Indonesia Bucket List: Guide to the Best of Indonesia

written by local expert Anna Faustino

Anna is a co-founder of Adventure in You and has been traveling the world for the last 9 years. She has spent time living in Thailand, Mexico, Indonesia, and Spain and is our local expert in these areas. Her expertise on travel, gear, and building businesses have been featured on Foundr, Business Insider, Yahoo Travel, and more.

Home to incredible surfing, many exotic and uninhabited islands, a vibrant marine life, and an incredible variety of things to do, Indonesia is slowly becoming one of my favorite countries to visit. After spending three months traveling around the country a couple of years ago, we decided that three months was nowhere near to really discovering this awesome country. So in a few weeks time, we are Indonesia bound (again), vowing to discover more remote islands and surf more of their gnarly waves. So to those planning a visit to Indonesia, here’s a bucket list full of MUST do activities during your trip!

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Bucket List: Things to Do in Bali

Bali is one of the most frequented places in Indonesia. Despite its popularity, we personally still love going to this place (we tend to skip busy places like Kuta) and opt to explore a few of the quieter places along the coast. Despite its obvious popularity, Bali is filled to the brim with awesome things to do. From exploring its rich marine underwater world in the North, to the hippie-filled vibes of Ubud, you could easily spend a few weeks traveling around this area. rice fields of bali

Need more ideas? Check out these things to do in Bali article for more inspiration

Resources for Where to Stay in Bali

Where to Stay in Canggu

Where to Stay in Ubud

Where to Stay in Bali

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Bucket List: Things to do in Lombok & Lesser Sunda

While it seems terribly out of the way, exploring the stunning coastline of Lombok and the islands within Komodo National Park is a highlight of any trip to Indonesia. We spent a good amount of time here and it was definitely something we highly recommend to everyone.

Resources for Where to Stay

Where to Stay in Labuan Bajo, Flores

Bucket List: Things to do in Java

The islands of Java is a place that is alluring beyond words. Filled with temples, volcanoes, and other rugged attractions, our time here was one of my personal favorites, even if involved a lot of sleepless nights and early morning trekking. While it was tiring and hectic, seeing these incredible natural wonders were once in a lifetime moments which we enjoyed doing. Borubodur temple java

  • Witness the magical sunrise by Mt. Bromo
  • See the Blue Flames in Kawah Ijen
  • Visit the beaches of Karimunjawa
  • Watch the sunrise by the Borobudur Temples
  • Walk around the Candi Prambanan Temples
  • Visit the highlights at the Dieng Plateau
  • Walk around the town of Cemoro Lawang
  • Go surfing on a long board in Batu Karas
  • See the Green Canyon in Pangandaran

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Bucket List: Things to do in Sumatra and Other Islands

While I am definitely more of a beach person, our time in Sumatra, Indonesia was beyond awesome! It was really back to basics as we went on a 4-day trek deep in the jungle. Not only were we lulled to sleep each night by the sounds of the jungle, seeing the wild animals in their element was nothing short of amazing. Aside from the incredible wildlife, Sumatra is also home to some of Indonesia’s most beautiful beaches and remote islands! Sumatra waterfalls

Resources for Where to Stay in Sumatra

Where to Stay in Bukit Lawang

Get Our Full Indonesia Adventure Guide

While these experiences are only the tip of the iceberg, these are a few of the MUST do items while in the land of gods. If you’re looking for more information to help you plan your trip to Indonesia, don’t forget to check out our Indonesia Adventure Travel Guide which has all the information on the best things to see, what to eat, and even sample itineraries to help you make the most out of your time there.

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