Indonesia the Southeast Asian is a popular tourist destination and lures visitors with stunning landscapes and scenic vistas. Indonesia has over 17000 islands with a plethora of bewitching attractions to explore from pristine crystal clear beaches, gorgeous islands, abundant marine life, to rich cultural heritage and delicious Indonesian cuisine and more. Indonesia has something to offer to every kind of traveler, so if you are planning a visit to this wonderful country on a romantic vacation, here are best places recommended by our fellow travel bloggers for a memorable trip.
Best Things to do in Indonesia on your Romantic Vacation
Hike Mount Bromo
Is there anything as romantic as watching the sunrise? See the sky changing colors from a dark shade of blue to hues of orange, pink and finally yellow, another day together has begun. And while the sun rises every single day, some sunrises are more special, more memorable, more romantic than others. One of the most romantic of them all? Watching the sun rise over Mount Bromo. This romantic destination is more for the adventurers and early risers.
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Climb together up the hill in pitch black darkness, with nothing more than a torch lighting your way until you reach one of the many viewpoints. Be sure to bring a blanket to cuddle up together, warm and cozy, as temperatures drop significantly higher up the hill. Admire the stars, and slowly see the sun rising till Mount Bromo’s magical landscape becomes clearly visible.
But don’t think the romantic adventure is over just yet. While a sunrise is about as romantic as it gets in Bromo, your day has only just begun! Head your way down the hill to the Sea of Sand, to walk across an out of this world landscape, to admire Mount Bromo from up close. Hike up the volcano, climb the steep stairs until you reach the rim of the crater and you will be standing on the edge of an active volcano. But be careful, the rim can be quite slippery so hold on tight to each other!
After all the hiking and climbing, head back to the town of Cemoro Lawang and rest up with a cup of hot tea or coffee. A perfect way to end a perfectly romantic and adventurous day.
Stay at a Luxury Resort in Bintan Island
Bintan in Indonesia is a paradise not just for seasoned travelers, but it is also a perfect destination for couples looking for a romantic time. It has relaxing beaches like Lagoi Bay Beach which you can either just walk holding hands or swim and have quality time together. During our stay, the monsoon season’s start was very evident. The water was filled with waves, and the wind was blowing strongly. Still, taking a trip to the beach was still a nice touch.
There are many things to do in Bintan like visiting a floating fisherman village where you can do some activities like riding a banana boat or relaxing on the beach; to exploring Sebung River’s Bintan mangrove where we saw various mangrove trees and learned about how all these plants co-exist in the forest.
By Ruben Arribas from Gamin Traveler
Another fun thing to do is to do sports activities together like riding ATV’s in Treasure Bay Bintan. We had 3 levels of trails and had the most amazing time exploring them. You can also take a walk at the Grand Lagoi River or go fishing. The Grand Lagoi River is both peaceful and picturesque. If you are fond of quiet and simple afternoons, you can’t deny that the lake is very inviting. Of course, one of the best thing that Indonesia can offer is their arrays of luxury resorts that you can relax with your special someone. There are water villas that can offer not just a relaxing stay but also a nice view of the sunrise in the morning. The island is also near Singapore and is developed and marketed as a luxury resort destination so the area is definitely prepared for tourists and luxury stays. So experience a romantic moment in Indonesia now!
Sunrise at Borobodur
Borobodur is one of the most romantic destinations in Indonesia. Located not far from Magelang, it is the world’s biggest Buddhist monument, built in the 9th century in a fantastic setting of rice fields, hills and palm trees. Visiting this UNESCO World Heritage Site is one of the ultimate things to do in Indonesia, not to mention one of the most romantic ones.
A first peek of the site can be had from the incredible Amanjiwo Hotel, in the Menoreh Hills. It’s a fantastic luxury resort where couples can fully pamper themselves in a peaceful setting. Yet, for a truly romantic experience make sure to head to Borobudur when it’s still dark outside, and walk up the top part of the site in time to experience one of the most beautiful sunrises in the country, holding hands with your loved one.
By Claudia Tavani from My Adventures Across The World
It is hardly a private experience, as there will be many people around, but the show is incredible and completely worth the effort of waking up early: you will marvel at the sky changing color, to become a deep shade of pink until the moment that the beautiful temple of Borobudur will be completely illuminated.
