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6 best destinations to visit in Indonesia (other than Bali)

Indonesia is more than just Bali!

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Indonesia is a diverse archipelago that stretches across thousands of islands, each offering a unique blend of culture, nature, and adventure. Bali as a destination is very popular amongst travelers worldwide, and is especially popular with digital nomads. But, Indonesia is more than just Bali. There are numerous other hidden gems scattered throughout the country waiting to be discovered.

1. Yogyakarta

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Known as the cultural heart of Java, Yogyakarta is a city steeped in history and tradition. Home to the majestic Borobudur and Prambanan temples, this destination allows travelers to immerse themselves in the rich heritage of Indonesia. Yogyakarta is also famous for its vibrant street art scene, bustling markets, and the Sultan's Palace, making it an ideal destination for history enthusiasts and art lovers alike.

2. Belitung Island

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Belitung Island, located off the east coast of Sumatra, is a pristine and relatively untouched destination. Belitung is known for its stunning landscapes and beaches with very soft and white sand. The island is also surrounded by over 100 smaller islands, each decorated with unique granite rock formations. Hire a boat from the local fishermen to explore the neighbouring islands, or spend the day snorkeling and swimming in the pristine waters.

3. Raja Ampat

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Situated in the West Papua Province, Raja Ampat is a tropical paradise renowned for its unparalleled marine biodiversity. This archipelago has four main islands and over 1,500 smaller islands surrounding it. Raja Ampat is a haven for diving and snorkeling, offering crystal-clear waters teeming with vibrant coral reefs and an abundance of marine life. Beyond the diverse underwater sights, Raja Ampat's lush landscapes, traditional villages, and stunning viewpoints make it an ideal destination for those seeking a tranquil escape.

4. Gili Islands

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The Gili Islands are a popular alternative to Bali, and it is increasingly touristy - though it is still not as touristy as Bali. If you are looking for a first-time destination to Indonesia but want to avoid the crowds at Bali, Gili Islands is a good choice. Known for their pristine beaches, turquoise waters, and vibrant coral reefs, Gili Trawangan, Gili Meno, and Gili Air offer a laid-back atmosphere perfect for relaxation and water activities.

5. Bandung

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Just a 2.5 hours drive away from Jakarta, Bandung is a vibrant city surrounded by lush tea plantations and volcanic landscapes. With a good balance of nature, culture, and city-life, Bandung is a good destination for those looking to escape the hustle and bustle of Jakarta. Beyond its colonial architecture, trendy cafes, and outlet malls, Bandung has its fair share of nature. Head to Lembang, just north of Bandung, for mountainous sceneries and wonderful sights.

6. Komodo Island

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For wildlife enthusiasts, Komodo Island is a must-visit destination. Located between the islands of Sumbawa and Flores in the East Nusatenggara province, the Komodo National Park encompasses 29 volcanic islands and is home to over 2,000 Komodo dragons, the largest lizards on Earth. Beyond the dragons, the marine environment around Komodo Island is very diverse with a large range of flora and fauna waiting to be discovered.

Get a Nomad eSIM for Indonesia on your next adventure

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