The Emerald of the Equator: 34 Indonesia Provinces in 34 Pics

With 17,508 islands spanning across 1.92 million km2 and a population of over 252.17 million people, the world’s largest archipelago offers a rich mix of cultural heritage, natural beauty and biodiversity. Despite this, most foreign tourists visiting South East Asia often overlook Indonesia as a tourism destination (other than Bali).

With its charm fully intact and unspoiled from over-tourism, Indonesia is the region’s best-kept secret. Let’s have these 34 pictures speak for themselves.

Aceh: Saman Dance

Saman Dance, Aceh, Indonesia

[Image Credit: Kidnesia]

Bali: Ubud

Ubud, Bali, Indonesia

[Image Credit: The Ubud Village]

Bangka-Belitung Islands: Bird Island

Bird Island, Bangka-Belitung Islands, Indonesia

[Image Credit: mygukguk]

Banten: Ujung Kulon National Park

Ujung Kulon National Park, Banten, Indonesia

[Image Credit: Beauty of the World]

Bengkulu: Bukit Daun’s Rafflesia Arnoldi

Rafflesia Arnoldi, Bukit Daun, Bengkulu, Indonesia

[Image Credit: NEFOSNEWS]

Central Java: Borobudur Temple

Borobudur Temple, Central Java, Indonesia

[Image Credit: ksEjVcnM]

Central Kalimantan: Tanjung Puting

Tanjung Puting National Park, Central Kalimantan, Indonesia

[Image Credit: viajared]

Central Sulawesi: Saluopa Waterfall

Saluopa Waterfall, Central Sulawesi, Indonesia

[Image Credit: James Suak]

East Java: Mount Bromo

Mount Bromo, East Java, Indonesia

[Image Credit: Sara Marlowe]

East Kalimantan: Labuan Cermin

Labuan Cermin, East Kalimantan, Indonesia

[Image Credit: Kristanto Adibuyung]

East Nusa Tenggara: Kelimutu Lakes

Kelimutu Lakes, East Nusa Tenggara, Indonesia

[Image Credit: Travelycia]

Gorontalo: Limboto Lake

Limboto Lake, Gorontalo, Indonesia

[Image Credit: hamkahatta]

Jakarta: Central Business District

Central Business District, Jakarta, Indonesia

[Image Credit: Layover Guide]

Jambi: Muara Jambi Temple

Muara Jambi Temple, Jambi, Indonesia

[Image Credit: Ministry of Tourism, Republic of Indonesia]

Lampung: Mount Krakatau

Mount Krakatau, Lampung, Indonesia

[Image Credit: Laeni Travel]

Maluku: Lelisa Beach

Lelisa Beach, Maluku, Indonesia

[Image Credit: Ministry of Tourism, Republic of Indonesia]

North Kalimantan: Kayan Mentarang

Kayan Mentarang National Park, North Kalimantan, Indonesia

[Image Credit: Gigantara]

North Maluku: Bula Beach

Bula Beach, Ternate, North Maluku, Indonesia

[Image Credit: Firman Kamil]

North Sulawesi: Bunaken Marine Park

Bunaken Marine National Park, North Sulawesi, Indonesia

[Image Credit: Galeri Universal]

North Sumatra: Toba Lake

Toba Lake, North Sumatra, Indonesia

[Image Credit: Tumpal Hutagalung]

Papua: Jayawijaya Mountains

Jayawijaya Mountains, Lorentz National Park, Papua, Indonesia

[Image Credit: H. Kurniawan]

Riau: An-Nur Great Mosque

An-Nur Great Mosque, Pekanbaru, Riau, Indonesia

[Image Credit: Islam in Indonesia]

Riau Islands: Tanjung Senubing

Tanjung Senubing, Riau Islands, Indonesia

[Image Credit: Soulin Art Photography]

South Kalimantan: Floating Market

Banjarmasin Floating Market, South Kalimantan, Indonesia

[Image Credit: Bagas Ardian]

South Sulawesi: Tana Toraja

Tana Toraja, South Sulawesi, Indonesia

[Image Credit: Jac @ Trip in Asia]

South Sumatra: Ampera Bridge

Ampera Bridge, South Sumatra, Indonesia

[Image Credit: Candra Setiawan]

Southeast Sulawesi: Wakatobi

Wakatobi Marine National Park, Southeast Sulawesi, Indonesia

[Image Credit: Scott Nielsen]

West Java: White Crater

White Crater, Bandung, West Java, Indonesia

[Image Credit: dansmant]

West Kalimantan: Dayak Dance

Dayak Dance, West Kalimantan, Indonesia

[Image Credit: REUTERS/Yusuf Ahmad]

West Nusa Tenggara: Mount Rinjani

Mount Rinjani, West Nusa Tenggara, Indonesia

[Image Credit: Trekking Rinjani]

West Papua: Raja Ampat Islands

Raja Ampat Islands, West Papua, Indonesia

[Image Credit: Indonesia Tourism]

West Sulawesi: Masjid Agung Mamuju

Masjid Agung Mamuju, West Sulawesi, Indonesia

[Image Credit: Masjid Agung Mamuju]

West Sumatra: Rumah Gadang

Rumah Gadang, Padang Panjang, West Sumatra, Indonesia

[Image Credit: Mohammad Azmi]

Yogyakarta: Prambanan Temple Compounds

Prambanan Temple Compounds, Yogyakarta, Indonesia

[Image Credit: Dimas Prakasa]

What are your favorite places in Indonesia? Where in Indonesia would you like to visit if given the chance?


6 Comments Add yours

  1. What a truly remarkable post. How many amazing places does Indonesia want to have? I thought I had explored many areas, but I must get to Kalimantan one day. Kayan Mentarang is just waiting for me! 😉


    1. Andrew Darwitan says:

      Many! Doing this post brings to my attention many places I never knew existed. Great choice with Kayan Mentarang. It’s one of the least explored forests as it’s cut from the outside world and the only way to get there is via water – which is awesome ’cause many species can only be found there. Kalimantan (and Papua) are the most pristine places in Indonesia.

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