By Sabrina Loh
Did you know that Indonesia is home to 17,508 islands? After all, it is the largest archipelago in the world.
Beyond magical temples and stunning beaches in Bali, Indonesia has virtually every kind of natural beauty imaginable.
From scenic mountains, rolling rice fields, cascading waterfalls, and deep canyons, here are x hidden gems in Indonesia that you won’t want to miss.
From a distance away, it almost appears that you’re looking at snow-capped mountains. But Danau Kaolin on Belitung Island is actually the result of water accumulating in an abandoned kaolin mine. The magical blue lake and pure white landscapes will be sure to mesmerise you when you visit this gem.
📍Perawas, Tanjung Pandan, Belitung Regency, Bangka Belitung Islands, Indonesia
Pink beach, as it’s so fittingly named, is one of seven pink beaches in the world. The pinkish sand gets its unusual colour from microscopic animals called Foraminifera, which produce a red pigment on the coral reef. The corals of Pink Beach are terrific for underwater exploration.
📍 Komodo National Park, East Nusa Tenggara, Indonesia
Photo credit: www.omnivagant.com
Banyu Wana Amertha Falls
The Banyu Wana Amertha Falls is one of the most untouched waterfalls in Indonesia. Your entry ticket of 20K IDR provides access to not one, not two, but three waterfalls (four if you’re visiting during the rainy season!).
📍 Wanagiri, Sukasada, Buleleng Regency, Bali 81161, Indonesia
Photo credit: wisato.id
Indonesia’s very own Grand Canyon, tucked away in Semarang is the Brown Canyon. Mining has created abstract cliffs of different shapes and heights, towering over sparse scenery. The spectacular views here will make you feel like you’re not in Indonesia at all!
📍 Rowosari, Tembalang, Semarang City, Central Java, Indonesia
Photo credit: https://theworldtravelguy.com/
The tri-coloured Kelimutu lake inside the craters of Mount Kelimutu volcano in Flores is one of Indonesia’s best-kept secrets. Three gorgeous crater lakes that have their own unique colours, from bright blue, vibrant green, to earthy brown, sit next to each other, separated only by a crater wall. The locals here consider this haunting lake a resting palace for the departed souls.
📍 Mount Kelimutu National Park, Ende Regency, Flores Island, Indonesia
Sesandan Rice Fields
About 13km West of Ubud is a lesser-known rice field that offers similar views to the famous Tegallalang rice fields. Sesandan rice fields are exactly as you’d expect, with rolling hills of calming, green rice terraces, sans the crowd. It’s recommended for you to visit this gem in the early morning or evening for the best photos.
📍 Jl. Sesandan, Megati, Kec. Selemadeg Tim., Kabupaten Tabanan, Bali 82162, Indonesia
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