Indonesia

Kelimutu Crater Lakes Eco Lodge: The Best Place to Stay at Kelimutu National Park

Posted on October 27, 2016

Next to spotting Komodo dragons and scuba diving at Komodo National Park, my bucket list for Flores, Indonesia included visiting the tricolored crater lakes of Kelimutu National Park on eastern portion of the island. I was lucky to have stayed at the best place near the scenic volcano: Kelimutu Crater Lakes Eco Lodge, a solar-powered eco-resort located at the gateway village of Moni. After roughing it out on our overland journey from Labuan Bajo to Kelimutu, it was such a reliefRead More

Blue Marlin Dive Komodo: Beginner-Friendly Scuba Diving in Labuan Bajo, Flores

Posted on September 26, 2016

Besides being the only habitat of the world’s largest lizard, another drawcard of Komodo National Park and its gateway of Labuan Bajo on mainland Flores is scuba diving to marvel at its pristine underwater realms. Located within the Coral Triangle – the center of marine biodiversity in the world – its churning waters surrounding 29 islands harbor gorgeous coral reefs and sea mounts bursting with a variety of marine life, including pelagics like manta rays and sharks. However, most of its diveRead More

Sheraton Bandung Hotel & Towers: A Family-Friendly Luxury Hotel in Bandung, West Java

Posted on September 14, 2016

Lush, scenic, cool-weathered – plus some surplus shopping therapy. Bandung ticks all the boxes when looking for a comfortable getaway, considering it’s only a three-hour drive south from the megapolis of Jakarta and now also serves direct international flights. So after a week-long adventure island-hopping in Makassar and Gili Islands, Lombok then hiking a blue-fire volcano in Banyuwangi, our Trip of Wonders media tour fittingly settled to a rewarding end in this relatively laid-back West Javan conurbation, where we checked in at the five-starRead More

Hiking the Blue Fire Crater of Ijen Volcano in Banyuwangi, East Java

Posted on September 13, 2016

Oh, volcanoes. Nothing gets me excited about visiting Indonesia as much as its mountains of fire. Volcanoes create the most dramatic landscapes, a living testimony to how volatile our planet Earth can be. The country’s rugged arc of islands were formed by a chain of volcanoes along the Pacific Ring of Fire. Presently, the archipelago has more than 120 active volcanoes. On previous trips, I’ve climbed some of the most popular fiery peaks like Bromo, Rinjani and Sibayak. But I’ve always gotRead More

One Perfect Day at Gili Islands, Lombok – from Sunrise to Sunset

Posted on September 7, 2016

Our Trip of Wonders blogger group enjoyed our first taste of island-hopping in Makassar, before striking out for another beach destination rising in popularity – the Gili Islands of Lombok, east of Bali. Most travelers stay at Gili Trawangan (nicknamed “Gili T”), the largest and busiest of the three islands where most of the guesthouses, resorts and restaurants are located. The other two islands are the quieter Gili Meno and Gili Air. Visitors are drawn to the islands’ chalk-white beaches andRead More

5 Best Places for Photography in Makassar, South Sulawesi

Posted on August 26, 2016

Indonesia has always been high on my travel bucket list. Most travelers flock the popular islands of Java and Bali, but with more than 17,000 islands stretching between Malaysia and Australia, this vast country has limitless possibilities to offer. When I heard that Makassar was on the itinerary of our 11-day Trip of Wonders media trip, I just couldn’t pass up the chance to finally set foot on Sulawesi – the orchid-shaped island just south of the Philippines. A major gatewayRead More