Once the sun us up, you can explore the temple before the rest of the crowds arrive. The sunrise ticket also includes breakfast on the terrace. For an even more romantic experience, make sure to hire the services of a guide that can take photos of you two. Finally, remember that the surrounding areas are just as romantic. Make sure to go for a walk in the peaceful rice fields, where there are plenty of photo opportunities.
Stay in a Hotel with View
Every now and then, you get a crazy thought while traveling. For us, that meant not having concrete plans and going to Lombok, Indonesia. We did some research and found Mt. Rinjani, a volcano we wanted to hike up, and the Tiu Kelep waterfall, two destinations that we absolutely did not want to miss. We also took this as an opportunity to do something romantic for ourselves, because why not? Enter: the Rinjani Lodge. A hotel set on the outskirts of Mt. Rinjani and steps away from the Tiu Kelep waterfall, this hotel offers everything you could ever need for a trip in Lombok.
By Joe & Alicia from Miles Less Traveled
Besides gorgeous private rooms and a great breakfast, what makes this hotel really special are the views. Wake up early and simply step out from your room and you have the most beautiful sunrise views you could imagine, just an absolutely perfect place to spend time with loved ones. To top it off, the infinity pool gives those same views but in the most refreshing water, you could imagine dealing with the Indonesian heat. And because the hotel is so small and intimate, it never feels as if this is not a private getaway.
It does not get much more romantic in Indonesia, and even though you may see some monkeys wandering around while you are laying poolside, this is an absolute can’t miss here. It is within a quick walk to the Tiu Kelep waterfall, and a great jumping off point before heading up the mountain. Sit back, get a fresh coconut, and prepare to relax on your way to some much-needed downtime with your partner.
Hike to the Tumpak Sewu Waterfall
An incredibly romantic destination in Indonesia is the stunning Tumpak Sewu waterfall in East Java. Although the waterfall is relatively remote, it’s well worth putting in the effort to get there. Its stunning natural beauty make it a brilliant place to visit with a loved one, especially seeing as very few tourists seem to visit the area. As a result, it isn’t overcrowded with other tourists so you can take your time to appreciate this amazing spot together.
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When you first arrive at the car park, follow the path downhill for around 10 minutes. This will lead you to stunning panoramic views of Tumpak Sewu, which is a truly wonderful sight to share with your partner. Standing at 120 meters tall, the water. The waterfall is around 120 meters tall and powers down the side of a steep cliff. It is surrounded by dense green jungle, which makes the setting completely mesmerizing.
From the viewpoint, you should make your way down to the base of the falls. Although the path is quite steep, if you take your time it is definitely manageable and is a great challenge to share with your partner. It might be hard work, but once you reach the bottom you won’t regret it as you look on in awe at this work of nature. Even fewer people visit the base of the falls, so at this point, it’s very possible that you’ll be the only ones around. You can get close enough to get soaked by the falls spray to feel its true force. From the base of the falls, you can appreciate how special the waterfall really is.
There’s something truly remarkable about the relatively untouched Tumpak Sewu waterfall that makes it a wonderfully romantic destination.
Swing on the Ombak Sunset Swing
If you love long stretches of white sand, glorious sunsets, a honk free, romantic vacation on an island, head to one of the best places in Indonesia for couples: Gili Trawangan. A one-hour ferry ride from Lombok, the blue waters of Gili greet you first as you set foot on the pristine beaches. If you aren’t keen to fly to Lombok, Gili Trawangan can also be reached by a 4-5 hour ferry from Padang Bai in Bali to Lembar in Lombok followed by a 2-hour taxi ride from Bangsal harbor and an onward ferry to Gili.
There aren’t any vehicles allowed on the island, so you either cycle or take a horse carriage or walk. But the effort is worth it because the island is really small in size and couples can indulge in several activities beyond just lazying on the beaches and savoring the blue!
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Swing on the Ombak sunset swing: This famous Instagram worthy swing is the face of Gili Trawangan. Head to this one a little earlier than sunset and wade through the water to get your partner and yourself clicked. If this gets too crowded, do not fret. There are several couple swings on this route.
