Our Next Big Trip: Travelling through Indonesia

So after our epic Iceland adventure we decided to start researching our next big adventure. Jason wants to surf and I want to explore and do a few adventurous activities. A friend of ours told us about the surf in Bali and how much he enjoyed it. So we decided that travelling through Indonesia could be our next adventure.

This is a sponsored post. However the entire itinerary is my own.

Jakarta

We have been doing our research about things to do in Jakarta. I love trip planning so I always do my research way in advance. It always seems to cure my travel bug for a short amount of time. So anyway, the plan is to land in Jakarta before heading to Bali. We decided it may be great to spend a day here and explore another city. I spent some time researching hotels and other accommodation options and found the Aston Marina Ancol on http://www.traveloka.com. The price is good and the location looks great as well. If we based ourselves here everything would be a short taxi or train ride away.

Taman Mini Indonesia Indah

Taman Mini Indonesia Indah. Picture from Wikipedia.

There are quite a few things to do in Jakarta including a visit to Taman Mini Indonesia Indah which we may do as part of a tour. The National History Museum and the National Monument which should be easily accessed by taxi from Aston Marina Ancol. Within walking distance from the hotel is the historic harbor of Sunda Kelapa and Kota Tua. Of course we need to check out the Jakarta nightlife and maybe pay a visit to the Skye Bar.

With so much to see in Jakarta we are having a hard time trying to pick out the must dos. For our day trip I think we are leaning towards just doing, Taman Mini Indonesia Indah with a stop at the National Monument on the way to Sunda Kelapa harbor. Then enjoying the evening at the Skye bar for a few drinks. After our Jakarta adventures we will fly straight out to Bali the following morning.

A view from Skye Bar

Bali

As I said, Jason has been dying to surf in Bali so that is the plan when we get there. I think 5 days to 1 week would be plenty of time to enjoy a lot of surfing and a lot of massages. We are still debating where we want to base ourselves as we want to be close to the surf, but we also want to explore Ubud. Canggu beach is looking like a decent location in the middle of both.

 

Uluwatu Temple Bali

Uluwatu Temple Bali. Picture from bali-indonesia.com

While that’s still under debate we have a list of things we would also love to see while in Bali. There are so many temples here and the ones at the top of the list are Uluwatu temple, Tanah Lot, and Goa Gajah or the Elephant cave. I have also been dying to do the Mt Batur hike at sunrise, which looks like a beautiful experience. I am a bit skeptical of the monkey forest as I am not a huge monkey fan, but I feel like it’s one of those must dos.

Goa Gajah Bali

Goa Gajah Bali or Elephant Cave. Picture from bali-indonesia.com

On top of all of the temples and adventures we still want to get in some surf and pampering. Uluwatu is at the top of the list of surf spots for us. Where else would you get to surf with views of a temple? Definitely some $5 massages as well, in fact I’d be quite happy spending a day getting pampered drinking cocktails. Do I sound like a princess? Big difference between Bali and camping the Inca Trail!

I’m hoping that 7 to 10 days may be enough time for us, we do miss out on finding orangutans in Sumatra. Maybe we can squeeze that in if we get more vacation time to spend. We are also hoping to squeeze in another country, maybe Thailand? Or maybe Vietnam? It’s hard travelling all the way from Barbados so we want to do as much as we can manage. It will definitely be a busy 2-3weeks full of adventures and I am already crazy excited. This itinerary could always change, maybe we will just spend more time travelling through Indonesia. I cannot wait to update you guys when we actually get there.

Do you have any other tips for us? Did we miss any epic places in our itinerary? Let us know in the comments.

13 Comments

  • Vishal Vashisht November 27, 2016 at 11:43 pm

    I’ve heard a lot of Indonesia in general. I have a relative who lives in Jakarta and wants us to visit there for all sorts of activities. I am planning to visit there next summer and found your post to be very informative.

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  • neha November 28, 2016 at 12:34 am

    Really detailed post. I am very much like you..like to do my detailed planning and lay out my itinerary way before my journey so that I can make the most of my time and have a wonderful time too

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  • Abby November 28, 2016 at 12:46 am

    Indonesia looks amazing, and it is incredible how much more there is to see. I mostly only hear about Bali from tourists and that is definitely some place I’d want to visit someday!

    Abby of Life in the Fash Lane

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    • Oi Meira November 28, 2016 at 6:13 am

      There are a lot of beautiful places. I myself haven’t been to all of them. But as I live in the capital city, Jakarta, I know very well about the culture and how to go around. But if you like to chill on the beach and surf, I think you need to check about Lombok Island.

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  • Oi Meira November 28, 2016 at 1:50 am

    You cannot imagine how happy I am as reading this article. Simply it’s just because you’re writing about my country! As I live in Jakarta, I know there are a lot of things you need to see and explore. Skye Bar, I haven’t been there because the price is just too expensive for me. I usually go to Kemang or Pondok Indah area to have fun with my expats and local friends. How long will you be in Bali? Will you back to Jakarta? You can always ask me about things to do in Jakarta. Oh, or maybe I can just write it on my blog? Hehe, enjoy Bali.

    P.S. I don’t surf, but I heard people now going to Lombok island for it. Bali isn’t as comfortable as before, they said.

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    • Stace November 28, 2016 at 6:04 am

      Good to know!!! Will have to research Lombok !

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  • Caroline @ The Travelling Sloth November 28, 2016 at 10:59 am

    Indonesia is such a beautiful place! I’ve only been to Bali and the Gili islands but I’ve got plans to go back (check out my grand mother’s home town in Kalimantan) and do some diving in Sulawesi.
    For surfing, heaps of my aussie mates head to Uluwatu, Bali or Lombok so maybe you can check that out?

    I think if you’re spending about a week – 10 days, Jakarta and Bali (and maybe some of the islands around) will be enough to get a taster 🙂

    Have fun!

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  • Juliette | Snorkels to Snow November 28, 2016 at 7:02 pm

    The main reason we want to go to Indonesia is for the scuba diving! That’s our driving force to travel there. Sounds and looks like an amazing place though! Surfing in Bali would be pretty great too.

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  • Natalie November 28, 2016 at 9:19 pm

    It sounds like you have lots of options. I’m curious your opinion on taking the kids. I have not thought of heading to Indonesia but it sure sounds amazing!!!

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    • Stace November 29, 2016 at 8:51 am

      I feel like there would be a lot of options with kids as well! You should definitely take them!

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  • Suma Jain November 29, 2016 at 12:05 am

    I have heard amazing things about Indonesia from my friends who have been there. Also keep coming across so many interesting things to do in this beautiful country. I have been lusting over enjoying sunsets at the Rock Bar, Bali, hopefully some day soon:). All the best for your Indonesia adventures.

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  • Diana - MVMT Blog November 29, 2016 at 11:12 am

    I’ve never been to Indonesia before but it looks incredibly beautiful and relaxing. I’ve heard great things about Ubud if you’re thinking about basing yourselves there. It seems that there’s a rapidly growing digital nomad population there, so it might be worth checking out!

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