Most of us have heard of Bali, right? It’s a place that is mentioned so often when talking about Indonesia that you may wonder what else the country has to offer. On my trip to wonderful Indonesia, we went beyond Bali to discover other lessor known treasures.

Hidden Gems.

Indonesia is a culturally diverse country, one place on earth where nature and culture blend to create a long lasting impression. It is a home to around 300 ethnic groups and 700 languages and most importantly it is the only country across the globe which has over 17,000 amazing islands. Though Bali is the most well known of these islands, the beauty and memorable things to do in Indonesia goes beyond this main tourist destination.

Raja Ampat

Raja Ampat is an archipelago located in Papua and consists of 1,500 islands. It is one of the most isolated group of islands in the world, and it’s a dream destination for divers, there are more than 530 species of corals and around 700 species of mollusk.

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The sunset in Raja Ampat

Annette White enjoying the view on Piaynemo island in Raja Ampat The view on Piaynemo island in Raja Ampat

The Sunrise in Raja Ampat in Indonesia

The blue water of Raja Ampat in Indonesia

Annette White enjoying a fresh coconut at Arborek Village in Raja Ampat

Feeding the Fish at Sawinngrai Village in Indonesia

Bandung

Bandung in west java which is also known as Paris of Java, it consist of beautiful views and is in true sense a surreal beauty for scenery lovers. It is a place where you can relax at Dusun Bambu Family Park, immerse yourself with the friendly locals and even take a thrilling off-roading adventure.

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The children of Bandung, Indonesia

Tea Plantation Fields in Bandung, Indonesia

A caravan of Land Rovers while off-roading in Bandung, Indonesia

Dusun Bambu Family Park in Bandung, Indonesia

off-roading through the water in Bandung, Indonesia

Off-roading in Bandung, Indonesia The restaurant at Dusun Bambu Family Park in Bandung, Indonesia

Large spider in Bandung, Indonesia

Playing with a handmade bird in Bandung Indonesia

Lombok

Lombok is best known for the Gili islands, three desert islands surrounded by white sand beaches, crystal blue waters and pretty boats. Whatever your pleasure, these tiny atolls can deliver — partying, relaxing or an array of water sports. Gili Trawangan is the most visited of the trio where you won’t be deprived of cocktail bars, trendy restaurants and quaint little shops.

Annette White at the Novotel in Lombok Indonesia

A Cafe on Gili Trawangan island in Indonesia

Gili Trawangan island in Indonesia

The streets of Gili Trawangan island in Indonesia

Yogyakarta

Yogyakarta in central java is the hub of arts and culture and consists of amazing history dating back to ninth century. Temples and archaeological sites grace the area. Catching sunrise at Borobudur Temple and sunset at Ratu Boko is a must! If you have the opportunity, also take a batik making workshop where you will learn the basic of this wax-resist dyeing technique.

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The decorated children on Yogyakarta in IndonesiaBatik Making in Yogyakarta, Indonesia

Batik Making in Yogyakarta, Indonesia

Annette White at Borobudur Temple Yogyakarta Indonesia

Borobudur Temple Yogyakarta Indonesia

Buddha Statue at Borobudur Temple Yogyakarta Indonesia

Sunrise at Borobudur Temple Yogyakarta Indonesia

Annette White walking through the rice fields in Yogyakarta, Indonesia

A little girl in a village in Yogyakarta

Annette White at Prambanan Temple in Yogyakarta, Indonesia

Prambanan Temple in Yogyakarta, Indonesia

Ratu Boko Temple in Yogyakarta, Indonesia

Ratu Boko Temple in Yogyakarta, Indonesia

Indonesia is not only the destination for visitors who want to relax on the popular island of Bali, but it’s also the best holiday destination for nature lovers and adventure seekers who want to explore other areas.

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