Java’s volcano Bromo
The most beautiful volcanoes on earth are the Bromo and its high neighbor Gunung Semeru on the island of Java. They are located in the area of the Bromo-Tengger-Seremu National Park, which is very popular with tourists. Many visitors come early in the morning so as not to miss the spectacular view over the volcanic landscape at sunrise. A staircase leads to the rim of the Bromo crater and you can see escaping gases in the crater mouth. A road or alternatively a two-hour hike leads to the nearby panoramic mountain Pananjakan at 2702 m.
island of Nias
The most famous resident of the island of Nias, off the west coast of Sumatra, is the loudly chattering and colorful bird Beo. The locals are former hunters, a proud people with deep-rooted ancestral customs and their ancient megalithic culture with the impressive stone carvings. Nias has long been known as a surfing paradise for experienced surfers. Especially the south at Sorake Bay offers the best surfing spots in Sumatra. The villages with their chief’s houses, the war dances and the impressive architecture of the houses with the diagonal wooden constructions are worth seeing. The stone jumping, the old dolmens and the costumes with the colorful feather headdresses should also fascinate every visitor.
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Borneo’s national parks
Kutai National Park is home to a number of different types of vegetation such as mangrove forest, swamps, beach trails and lowland forest. In addition to monkey species such as gibbons and orangutans, deer, roe deer and white-tailed eagles can also be found here. In addition to the rich animal and plant world, the Batung Kerihun also offers wonderful views and a variety of animal sounds as a background backdrop for white water rafting or hikes to limestone caves. The Danau Sentarum National Park impresses with lake wetlands and swamp forest. They are surrounded by hills and highlands and the water is teeming with hundreds of species of fish.
Java’s Sangiran paleontological site
The question of what humans looked like millions of years ago can be answered by traveling back in time to Sangiran, home of the Java Man. In 1890, military doctor Eugene Dubois discovered a fossilized jawbone that had human features and must be a million years old. The Sangiran paleontological site was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1996 and is considered a key site for today’s understanding of evolution. In addition to the 48 m² excavation area, there is also a nice museum with fossil finds and a huge tusk. A lookout tower next door offers a magnificent panoramic view of the Sangiran valley.
Java’s Dieng Plateau
A breathtaking drive past mountain terraces leads to the Dieng Plateau in Central Java at an altitude of 2000 m. In addition to a few small villages, the oldest Hindu place of worship on the island with three temples dating back to the 8th century is located here. Hidden between hills you will find two crater lakes. While the first lake offers a true spectacle of colors from purple to green, the other lake makes the heart of every amateur photographer beat faster. The so-called mirror lake has a glass-like, calm water surface on which the entire area shines like a painted picture.
The Gili Islands, near Bali, are known for their natural beauty and the perfect conditions for scuba diving and snorkeling. There are diving schools on each of the three islands that offer excursions to the beautiful underwater world. The islands can be circumnavigated by bike or on foot. Gili Meno in particular offers a fantastic path along very beautiful beaches. Horseback riding along the shore in the evening is possible on Gili Trawangan. This island has a very nice night market and a lively night life. The Gili Islands can be easily reached by boat from Bali or Lombok.
Sumatra’s Tsunami Museum
The ship-like construction catches the eye from afar and is intended to protect the people of the city of Banda Aceh in North Sumatra in an emergency. The museum building consists of four levels with Islamic decorations and ornaments. Mirrors and thunderous water noises as well as the glass chamber with the monitor make the danger of this area seem omnipresent. The walls of a cylindrical room are inscribed with many names of victims. You get a lot of interesting information about the geology of Indonesia and the catastrophes that have taken place in recent years.
Boat tour over the Mahakam
The longest river in Indonesian Borneo stretches almost 1000 km. A tour with a houseboat immerses the visitor in the original life of the area. Mangroves on the riverbank, children playing and men fishing characterize the riverscape. Food and drinks are sold along the river bank. Talking to locals, the special atmosphere by the river and the rhythm of life in this area are a unique experience.
The flower island of Flores is characterized by a varied landscape and is one of the small Sunda islands. Lowlands and rainforest dominate the coast while the highlands are dotted with volcanic mountains. The three crater lakes in the highlands offer a changing spectacle of colour, stairs lead to the edge of the Kelimutu volcano. Flores offers beautiful diving spots like in Maumere bright white beaches, kayaking between rugged coasts along the mangroves or mysterious caves. The prehistoric places of worship with fossil finds and the traditional villages with their festivals are also worth a visit.