Hidden Gem in Indonesia – Bali’s shimmering beaches and rice paddies have made it a tourist hotspot, but there are plenty of other Indonesian islands to discover that are far from being commercialised.
In remote destinations like these, infrastructure may be limited and you might not have a hot shower or WiFi, but it’s all worth it for the incredible natural beauty. Reporting from Vacation Indonesia and Informasi Wisata, here are hidden gems in Indonesia that you must visit.
1. Banyu Wana Amertha Waterfalls
Banyu Wana Amertha Waterfalls is one of the most beautiful waterfalls in Bali that many travellers never get to see. This hidden gem is a must-visit spot for anyone who loves waterfalls, hiking and getting lost in nature.
Located in the mountainous region of Bedugul, Banyu Wana Amertha offers more than just one waterfall. You’ll be able to hike through lush jungles and pass by magnificent views along the way.
Once you reach the top of the falls, you’ll be shown how to use safety ropes and abseil down the lush waterfall. You’ll also be taught hand signals to feel extra confident during your Banyu Wana Amertha waterfall canyoning experience!
2. Bhunanasari Waterfall
Bhunanasari Waterfall is one of the most beautiful waterfalls in Bali. Its gentle cascade with a small pool is surrounded by lush greenery, making it a great place to take a dip!
It is also a hidden gem as it is not crowded and is a perfect spot to relax and unwind.
This waterfall is located in the Wanagiri region of north Bali, which is about 60-90 minutes from Ubud or 30-60 minutes from Singaraja. It is also close to Banyumala Twin Waterfall so you can visit both in a single day!
The waterfall is easy to access and can be reached via a short walk from the parking area. The path can be tricky though so it is advisable to bring sturdy and comfortable shoes.
3. Spray Waterfall
Located in a remote part of East Java, the Spray waterfall is a hidden gem that is worth visiting. The trail leads to a series of waterfalls that are beautiful and unique.
Besides being a waterfall, the place is also full of bamboo forests and exotic plants. It is an experience like no other.
Located in the Bangli region, this beautiful waterfall is about a half hour drive from Canggu or Ubud and has a lush forest as backdrop. It is one of Bali’s best-kept secrets!
4. Komodo National Park
The park is a great getaway for anyone who wants to see the world’s largest lizards, as well as other wild animals. It’s also a great place to snorkel with huge manta rays and swim in crystal clear water.
The National Park consists of three main islands: Komodo, Rinca and Padar. It is surrounded by 26 smaller islands and the surrounding waters of the Sape Straights.
It’s home to a wide variety of terrestrial wildlife, including the Komodo dragon, Timor rusa deer (the lizard’s main prey), wild horses, water buffaloes and endemic species like the Rinca rat and fruit bats. It is also home to a rich marine ecosystem with thousands of fish species, corals and sponges, 10 types of dolphins, 6 types of whales, dugongs, green turtles and many shark species.
5. Sumba Island
Sumba Island is an incredibly hidden gem in Indonesia that is home to long, white sand beaches, incredible diving and surfing opportunities and some of the best preserved traditions of the island’s local animist religion. With the right itinerary, you can spend an idyllic few days discovering this magical destination.
Start your tour by exploring Western Sumba, where traditional village culture is best preserved. Clustered around imposing stone tombs, homes in this region are imbued with layers of symbolism.
Java is the most populous island in Indonesia and has many famous tourist attractions. It is also home to the country’s largest city, Jakarta.
A longitudinal mountain chain runs east to west across the island’s spine, with numerous volcanoes jutting out from the rocky landscape. A sulphur lake at Kawah Ijen, which is said to boil in a crater, is another standout attraction.
The island is dotted with a plethora of temples and religious sites, notably Prambanan, which is the world’s largest Hindu temple. It’s also home to Borobudur, which dates from the 8th and 9th centuries.