If you are up for an adventure instead of lazing around the beach, you can visit Komodo National Park. Prepare yourself to see the world’s biggest lizard which mimic relict animals from the past, Komodo dragons. The world’s largest living reptile that can reach 3 meters or more in length and weigh over 70kg. Although Komodo dragons eat mostly carcass of dead animals, they are formidable predators and will also hunt prey including birds, and mammals. Attacks against humans are very rare. The Komodo National Park is a national park located within the Lesser Sunda Islands that includes the three larger islands Komodo, Padar and Rincah, and 26 smaller ones.
If you are more into history, cultural things and have a passion for a little mystery, you will enjoy your visit to Tana Toraja. Here you will find a unique view on death that will blow your mind. Torajaland, the literal translation of ‘Tana Toraja’ is a highland region of South Sulawesi, home of the Toraja people. Torajans are famous for their massive peaked-roof houses known as tongkonan and spectacular but gruesome funeral rites. After a person’s death, the body is kept – often for several years – until the actual funeral ceremony which can last for several days. The deceased is then finally buried in a small cave or in a hollow tree.
If you love Bali, you will love Gili Islands more! Gili islands offer great beaches with less crowd. And the best thing is it is not too far from Bali. The Gili Islands are an archipelago of three small islands: Gili Trawangan, Gili Meno and Gili Air. The islands are very relaxed and laid-back, with countless little beachside cafes still playing reggae and no cars or motorbikes to disturb the peace. Note that the name “Gili Islands” is rather redundant as gili simply means “small island” in Sasak and there are many other islands around the coast of Lombok with Gili in their names.
Located at the north of the island of Sulawesi, Bunaken is one of Indonesia’s most famous dive and snorkelling areas. The island is part of the Bunaken Marine Park where you can see more than 70% of all fish species that live in the western Pacific Ocean. The best time for diving in Bunaken is between the months of April and November.
Pulo Cinta, literally translated to ‘Island of Love’ will remind you of Maldives, except it is in Indonesia and you probably could save more money while enjoying a holiday with your loved one. Pulo Cinta is the first ocean resort in the country (literally sits on the sea, instead of an island). You can go diving, snorkelling, or island hopping. If you are a beach lover, I’m sure you’d enjoy your time here just chilling and enjoy the breathtaking scenery.
Dwi tutors in Indonesian at VLLC and is originally from Jakarta, Indonesia. She graduated with a bachelor degree in Communication and Media and has worked in the fashion ecommerce industry. Her job allowed her to travel throughout Indonesia a lot. She is really passionate about learning and teaching, enjoys sharing her language and culture with students at VLLC. She believes her past experience will be really helpful for people who want to learn the Indonesian language and for those who want to learn the business or work culture of Indonesia, She can definitely share some tips with you!.