INDONESIA : 100 Countries in One

INDONESIA : 100 Countries in One

From Sabang to Marauke , from the famous Bali to Raja Ampat, Indonesia has been always one of the most touristic destination. Containing 17,508 – 18,306 islands and 8,844 that have been named according to estimates made by the Government of Indonesia, with 922 of those permanently inhabited and over 300 languages are spoken across them. Lying along the equator, Indonesia has both nature and culture components.

Hiking, scuba diving, leisure, shopping, night life, or even business trip. It is a land of so many different cultures, peoples, animals, customs, foods, artworks that it is like 100 countries combined into one. A non-stop amazing adventure can be found in Indonesia. Start from the vibrant and dynamic capital city Jakarta, the magnificent white sands and raucous volcanoes of Bali, the city of underwater paradise Manado, the iconic 9th century Mahayana Buddhist temple of Borobudur at Jogjakarta and many more. Indonesia is the home of indigenous and exotic animals too (including the Komodo dragon). With extremely inexpensive local food and reasonably-priced accommodation, it’s no wonder Indonesia is a popular destination with so many travelers.

Indonesia’s capital is a large, busy city providing a lot of Malls for shopaholic, luxurious hotels, high end restaurants and tons of museums. For a moment of calm, you can visit Kota Tua (old town) in the Old Batavia, the Dutch quarter, where you see and feel the historical architecture. In terms of nightlife, you will not be disappointed for choosing Jakarta.

There is no word to describe the most iconic island in Indonesia, Bali other than to experience yourself. From relaxing at the Seminyak beach, extreme sport in Blue Point, to the spiritual journey to visit the Mother Temple, Pura Besakih. Bali offers a lot of diversity for tourists, starts from very cheap accommodation which allows you to rent a motorbike and exploring secret beaches across Bali or you can stay at Luxury resorts such as the RITZ-CARLTON Bali, which is uniquely situed with a combination of white beach front and elevated cliff.

The largest and the heaviest living lizard in the world, the Komodo dragon is a must see. They are fierce and lethal creatures. Komodo National Park is a UNESCO site and is the only place to see the world’s largest lizard in the wild where located within the Lesser Sunda Islands in the border region between the provinces of East Nusa Tenggara and West Nusa Tenggara.

Get ready to be amazed with Borobudur. It is a huge Buddhist temple complex dating from 9th Century, making it older than Cambodia’s Angkor Wat. Like Prambanan, Borobudur has also afforded World Heritage status with UNESCO. I personally love this site. You immediately feel the ambient and the spiritual feeling when you enter Borobudur.

For you who like scuba diving, I suggest to travel to the Bunaken National Marine Park where is my hometown. It is located near the center of the Coral Triangle in the north of Sulawesi. These deep waters offer fantastic visibility and some of the world’s most biodiverse marine life. A very rich coral ecosystem covers most of it, dominated by fringing reed and barrier reef corals.

I believe sometimes words cannot describe everything. All I can say is you need to travel and to experience Indonesia by yourself. With your love one, friends, family, or even alone. Be ready to get amazed by the wonderful Indonesia. Don’t forget that “You can make your own adventure.”


Darell Ferhostan Photographer
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