Best Places To Visit In Indonesia For Expats

Indonesia is a country with all one of the world’s most diverse geographic structures. In terms of ecosystems, it has the second most different types of species on a single continent, with fauna and flora to impress even the most well-traveled expat. Some of the best places to travel are spread across the 17,000 islands.

Some of the best natural places throughout Indonesia can be found below;

Mt. Bromo

Situated in East Java, Mt. Bromo is elevated 2,329 metres (7,641 ft) above sea level. The best viewing point is from Mount Penanjakan, which is about a 2 hour hike from the bottom/ base point.

The viewpoint on Mount Penanjakan can also be reached on foot in about two hours.

Mount Bromo is situated in the middle of the plain called ‘Sea of Sand’. This is a protected nature reserve.

Warning; If you are going to travel to Mount Bromo, check the volcanic activity prior to arriving. Over the past 15 years it has erupted 4 times, causing two deaths. This will be broadcast on the internet and news stations. One entry point would be the Melang Airport, which is situated approx. 25km from Mount Bromo.

If you are into outdoor views and hiking, Mt. Bromo is a great place to visit. Worthy of a weekend trip or over a long weekend as there are other mountains in the region also.

Mt. Krakatoa

This is known for being one of the world’s largest mountains before eruption. It was estimated that this has a height of over 3,000m before its cataclysmic explosion in 1883. The eruption destroyed two-thirds of the island, and now all that is left is 813m island/extinct volcano.

Located off the coast of Cilegon, in West Java, it will take about 2-3 hours from Jakarta City then an additional 2 hours via speed boat. For a long weekend trip, this is highly recommended. If possible, a over night trip in which you can camp of the beach is an amazing opportunity. With beautiful beaches, snorkeling and hiking all up for grabs, this is one of the best long weekend trips for an affordable price.

Volcano eruption. Anak Krakatau, Indonesia

Komodo National Park

Located in the Lesser Sunda Islands, South East Indonesia. Komodo National Park is one of the three islands large islands that are part of the National Park, and with a toal of 29 islands the total size is 1,733km².  A short boat journey from Bali, this spot is highly accessible. This group of islands are home to the Komodo Dragon. These are the world’s largest living lizards. Komodo Island is has very little flora, consisting of very minimal trees with rugged terrain.

Komodo National Park became a UNESCO’s World Heritage Sites in 1991, it can be seen as one of the world’s best scuba diving locations, with all animals protected.

The Komodo Dragon can grow up to 4m long, and hunt on wild boar and deer, but mainly eat carrion.


All of these locations can be seen as some of the best natural visiting locations for expats. Kargo encourage visiting these locations, and if you need anything shipped back, give us a go.

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