Indonesia has a surprising number of tropical islands, which means it’s easy to get off the beaten track to where active volcanoes loom, jungles dominate and prehistoric looking creatures roam free. Summer in Indonesia is the very best time of year to visit. Here’s the top travel destination for this summer in Indonesia:
- Sumba Island, Nusa Tenggara Timur
Sumba is one of the few islands in Indonesia where a majority of the population still follow the ways of their ancestors. One gets the sense that time has passed this island by and that only now is it slowly being drawn into the present. Throughout the year the island is the site of many fascinating rituals, the most spectacular are the Pasola ceremonies that take place during the months of February and March at select locations along the west coast of the island.
- Uluwatu, Bali
Uluwatu in the far southwestern tip of Bali is drier than the rest of the island. Still relatively undeveloped it is covered with savannah like bush that abruptly end at massive limestone cliffs that tower 70 meters above the foaming surf below. The views over the ocean and the serrated coastline are stunning. Uluwatu is also home to one of Bali’s most important temples Pura Luhur Uluwatu.
- Ubud, Bali
The inland town of Ubud is Bali’s thriving Hindu cultural heart offering a wealth of arts and crafts. As well as traditional crafts, Ubud is home to Balinese dancing, puppet shows and theatrical Legong performances. Surrounded by lush, terraced paddies dissected by deep forested gorges with gushing rivers it is perfect for walks, bicycle rides and white-water rafting. Whilst here enjoy a dance performance in the Royal Palace, take a walk through the emerald green rice paddies, feed long-tailed macaques in the Monkey Forest, dine in its excellent restaurants and take the opportunity to indulge in a little retail therapy in its many delightful shops.
- Lombok, Nusa Tenggara Barat
Lombok is a fraction smaller than Bali across the Strait and is noticeably more quiet and peaceful. The pace here is unhurried and pretty laid-back. West Lombok is lush and green with numerous white sand beaches and picturesque bays. The north of the island is a heavily forested mountain range of mostly old growth, and comprising thirteen peaks, including Indonesia’s second tallest volcano, Mount Rinjani. The Rinjani National Park has won numerous eco-tourism awards and the mountains offer a kaleidoscope of waterfalls, rivers, and jungle vegetation, all perfect for trekking or mountain biking. While the south is quite dry, it has some of the best surfing spots in the world, and some of its most exciting dive sites.
Source: Ampersand Travel