Banyumas is one of twenty-nine districts in Jawa Tengah (Central Java) province, with Purwokerto city as the capital.
Located near Mount Slamet -the biggest mountain in Jawa island- and surrounded by valleys and rivers, Banyumas has plenty of beautiful waterfalls or “curug” the locals would say.
Not so many are opened for public, but here are five I would recommend you to visit:
Curug Cipendok (waterfall)
Curug Cipendok (waterfall), Banyumas, Java
Karang Tengah village, Cilongok sub-district – ±15 kilometers west from Purwokerto
The highest waterfalls in Banyumas (92 meters high).
Entrance ticket: IDR 7,000. They may give us a bottled drink, but I suggest you NOT to take it because they will charge you another IDR 3,000 and the drink tastes weird. Unless you want to keep it as souvenir.
Flying fox (for beginners) costs only IDR 10,000. Roasted corn ± IDR 3,000.
Curug Gomblang (waterfall)
Curug Gomblang (waterfall), Banyumas, Java
Baseh village in Kedungbanteng sub-district – ±12 kilometers west from Purwokerto
Two waterfalls with large water debit, but amazingly peaceful under. Get lost a little bit among the kauri trees (Agathis dammara), you’ll find a path down to the Logawa river that mostly covered with bush. Be careful of the thorns and look around for the possibility to find wild raspberries. It can be very slippery in rainy season.
Curug Belot (waterfall)
Pandak village, Baturraden sub-district – ±12 kilometers north from Purwokerto.
Swim and jump from the rock with the local children.
Curug Belot (waterfall), Banyumas, Java
Curug Bayan (waterfall)
Melung village, Baturraden sub-district – ±13 kilometers north from Purwokerto
Curug Bayan (waterfall), Banyumas, Java
You’ll read both curug Gedhe and curug Bayan on a sign post, but curug Gedhe is a sacred place for the locals, so it’s not recommended to visit because you can’t do much there.
Relax, sit on a stone, and soak your feet in the pristine cool water of curug Bayan while viewing the surrounding, or try river tubing. There are also villas you can rent cost around IDR 350,000 – 1,500,000 per night. Entrance fee IDR 4,000.
Warning: Do not swim right under the waterfall. Some people trapped and died.
Curug Ceheng (waterfall)
Gandatapa village, Baturraden sub-district – ±15 kilometers northeast from Purwokerto. This waterfall is located in the middle of the clove plantations and became one of the popular camping grounds in Banyumas. Access is fairly easy. There is a hall where traditional performances are held at certain times.
Curug Ceheng (waterfall), Banyumas, Java
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Bali is the place to go in Indonesia to have fun and it has all sorts to offer. There are best beaches, nightlife, shops, bars, restaurants and many more.
Among tourists, the most popular type of fun in Bali come in the form of outdoor activities and adventures. If you are planning a visit to Bali and would like to enjoy yourself out there of what the best nature can offer, then look no further than right here where you can get inspiration for the top 10 outdoor activities in Bali to enjoy.
Golf is a relaxing outdoor activity to try out while visiting Bali. Though it does seem out of the norm, golfing is quite popular among tourists visiting Bali. This might be due to the fantastic view that golfing offers to tourists in Bali and in fact there are many different kinds of golf course available in Bali, including a 9-hole course and an 18-hole course. There’s a spot in the mountains near Bedugul that is quite popular among golfers in Bali.
White Water Rafting
White Water Rafting in Bali, Indonesia
One of the most popular outdoor activities is whitewater rafting. Rafting in Bali is not just an exercise for tourists, it also provides a way to view what Bali has to offer, in terms of rice terraces, lush green scenery, rainforests, and rivers. The perfect rivers for white-water rafting activities are the Ayung and TelagaWaja rivers. There are really nice rafting activity packages, which include lunch, showers, insurance and towels if you shop around.
