10 Epic Places in Indonesia Even Locals Don't Know About

Stingless jellyfish in Kakaban Lake | © TomaB / Flickr
Stingless jellyfish in Kakaban Lake | © TomaB / Flickr
Photo of Edira Putri
25 April 2017

With more than 17,000 islands, countless mountains, expansive coastlines and an endless list of natural wonders, Indonesia will never run out of travel destinations. From a mysterious lake to remote islands, discover epic places in Indonesia that even the locals don’t know about.

Pulau Biawak

Komodo Island, the land of the mighty komodo dragon, is well-known, but not many people know about a similar island off Indramayu, West Java. Giant monitor lizards roam free, along with other exotic bird and fish species. The island is also home to a majestic lighthouse built during Indonesia’s colonial era. Pulau Biawak, or Biawak Island, is characterized by dense mangrove in the middle and stunning beaches with rich corals around the edge.

Parangkusumo Sand Dunes

It might be surprising to learn about such sand dunes on a beautiful tropical archipelago like Indonesia. Even many locals don’t suspect that Yogyakarta hides massive sandbanks. Located near a more popular destination, the Parangkusumo Beach, this sandbank attracts travelers and adventurers to try sand-boarding in a natural landscape so rare in Indonesia.

Parangkusumo, Parangtritis, Bantul, Yogyakarta

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Pulau Pombo

Pulau Pombo, or Pombo Island, is a hidden tropical paradise in Ambon, Maluku, in the less-traveled east region of Indonesia. This small island is inhabited by pombo birds, two-colored pigeons unique to the region. As a remote pristine island, Pulau Pombo has clean white sand, lush greenery, and sparkling blue water. But the area is as beautiful underwater as it is on land, with flourishing coral adding vibrant colors to the brilliant blue ocean.

Pulau Pombo, Waai, Central Maluku Regency, Maluku


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Danau Kakaban

This lake in Kakaban Island, East Kalimantan (Borneo) is also known as the jellyfish lake for an obvious reason. Danau Kakaban (Kakaban Lake) is home to at least four different species of jellyfish with one thing in common: they do not sting. So, the hundreds of jellyfish floating underwater is more of an attraction for tourists than an annoyance. They live in the rather peculiar habitat of a semi-salt-water lake trapped inside a small island. Therefore, the species living in the lake show atypical behaviors that have captivated scientists and adventurers alike.

Danau Kakaban Ubur Ubur Emas, Payung-Payung, Berau Regency, East Kalimantan

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Air Terjun Laguna

Air Terjun Laguna (Laguna Waterfall) is a remote attraction nestled in the middle of dense pine woods. Not many eyes have seen this place, but those who have could have sworn that this is the most beautiful waterfall in Indonesia. Surrounded by lush vegetation, exquisite birds and butterflies, and epic cliffs, this waterfall is certainly worth the long journey through the woods.

Laguna Waterfall, Sorawolio, Kota Bau-Bau, Southeast Sulawesi

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Beji Guwang Canyon

Also known as “the hidden canyon of Beji Guwang”, this beautiful spot has managed to escape Bali’s bustling tourism scene. Some people who have been lucky enough to witness its beauty have said that you can observe various human expressions in the canyon’s curves. Located near the popular Sukawati Market and the temple of Pura Dalem Guwang, this place is considered sacred by locals.

Beji Guwang Canyon, Guwang, Gianyar, Bali

Edelweiss Garden of Pananjakan

Most locals (and many international tourists) have heard or witnessed the captivating beauty of Mount Bromo, an active volcano in East Java. But few have traveled the extra mile to reach the carpets of edelweiss flowers, framed by the beautiful mountain. The beauty of this savanna matches the world-famous sunrises, and tourists can actually enjoy both in one visit.

Gunung Pananjakan, Wonokitri, Pasuruan, East Java

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Tebing Citatah

This magnificent cliff complex remains unknown to many locals. On weekdays, some of the cliffs are occupied by the training military, proving that this is not an adventure for just anyone. In fact, you have to be a certified rock climber to even attempt to ascend to some of the cliffs. But once you do, you’ll have an unrestricted view of the city. Located in Padalarang, Bandung, this spot is near the better-known Pawon Cave and Stone Garden.

Tebing Citatah 125, Cipatat, West Bandung Regency, West Java

Danau Idenberg

Located in the middle of the Jayawijaya ridge, the beauty of Danau Idenberg (Idenberg Lake) is reserved for those who are fit and adventurous enough to reach it. This lake is considered mysterious because sometimes the water overflows, while at other times it appears to be dry. Some mountain climbers have also reported sightings of black swans, considered odd due to the height and atmosphere. The surrounding white-flecked mountaintops are a rare sight in a tropical paradise like Indonesia.

Idenberg Lake, Carstensz Pyramid, Tembagapura, Mimika Regency, Papua

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