Indonesia's Best Major Islands

Traverse three major Indonesian islands, exploring their unique attractions, including gorgeous beaches, ancient temples, lush forests, rich museums, and superb cuisine.

In this trip

  • Night LifeNight Life
  • CultureCulture
  • Historic PlacesHistoric Places
  • Great FoodGreat Food
  • ActiveActive

Trip itinerary

  • 1

    Medan, Indonesia

  • 2

    Padang, Indonesia

  • 3

    Jakarta, Indonesia

  • 4

    Pangandaran, Indonesia

  • 5

    Yogyakarta, Indonesia

  • 6

    Malang, Indonesia

  • 7

    Ubud, Indonesia

  • 8

    Seminyak, Indonesia

  • 9

    Surabaya, Indonesia

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Things to do in and around Medan

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  • Istana Maimun
  • Maha Vihara Maitreya, Medan
  • Tjong A Fie Mansion, Medan
  • Bukit Lawang
  • Danau Toba
  • Altar Offerings
  • Graha Maria Annai Velangkanni Medan
  • Great mosque in Medan, Indonesia
   
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Medan

Indonesia, North Sumatra region

FoodCulture1 night

Rich with colonial architecture, museums, cuisine, and more, Indonesia's third-largest city is an epicenter of culture.

Medan is the capital of North Sumatra province in Indonesia. Medan is third largest city in Indonesia (behind Jakarta and Surabaya), and the largest Indonesian city outside Java. Medan is inhabited by many different ethnic groups, mostly Malay, Batak, Javanese, Padang, and Chinese. Because of its multiculturality, Medan has wide variety of cuisine which originated from Malay, Bataknese, Chinese, Indian, Minangkabau, Javanese, Arabs, and Western cuisines. This city is known as culinary heaven of Indonesia which prominent for its street hawkers offering a great variety of cuisine which often serves cheap local delicacies.
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Things to do in and around Padang

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  • Padang Padang Beach
  • Sea view Padang, pariaman keep your eyes to horizon
  • Padang Panjang, West Sumatra
  • The Minangkabau-style Rooftop
  • Our boat for the day, Bungus Bay
  • Waterfall Lembah Anai - West Sumatera
  • Padang
  • Main Island
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Padang

Indonesia, West Sumatra region

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With its traditional architecture, historic landmarks, and diverse cuisine, this large city also boasts beaches and parks.

Padang is the capital of the province of West Sumatra in Indonesia. Padang is a common transit point for surfers travelling to Batu Islands and Mentawai Islands, and for tourists visiting the West Sumatran highlands. Padang beach which located from Samudra Street until Puruih, is well known for its beautiful sunset and hundreds of food stalls. Kuranji River flows in Padang and on top area of the river at Batu Busuk, Lambung Bukit sub-district is suitable for white water activities. Bungus bay is suitable for swimming and boating. There are some pleasant offshore islands near Bungus. Many beautiful spots which can be visited for snorkeling, fishing or just relaxing on the white sandy beaches.
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Things to do in and around Jakarta

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  • Taman Mini Indonesia Indah
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  • Taman Fatahillah
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  • The Thousand Islands (Kepulauan Seribu)
  • Landscape of Mount Halimun Salak National Park, West Java
  • Istiqlal Mosque
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  • Batavia Jakarta
  • 200604 catholic cathedral
  • Waterfall
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Jakarta

Indonesia, Special Capital Region of Jakarta region

CultureFoodNight lifeHistoric2 nights

Indonesia's capital is a unique blend of old and new, with traditional marketsand modern skyscrapers, ancient temples, and modern nightclubs.

Jakarta is the capital and most populous city of the Republic of Indonesia. Most of the visitors attracted to Jakarta are domestic tourists from all over Indonesia. As the gateway of Indonesia, Jakarta often serves as the stop-over for visitors on their way to Indonesian popular tourist destinations such as Bali and Yogyakarta. Others are attracted to monuments, landmarks, and museums around Merdeka square and Jakarta Old Town, tourist attractions include Taman Mini Indonesia Indah, Ragunan Zoo, Sunda Kelapa old port and the Ancol Dreamland complex on Jakarta Bay, including Dunia Fantasi (Fantasy World) theme park, Sea World, Atlantis Water Adventure, and Gelanggang Samudra.
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Things to do in and around Pangandaran

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  • coast near Pangandaran
  • Pantai Pasir Putih
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  • Paddling in the Indian Ocean
  • Green Canyon
  • Traditional Sundanese village
   
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Pangandaran

Indonesia, West Java region

BeachesNatureActiveSmall towns2 nights

Located on an isthmus and in vicinity of a beautiful nature reserve, this town boasts superb surfing conditions and several beaches.

Pangandaran is a town and district of Pangandaran Regency within the province of West Java, Indonesia. Pangandaran is a large fishing village situated on a narrow isthmus with Pangandaran National Park occupying the entire headland. On either side to the east and to the west of Pangandaran village and the National Park isthmus are two beaches of volcanic black sand. The Penanjung Pangandaran nature reserve is nearby on a peninsula connected to the mainland by a narrow neck of land. The isthmus is around 200 m wide. About eighty percent of the nature reserve is secondary rainforest. The flora of the nature reserve includes the Rafflesia.
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Things to do in and around Yogyakarta

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  • Kraton, Yogyakarta
  • Prambanan
  • 005 Gate
  • kota gede, yogyakarta
  • The shadow puppets
  • Yogyakarta
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  • Kalibiru National Park
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  • Pantai Siung
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  • Surakarta
  • Temple at Gedong Songo
   
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Yogyakarta

Indonesia, Yogyakarta Special Region region

CultureHistoricFoodNight life4 nights

Brimming with cultural treasures, this city offers diverse museums, great food, and access to Indonesia's best ancient temples.

