to experience the everyday life of the local community. Wae Rebo Village is a world heritage site, while not easy to access, once you’ve managed the 3-4 hour trek; you won’t be disappointed.
2. Komodo Dragons Boat Trip
Going to shoot the Komodo Dragons by camera (you’ll hear this a lot) was terrific fun and it was great see the Komodo Dragons in the wild. We took a 4 day boat trip, and enjoyed every minute of it, great people, snorkelling and scenery – we think you’ll love it too! Emily wrote a couple of posts (links below) which explains it all in detail.
3. Gili Islands
The Gili Islands was our time to relax and unwind – you have your pick of the Islands with Gili Trawangan, Gili Meno and Gili Air and it’s easy to go between them. We found it a great place to chill out, swim, snorkel and dive with turtles. It’s on our top Indonesia things to do list as it was our tranquil paradise and our chance to unwind.
4. Jatiluwih Rice Terrace
The Jatiluwih Rice Terrace make’s our top Indonesia things to do list, as it should; in 2012 it became a world heritage site and it’s stunning. You’ll see many rice terraces as you travel Indonesia, but non as spectacular as this. It’s remote and difficult to get to, so you should be able to see the Jatiluwih Rice Terrace without all the crowds, hire a scooter or driver. We highly recommend staying a night at Munduk (we stayed at Guru Ratna), which is very close by, where you can see more rice terraces and walk to the local waterfalls.
Information – Jatiluwih Rice Terrace Pictures
5. Bena Traditional Village
Located in Flores, about 20 kilometres from Bajawa, next to Mt. Inerie (active volcano), Bena Traditional Village is not to be missed. Bena traditional village is over 900 years old and steeped in tradition, you’ll get to see wooden dwellings, carvings, community gathering area and altar, which is still used today – while you take in the breathe taking views all around you.
Information – Bena Traditional Village Pictures
Not far from the international airport, Ubud is definitely worth a visit. It made our top Indonesia things to do as there’s lots to see and do here, you can visit the Ubud monkey forest, which is a sacred reserve which houses temples. They have done a lot of work with the monkeys to ensure they’re less naughty with tourists than they used to be. Ubud has lots of history, temples, good food and rice fields, if you’re into geocaching, we highly recommend looking for the geocaches here, you won’t be disappointed.