Where to go First in Indonesia's 17,508 Islands?


Bali is an Indonesian island located in the westernmost end of the Lesser Sunda Islands, lying between Java to the west and Lombok to the east. Bali was inhabited by about 2000 BC by Austronesian peoples who migrated originally from Taiwan through Maritime Southeast Asia. Culturally and linguistically, the Balinese are thus closely related to the peoples of the Indonesian archipelago, Malaysia, the Philippines, and Oceania. Stone tools dating from this time have been found near the village of Cekik in the island's west. With a population recorded as 3,891,000 in the 2010 census, the island is home to most of Indonesia's small Hindu minority. In the 2000 census about 92.29% of Bali's population adhered to Balinese Hinduism while most of the remainder follow Islam. Aside from its pristine beaches Bali is famous for its Hindu temples. Each village is required by adat (customary law) to construct and maintain at least three temples: the pura puseh (temple of origin) located at the kaja (pure) side of the village, the pura desa (village temple) at the centre for everyday community activities and the pura dalem (temple of the dead) at the kelod (unclean) end.

Comodo Island 

Comodo Island is in the Nusa Tenggara region of Indonesia. The earliest stories of a dragon existing in the region circulated widely and attracted considerable attention. But no one visited the island to check the story until official interest was sparked in the early 1910s by stories from Dutch sailors based in Flores about a mysterious creature. The creature was allegedly a "dragon" which inhabited a small island in the Lesser Sunda Islands. Komodo is part of the Lesser Sunda chain of islands and forms part of the Komodo National Park. In addition, the island is a popular destination for diving. Administratively, it is part of the East Nusa Tenggara province. The main reasons to travel to Komodo National Park are the Komodo Dragons, the superb beaches and the unspoilt corals.

Senggigi Beach 

Senggigi Beach region is the main tourist destination on the island of Lombok in Indonesia.  As it is the main tourist strip of the Indonesian island of Lombok, stretched out along the several kilometers of the beachfront, just to the north of the capital Mataram. Check out Pura Batu Bolong, 2 km south of Senggigi and Small Hindu temple located in a scenic spot at a small headland overlooking Senggigi beach, named after a rock (batu) with a hole (bolong).


Bunaken is off the coast of Northern Sulawesi, Indonesia. Bunaken National Park extends over an area of 890.65 km² of which only 3% is terrestrial, including Bunaken Island, as well as the islands of Manado Tua, Mantehage, Nain and Siladen. Bunaken is famous for its Beach-combing activity, especially at low tide when the reef top is accessible.


Borobudur is a Buddhist stupa and temple complex in Central Java, Indonesia dating from the 8th century, and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Borobudur was heavily affected by the eruption of Mount Merapi in October and November 2010 when volcanic ash from Merapi fell on the temple complex. The monument is both a shrine to the Lord Buddha and a place for Buddhist pilgrimage. The journey for pilgrims begins at the base of the monument and follows a path circumambulating the monument while ascending to the top through the three levels of Buddhist cosmology, namely Kāmadhātu (the world of desire), Rupadhatu (the world of forms) and Arupadhatu (the world of formlessness).
Pangandaran Beach       

Pangandaran Beach is a small town and a subdistrict in southern Ciamis regency, West Java, Indonesia on the southern coast of Java. It is a popular tourist destination, having a beach which is considered to be one of the finest in Java and which offers excellent surfing. Pangandaran is home to the Green Canyon Journey through some truly wondrous jungle rich in massive teak trees, palms, various hanging vinery and the shrill sounds of extensive birdlife. The canyon is apparently a couple of hundred metres long, but it is only safe for visitors to venture the first hundred.

Toba Lake           

Toba Lake is the largest volcanic lake in the world and is in Sumatra, Indonesia. Lake Toba is the site of a super volcanic eruption that occurred an estimated 69,000 to 77,000 years ago, a massive, climate-changing event. The eruption is believed to have had a VEI intensity of 8. It is the largest known explosive eruption anywhere on Earth in the last 25 million years. There are hot springs on the western side of the island just across the causeway from Pangururan. The water is hot. Locals usually use their hands to get some water out of the pool, standing in the pool is possible, but you probably won't be able to swim.

