Did you know that Indonesia is the world’s largest island country? Across this stunning country are over seventeen thousand islands, each with its own activities and sights to see for those that are ready for adventure. Explore the remains of the Liberty Shipwreck deep below the sea. Witness panoramic views of rare crater lakes atop Kelimutu volcano. Trek to the peak of Mount Batur, high above sea level. You’ll find adventure on every corner! Here are a few of our favorite adventure activities in Indonesia for you to add to your travel wish list.
Adventure awaits you on a boat ride through the dense mangrove forests of Bintan, Indonesia. As you float along the river, you’ll witness lush green vegetation surrounding you as your friendly tour guide spots the mangrove snakes and more of the forests’ unusual inhabitants.
Deep into the waters of Indonesia is the Liberty Shipwreck that dates back to the 1940s. In the small fishing village of Tulamben on the northeast coast of Bali, divers explore the remains of the ship, unique rock formations from the wreck in the shape of dolphins, and an abundance of marine life swimming around.
Rare crater lakes sit at the top of Kelimutu volcano, offering unparalleled views of three lakes with different turquoise hues. The lakes are part of Kelimutu National Park, protecting 19 endemic and endangered animals. What’s most interesting is the colors of the lakes have changed over the years from white to brown and red to aquamarine. Take an adventure trek to the peak, where you can view the vibrant colored lakes miles into the sky.
Bromo Tengger Semeru National Park
In Bromo Tengger Semeru National Park is a tremendous cascading waterfall surrounded by dense forest. Reaching around 180 meters tall, the waterfall flows down from different areas of the cliff, creating a scene that appears as if a thousand falls were connecting. Take a refreshing dip in the natural pond and admire the beauty of Coban Sewu Waterfall.
Whitewater rafting is an adventure in itself, but the gorgeous scenery of Ubud, Bali as you rapidly float down the rapids, gives this 2-hour experience a special touch. Wildlife, cascading waterfalls, and lush rainforest surround you as you and your family and friends make your way down the Ayung River.
Once home to Komodo dragons, Padar Island boasts green-capped mountains, painting a surreal landscape when seen from above. Three turquoise bays surround the island with white, black, and pink sand beaches. Take a 30-minute hike to the summit for unmatched views of this remarkable island.
A sea of orange clouds paints the perfect vista on the hike up Mount Batur. The 2-hour trek leads you to the volcano’s peak at 1,717 meters above sea level, offering views of Lake Batur, black lava, and surrounding mountains. Take in all its glory during your visit to Bali.
At the end of a 20-minute scenic walk of winding rivers and rocky pathways stands a grand, 200-meter tall waterfall known as Madakaripura Waterfall. This hidden gem is located in East Java near the village of Sapih. The waterfall gets its nickname, ‘eternal waterfall,’ from the waters that never stop pouring down a rain of blessings on those who walk beneath it.
Raja Ampat Islands
Raja Ampat Islands off the coast of Papua is known for its pristine waters and marine biodiversity, making it a diver’s paradise. The archipelago hosts eco-friendly resorts, conservation centers, and cultural expeditions for adventurers, soul-seekers, and vacationers. Swim among the rich coral reefs and marine life that live in the crystal clear waters.
Banyu Wana Amertha Waterfalls
North of Bali is a hidden gem where four remarkable waterfalls reside. Banyu Wana Amertha Waterfalls is the place to visit if you’re looking for a remote destination with beautiful discoveries along the way. The cascading waters meet at a pool, perfect for taking a quick dip after the adventurous trek. Lush vegetation and small falls weave through the forest for you to enjoy on your hike.
The adventure doesn’t stop there! Indonesia’s islands are abundant in nature, wildlife, marine life, and more. Whether you love to island hop or journey through nature, Indonesia’s best adventure activities are sure to leave you feeling exhilarated.