Hiking Mount Batur
Mount Batur comes up when hiking activities in Bali are discussed. This is because Mount Batur is a great place for tourists that enjoy nature and hiking. Located in the east of Bali, the sunrise is one not to be missed when hiking Mount Batur in Kintamani because it is a view of nature in its purest form. Hiking this 1700 meters active volcano, which takes about two hours, is the ultimate outdoor activity for tourists that visit Bali.
Hike Volcano Mountain Batur, Bali
Bali’s most popular type of outdoor activities comes in the form of bungee jumping. It’s quite a popular activity among extreme sports lovers as bungee jumping gives tourists a rush of adrenaline like no other sports. Certainly not for the faint-hearted, bungee jumping is available in many hot spots in Bali, including a cascade and a high tower.
Freediving is a great way to get up close and personal with some of the best diving destinations in the world. It is a great way for underwater enthusiastic to enjoy a wide variety of marine life in the ocean. It is quite an imagination how beautiful the underwater scene is in Bali since Bali is known to be in the centre of the coral triangle, which boasts of the biggest range of marine life in the world. One of the most popular freediving spot in Bali is the best-kept secret – Amed, where you can sign up with one of the numerous freediving courses here.
Diving Nusa Lembongan, Bali, Indonesia
Diving is one of the favourite outdoor activities in Bali as there are many interesting dive spots in Bali. One of the most popular ones is the Barat National Park. In Barat National Park, the Pulau Menjangan is considered one of the best spot for diving in Bali. Another popular spot is located at Tulamben as you can find the wreck of the Liberty, a US Army Transport ship sunk by a Japanese submarine in 1942, here.
There are also nice diving spots in Sanur, which is near Denpasar and also in Nusa Penida or Nusa Lembongan islands. Guides are provided in diving packages in Bali, as well as many other interesting deals. There are crystal-clear waters, where diving can be done and also where there are large varieties of tropical fishes and sea turtles.
Canyon is an extreme sport in Bali that is considered a popular outdoor activity among tourists. In many ways, canyoning plays a huge part in helping tourists get closer to the unspoilt nature of Bali. It is a great adventure, where tourists in groups or on their own can get close to exciting streams and many kinds of plants species while canyoning in the forms of walking, caving, scrambling, jumping, sliding and abseiling. A lot of canyoning packages are available with this extreme sport, including professional river guides, equipment, towels and much more.
It is well known that Bali as some of the best surfing spots in the world. The west coast of Bali is really popular among tourists for its surfing activities. Everyone, from a beginner to an expert, is welcome to surf in Bali. There are courses for surfing available on hand to help tourists, who are beginners. There is also a range of surfing clothing in Bali, so tourists do not need to over pack their luggage with surfing gears. There’s also another kind of surfing that can be enjoyed in Bali, which is known as kitesurfing. Kitesurfing activities in Bali come equipped with the same kind of facilities that are offered for surfing activities.
Surfing in Kuta, Bali
Trekking is a really popular outdoor activity among tourists visiting Bali. Best done in the early morning, trekking provides some of the best visual sights tourists can witness in Bali. Tropical Trekking is considered a very affordable outdoor activity and most of the packages include hiking sticks, hotel transfers, torches, breakfast, a guide and wet weather gears. Trekking can also be done in jungles, villages and rice paddies. There are naturally many trekking tours to choose from in Bali.
Trekking through rice fields, Bali
Snorkelling is a fun activity that many tourists in Bali enjoy. It’s a great way to get close to underwater nature surrounded by a huge range of exotic fishes and other sea creatures without the need for a lot of gears. It is one of the simplest yet fun underwater adventures in Bali, where you can find many snorkeling tours and packages that will take you out to sweets spots around Bali for the best snorkelling experience.
In Bali, a range of outdoor activities is available for tourists to quench their adventure thirst. From water sports to activities on land, Bali has everything ready for tourists to enjoy. You just have to choose which activities that interest you and book your time before you land in Bali, so as not to miss out of the fun outdoor activities.
