Best Indonesia Tour Plans for Nature Lovers
Indonesia is not only a charming country full of culture and heritage but also a destination of outstanding natural beauty that nature enthusiasts can take days and weeks to explore. If you’re looking for some great natural wonders and tours in Indonesia, have a read through our recommended trip plans in Indonesia that certainly inspire.
Indonesia Tour Itinerary 1: Bali Beach Hunters
Day 1 Arrival – Pekutatan
Day 2 Drive from Pekutatan to Menjangan. Explore Menjangan
Day 3 Drive from Menjangan to Lovina
Day 4 Drive from Lovina to Lake Batur and to Manggis
Day 5 Drive to Ubud or South Bali
This five-day itinerary is perfect for travellers who want an excellent combination of beach relaxation and cultural exploration in the God island of Bali.
After you arrive at Denpasar International Airport, you’ll be escorted to Pekutatan. On the way, stop by Alas Kedaton to see a monkey colony and the picture-postcard Tanah Lot temple. The next morning, drive to Menjangan to visit Rambut Siwi Temple and West Bali National Park. It’s best to explore the jungle on foot and learn about rich flora and fauna that live in the park. On day three, drive to Lovina, from where you’ll enjoy a dolphin watching tour the next day. The experience will start early in the morning and take around 3-4 hours. Then head to Mount Agung to see the Mother Temple of Bali, Besakih Temple, as well as drive to Tenganan Village, one of the oldest Balinese traditional communities which still keeps its very unique local life pattern of Bali Aga village cultures. On the last day, visit Lempuyang Temple and transfer back to Ubud or South Bali.
Indonesia Tour Itinerary 2: Komodo Discovery
Day 1 Arrive in Labuan Bajo. Explore Labuan Bajo
Day 2 Day trip to Komodo Island
Day 3 Departure
When it comes to the best tourist attractions on the beautiful Flores Island, Komodo National Park is certainly an unmissable site where nature lovers can witness the world-famous Komodo dragon in their spectacular natural habitat. And this adventurous excursion will offer both a chance of seeing these fascinating lizards and some relaxing time for beach bums.
You’ll be met at the airport on arrival in Labuan Bajo. In the afternoon, enjoy a sightseeing tour to Batu Cermin Cave and Ujung fisherman village for a picturesque sunset experience. After breakfast on day two, you’ll embark on a local motorized boat to Rinca and Komodo Island, take a trek to see the huge dragons in the wild before heading to Pink Beach to swim and snorkel in the turquoise waters. Return to Labuan Bajo, enjoy breakfast on day three and transfer to the airport for your flight back to Bali or your next destination.
Indonesia Tour Itinerary 3: Kelimutu Colored Lakes
Day 1 Arrive in Maumere – Moni
Day 2 Explore Mount Keimutu. Drive to Maumere
Day 3 Departure
Another captivating adventure on the beautiful Flores Island. This short trip takes you to Kelimutu Mount which is famous for its three coloured lakes, as well as some traditional and handicraft villages of East Flores to experience the local life.
After taking a morning flight to Maumere, you will proceed to Moni, en route at Wolowaru village to meet friendly locals. Spend the evening enjoying dinner with local foods and exploring around the area. The adventure in the mountains begins on day two. You’ll marvel at Kelimutu magnificent lakes during the sunrise as well as admire the breathtaking landscapes from the summit. Be sure to bring your camera for picturesque photos. After, drive back to Maumere with stops at some traditional villages of weaving and fishing to learn about their cultures. The next day, enjoy your last breakfast in Flores and head to the airport for your flight back to Bali.
Indonesia Tour Itinerary 4: Exotic Blue Fire Ijen
Day 1 Take ferry Gilimanuk – Ketapang. Drive to Banyuwangi
Day 2 Explore Kaliklatak Plantation
Day 3 Explore Ijen Crater
Day 4 Transfer back to Bali or to Surabaya
Adding a little adventure, this short trip plan will provide visitors to the east side of Java island a chance to witness the famous Blue Fire phenomenon in Ijen Volcano, one of the most sought-after experiences in Indonesia.
The four-day journey starts at the south Bali area to Gilimanuk harbour with a stop at Rambut Siwi Temple. From there, you will take ferry transfer to Ketapang and drive to Banyuwangi. On day two, enjoy a full day trip to Kaliklatak Plantation, where you can see fields of cinnamon or rubber and admire nice views of Bali Strait and the western side. Your midnight hiking to Ijen Crater will begin by 4WD jeep, followed by one and a half-hour of ascent on a good footpath. At the summit, you will admire the fantastic lunar landscape of the caldera, the magnificent jade-colour lake, and the deep yellow of the continuously sprouting sulphur springs. After, drive back to your accommodation and relax. The next morning, enjoy breakfast and transfer back to Bali or Surabaya.
Indonesia Tour Itinerary 5: Mahakam River and Orangutan Wild Life
Day 1 Drive from Balikpapan to Kota Bangun. Canoe ride to Tanjung Isuy
Day 2 Canoe ride from Mancong to Kota Bangun
Day 3 Drive to Sangata. Canoe ride to Camp Kakap
Day 4 Explore Kutai National Park
Day 5 Drive to Balikpapan
This short trip plan is ideal for travellers wanting to get out into nature of Borneo Indonesia with a fascinating cruise along the Mahakam River and into Kalimantan dense jungle.
Start your adventure with a transfer from Balikpapan to Kota Bangun, then board on a motorized canoe cruising up the Mahakam river to Tanjung Isuy, where you stay overnight in Dayak Long House. The next morning, ride a canoe to Mancong village to meet Benuaq Dayak people and see their Grand Longhouses, continue to cruise to Muara Muntai for a glimpse of Kutai people’s life and to Kota Bangun. On day three, drive to Sangatta and transfer by motorized canoe further up the river to Camp Kakap. Spend the whole next day exploring Kutai National Park with many chances to see Orangutan and other wildlife. After enjoying breakfast on the last day, you’ll drive to Balikpapan for your accommodation or head to the airport for your next destination.
There are more great Indonesia tour itineraries for nature lovers. If you’re looking for more inspiration for your active, cultural or family trips, check out our list of ready-made Indonesia Tours or contact our Asia Tailor-Made Tour Experts for more information.