Krakatoa Island

Krakatoa Island is a volcanic island in the Sunda Strait between Java and Sumatra in Indonesia. Eruptions at the volcano since 1927 have built a new island in the same location, named Anak Krakatau (which is Indonesian for "Child of Krakatoa"). This island currently has a radius of roughly 2 kilometres (1.2 mi) and a high point around 324 metres (1,063 ft) above sea level, growing 5 metres (16 ft) each year. Most of the tour operators in Labuan and Anyer have a camp during the night at Rakata Island. You can enjoy the eruption of Krakatoa at night from here. If you want to stay in Sabesi island, you can stay at a simple hotel which belongs to the Indonesia Tourism Board, just walking distance from Sabesi island jetty.

Lombok Island  

Lombok Island is an island in West Nusa Tenggara (Nusa Tenggara Barat or NTB) province, Indonesia. Little is known about the Lombok before the seventeenth century. Before this time it was made up of numerous competing and feuding petty states each of which were presided over by a Sasak 'prince'. This disunity was taken advantage of by the neighbouring Balinese who took control of western Lombok in the early seventeenth century. Tourism is an important source of income on Lombok. The most developed tourism area of the island is on the west coast of the island and is centered about the township of Senggigi. The immediate surrounds of the township contain the most developed tourism facilities. Lombok is popular for the Kuta Beach in Kuta village. This is where most of the accommodations and restaurants are located.

Tangkuban Perahu         

Tangkuban Perahu is a dormant volcano 30 km north of the city of Bandung, the provincial capital of West Java, Indonesia. A study conducted in 2001 determined that Tangkuban Perahu has erupted at least 30 times in the previous 40,750 years. Studies of the tephra layers within 3 km of the crater revealed that twenty one were minor eruptions and the remaining nine were major eruptions.

Samosir Island  

Samosir Island is a large volcanic island in Lake Toba, located in the north of the island of Sumatra in Indonesia. Samosir Island is governed as six of the nine districts within Samosir Regency. The lake and island were formed after the eruption of a super volcano some 75,000 years ago. Samosir is the largest island within an island, and the fifth largest lake island in the world. It also contains two smaller lakes, Lake Sidihoni and Lake Aek Natonang. Across the lake on the east from the island lies Uluan Peninsula. Samosir is a popular tourist destination due to its exotic history and the vistas it offers. The tourist resorts are concentrated in the Tuktuk area. The island is the centre of the Batak culture and many of this people's artifacts remain on the island. Most of the tourist accommodations are concentrated in the small town of Tuktuk, which is located a one-hour ferry ride across the lake from the town of Parapat.


Manado is the largest city in and main gateway to Northern Sulawesi, Indonesia. The first mention of Manado comes from a world map by cartographer Nicolas Desliens, where it showed the island Manarow (today's Manado Tua). Before Europeans arrived to North Sulawesi the area was under the rule of the Sultan of Ternate, who exacted tribute and introduced the Muslim religion among some of its inhabitants. The Portuguese made the Sultan their vassal, taking possession of the Minahasa and established a factory in Wenang. Manado is famous for the Modoinding, Agrotourism place, where all kind of vegetables and spicy came from, to supply the demands of East part of Indonesia, the area is about 900-1200 meter from the sea level. The place is cool and you will find Modoinding valley with Moat Lake with "Bukit Doa" on the east, very beautiful place.

Prambanan Temple       

Prambanan Temple is a complex of ancient Hindu temples in Central Java, Indonesia. Prambanan is the largest Hindu temple of ancient Java, and the construction of this royal temple was probably started by Rakai Pikatan as the Hindu Sanjaya Dynasty's answer to the Buddhist Sailendra Dynasty's Borobudur and Sewu temples nearby. Historians suggest that the construction of Prambanan probably was meant to mark the return of the Hindu Sanjaya Dynasty to power in Central Java after almost a century of Buddhist Sailendra Dynasty domination. Nevertheless, the construction of this massive Hindu temple signifies that the Medang court had shifted the focus of its patronage from Mahayana Buddhism to Shivaist Hinduism. Check out the Candi Lara (Loro) Jonggrang, or simply Candi Prambanan, the largest and most-visited of the temples just to the left of the main entrance. While there were 237 temples originally built, most have long since crumbled and the main remaining attractions are the six temples of the central court, richly decorated with carved reliefs.


Alliha Jonson said...

Carlo! You have posted a marvelous blog. I really like your all images and the information about Indonesia. It is very helpful for the entire tourist and especially for me because I am going there next month. I am very excited about it because I have heard a lot about this country from different resources such as different blogs, magazines, friends and family members. I am not going there alone. I will be there with my two friends and my one friend will join us from the 1000 islands montreal. We will first stay at Bali because I want to do their scuba diving, fishing, boating and swimming and also want to see its stunning views especially the sun set. I am sure it will be a fantastic and unforgettable tour for me.

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