Go Snorkeling: The crystal clear blue waters of this island are perfect for snorkeling. You can ask your hotel to offer snorkeling gear on hire and be thrilled with the underwater fauna and flora of Gili Trawangan!
Party all night: for the party junkies, Gili Trawangan offers a very active nightlife. There are countless bars and pubs that you can visit with your partner and soak in the local vibes!
Relax at the Pink Beach in Lombok
While Lombok has many gorgeous white sand beaches on the south shore, the Pink Beach is the only one with a pink hue. And due to its remote location, the beach is very quiet. Unless you arrive on a boat with a tour, it requires quite an effort to get to. Most travelers base themselves in Kuta, rent a scooter and explore the beaches around Kuta.
By Maya Steininger from Travel With The Smile
Pink Beach, also called Tangsi Beach, is located on the very far southeast corner of Lombok. It took us around 2, 5 hours to get there. Most of the roads are well maintained but the last stretch of about 10km is a dirt road with lots of holes. Once you arrive, a quiet paradise is waiting for you. This part of the island lacks tourist infrastructure and instead of hotels and pools, you will find bamboo houses, local warungs, and fishermen. They can take you to different snorkeling spots and rent snorkeling gear.
What we enjoyed the most was relaxing on the pink sand, sipping coconuts, watching monkeys from a swing and a short walk to the viewpoint. Don’t miss this place if you travel to Lombok, you can find tips about visiting Pink Beach here.
Romantic Places to Visit in Indonesia
From white sand beaches, endless views of the sea, and colorful sunsets, to idyllic ricefields and charming villages, Bali inspires romance to anyone looking for a passionate getaway. Bali is definitely the most romantic destination in Indonesia. Below are the best things to do in Bali for couples.
By Karolina Klesta from Karolina Patryk
Admire the Temples of Bali – Bali’s Hindu temples are awe-inspiring as such that the designs are intricate and unique and some are even built on strange places. Tanah Lot temple is built on a rock in the sea facing west. Watch the sunset here for a romantic vibe with your loved one.
Indulge in the Culture of Bali – Take your partner on a ride through Bali’s old villages like Sidemen where they make traditional crafts and authentic Bali food. The quiet villages set on vast rice fields makes for a uniquely romantic experience.
Get on a Romantic Trek in the Rice fields – While ricefields are commonly found everywhere in Bali, there’s nothing like Jatih Luwih. It is the biggest rice fields in Bali and you’ll see nothing but endless greens backdropped with the stunning Mt. Batur. Go on a hiking or biking tour here with your loved one.
Ride the famous Surf Waves – Bali is popular for its world-class surf spots. For adventurous couples, why not get a surf lesson together? Surf spots are plenty and perfect for all skill levels, whether you’re a beginner or a pro.
Enjoy the Beaches and Underwater Scenes of Bali – Abundant marine life is scattered almost everywhere off the coast of Bali. Just a few hours by boat, Gili islands offer amazing underwater scenes. Go snorkeling or diving. After that, relax on its soft white sand beaches while enjoying refreshing cocktails.
No matter what you choose to do with your partner, Bali will definitely take your relationship to the next level. Hurry and take your loved one to Bali, the most romantic destination in Indonesia.
Komodo National Park
Komodo National Park in Indonesia is one of the most stunning places to visit. For a romantic experience, rent a private boat and sail to beautiful white and pink sand beaches. You can choose between basic and luxury boats, accompanied by a crew serving delicious meals.
There are many islands and scenic places to see while sailing on the beautiful turquoise waters around Komodo. You can hike to see the famous Komodo dragons on Komodo Island or Rinca Island. Some of the dragons are 10 feet (3 meters) long and can weight up to 300 pounds (136 kg)! But don’t worry the Rangers will protect you from their venomous mouths with a very large stick. Manta point was one of our favorite stops. Snorkeling with more than a dozen manta rays soaring by you is unbelievable. Some mantas have a wingspan of 15-30 feet (5-9 meters).
