Consist of thousands island with magnificent and diverse cultures, Indonesia is one of the phenomenal countries which has abundant tourist attractions.
The never ending places to discover make those who have ever traveled to this archipelago country wants to come back here again and again. Not because its astonishing beaches and spectacular volcanoes that will seduce you, but also its unique traditions, cuisine, and friendly people will be ready to welcome you.
However, you might not know where to begin and what the best places to visit In Indonesia. this time, I am going to bring you to Kalimantan Island tourism.
Derawan archipelago, one of the best places to visit in Indonesia is located in East Kalimantan province. It has 31 beautiful islands covered with Mangrove forest and coconut plantation.
Marine life highlights its attraction where you can do many water activities such as diving, snorkeling and seeing nesting turtles. You can find a wide variety of marine life including lobster, ghost pipefish, cuttlefish, squids, blue ring octopus, ribbon eels and some species of scorpionfishes.
You can also see rare species such as green sea turtles, hawksbill turtles, whales, dolphins, giant clams, coconut crabs, barracudas and other protected species.
Even though the visitors to these islands increased from year to year, the lodges and resort scattered on the beach are actually cheaper and affordable compared to other touristy places in Indonesia like Bali and Lombok.
The Maldives is the contender of these islands offering very clear water beach and white sand mixed with tropical weather make you feel like being on your private island.
Derawan islands are considered as one of the best places to visit in Indonesia that become UNESCO world heritage site in 2015.
Labuan Cermin lake
Still located in East Kalimantan, Labuan Cermin is a beautiful hidden lake in a small village called Biduk-Biduk. The water of the lake is very clear and shining like a mirror with a gradation of dark blue, light blue, white and green colors.
Even though the lake has more than 3 meters deep but you can see the bottom from the surface clearly. Exploring the lake surrounded by beautiful green tropical forest using traditional ship might be the best thing to do here.
But, you can do other several activities here like swimming and snorkeling because there are still many water species including little fishes. There is nothing like swimming and jumping in this fresh beautiful lake, right?
Tanjung Puting National Park
The beauty, sacred and exotic Borneo cannot be seen if you do not visit one of the best safari river in Indonesia, Tanjung Puting National Park. Located in central Kalimantan, this park can be enjoyed with a traditional wooden boat called Klotok that lead you about 12 meters from a river.
Along the way, you can see conserved big orangutans and other primate species, 230 species of birds including endangered waterbirds, giant elephants, dozens of snakes, crocodiles and many other animals.
You will experience a real wildlife in an isolated and calm river surrounded by jungle nominated by mangrove combined. Tanjung Puting is one of the best places to visit in Indonesia especially for those who like adventurous activity like exploring the jungle and seeing rare species of animal such as orangutan.
If you are traveling to Indonesia, consider visiting Tanjung Puting National park as the best places to visit in Indonesia.
Muara Kuin floating market
When it comes to the best places to visit in Indonesia, Kalimantan is very recommended. Kalimantan is also known for its culture and local people activities that attract many tourists come here for witnessing their daily life.
One of the highlighted local activities here is floating market where people do selling and buying using the traditional wooden ship in the river.
You might have seen the floating market before like in Thailand and Vietnam, but this floating market offers fascinating panorama. You can buy very cheap vegetable and fruits fresh from the local garden here as well as flowers, handicrafts, and small trinkets.
There are many local restaurants that provide traditional and authentic foods that you can enjoy here including seafood.
Kalimantan also has a magnificent and captivating cave that you can explore as well as one of the best places to visit in Indonesia.
There are so many caves both small and big including Maratua Cave, in East Kalimantan. Located in Derawan island, Maratua cave offers a breathtaking adventure with river inside the cave.
Having crystal clear water, you can swim assisted by lifevest going through the river seeing a mystery of cave covered by bats. If you are the one with an adventurous soul, exploring this cave might be your taste.
Still, do not know the best places to visit in Indonesia for your next holiday? just come to see the beautiful one and only Kalimantan island.