Indonesia On My Bucket List

Lately I’ve been having this itch to travel again, to explore…to soak up the beauty nature have to offer. It’s been awhile since I last travel so the itch is coming back full blown but this time I’m more interested in exploring more of Indonesia, considering my last trip was to Bangkok – which was super awesome.

With over 17,000 islands spreads across Indonesia, there are so many places that still holds its magical beauty untouched by commercial and greedy hands of developers trying to jack up the prices and pumped out as many dough as they can.

Here are some places that’s on my Bucket List to visit in Indonesia

  1. Ambon: Not only because I’m half Ambonese and never set foot in the island where my father’s family originally came from, but it’s the fact that I grew up hearing so many songs about beautiful beaches of Ambon and stories about the Moluccas island that makes Ambon holds a near and dear spot in my heart. Seriously, Ambon have some magnificent beaches calling my name such as the famous Natsepa Beach with its white sands. natsepa_beach__by_kLvinphotography
  2. Wakatobi in Southeast Sulawesi: Now I don’t dive but looking at the underwater photos from this area makes me wish I can dive! You can enjoy the crystal clear water around the island, or go on dolphin watching expedition which sounds amazing. Wakatobi is situated at heart of coral triangle centers from what I read and these are protected marine areas. 
  3. Ujung Kulon: Located on the southwestern of Java island – literally on the tip of Java, this area is within close proximity to the Krakatoa volcano again with beautiful beach surrounding it and small islands to explore. It’s a protected National Park, proclaimed as a national heritage by UNESCO, I’ve been dying to go to this place. To get there from Jakarta will take a pretty long drive in a car and depends on traffic. From what I read, it varies between 6 to 10 hours but I bet the views are well worth it.  Fishing boats resting..
    Creative Commons License photo credit: Bambang Suryobroto
  4. Rote: Oh I’ve been dying with anticipation to visit this island in Nusa Tenggara Timur since last year. The trip was postponed due to the eruption of Mount Merapiand now it’s been rescheduled for early November 2011. Ever since I saw my mom’s friend’s photos from her trip there, I knew I MUST go too. Where the beaches are still very quiet…instead of loud tourists basking in the sun…you will see pig foot prints! Yeah, you read that right! Oh November can’t be here any sooner!

    Rote island
  5. Tobelo: Situated in North Halmahera, part of the Maluku providence. Secluded with so many beautiful spots, I dream of exploring more of the Maluku island. The picture below is just what my city-fed-up soul yearns for.
  6. Raja Ampat: The area has been sky rocketing in tourism thanks to it’s vast publicity promotions and it really is a beautiful place. From what I’ve heard it’s a pricey US dollar tags tourist destination now – which is sad but I still wanna go there and climb up to see these views. One day I will get there!
  7. Kalianda: Located in South Lampung  – Sumatra this is one hidden gem that has became more famous in the recent years, also it’s close proximity to the Krakatoa volcanic mountain gives a dose of magical touch. It offers pretty good beach from the photos I’ve seen and since I never been to Sumatra, this place is on my list.

    Image courtesy of Andre PD
  8. Donggala: Somewhere in Central Sulawesi island there’s a really pristine beautiful place far from all the pollution of Jakarta. Tucked away with crystal clear water and white sand beach, I so plan to go there one day. Sulawesi does have some of the amazing beaches. In 2000, my family and I had a road trip to Manado and along the way we were surrounded by virgin beaches. So yes, Donggala, I will soak up your beauty soon.

    Photo by Mas Arya Sadhewa
    Photo by Mas Arya Sadhewa
  9. Komodo Island: To see the rare nearly extinct dragon like creature? Yes! That’d be uber coolness, don’t you think? Aside from the komodo dragons, the island alone is a beautiful place.

    Image courtesy of Unearthing Asia
  10. Tanjung Puting: Orangutans always have a soft spot in my heart and I would so love a trip down to see them at their natural environment in the deep jungle of Kalimantan. Will have to find out more about visiting this place but definitely on my list.

    Image courtesy of

Until then, I will keep on dreaming, keep on trying to save to afford these dream trips. There are too many beautiful wondrous places across Indonesia, I will end up with a long Bucket List for sure.

What’s on your destination Bucket List?




  1. July 24, 2011 / 6:29 pm

    Maureen you’re home is beautiful! When I win the lottery we’ll go island hoping 😉

    • August 1, 2011 / 8:03 am

      Amen to winning the lottery, girly! 😀

  2. July 24, 2011 / 7:45 pm

    jadi ngiler juga nihh…

    • August 1, 2011 / 8:04 am

      Yuk Boy, seru kali ya kalo blogger-blogger pada jalan bareng keluar Jakarta 😀

    • August 1, 2011 / 8:04 am

      Hi Annette, thank you! 🙂 We have so much beauties to offer that’s for sure

  3. July 25, 2011 / 9:13 pm

    Whoaaaa… never heard of some of the places mentioned above, where the heck have I been? Bob is an avid diver but not sure if he could ever dive again after his 2-yr bedridden illness that almost took his life. But snorkeling will do I think.

    Those places will now be on my bucket list for sure. Thanks for sharing, Yen.

    I have been to Kalianda way back during my college year and loved it there! you’ve gotta to visit that place! Oh, I still can clearly remember how the white sands felt so soft on my bare feet!

    BTW, have you seen Belitung island? It’s on my bucket list too. Check it out here:

    • August 1, 2011 / 8:05 am

      Teh Ima, I have just recently found out some of these places through someone on Facebook who arrange for my upcoming Rote trip.

      I’ve heard of Belitung and it does looks stunningly beautiful…adding that on my growing bucket list too. Thanks for sharing the link, Teteh.

  4. July 26, 2011 / 10:29 am

    ahhhhhhhh gileee gw juga cuma ngiri sama orang yang liburan ke pantai keren, lama tinggal di aceh jd gw kangen sabang booookk ya tipe2 bgini lah…kangen tiduran di hammock dengerin suara ombak *ngimpi dulu yak*

    • August 1, 2011 / 8:08 am

      Sama Eryka, gw juga udah ngiler banget bosen ngeliat Jakarta. Duh yuk ngimpi bareng…

  5. July 27, 2011 / 12:57 am

    My gosh, you have some truly beautiful places in your own backyard – so to speak.

    The photo courtesy of Rahwidodo of Tobelo is Amazing. Hope you’re able to scratch that travel itch soon.

    • August 1, 2011 / 8:08 am

      Nami, yes, there are so many beautiful gorgeous places around Indonesia that I’m itching to explore. Thanks, girly! I hope I will get my cure soon 😉

  6. July 31, 2011 / 10:50 pm

    Waahh..jadi malu sebagai orang Indonesia tp belum pernah ke daerah wisata yg cantik ini!! Kudu wajib disambangin ini 🙂 country is so beautiful! 🙂 Thanks a lot for the post, makes me proud to be an Indonesian!!

    • August 1, 2011 / 8:09 am

      Hi Nov, gw juga belum maen ke semua tempat ini kok kecuali yang paling deket nanti November mau ke Rote. Thanks for stopping by and your lovely comment 🙂

  7. October 7, 2013 / 7:26 pm

    I love Raja Ampat, most beautiful scenery in Indonesia

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