Due to several disasters that has been going on in Indonesia for the past 6 months, the unfortunate events has taken its toll on the country’s tourism. Especially when the disasters struck to the popular places in the country. Therefore, as a result, some people are beginning to hesitate to go to Indonesia’s top travel destinations.
With the country’s tourism plunged, Indonesian Government takes a plan to boost other beautiful travel destinations known as “10 New Balis”. Here are the destinations that are included in the “10 New Balis” tourism plan:
1. Lake Toba, Sumatera Utara
According to Twitter, Lake Toba is nominated to be the top lake destination in the world. Located in North Sumatera, Lake Toba considered as the top tourist attractions there. In the middle of Lake Toba, lies Samosir Island which is a home to a couple of gorgeous lake, Lake Aek Natonang and Lake Sidihoni.
2. Tanjung Kelayang, Bangka Belitung
Showcased in a popular movie, Laskar Pelangi, this destination is the star of Bangka Belitung’s tourism. Tanjung Kelayang has a beautiful landscape that’s decorated with granite rocks and a large beach area of 324.4 hectare. The exotic beach has white sand, as well as calm and clear waters.
3. Tanjung Lesung, Banten
Located on the west coast of Java, Tanjung Lesung is home to one of the best beaches in Banten. Not only that, this destination also has a mesmerizing rural forest along with rice fields that’s still pure and rich with culture of the local communities.
4. Thousand Islands, Jakarta
Known as the biggest city as well as urban center in Indonesia, Jakarta holds a hidden gem called Thousand Islands. This destination is one of the top choices for a weekend escape by the Jakartans to get away from the frenzy urban lifestyle. Some of the most popular islands are Tidung, Semak Daun, Pramuka, Ayer, and Bidadari Island.
5. Borobudur, Central Java
Borobudur is a famous landmark of Indonesia which was built in the 8th centuries. Not only known as one of the 7 Wonders of the World, Borobudur is also the biggest buddhist temple in the world.
6. Bromo Tengger Semeru, East Java
This National Park in East Java is the perfect destination for those who has an interest in volcanoes. With an area of 800 square kilometers, making Bromo Tengger Semeru National Park is the largest volcanic region in the province.
7. Mandalika, West Nusa Tenggara
Mandalika, which was known to be surfer’s best kept secret, is now considered as the ultimate paradise in the heart of Lombok. Besides popular with its beautiful and exotic beach, this special tourism economic zone also offers vibrant bars and nightclubs, exciting water parks, luxurious hotels and resorts, and many more.
8. Labuan Bajo, East Nusa Tenggara
Located on the westernmost tip of Flores, Labuan Bajo was known as a small fishing site which grows to be one of the top destination in East Nusa Tenggara. This exotic destination is home to several popular tourist attractions, such as: Kenawa Island, Pink Beach, and Wae Rebo.
9. Wakatobi, Southeast Sulawesi
This popular destination in Southeast Sulawesi is ranked as one of the best place for scuba diving and snorkeling in the world. As the ultimate diving destination, Wakatobi offers pristine reefs as well as marine life.
10. Morotai, East Maluku
Known for its marine tourism, Morotai is an island that’s on the easternmost part of East Maluku. Aside from that, some of the popular tourist attractions are Popogu Cave, Bunga Kokota Waterfall, as well as Army Dock and Navy Base.