Holiday Destinations After Quarantine is Over: Visit Indonesia, other than Bali (Part 1)

The year 2020 so far filled with quarantines, flight cancellations, lockdowns, and many people missed having a holiday. As the year-end comes, we already start to list down holiday destinations after this pandemic is over. Perfect clear blue sky, sunny weather, natural sea breeze, white sands, shorts, flip-flop…

Wait. We know that we are going to write down the destination list to visit in Indonesia.

But, we are not talking about Bali. 

Bali so far became one of the most wanted holiday getaways in Indonesia. 

Couples, friends, families, even the singles would love to visit Bali. You know Bali will probably become too crowded during the holiday seasons, and this list will be your alternative destination if you want a less crowded place during your quality time. So, let us help you to add some of the destinations to visit if you plan to visit Indonesia.  Including some non-beach destinations. 

And yes, other than Bali.

1. Weh Island

Located in Malacca strait, this island is often forgotten by many people. Not many tourists know this little island. If you like diving or snorkeling, this place will be your favorite place as this island is surrounded by clear seawater and various marine biota. Shark Whales, manta rays, sea turtles, various fishes, and also dolphins. There are many places you can visit too on this island. 

How to get there? 

Take a flight to Banda Aceh, then take a ferry from Ulee Lheue Sea Port then you will arrive in Gapang Beach. This trip will take a few hours, but you can arrive faster if you take a speed boat instead of the ferry. 

2. Lake Toba

The largest lake in Indonesia and also the largest volcanic lake in the world. Lake Toba was formed by a supervolcanic eruption in ancient times about 74.000 years ago. And also the largest known eruption on Earth. The lake is estimated at about 100 km long, 30 km in width, and up to 505 meters in depth. Recognized as one of the UNESCO National Geopark in July 2020 with many flora and fauna. Enjoy local cuisines too when you visit Lake Toba.

How to get there?

Take a flight to Kualanamu Airport Medan, then you can choose to take a public bus that follows the routes Medan-Parapat or Medan-Berastagi, and you also can choose to rent a car with the driver included. Lake Toba is about 176 km away from Medan, so it will take about 6 hours to reach there, but you will enjoy the journey as you will see beautiful sceneries along the way.

3.Kerinci National Park

The highest volcanic mountain in Indonesia, make Kerinci Mountain popular amongst mountain climbers. At 3085 above sea level, this will take you about 2 days and 1 night to climb up and descent from the mountain. Home to at least 4000 types of flora and 300 types of orchids, as well as Sumatran Tiger, Sumatran Rhino, some other wild cats, and many more. You can also visit Lake Kerinci, the second-largest lake in Indonesia as well as other fourteen lakes nearby it.

How to get there?

Take a flight to Padang (the capital city of West Sumatra), the proceed to go to Sungai Penuh, the city in the District of Kerinci in Jambi Province. The distance is about 278 km or 7-8 hours drive. Or you can go to the village of Kersik Tuo at 211 km distance from Padang.

4. Belitung Island

Located on the southeastern coast of Sumatra island. Consisted of 2 islands called Bangka and Belitung. Many resorts built in recent years to provide accommodation for local and international tourists. Glamorous camping or glamping also became popular nowadays within the island with each tent comes with a king-sized bed, eco water heater, and clear water from a natural spring. Visit the Blue Lake or the kaolin mine, plant corals in the coral conservation garden, setting baby turtles to the sea, snorkeling, and many more activities. A perfect destination for a honeymoon!

How to get there?

If you are from Singapore, the direct flight to Tanjung Pandan Airport is available now, provided by Indonesia’s national flight Garuda Indonesia. Or, it’s only a 1-hour flight away from Jakarta and 2-hours away from Batam. 

5. Pahawang Island Lampung

A paradise for snorkelers because of its marine biota. There is one spot for breeding the clownfish or we often call it Nemo where you can find them living in the beautiful coral reefs and many more species. This dive spot is called Nemo Park Tourism Lampung, where you can swim with them and feed them. There are many tour packages available there. 

How to get there?

If you are from Jakarta, the easiest way is to take the ferry ride via Merak Harbor to Bakauheni Harbor in Lampung. After that, you can rent a car or take public transportation leading to Pahawang Island.

Or, you can take the flight from Jakarta to Lampung city, and rent a car or take public transportation leading to Pahawang Island.

To be continued to part 2

SIA

Hi, I am Sia. I'm just a mere mortal from planet Earth. I love seafood and my hobby is writing.