Indonesia: A Land of Natural Beauty
Indonesia has over 17,000 islands, and is home to mountains, rain-forests, and many animals found nowhere else in the world. For those who want to see the nature of this island nation, here are three places worth visiting.
Home to the world’s largest acid lake, Mount Ijen is a volcano on the island of Java. The volcano is famous for the blue fire that burns inside its crater. Since the fire can only be seen at night. It’s best to start climbing Mount Ijen at about midnight so you can reach the top before the sun comes up. Then, when the sun rises, you’ll also get to see beautiful views of the acid lake and the surrounding countryside.
Although the path up the volcano is steep. It only takes a few hours to climb, and you can even pay someone to carry you to the top if you’re not fit enough! Just make sure you bring or rent a gas mask, because the smoke from the crater can make it hard to breathe.
A small island off the northwest coast of Bali, Menjangan Island is surrounded by coral and colourful tropical fish. Take a boat out for some of the best snorkelling and diving in the country. Also if you’re lucky you may also see native deer, which are known to swim to the island.
Komodo National Park
No trip to Indonesia is complete without visiting Komodo National Park. Made up of three large islands and many smaller ones, the easiest way to see the park is to take a boat tour from the island of Flores. Aside from seeing the famous komodo dragons, the largest lizards in the world, make sure you visit Kalong Island at sunset to watch thousands of flying foxes take off to find food.