Yogyakarta is a city and the capital of Yogyakarta Special Region in Java, Indonesia. It is renowned as a center of education (Kota Pelajar), classical Javanese fine art and culture such as batik, ballet, drama, music, poetry, and puppet shows. Yogyakarta has several historical tourist attractions as the Candi Prambanan temple, museums in the royal court, and museums in colonial buildings such as the Fort Vredeburg Museum, a former Dutch fort. Due to the importance of Yogyakarta during the war of independence from the Dutch, there are numerous memorials and museums such as the Monument to the Recapture of Yogyakarta. To the east of the town center is the large Air Force Museum.
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Things to do in and around Malang

  • Malang city view
  • The bird market
  • Kuda Lumping
  • Jawa Timur Park 2 Batu Secret Zoo
  • The view of grassland at Bromo - Tengger - Semeru National Park, photographed by JavaTourism.com
  • Pictures on the beach
  • Goa Cina Beach
  • Coban Pelangi
  • Mount Bromo
  • Pulau Sempu #malang #ekowisata: alasan paling pas buat menghilang sementara dari bumi
  • Coban Rondo Waterfall
   
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Malang

Indonesia, East Java region

HistoricNight lifeCultureFood3 nights

Established in the 18C, this lovely university city boasts a wealth of Colonial architecture, as well as a vibrant nightlife scene.

Malang is the second largest city in East Java. The city is well known for its mild climate. People in East Java sometimes call it "Paris of East Java. As a center of tourism, Malang has various places of interest which can be classified into local, regional, national and international standards, including traditional dance performances such as Tari Topeng (Mask Dance), Jaran Pegon, Tari Beskalan (Beskalan Dance), etc. There are also 'Topeng' or Mask handicraft at the villages of Jabung and Kedungmonggo which have become a familiar landmark in Malang Regency. Football is the second religion in Malang, the city is a home for famous Asia football fans Aremania.
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Things to do in and around Ubud

  • Ubud Neighborhood
  • Monkey Forest, Ubud, Bali
  • Ubud
  • Puri Saren, Ubud's palace
  • Campuhan Ridge Walk, Ubud, Bali
  • Sekumpul Falls in Bali Indonesia by Michael Matti
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  • Saraswati temple, Bali
  • Orchids
  • musée Néka
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  • Bali Bird Park (90)
  • Bali Ubud Set 6 - Bali Safari & Marine Park
  • Puri Lukisan Museum
  • ARMA museum 3
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  • New Kuta Dreamland beach, Bali
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Ubud

Indonesia, Bali region

Small townsCultureNatureActiveHistoric2 nights

A small town on the island of Bali, featuring art galleries, museums, and temples, and offering access to nearby natural attractions.

Ubud is a town on the Indonesian island of Bali in Ubud District, located among rice paddies and steep ravines in the central foothills of the Gianyar regency. One of Bali's major arts and culture centers, it has developed a large tourism industry. Puri Saren Agung is a large palace located at the intersection of Monkey Forest and Raya Ubud roads. The residence of Tjokorda Gede Agung Sukawati, the last ruling monarch of Ubud. A number of Hindu temples exist, such as Pura Desa Ubud, which is the main temple, Pura Taman Saraswati, and Pura Dalem Agung Padangtegal, the temple of death. The Gunung Kawi temple is the site of the royal tombs.
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Things to do in and around Seminyak

  • Bali Seminyak Beach
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  • Red Green Blue again
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  • Sekumpul Falls in Bali Indonesia by Michael Matti
  • Bali Bird Park (90)
  • Bali Ubud Set 6 - Bali Safari & Marine Park
  • New Kuta Dreamland beach, Bali
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  • Tirta Empul Temple
   
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Seminyak

Indonesia, Bali region

FoodNight lifeBeaches3 nights

A lively and popular destination, Seminyak offers luxurious spas, shopping, great food, nightlife, and a superb beach.

Seminyak is a mixed tourist / residential area on the west coast of Bali just north of Kuta and Legian. This area is very popular with resident expatriates and land and accommodation prices are amongst the highest in Bali. Plenty of luxury spas and hotels abound. Owing to its high density of high-end shopping, combined with the clustering of many fine eating establishments, it has rapidly become one of the most well-known tourist areas on the island.
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Things to do in and around Surabaya

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  • Surabaya
  • Green Junction in Darmo, Surabaya
  • Tall modernist and ugly art deco
  • Surabaya Mosque
  • Jawa Timur Park 2 Batu Secret Zoo
  • The view of grassland at Bromo - Tengger - Semeru National Park, photographed by JavaTourism.com
  • Suramadu Bridge
  • House of Sampoerna
  • Mount Bromo
  • Coban Pelangi
   
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Surabaya

Indonesia, East Java region

Night lifeBeaches1 night

Indonesia's second-biggest city is home to museums, mosques, parks, and markets, and boasts a rich cosmopolitan charm.

Surabaya is the capital of Jawa Timur (East Java), located on northeastern Java island and along the edge of the Madura Strait and the second-largest-city in Indonesia. Kebun Binatang Surabaya (Surabaya Zoo) or KBS, opened in 1916, was the first in the world to have successfully bred orangutans in captivity. Other interesting destinations include: Masjid Cheng Ho (Zheng He Mosque), a recently built mosque, the first in Indonesia with Chinese-style architecture; Tugu Pahlawan (Hero monument), a 41 meter high monument, is the main symbol of Surabaya and commemorates the heroes of the revolutionary struggle; and Pantai Kenjeran (Kenjeran Beach), located in the eastern of Surabaya.
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