Although boasting 17,000 islands, Indonesia may come to mind with lots of islands and beaches and sea, but you be surprised that it has just as many mountains. Being an archipelago that is situated at the confluence of the tectonic plates – Asian, Australian, Indian Ocean and the Pacific Ocean, it has as many as 129 volcanoes making it the country with 13 percent of the world’s volcanoes. These volcanoes encircling the stretch of Indonesia has a name with a cool ring to it – Indonesia Ring of Fire.
The volcanoes, some active (some very active) and some not, provides a naturally stunning scenery unlike any other. Some of the mountains are situated within a large volcanic lake or some with craters that spurt blue fire.
Here are Top 10 Volcano Mountain in Indonesia for you to visit:
Volcano Mount Bromo with Mount Semeru at the back spewing smoke. Photo by borderlys
Mount Bromo, at 2329 m, is one of the most iconic mountain in Indonesia. This is due its majestic beauty, where it stands forebodingly within the Tengger caldera sea of sand while spewing off white sulphurous smoke. Mount Bromo is one of the most active volcanoes of the world and one of the frequent visited ones. Travelers from far and wide come here to view the sunrise over this mountain, where the ethereal landscape is not to be missed.
Ijen Crater or locally known as Kawah Ijen is another popular mountain of Java after Mount Bromo. Many travelers continue to visit here after Mount Bromo and the experience is refreshingly new. Inside the crater you will see a magnificent turquoise sulphur lake that exudes flames, blue fire at night and smoky white in the day.You will also meet many sulphur collectors on your hike up and be shocked by the condition of their work consuming the harmful fumes all the time. Ijen volcano contains the world’s largest acidic volcanic lake that shines in beautiful turquoise color. By night the lake will throw off blue flames which many hikers brave the dark for.
Mount Merbabu, the name translated as “Mountain of Ash” in Javanese, is the only volcano mountain in this list that is dormant. But even with that, it is still a volcano to be reckoned with. It lies adjacent to Mount Merapi towards the southeast at the height of 3142 m. It is a challenging hike up to the peak, there are two peaks – Syarif (3119 m) and Kenteng Songo (3142 m), forming a U-shaped valley, but with a guide one can conquer Mount Merapi. The area of the mountain had been declared as a national park in 2004.
Mount Semeru is the tallest mountain in Java, located at the east. It is also known as Mahameru by the locals which mean The Great Mountain, deriving from the mystical Hindu-Buddhist mountain of Meru and Sumeru the gods. Climbing to the peak takes two hiking days and it is relatively easy for seasoned hikers. The only challenge is the last slope up to the summit. Mount Semeru is an active volcano with constant smokes from its crater.
Mount Krakatoa or Krakatau
Anak Krakatau between Java and Sumatra. Photo by Paul Hessels
Krakatoa or also known as Krakatau, is a volcanic island situated in the Sunda Straits between Java and Sumatra of Indonesia. The eruption of Mount Krakatoa in 1883 had been noted as one of the most violent volcanic events ever recorded. The huge explosion blast over 4,000km all the way to Australia and India. This massive explosion cause giant tsunami and the dust from it stays in the stratosphere for several years after while killing more than 35,000 people.
Mount Krakatoa is still very much an active volcano and scaling it takes precaution and would require camping a night at Rakata Island, where you can enjoy the view of Krakatoa eruption at night. Else you can stay at the nearby hotels * on the mainland side.
Mount Kerinci is the tallest volcano in Indonesia and the highest peak in Sumatra. It is located within the Kerinci Seblat National Park that is home to the endangered species – Sumatran Tiger and Sumatran Rhinoceros. It is still a very much active volcano with constant annual activities. The climb up this mountain would take 3 days 2 nights to reach the summit, or one day less if not. There are 15 lakes surrounding this mountain with one of lake being the highest lake in Southeast Asia at 1996 m which is called Gunung Tujuh Lake (Seven Mountains Lake – there are 7 peaks surrounding this lake). The biggest lake here is the Kerinci Lake at 4200 hectares. Most visitors would come in and stay first either at Padang or Jambi *, before transferring to Kerinci Sablat National Park.
