The holidays are creeping up and we’re getting our gears ready for travel season! Haven’t decided where to go yet? Read through our guide for travel inspirations!
#1. VOLCANO CLIMBING | LOMBOK
The second highest volcano in Indonesia, Mount Rinjani is located in Lombok. It is famous for trekking and climbing as it contains a number of caves, small waterfalls, and hot springs around the volcano. Not to mention, the huge crater near the top contains a beautiful lake, Danau Segara Anak (Child of The Sea Lake). There are two main routes for trekking which is at Senaru in the North or from Sembalun in the East.
- For those who don’t want to spend days on this expedition can go from Sembalun as it is faster and has a more direct route to the summit.
#2. LIGHT FROM HEAVEN | YOGYAKARTA
Make this cave the next destination for your cave exploration! Located in Pacarejo Village in Gunung Kidul, Yogyakarta, Jomblang cave is famous for its heavenly light coming in through the hole on the cave. It is a vertical cave with dense ancient forests below. A 300 meter alley with its beautiful natural ornament will bring you to the edge of Gua Grubug (Grubug Cave), a place where you can see light from “Heaven”.
- The best time to enjoy the beauty of Grubug cave is at 10AM to 12PM when the sun is at its peak.
- There is a 25 person/day limit in an effort to preserve the cave.
#3. FACE THE DRAGONS | KOMODO
#4. GLOWING LAVA | BANYUWANGI
The Kawah Ijen volcano complex is situated in East Java and is made up of a collection of volcanoes. The volcano spouts electric blue lava day and night. The glow is actually the light from the combustion of sulfuric gases.
- Come at night to witness the spectacular electric blue lava at its best
- As it is a volcano, toxic gases such as sulfur dioxide is present so be sure to wear a gas mask
#5. COLOR CHANGING CRATER | FLORES
Mount Kelimutu, with its tri-colored crater lakes, is probably the most amazing natural phenomenon in Flores. Over the years, the three crater lakes have often changed colors. One of the lakes is black-brown, one is green, and one is currently changing from green to a reddish color. How amazing is that! A reason may be the varying mineral contents of the water. Another explanation suggests that the changing colors are caused by neglected ancestral souls.
#6. SEA OF ISLANDS | PAPUA
Raja Ampat or ‘Four Kings’ offers the world’s best marine sights. It is considered as the last paradise in the world according to traveller’s reviews. You can view plenty of small islands around it which is called as Wayag Islands. The island is known for its beautiful atolls and lack of people (except for rangers and guards) on the islands.
- There is no electricity in Wayag Islands
#7. MIDDLE EARTH | SUMBAWA
Kenawa Islands resembles Middle Earth, and is a part of Gili Balu’ district in Poto Tano Village – Sumbawa Barat. Besides Kenawa Island, there are seven other islands; Kalong, Nano, Mandiki, Paserang, Kambing, Belang and Ular. You will feel like the island is just for yourself as it is an inhabited island with no buildings except tiny houses. The rest of the island is a savannah.
- There are only small huts and gazebos available. Be prepared to sleep on hard floors!
Here are some of the places we will be visiting this holiday season! Which one would you go to?