The previous post I wrote about Best places to visit in Indonesia highlighting Kalimantan where the island has a massive forest with ecotourism. Now I am bringing you to one of the biggest archipelagoes In western Indonesia, Sumatra island.
Consist of 10 provinces including Aceh, North Sumatra, West Sumatra, Riau, Jambi, Bengkulu, Bangka Belitung, North Sumatra, and Lampung.
Sumatra is a place for biggest flora and fauna, rainforest, beautiful beaches, volcanoes, lakes, waterfalls, and cultural heritage that you can explore. Here are the best places in Sumatra and things that you can do for your holiday.
Weh Island, Aceh
Aceh is well known for its religious people and its authentic coffee called “Kopi gayo”. But this province has a magnificent small island with a beautiful beach called “Pulau Weh” which is located in the north of the province.
Pulau Weh offers ultimate water experience including cruising, snorkeling and scuba diving that attract many local and international tourist to come.
If you are not divers, you can also enjoy the beach, reading a book, relaxing, chilling while drinking coconut water fresh from the trees and viewing the amazing landscape. Visiting village, meeting them and trying local food are the best idea too.
If you want more privacy, Pulau Weh is your amazing choice, it’s not a massive touristy place like another part of Indonesia like Bali and Lombok, so you can enjoy your “me time” here.
Nias, North Sumatra
Nias island is small island located on the Western coast of Sumatra which is well known for its best surfing spots. No matter if you are beginner or professional, Nias is actually a paradise for waves catchers offering trainers that can teach you if you are still learning how to surf.
But, visiting Nias is not complete if you haven’t visited the Bawomataluo village, where you can learn their tribe with its famous event called Fahombo. Fahombo is a ceremony where the young male dressed in traditional costume jump to the 2 meter stone to prove their maturity witnessed by the villagers including their family.
There is also a pink beach called “Gawu Soyo” nor far from this village, where its believed that the beach has a mystic history. This pink beach is one and only on Sumatra Island. Nias is one of the best places to visit In Indonesia for your holiday.
Mentawai, West Sumatra
Mentawai is actually a chain of Nias islands but the island located closer to West Sumatra that belongs to its province. Just like Nias island, Mentawai offers the best surfing waves in Indonesia combined with water activities like snorkeling and diving.
Having beautiful beaches and landscapes make this island popular among sea lovers. But, the most interesting fact about this island is that you can find a primitive tribe where they are rarely touched by modernism. You can see their culture by witnessing the possession of tattooing all of the body for maturity.
You will be more shocked because they use bamboo for tattooing and sharpen their teeth. They are actually really friendly and loves hunting animals for their meals.
Seeing the beauty of Mentawai with its culture and surfing spot would be the greatest things for your traveling in Indonesia.
Bintan Island, Riau
Riau consists of many small beautiful islands with its colorful marine life including coral reef. Of course, the islands offer things like scuba diving, snorkeling, exploring beaches and much more.
Pulau Bintan is one of the best islands in Riau which has spectacular landscape and resort combined with clear sea water and white sand. There is nothing like spending time here such us chilling, relaxing, exploring and medicating from your stressful routine.
There are boat and ferry with many options that you can use for exploring this island and the small island around. The luxury and traditional resorts also can be the reason why do you have to go to this gem.
Being apart of the crowd makes this island are suitable for you especially if you have more privacy or “me time”. This island is considered as one the best places to visit in Indonesia in Sumatra.
Pahawang Island, Lampung
Located in the south Sumatra, Pahawang island is a paradise for snorkeler because of its underwater beauty. The combination of greeny trees dominated by coconut trees combined with a unique pattern of the island makes Pahawang is most wanted by beach lovers.
You will see dolphins here very clear here in Kiluan bay not far from the main island. There is also canyon called Lembah Hijau in the island highlight mini-wildlife park, 80 species of animals like camels, horses, deer, and birds combined with a various type of plants.
The presence of its canyon and wildlife makes the island is also suitable for children which have fun education spots. If you want to stay here you can find many cottages and small hostels at cheap prices for your accommodation.
Almost entire of Bangka Belitung is beautiful especially its beaches that makes this province become one of the best places to visit in Indonesia. There are so many exotic beaches that you can find here including Tanjung personal beach, Pantai Tikus Emas, Benteng Toboali, Pantai Rebo, Pantai Parai Tenggiri and much more.
Tanjung Tinggi beach is most recommended because the view is very rare highlighting giants rocks and granites combined with white sand and coconut trees that makes this island look fantastic.
You can do many activities here including snorkeling, diving, sunbathing, fishing and exploring the village.
Indonesia is very beautiful with the presence of this 6 wonderful islands in Sumatra. There is nothing like going to a beautiful island like these for your holiday, right? Do you think these lists are the best places to visit in Indonesia?