Indonesian Exotic Travel Destinations You’ve Never Heard Of

Posted on May 26 2014 - 12:27pm by Shem MD

Bali StatueIndonesia consists of 33 provinces and around 17,000 islands, but you probably only knew a handful of tourist destinations such as Bali, Lombok, Mount Bromo, Boroudur Temple, Bunaken and such. It is unfortunate, because Indonesia is rich of hidden beauty that is still unexplored by many. These hidden paradises are very exotic and beautiful, and since they are still pretty much unknown, they make really great escapades from urban jungle.

Hidden Paradise in Indonesia
Why follow common tourist destination suggestions from your travel brochure? If you are looking for places that are rarely visited, look no more than these hidden paradises in Indonesia for tourists:

  • Benang Stokel Waterfall, Lombok

Lombok may be famous for its beaches and small islands (gili), but if you love nature, do not miss Benang Stokel Waterfall, which is located only 30 kilometers from Mataram, the capitak city. This waterfall is still relatively untouched, so the water is clear and cold, and the surrounding is very cool and refreshing.

  • Jomblang Cave, Yogyakarta

Jomlang Cave, Yogyakarta

Make this cave the next destination for your cave exploration! Located in Pacarejo Village in Gunung Kidul, Yogyakarta, this cave is breathtaking with its underground river. Also, check out beautiful and out-of-the-world forest that grows in the cave, which is still relatively untouched. The trail to the cave is very rough, but the reward is amazing.

  • Kanawa Island, East Nusa Tenggara


Kanawa Island is one of small islands that are parts of Komodo National Park in Flores, East Nusa Tenggara. Therefore, the beauty in this island is very well preserved. You can see corals and fish from the beach even without snorkeling, and you can spend the night in rustic cottages. Plus, the island only gets electricity from 5 to 9 PM; while this may be a downside for you Wifi addict, this makes staying in this island really calming, outback and relaxing.

  • Pulau Merah Beach, West Java

Pulau Merah, West Java

This beach is located on the foot of Mount Tumpang Pitu in Banyuwangi area, and well preserved because it is surrounded by natural sanctuary. Pulau Merah (Red Island) got its name from a small hill on the beach that has reddish sand. It is a bit difficult to reach the beach, but once you get there, the most spectacular beach and sunset will be your reward.

  • Weekuri Lake, East Nusa Tenggara

Weekuri Lake is a saltwater lake located in Northwestern Sumba Regency, East Nusa Tenggara. The lake is surrounded by greens and rocks, and the water is so clear and blue you can easily see the bottom. So far, the only visitors are handfuls of locals, so it is still counted as a hidden paradise in the eyes of national and international tourists.

  • Bantimurung National Park


Bantimurung National Park is located in South Sulawesi and becomes a home for various east Indonesian birds, butterflies and mammals. Plus, there is also a long line of Karst Mountain and eternal spring.

There are still so many hidden paradises in Indonesia that you must visit, but you can start from making these places as your next lists to visit on your next travel.

Shem MD
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