Indonesia is famous for its stunning green landscapes, turquoise waters and white, black and pink beaches, exotic flora and fauna, and rich culture. With so much to do, we list five of the best activities to do in Indonesia.
1. Breathtaking Komodo
Located between East Nusa Tenggara and Wes tNusa Tenggara provinces, Komodo National Park includes the three larger islands of Komodo, Padar and Rinca, along with 26 smaller islands. The giant lizards that inhabit these islands are called Komodo dragons and exist nowhere else in the world, which is why a journey to Komodo National Park is a once-in-a-lifetime experience.
Komodo National Park has been selected as one of the New 7 Wonders of Nature. Besides the about 5,700 giant lizards that are the main attraction of the park, the waters surrounding Komodo Island contain some of the richest marine biodiversity on earth, and the rugged hillsides and pockets of thorny green vegetation contrast starkly with the brilliant white beaches and the blue waters surging over coral. These are a few of the many reasons scientists and tourists are attracted to this UNESCO World Heritage Site.
The journey to Komodo National Park usually starts from Denpasar, Bali, where you take a flight to Labuan Bajo on Flores Island. Labuan Bajo offers plenty to do, from experiencing local culture at Melo village, chilling at the Pink Beach, cruising to Kalong Island and much more. And, of course, a trip to Rinca and Komodo islands to see the Komodo dragons is always on everyone’s itinerary.
Early in the morning, the guide will pick you up at the hotel and transfer you to the harbour to depart for Komodo and Rinca. It takes about four hours to get to Komodo Island by boat. You can go ashore and go trekking with a ranger in search of Komodo dragons and other wildlife such as wild boars, deer and birds. After some mind-blowing trekking with these prehistoric creatures, you will be escorted back to the boat and sail to Rinca Island via Pink Beach for some snorkelling. Upon arrival on Rinca, get ready for more trekking in search of Komodo dragons, wild boar, monkeys, water buffalo and birds. Rinca Island, being less known and less visited than Komodo Island, is a good place to see the giant lizards (measuring up to three metres) in their natural environment with fewer people to disturb them. Just make sure to bring along a camera, as the views are simply breathtaking.