Making waves in Bali, Flores, and Komodo National Park
2020 is shaping up to be an amazing year to visit Indonesia. With the trend of exploring lesser-known locales, many travelers are venturing outside popular and well-known destinations. This gives them a chance to slow down and thoroughly enjoy the many different sides of Indonesia. Bali, of course, remains on everyone’s radar, with new resorts and restaurants opening every year, there is always something of interest for everyone. As we get returning guests looking to see another side of Bali as well as travelers who want to escape the hustle and bustle of south Bali, our team has been busy planning more routes to discover Bali.
Rising hotspots include the Bukit peninsula where you can enjoy dramatic cliffside views and relax on some of the best beaches that the island has to offer. We recommend taking a stroll on the beaches near Uluwatu: it’s a popular surfing spot as well. Further down the coast, there’s an impressive water blow site that shoots water up to 90 feet in the air. Various temples around the area also allow travelers to soak up Balinese history and culture. Garuda Wisnu Kencana is visually stunning as one of the tallest statues in Southeast Asia.
Java is no different. As the cultural heart of Indonesia, most people flock to Central Java; but the island is re-establishing itself as an adventure destination in its own right. Eastern Java has many great trails to hike: traversing through the dormant volcanoes at Bromo-Tengger-Semeru volcanic national park is part of our new itinerary. Cities around the island are rich with history and tradition. With many food shows highlighting the traditional sweets and cuisine of Indonesia, eating your way through Yogyakarta makes for an adventurous and fruitful foodie journey.
2020 sees another new destination trending, the adventurous and rugged island of Flores and neighboring Komodo National Park is sparking many people’s interest.
Flores is one of the Lesser Sunda Islands, whose name stems from the Portuguese word for ‘flowers’. As it remains one of the most unpopulated and unspoiled islands in the Indonesian archipelago, their unique culture and stunning biodiversity have been preserved. The dense rainforests are excellent for hiking while beautiful-quiet beaches are surrounded by colorful coral reefs: the pink beach has become an iconic symbol of the Komodo National Park.
With the most popular port of entry being Labuan Bajo, a fishing town located in western Flores, it’s a quaint starting point for further exploration into Komodo and the Rinca islands: home to the amazing Komodo dragons. These lizards are the stars of this area, but Flores has much more to offer: the island is ideal for hiking and visiting the local Manggarai villages. We also recommend going around the lesser isles, such as Gili Laba or Kanawa Island. Kanawa’s long wooden bridge with coral on both sides is one of our favorite places to take beautiful snapshots.
Khiri Travel offers several flexible options when vacationing in this region, with itineraries that balance leisure time on the beach with cultural excursions, such as the spectacular Caci or ‘whip’ dance! Start planning your ideal vacation to Flores and the Komodo National Park by contacting our team at [email protected].