One of the more popular mountains in Bali, Mount Batur is an active volcano standing at 1700m, many travelers hike a do this short but can be quite tough 2 hours hike up the mountain to have a sunrise view over Bali and its surrounding islands. Getting here from Ubud might take some time but the climb and the view of the landscape and Lake Batur is all worth it in the end. It is also one of the popular activities to do when you are visiting Bali long enough to get bored of the beaches and sea and want to do some excursions.
Mount Agung, standing tall at 3142 m at East is the highest mountain in Bali. It holds a spiritual significance to the Balinese as the Mother Temple of Besakih. Legend has it that it is created by the Hindu God Pashupati when he split the Mount Meru which is the spiritual axis of the universe. This mountain can be scaled in 6-7 hours with a demanding hike. The hike itself is an adventure and many travelers find it a rewarding after experiencing it. On the way, you can visit the Pasar Agung temple which is one of Bali’s nine directional temples. There is also the Besakih Temple which stands dramatically on the southern slopes of Mount Agung.
Agung, the Indonesian volcano by the beach in Bali. Photo by Ben Godfrey
Mount Rinjani in Lombok is the second highest volcano in Indonesia at 3726 m. It is also among one of the most active volcanoes here. It ha a caldera of 50 km square with a crater lake in it called Segara Anak. Many pilgrims come yearly to this lake to make offerings to the gods and the lake. To hike this Indonesian volcano would take two days of demanding trekking but the view at the summit is all so worth it. Due to Lombok being one of the emerging travel places in Indonesia, you will find quite a number of travelers scaling this mountain with you but fret not as the beauty is for all to marvel at together.
Mount Kelimutu is home to the famous tri-colored lakes which people travel through long tortuous roads just to get to. The lakes are in hues of blue, green and red due to its volcanic substances and it changes colors depending on season and time making it somewhat magical. These magical lakes are the reason enough to scale Mount Kelimutu for. The highest peak here is Mount Kelibara at 1713m. Mount Kelimutu is situated in Kelimutu National Park in Central Flores of Indonesia.
Bonus mountain as technically this is the hardest to scale and probably not everyone can do this as a mountain to hike, it is still notable as it is the highest peak in Indonesia.
Puncak Jaya (Cartensz Pyramid)
This is one of the world’s seven ultimate summit and the only mountain in Indonesia which has a glacier top. Puncak Jaya or Cartensz Pyramid is the highest point in between Himalayas and Andes, crowning it the highest island peak in the world. It lies in Lorentz National Park in Papua, Indonesia. The climb up this mountain is highly technical and tough, therefore it is well advised to get a guide and prepare yourself thoroughly for it. Conquering this mountain is part of the peak-bagging list of Seven Summits of the world.
Puncak Jaya / Cartensz Pyramid Volcano Mountain in Papua. Photo by Alfindra Primaldhi
Wakatobi National Park, a collection of islands that may sound familiar to many but somehow seem elusive to most. It is definitely one of the Top 10 Diving sites in Indonesia, being home to more than 25 coral reefs and 900 marine species.
The name itself Wakatobi is a combination of the four main islands – Wangi-wangi, Kaledupa, Tomia and Binongko. It is surrounded by the southeast Sulawesi district. It is now Wakatobi National Park and therefore actively being conserved. The untouched nature and amazing marine diversity and reefs had attracted many scuba divers from around the world.
The World Wildlife Fund had also been helping out the park management to improve and publicize its biodiversity. WWF released a film about Bajo, the nomadic sea tribe that lives on stilt homes around Wakatobi whom had been touted resourceful for diving with their handmade wooden goggles.
Map of Wakatobi, Sulawesi
Where is it
Wakatobi lies at the Southeast of Sulawesi, Indonesia. The capital is Wangi-Wangi, and the collection of islands lies in between Banda Sea, to the north and west, and Flores Sea, to the south and east.
Not only it is a world class diving site with incredible arrays of coral reefs and marine lives, it also have majestic pinnacles, ridges, ledges and overhanging cliffs. Diving here is an adventure itself that will be sure to wow even the most seasoned diver.
