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Enter the gateway town to Komodo National Park.
Do the Komodo Island Boat Trip to trek with wild Komodo Dragons and explore the famous Komodo Islands. Or go on a TransFlores Road Trip to the Kelimutu Volcano and 3 intensely colored crater lakes. If you’re a marine lover, make sure you don’t miss out on Komodo Dives, where the sea is filled with giant manta rays and turtles.
In Labuan Bajo, check out the local fish markets, watch the sunset at the harbour and enjoy the rustic vibe of an old town that hasn't yet been touched by tourism.
Lombok is blessed with endless white sandy beaches - when you're there, watersports are a must. Snorkel in the famous Gili Islands, hidden pink beaches or even the lesser-known South Gili 'Secret' Islands. Go deep underwater and dive in the small coastal town of Kuta Lombok, or even catch your first wave surfing.
If watersports aren't your thing, take on Mt. Rinjani, an active volcano deemed as one of the most challenging hikes in Asia or cycle around its rural areas admiring the rice fields, friendly villages, and jungle waterfalls.
With lush rice terraces, wild beaches & epic volcanoes, Bali is an explorer's paradise. Adventure lovers can hike up active volcanoes, explore Nusa Penida's instaworthy sights & snorkel with Mantas, or visit eco-villages for a side of Bali few have seen.
Divers rejoice! Manado leads you to one of the best dive sites in the world, Bunaken National Park. Bunaken lies in the centre of the Coral Triangle and has amazing coral cliffs with diverse marine life. Apart from Bunaken, the other islands surrounding Manado are also an underwater photographer's dream.
Consider Lembeh Straits for muck diving, or Bangka island for a chance at spotting an occasional dolphin. The best part? Manado is still relatively unknown to the world so you'll get a little peace and tranquility when you're there!
Sumba is an adventurer's wonderland and one of our personal favourites. Only accessible via domestic flights from Bali, Sumba is a hidden gem we want to keep as a secret to ourselves.
Pristine beaches where horses run free, headhunting villages, and dreamlike dancing trees. There are a lot of beautiful nature to explore, so get your hands dirty and try camping or cycling! If you're an intermediate surfer, try surfing the powerful waves of West Sumba. Advanced divers can also take on the challenge to conquer the Sumba waters.
Maumere is almost like a secret private island unheard to the masses. Most head to Maumere as it is gateway to Flores' many treasures, taking a road trip through traditional stone villages, spiderweb fields, secluded hot springs, and hidden beaches, or heading to Mt. Kelimutu and its iconic tri-coloured lakes.
These trips likely end in Ende or Labuan Bajo, so we recommend spending 1-2 days in Maumere before the road trip to check out its large churches and Geliting market for some local products.
Ende, a raw and untouched gem of Indonesia, is also gateway to Flores' many treasures. The best way to explore is via the Transflores Road Trip, where you'll explore traditional stone villages, spiderweb fields, and hidden beaches.
You can also make a 2-day trip to Mt. Kelimutu and its iconic tri-coloured lakes - there's a short and easy hike perfect for beginners!
Known as the cultural capital of Indonesia, Yogyakarta is one to visit for the culture and history buff!
Watch the sunrise over Borobudur Temple, the largest Buddhist Temple in the world and understand the local beliefs and historical background of Java. Try out Batik (a type of fabric dyeing technique) and other traditional Javanese arts. Take a jeep up Mount Merapi, one of the most active volcanoes in the world and visit the Merapi museum after.
You'll be inexplicably drawn to its unique heritage after visiting!
Surabaya is best known for being the start point to Mt. Bromo, one of the most iconic volcanoes in Indonesia for its breathtaking sunrise views.
From Surabaya, you can also witness the electric blue flames of Mt. Ijen. Since you are already there, we recommend conquering both volcanoes in one trip (will take about 3D2N) - and when you are done, you can explore Surabaya itself - home to lots of authentic and affordable Indonesian cuisine, as well as a rich history and culture!
