Jun 162011
 

Do you know that Indonesia has many tourist destinations that are not less exotic and amazing?

Holiday has come! Now where do you plan your vacation this time? Will it be shopping to Singapore? Tours to Europe? Or traveling to China? Or..getting on safari in Africa? Hmm.. why don’t you check out Indonesia, the archipelagi with so many different exotic and natural beauties, which you may have not visited?

Now, before deciding your vacation destination, why not try the special attractions in several places below, of genuine Indonesian beauties but not less exotic and fascinating.. Check it out! 

1. Komodo Island, East Nusa Tenggara

Komodo National Park (TN Komodo, Ind.) is a region consisting of several islands with sea water. The islands are the habitat of the Komodo dragon (Varanus komodoensis), the ancient reptile that is still left on earth. Unique natural conditions, there is a vast savanna oflontar trees (Borassus flabellifer). The Komodo Island is situated in a strait between the island of Flores in East Nusa Tenggara (NTT) and Sumbawa in West Nusa Tenggara (NTB). The Island of Komodo also have waters that include the magical underwater world. Sea bottom waters of Komodo is the best in the world, on the sea level where dry lands of hilly corals appear. Very reasonable if the Komodo Island is included in the list of the Wonders of Indonesia.

2. Raja Ampat, West Papua

The archipelago is a place that has the potential to serve as a tourist attraction, especially diving tourism. Raja Ampat consists of 4 major islands namely Misool, Salawati, Batanta and Waigeo. The waters of Raja Ampat Islands, according to various sources, is one of the 10 best waters for diving sites around the world. In fact, it may also be recognized as number one for the completeness of underwater flora and fauna at this time. In addition, approximately 75% of the world’s coral species in Raja Ampat. None of the places with the same area has a number of coral species as much as this. In addition, the unique species that can be found at the time of diving in Raja Ampat are several types of dwarf sea horses, wobbegong, and Manta Rays. There are also endemic fish of Raja Ampat, namely the Eviota king, which is a kind of gobbie fish. At Manta Point which is located in Arborek, Dampier Strait, you can dive in the company of some tame Manta Rays, just like when you dive in Derawan Islands, East Kalimantan.

3. Bintan Island, Riau Islands

The Bintan Island is located in Riau Islands Province. The atmosphere on the island is truly enchanting with its natural beauty. Gleaming white sands, blue water and trees are the combination that makes this island so exotic. In this island resort are also available lots of accomodations that can be rented for honeymoon, private beach, underwater tourism (diving and snorkeling), as well as culinary tourism that can be an alternative while on vacation with your family.

4. Ngarai Sianok, Bukittinggi, West Sumatra

Ngarai Sianok is located on the central city of Bukittinggi, West Sumatra Province, stretching from south of Nagari Koto Gadang continued to north, Nagari Sianok Enam Suku and ended at Palupuh with a length of 15 km, a depth of 100 meters and 200 meters wide. Ngarai Sianok or the ‘Quiet Valley’ is a beautiful valley, green and lush, on the bottom flows a beautifully winding river, tracing the cracks colorful cliffs with Mount Merapi and the background of the verdant Singgalang. It’s truly stunning natural beauty. To enjoy the beauty of this canyon is fairly easy, because Ngarai Sianok is a canyon in the center of a big town that does not exist in other cities in the world. Such natural beauty of the enchanting Ngarai Sianok has always been the object for tourists to take photographs as well as for the painter’s source of imagination. Surf trip through the canyon trails in the valley is an interesting recreation, if the trip forwarded within 45 minutes to th eother side, you will arrive in Nagari Koto Gadang, which has such specific tradition and exoticism of Minangkabau.

5. Kaliurang, Yogyakarta

Kaliurang is 28 kilometers north from the Yogyakarta city center, exactly in the hamlet of Kaliurang, Hargobinangun, Pakem, Sleman. Kaliurang has now become an area of ​​natural and cultural attractions that lure. Kaliurang is suitable as a place of leisure and relax with your family, as the cool weather and natural background with a gurgling mountain stream really makes the atmosphere became so exotic, yet comforting.

6. Lake Tiga Warna (Kelimutu), Flores, East Nusa Tenggara

The lake is widely known as one of the nine wonders of the world. The lake of three colors is located on Mount Kelimutu, Flores, NTT. There are three adjacent lakes but with different colors, namely Tiwu Ata Polo (red lake), Tiwu Nua Muri Kooh Fai (green lake) and Tiwu Ata Mbupu (blue lake). Lake Kelimutu is the only lake in the world in which the water can change at any time, from red to dark green and maroon, dark green to light green, blackish brown to blue sky. This natural phenomenon is a miracle, and certainly will amaze you and your family indeed.

