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

Bali: Ubud

Ubud, Bali, Indonesia

Bangka-Belitung Islands: Bird Island

Bird Island, Bangka-Belitung Islands, Indonesia

Banten: Ujung Kulon National Park

Ujung Kulon National Park, Banten, Indonesia

Bengkulu: Bukit Daun’s Rafflesia Arnoldi

Rafflesia Arnoldi, Bukit Daun, Bengkulu, Indonesia

Central Java: Borobudur Temple

Borobudur Temple, Central Java, Indonesia

Central Kalimantan: Tanjung Puting

Tanjung Puting National Park, Central Kalimantan, Indonesia

Central Sulawesi: Saluopa Waterfall

Saluopa Waterfall, Central Sulawesi, Indonesia

East Java: Mount Bromo

Mount Bromo, East Java, Indonesia

East Kalimantan: Labuan Cermin

Labuan Cermin, East Kalimantan, Indonesia

East Nusa Tenggara: Kelimutu Lakes

Kelimutu Lakes, East Nusa Tenggara, Indonesia

Gorontalo: Limboto Lake

Limboto Lake, Gorontalo, Indonesia

Jakarta: Central Business District

Central Business District, Jakarta, Indonesia

Jambi: Muara Jambi Temple

Muara Jambi Temple, Jambi, Indonesia

Lampung: Mount Krakatau

Mount Krakatau, Lampung, Indonesia

Maluku: Lelisa Beach

Lelisa Beach, Maluku, Indonesia

North Kalimantan: Kayan Mentarang

Kayan Mentarang National Park, North Kalimantan, Indonesia

North Maluku: Bula Beach

Bula Beach, Ternate, North Maluku, Indonesia

North Sulawesi: Bunaken Marine Park

Bunaken Marine National Park, North Sulawesi, Indonesia

North Sumatra: Toba Lake

Toba Lake, North Sumatra, Indonesia

Papua: Jayawijaya Mountains

Jayawijaya Mountains, Lorentz National Park, Papua, Indonesia

Riau: An-Nur Great Mosque

An-Nur Great Mosque, Pekanbaru, Riau, Indonesia

Riau Islands: Tanjung Senubing

Tanjung Senubing, Riau Islands, Indonesia

South Kalimantan: Floating Market

Banjarmasin Floating Market, South Kalimantan, Indonesia

South Sulawesi: Tana Toraja

Tana Toraja, South Sulawesi, Indonesia

South Sumatra: Ampera Bridge

Ampera Bridge, South Sumatra, Indonesia

Southeast Sulawesi: Wakatobi

Wakatobi Marine National Park, Southeast Sulawesi, Indonesia

West Java: White Crater

White Crater, Bandung, West Java, Indonesia

West Kalimantan: Dayak Dance

Dayak Dance, West Kalimantan, Indonesia

West Nusa Tenggara: Mount Rinjani

Mount Rinjani, West Nusa Tenggara, Indonesia

West Papua: Raja Ampat Islands

Raja Ampat Islands, West Papua, Indonesia

West Sulawesi: Masjid Agung Mamuju

Masjid Agung Mamuju, West Sulawesi, Indonesia

West Sumatra: Rumah Gadang

Rumah Gadang, Padang Panjang, West Sumatra, Indonesia

Yogyakarta: Prambanan Temple Compounds

Prambanan Temple Compounds, Yogyakarta, Indonesia

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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