7 Magnificent Photos of Indonesia That Will Make Your Jaw Drop

The fourth most populous country in the world, Indonesia is made up of more than 17,000 islands that display an array of stunning beaches, waterfalls, forests and mountains. While many who travel to Indonesia head to Bali, all of the islands offer the perfect getaway and a truly hidden paradise to flirt with nature and embrace the beauty of Asia.

1. The Beaches of Bali

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Tropical beach. Padangbai, Bali, Indonesia. Photo: efired

Bali beaches range from palm-fringed white sand coastlines in the south and cliff-guarded hidden shores to black sands on the north and west studded with exotic coves in-between. While the beaches are best from April to October, Nusa Dua and Sanur beaches are less affected by seasonality.

2. Borobudur

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Borobuder Temple at sunrise in Java Island, Indonesia. Photo: ximagination

One of the most remarkable and impressive ancient monuments in the world and the largest Buddhist structure on earth, Borobudur is located on the island of Java in Indonesia. The temple was built around 800 C.E. as a monument to Buddha and features an attention to detail that is mind blowing, especially with active volcanoes in the background.

3. Tana Toraja

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Traditional village of residential buildings with decorated facade and boat shaped roofs in Tana Toraja, South Sulawesi, Indonesia. Photo: Fabio Lamanna

With a vibrant tribal culture and stunning scenery, Tana Toraja is a fascinating area for those who travel to Indonesia. The village’s boat-shaped roofs are surrounded by breathtaking jungle-thick hills, but for the villagers, life revolves around death. The extravagant funeral ceremonies last days, and visitors are welcome to attend or explore the beautiful cliff cemeteries.

4. The Orangutans of Borneo

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Adorable baby orangutans play on a rope at the Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Center in Borneo. Photo: Pius Lee

The island of Borneo is divided among three countries: Brunei, Malaysia, and Indonesia. The Indonesian territory is where the rainforest blossoms and wild orangutans thrive. Because the endangered orangutans no longer have enough jungle to live and roam freely, rehabilitation centers and refuges protect and help the animals.

5. Jatiluwih Rice Fields of Bali

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Bali rice terraces. rice fields of Jatiluwih. Photo: Ann Dudko

Known as the most beautiful rice terrace, Bali’s Jatiluwih Rice Fields are a popular tourist destination. They unfold from the foot of the mountain and span 636 hectares to the coast. The peaceful island offers stunning views of the green fields rising and falling with the hills, and the fresh mountain air provides a cool atmosphere 700 meters above sea level.

6. Pura Tanah Lot

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Sunset over Hindu temple Pura Tanah Lot, Bali, Indonesia. Photo: Konstantin Trubavin

People travel to Indonesia to view the sunset at the most visited and photographed temple in Bali, Pura Tanah Lot. Today, more than one-third of the rock has been reconstructed due to erosion, and the sea temple is one of the most popular organized tours in Bali.

7. Gunung Rinjani

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Crater of Gunung Rinjani Volcano Lombok Island Indonesia. Photo: Paweł Opaska

Located in the Rinjani mountain range, Gunun Rinjani National Park provides stunning views, waterfalls, rainforest, wildlife, hot springs, caves, and a pristine lake. A massive 3,726-meter-tall volcano towers the island of Lombok as well, offering travelers exhilarating camping, climbing, trekking, and hiking experiences. The volcano is active, but there haven’t been any eruptions since 2004.

Travel to Indonesia to explore an array of scenic adventures richly dipped in culture and history while exploring the vast wilderness. A scenery with active volcanoes, gorgeous beaches, and thriving evergreen rainforests wouldn’t be complete without wildlife like the endangered orangutans.

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