7. Lake Gunung Tujuh,  Kerinci Seblat National Park, Jambi

Lake Gunung Tujuh is the most favorite tourist attraction in and around the Kerinci region. Meanwhile, it is situated at an altitude of 1,996 meters above sea level, making this lake as the highest lake in Southeast Asia. In addition to its natural beautiful, panoramic views on the lake are included in the Kerinci Seblat National Park (TNKS, Ind.) that is stunningly beautiful. Besides the beautiful natural panorama, the lake is surrounded by six mountains, namely Mount Hulu Tebo with a height of 2525 meters above sea level/asl, Mount Hulu Sangir (2330 meters asl), Mount Mandura Besi (2418 meters asl), Mount Selasih (2230 meters asl), Mount Jar Panggang (2469 meters asl), and Mount Tujuh (2732 meters asl) as the highest peak. Not only that, as the area that became one of the centers of biodiversity, in the TNKS area of ​​the Lake Gunung Tujuh also live many unique species such as the Sumatran tigers (Panthera tigris sumatraensis), gibbons, sun bears, wild boars, tapirs, a wide variety of birds and species of butterflies. Plants that live in this region are varied with the belle of the various species of wild orchids and kantong semar flowers. There are also the Gunung Tujuh Waterfall, with a height of tens of meters that sourced from the Lake Gunung Tujuh. Visitors who want to reach this waterfall can follow through paths not far from the former homestead resort near the guardhouse at the foot of the mountain.

8. Sangalaki Island, Derawan Islands, East Kalimantan

Sangalaki is a small island covering an area about 13 acres. With a relaxed way, you can circle the island with the status of Nature Tourism Park (TWA, Ind.) only within 30 minutes. During the trip, you will enjoy the white sandy beaches and charming sea. In the morning and evening, you can also enjoy the natural phenomena of amazing sunrise and sunset. Not only that, for around the island, you can also see a variety of wildlife that you’ve probably never seen before. Such as coconut crabs, monitor lizards, bold eagles, singed bird of the Philippines, reef egrets, pergam sea birds and other shore/sea birds. In addition, the Sangalaki Island also has a natural underwater beauty, coral reefs in this island is also one of the best in the world. Based on the survey conducted in 2003 Laeden Museum Naturalis, in the waters of Sangalaki Island and Derawan Isalnds had been found 40 species of coral fungis (mushroom corals). This is the location of water areas with the highest diversity of coral mushrooms in Berau MPA (Wiryawan et al, 2005). The Sangalaki Island waters also contained 1,051 species of reef fish and five species of seagrass. Sangalaki Island is also the spot for turtle landing sites and its waters are also the location of Manta Rays aggregations.

9. Moyo Island, West Nusa Tenggara

Now, besides for the family, for you whom just got married, there’s no harm in choosing the Moyo Island in the West Nusa Tenggara (NTB, Ind.) as a place of your honeymoon destination. The terrain is still quiet and genuine, but do not be afraid there is no facility. There have been quite a lot of cottages and inns that provide various facilities. In addition to the white sand, there are also coral reefs completed with colorful marine fish. Not to forget, the waterfalls and natural pools, which will add a romantic atmosphere for you and your spouse.

10. Wakatobi, Southeast Sulawesi

Wakatobi, located in Southeast Sulawesi Province, consists of Wangi Wangi, Kaledupa, Tomia and Binongko Islands, famous for its natural beauty under the sea which is rich in coral reefs and other marine species. Wakatobi, which is home to hundreds of species of coral reefs has been named as the center of the Coral Triangle (triangular coral reefs of the world, consisting of Indonesia, the Philippines, Papua New Guinea, Brunei Darussalam, Solomon Islands and Timor Leste). Not only that, the Wakatobi archipelago also has a natural pristine, quiet with fresh sea water, underwater caves adjacent to each other that are served exclusively for true nature lovers. In addition to diving and snorkeling, the beach is also provided by specialized motor diving, snorkeling tours and exploration on the islands. A small area located next to the Tomia Island, an area of ​​8 km2 called the Island of Tolandona (Onernobaa Island) is very unique because the island is surrounded by the beautiful sea garden.

**MS/from various sources

source: http://www.tnol.co.id/en/uptodate/9597-10-exotic-tourist-destinations-in-indonesia.html

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