Beach at Wakatobi, Sulawesi
While the sea is clear blue and serene for snorkeling and swimming. The beach almost deserted and long for quiet walks and peaceful sunbathing. The sunset is unforgettable over the crystal blue sea that seems to stretch endlessly.
The remoteness of the entire region itself is good enough reason to come to Wakatobi, you will be disappointed.
When is the best time to go
Indonesia has tropical weather and only two season of rain or dry. Come during dry season from June to September to maximize your day.
What to see
Sunset at Wakatobi, Sulawesi
Puncak Tomia (mountain) – you can hike up this mountain for a beautiful view of the surrounding islands.
Other notable tourist attractions in Wakatobi is: Air Terjun Tirta Rimba (waterfall) Lakasa Cave (goa) Nirwana beach or Huntete beach Bukit Kolemo (hill)
Catch the sunrise or sunset at Hoga which is praised for the most panoramic view.
Stargazing at night – the place is perfect with dark nights for sparkling stars.
What to do
Diving – explore the coral reefs and marine species like moray eels, dolphins, manta rays and sea turtles. There are many unexplored parts in the sea for divers with unbroken wall replete filled densely with hard and soft corals. You can do all sorts of adventure diving here and also night diving is notable for its beautfy for example in Marimabuk dive site.
Snorkeling – the calm and clear blue sea is ideal for snorkeling, with enough coral reefs to enjoy as well.
Dolphin watching – you can take the boat out to catch dolphins swimming by.
Island hopping – discover the rest of the islands dotted all over Wakatobi, few notable ones are like the inhabited Ndaa Island (pulau) which has white beach sand and Tomia Island for the best snorkeling spot.
Where to stay
Night Diving, Wakatobi, Sulawesi
Most travelers will stay in Wangi-Wangi for the ease of transport as it is connected to the rest of the Wakatobi region to Kaledupa, Tomia and Binongo. Also most tourists come here to dive so they may stay in dive resorts which includes all dives and meals and transfers. Else you can choose to sleep in homestays or bungalows and if you want to splurge – luxury eco resorts.
For ease of transportation, the best place to stay is in Wanci on Wangi-Wangi Island *. There is no need to spend a night on the other islands as there is a speedboat or a boat that can take you to other Wakatobi regions, such as the Hoga, Kaledupa, Tomia and Binongo. Prices for accommodation here range from as low as 150,000 Rp to 380,00 Rp for most options.
By Flight Most frequent flights will require you to fly to Makassar (Ujung Pandang) or Kendari from major cities in Indonesia and then take a connecting flight directly to Wangi-Wangi. Alternatively, you may fly to Bau Bau (Buton Island) and then take a boat to one of the Wakatobi’s island. Now Lion Air had launched a direct flight from Jakarta to Wangi-wangi but only on certain days.
Wakatobi airport is on the opposite side of the island from the city. From there you would need to get a transport to city either via taxi or ojek which you might need to wait 30 mins for and then take another 30 mins ride into town. An ojek costs about 5,000 Rp to get into city center while a taxi may cost about 250,000 Rp, remember to agree on the price before getting on.
Coral Fan, Diving, Wakatobi, Sulawesi
By Pelni boat / ferry You can opt for the cheaper backpacker version of travel by taking a 10 hours boat from Makassar to Wakatobi on a pelni boat, it is only once a month at the first week. There is also boat from Bau-Bau to Wangi-Wangi, everyday departing at Murhum Harbor.
How to get around
To move between the islands of Wakatobi, you may have to charter your own boat else you may take the public boat. There are boats everyday with about 2 hours in between frequency, check there for the detailed schedule.
Where to go nearby
Makassar – fly back to the city as a springboard to other places in Sulawesi.
Tana Toraja – 300 km away from Makassar with at least 8-10 hours drive for ancient funeral rites and cultural village visit.
Diving, Wakatobi, Sulawesi
There are reported thefts around here so always be mindful of your belongings and where you are walking and your surroundings. Also, it is safer not to wander around in dark places or at night.