Best Adventurous Experiences in Indonesia
As we plot our plans for an extended trip back to Indonesia next year, here are some of our favorite adventurous experiences in Indonesia that are well worth a visit!
An archipelago of over 17,000 islands, Indonesia is a sultry kaleidoscope of cultures and diverse landscapes that runs along the equator for 5000km. There’s so much more to Indonesia than just Bali — there are the wild beaches of Sulawesi, the world-class diving haunts in Raja Ampat, the lush jungles of Kalimantan where orang utans roam freely, the intriguing tribal culture all over West Papua and let’s not forget the massive dragons that inhabit the Komodo Islands. The landscapes are as diverse as the people who live in Indonesia, with so many layers of culture and traditions to unfold.
Adventurous Experiences in Indonesia
Here are some of the best adventurous experiences to be had in Indonesia (in our opinion) especially for those who like to go off the beaten path.
Climb the Holy Mount Bromo
Mount Bromo, is an active volcano and part of the Tengger massif, in East Java, Indonesia. At 2,329 metres it is not the highest peak of the massif, but is the most well known. Bromo Volcano is still active, and right next to it stands Semer volcano. Together, these two giants create an enchanting image that attracts visitors with cameras all year around. The gigantic piece of nature is considered sacred and is named after the Hindu God – Brahma. So locals are solemn about this Bromo volcano which can cause some serious natural disasters. The area is also surrounded by a large “sand sea,” where you can find astonishingly beautiful Pura Luhar Temple.
Visit a Beautiful Volcanic Sulfur Lake in Java
In the eastern part of the island of Java, you can visit an utterly unique creation of nature: Kawah Ijen volcano. Its crater’s depth is around 200 meters, and it is different rom other volcanoes as its crater walls have formed a natural cavity for the lake. And that lake is no ordinary as well.
The uniquely greenish water looks amazing, but it is made up of sulfuric and hydrochloric acid. The spectacle is marvellous to look at not only during the day but also at night. This is when a high-temperature acidic liquid turns into a bright blue flame near the edges of the lake.
Explore the Stunning Temple of Prambanan
Just imagine all kinds of fancy temples in all shapes and sizes in one place. All of this can be found in the area called Prambanan, in the central part of the island of Java. It is the largest Hindu temple complex in the country, about 18 km away to the east from Yogyakarta. Created from 8 churches, the area has three main buildings: each for Shiva, Vishnu, and Brahma. And nearby you can also find about 250 smaller temples.
All of them were built many years ago – in the year 850. But those functioned just for a few years and later were simply abandoned. Now the complex is resurrected and regained its greatness and invite tourists from all over the world.
Visit an Interesting Village in Sulawesi that Celebrates Death
Tana Toraja is famous for its strange and exotic rituals and absolutely exceptional funeral traditions. For those who are interested in history, anthropology, or just looking for adventure need to visit the island and villages of Sulawesi. In the Sillanang surroundings, especially in the old days, it was believed that the soul after death always returns to his homeland. So locals were afraid to travel a little bit further so that in a case of their death they could travel back home safely.
Here people also celebrate death by throwing a special ceremony during which they sacrifice an ox, by cutting off his head. They also believe that birth, like death, is only a short period of the whole human journey. Moreover, here social status is reflected not by weddings, but by funerals – the richer the person, the more expensive their funerals are.
Hike on the Supervolcano that Changed the fate of Earth
In Indonesia, there definitely won’t be a shortage of sights, reminiscent of the most beautiful postcards. Lake Toba is definitely one of those sights, with an image where exotic Indonesian natural plains, stained bright green color and giant mountains stretching on the horizon combine into one breathtaking view.
It is also the largest volcanic lake in the world. It is believed, that the lake was formed in a huge crater of an ancient volcano Toba, considered as a super volcano which is perhaps even guilty for global warming and the beginning of the Ice Age. 75 thousand years ago it erupted so powerfully, that it had a significant impact on the entire earth’s climate.
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