If you're looking for a hidden gem, Bima is the place for you! Bima leads you to the few untold treasures of Sumbawa. Hike up Mt. Tambora, known as the deadliest volcano in history. Its eruption in 1815 caused Europe (yes, all the way in Europe) a year without summer, and the views are simply breathtaking. Mt. Tambora is still a distance away (~6 hrs) from Bima airport, but the effort and journey will be worth it. After the hike, head to Lakey Peak beach, an off-the-beaten-path hideaway, with an incredibly chilled local surf community.
Fly into Makassar airport to begin your journey to Toraja, a mystical world untouched by time. The journey to Toraja takes 8 hours from Makassar, but you'll be treated to a unique cultural experience unlike any other. In Toraja, death is celebrated and the funeral ceremonies are elaborate and grand - you'll have a different take on life after your trip!
Take some time to explore Makassar while you're there, you may find that you're the only tourist around but the hospitality and warmth you're given would make you feel like you're at home.
Medan is the largest city in Sumatra and known for its food (especially if you're game to try durian!). It's also home to Lake Toba, the world's highest crater lake with a breathtaking view.
While not technically in Medan, Gunung Leuser National Park (also known as Ketambe) is the main reason why many travel there. A 7 hours drive away from Medan (transport usually included, try and spot orangutans in the canopy swinging from tree to tree!
Begin at Sorong to access the hidden island paradise that is Raja Ampat, regarded as one of the best diving site in the world. Dive among manta rays, turtles, shipwrecks, and vast coral reefs teeming with marine life. The prices here are on the steeper side since it's so remote, but the experience of diving carefreely in a quiet tranquil island to yourself pays for itself.
Batam is a popular getaway location for visitors across Asia looking to spend a few days immersed in nature. Treat yourself to a luxurious yet affordable resort stay and escape from the hustle and bustle of city life. Take a stroll along the beach, participate in exciting watersports, or simply chill and lounge in your room - you get full control over your getaway!
Bintan is a perfect island getaway for those coming from Singapore and Jakarta. With just under 2 hours of travel, you'll be away from the urban life and into a peaceful tranquil retreat. Take walks and watch the sunset along long stretches of beach, relax and bond with your loved ones in family-friendly resorts, and spend the day participating in exciting watersports. We all deserve a break once in a while!
Matak is a tiny island in the midst of the Anambas Archipelago, a beautiful secluded tropical paradise. Anambas is the perfect getaway from Singapore or Indonesia - boastinga panoramic view of blue seas and green islands dotted with azure lagoons. Here, divers can marvel at the vibrant underwater life, while families/ couples can laze around soft white sand beaches surrounded by rows of palm trees.
Do note you can only fly into Matak via Batam or Bintan (Tanjung Pinang) on certain days.
Spend a week in Lombok, an island often referred to as Bali in the 1980s. A highlight here is Mt Rinjani, Indonesia's 2nd highest mountain and one of the most beautiful (and challenging!) treks in Asia. Take 2-3 days to trek this epic volcano.
To unwind from your trek, spend a few days lounging on the Pink Beach, and relaxing at the idyllic Gili Islands - where you can snorkel with turtles and enjoy island life with no cars. If beaches aren’t your thing, you can cycle around Lombok's countryside for views of rice paddies & volcanoes.
Start in Labuan Bajo to explore the Komodo islands by boat. You will trek with wild komodo dragons, hike up iconic viewpoints, and snorkel with manta rays.
If you’re a diver, do a liveaboard instead to dive among Komodo’s amazing marine life - think coral cliffs, manta rays, and turtles!
Then, spend the next 4 days taking a road trip around Flores. You will be picked up from Labuan Bajo, and will visit Mt. Kelimutu and its 3 intensely colored crater lakes, as well as visit traditional villages. Your trip will end at Maumere Airport.
From Lombok, take a Boat Trip around Komodo Islands, to see the endangered Komodo Dragons, hike up iconic viewpoints and snorkel with Manta Rays. Arrive in Labuan Bajo and take half a day to explore hidden caves.
From Labuan Bajo, take a short 1 hr flight to Bali. In Bali, do a sunrise trek up Mt. Batur to see the views, and 2 days in an Off-the-Beaten-Path Eco-Village to try local coffee & see the sustainable side of Bali.