Beyond Bali: Discover 6 Incredible Destinations in Indonesia

Indonesia is a country with stunning natural beauty, a diverse cultural variety, an adventurous spirit, and friendly and welcoming people. More than 17 thousand islands form it, so, in my opinion, it is a waste to stay in one. Try to meet at least three to feel the country's climate a little better.

To help in this decision, I decided to choose 6 incredible destinations in Indonesia to present to you, and perhaps diversify the itinerary for new explorers and travelers. This does not mean that you should take Bali off your itinerary. No way! But it can be much more interesting and authentic if you combine going to the island of the gods with some of these new options.

1- Komodo

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There is an incredible combination of unique beaches (like one of the seven pink beaches in the world), great diving spots, surreal views like what you see from the top of Padar Island, in addition to, of course, the unique opportunity to see the legendary Komodo Dragons nearby.

2- Wakatobi

Paradise is here. Everywhere you look, you see an absurdly blue sea of ​​crystal clear waters and white, fine sand. Another great destination for those who love diving - the whole of Indonesia has great islands for diving - and perfect for those who want to relax in an authentic and practically unexplored place (enjoy it, few places in the world are like this today). Wakatobi is the Maldives Islands of Indonesia, but cheaper, more natural, more roots, and less touristic.
After all, here you can visit the Bajo tribe, or the "Gypsies of the Sea," who are people who live a lifestyle totally different from ours. They live on stilts in the middle of the ocean and have a totally different rhythm than the capitalist and western rhythm.

3- Borneo

Entering the heart of the Borneo forest and watching orangutans jumping from branch to branch is something much easier to do than you might think! Just take a plane from Jakarta to Pangkalan Bun (an hour's flight) and then another half hour by bus to Kumai Port, and that's it. From here, you already take the boat (Klotok) to sail into the forest and start your two-day journey in the jungle.

4- Lombok

An island that is already a very popular option among tourists who go to Bali for having much more beautiful and authentic beaches and several points of interest. For this reason, it is considered the "new Bali" and is already present in most of the itineraries in Indonesia.
The most famous destinations in Lombok are the Gili Islands, made up of the island of Gilli Trawangan, Gili Meno, and Gili Air. All have paradisiacal beaches with warm, transparent waters, but Gili Trawangan is the largest and most lively, while Gilli Meno and Gili Air are more calm and ideas for those seeking peace in paradise.

In addition to the islands, in Lombok's interior is Mount Rinjani, an active volcano with a lake inside the crater. For adventurers, taking 2, 3, or 4 days of trekking on Indonesia's third largest volcano is a breathtaking experience!

5- Borobudur

At the heart of the island of Java is Borobudur, one of the largest and most imposing Buddhist temples globally. Watching the sunrise and walking between the two million blocks of stone built around the year 800 AD make this tour a cultural option to take your breath away.

6- Tana Toraja

Tana Toraja is known as the village of the undead! There is a lot of legend behind the funerary rituals of the people who live there. They say that the dead man gets up and walks to his grave, and there are pictures running on the internet of this "phenomenon." happening. This is not quite true, but it is true that they keep the corpse well preserved and have a great fascination for death, so much so that they work in life to pay for the sumptuous funerals of their family members and, thus, send them to a better place.

Burial and funeral rituals occur in July and August and include parties, dances, and slaughter of animals for eating, among other celebrations.

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