Explore the Unexplored in Indonesia
Planning a trip to Indonesia soon? I have been to a couple of the Indonesian islands, including Bali, Lombok, Flores, Komodo and Raja Ampat. There is so much more to see and do in Indonesia. From a rich artistic culture to great food sourced directly from the Indian Ocean, from dramatic volcanic landscapes to dreamy remote beaches somewhere in the middle of nowhere.Swim with the mantas, visit orangutan in the wild, or come really close to a Komodo dragon, there’s a lot to take in for adventurers as well.
Komodo National Park: My Most Favourite Experience in Indonesia
My absolute highlight in Indonesia was the Komodo National Park which really is a sight to behold. Gliding through the tropical waters of the Indian Ocean from one island to the next, surrounded by untamed nature and spoilt with the most outrageous sunsets, this little piece of paradise really deserves a status on any travel bucket list.The Komodo Dragons are the largest living species of lizard in the world. They are often referred to as the modern-day dinosaur, and who can disagree? With some reaching up to 10 ft in length and weighing over 330 lbs, they are a force to be reckoned with. Not to mention their venomous saliva that is deadly to both their prey and humans!Despite the dragon’s carnivorous nature, tourists flock to the national park at a chance of spotting them. Of course, if you want to go searching for a Komodo Dragon, you need to do so accompanied by a heavily trained guide.
Visit the Gili Islands
Strikingly beautiful, with glorious white-sand beaches lapped by warm, brilliant-blue waters, the three Gili Islands in Indonesia just off the northwest coast of Lombok are a magnet for visitors. Of the three, Gili Trawangan best fits the image of “party island”, with heaps of accommodation, restaurants and nightlife. The smallest of the islands, Gili Meno, has no nightlife and is known as the “honeymoon island” for its secluded atmosphere. Closest to the mainland is Gili Air which offers a mix of the two, with plenty of facilities in the south and more peace elsewhere. The beauty of the Gili islands in Indonesia lies in the fact that you can practically snorkel off the beach. Get your bum off that deck chair, put on some fins and a snorkel and open your eyes to the beauty that is Lombok underwater.
Experience the Jewel of Southeast Asia :Lombok
Lombok is a little known island paradise just a 2 hour speedboat ride away from Bali. Most people think of the Gili Islands when they hear Lombok, but in truth, Lombok island itself also has a wealth of beautiful beaches and treasures just waiting to be explored. The best part? You can hop on a plane from Singapore and be there in 3 hours!
For those looking for ideas for their next beach getaway, Lombok and the Gili Islands present a fantastic and quieter alternative to Bali.
Visit a Pink Beach in Indonesia
So we return once again to the Komodo National Park, because quite honestly, how could we not? Komodo Dragons, breathtaking viewpoints, and now, candy pink beaches. With only 7 of its kind on the planet (reportedly), it doesn’t get much more unique than this.
Why is Pink Beach pink you ask? Well, the beaches are said to get their hue from microscopic animals called Foraminifer. These tiny little creatures have pink shells and live in coral reefs surrounding the beach. In simple terms, pink sand is a mix of shells, coral, and calcium carbonate.We were stunned by the amazing scenic beauty that we got to see that day.
Visiting Indonesia was indeed a beautiful experience.It was indeed a dream for me to visit Bali and to add the cherry on the cake was I travelled with my cousins.We had a great time exploring the beautiful Indonesia.