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You can cuddle with your sweetheart at one of the many deserted Pink Beaches. This is only one of the few places on earth to experience this phenomenon. Padar Island is a favorite stop to see sunrise or sunset. The hike up to the viewpoint takes about 20 minutes. The views are spectacular with several beaches and stunning mountains. Komodo NP is also known to have some of the best diving in the world. Our favorite diving spot was Castle Rock which resembled an open water aquarium. The gateway into the park is Labuan Bajo, located on the island of Flores. You can see all these amazing attractions while on a 3 days cruise. So what are you waiting for?
Belitung has first gained its popularity due to the rising fame of Laskar Pelangi (The Rainbow Troops). The Rainbow Troops is a book that eventually became one of the best sellers in Indonesia, which eventually got adapted into a movie in the early 2000s. The book has now been translated into several languages, including English. To get you some ideas about the island before you visit it, I’d totally recommend you to read the book beforehand. Bonus point if your partner is also a bookworm, as you both will be able to spend some romantic yet nerdy date to see where the story of The Rainbow Troops took place on the island.
By Marya Sutimi from The BeauTraveler
Andrea Hirata, the author, has established the first literary museum in Indonesia at his childhood home around Gantong area. It is nothing fancy, but you might enjoy to visit it if you read the book or watch the movie. Even if neither of you is avid readers, I could guarantee that you’d still be able to enjoy Belitung at its best since it’s also popular for their main tourist destinations: beaches and offshore islands. You could choose either Tanjung Tinggi or Tanjung Kelayang beach, both are not so far from the city center and they have rocky beaches with clear, turquoise water where you and your partner could swim or snorkel.
Rent a boat to do the island-hopping, so you could get a quality time with your beloved to get your skin tanned by just sunbathing or even enjoy your romantic lunch off the shore.
Nias is a small island located west of Sumatra and completely stopped in time. Different than other big and touristy islands of Indonesia, when traveling to Nias you can fall on a perfect relax mood and just enjoy nature and the sweet people that inhabit the place. Completely destroyed by the tsunami in 2004, nowadays the island is reborn.
Nias is a perfect place for couples to relax and enjoy each other without any stress. There are some beautiful and abandoned beaches, a world-class wave if anyone would like to surf, natural pools formed on the reefs that appear with different ties and, the most important, almost no more tourists around to disturb your stay.
By Alejandra Werner from Universo Viajero
One of the best places to stay during your visit is called “Sorake Beach”, a small beach south of the island. In here there are several hotels and homestays that offer not only the room but a service that could include all the meals (mainly freshly cooked fish and lobster) and even a pool.
Around that beach, you can find lots of activities, but we highly recommend you to visit at least one of the hidden waterfalls like Namo Si Felendrua, only accessible if you follow a local guide. You can also visit together a traditional villa like Campung Bawomataluo. The architecture of the villas is amazing and in certain hours they to traditional dancings and jump a big rock on the entrance that symbolizes the transition of the boys from kids to men.
Indonesia may be full of beautiful natural areas, but there aren’t many that can compete with the wonder of Raja Ampat. This archipelago of about 1500 islands in the West Papua region has some of the richest biodiversity on earth –, particularly in the water. And this is why it’s become such a popular location for diving in recent years.
By Michael Turtle from Time Travel Turtle
There’s a lot to do in Raja Ampat – but it all revolves around the spectacular nature. Diving is the highlight but snorkeling comes a close second. Even if you can’t (or don’t want to) dive, it’s easy to just put your head below water and spot some of the most colorful fish you’ll ever see. You can also go hiking on the islands and one of the most popular trips is to get up early and hike to see the elusive gorgeous bird of paradise. You also can’t miss the romantic views at Pianemo. Another wonderful thing to do is go by boat to visit some of the island communities and get a village experience with the friendly West Papuans.
To get to Raja Ampat, you fly to the airport at Sorong. From there, you’ll probably need to take a boat for an hour or two to the accommodation on one of the islands. But it’s this isolation from the bustle of Indonesia’s big cities and tourist hotspots that make it so romantic. Even the most basic of rooms will probably come with a stunning view across with water (sunset included for free) and the peaceful atmosphere of a jungle island.
Lake Toba is a massive natural lake in a super volcano’s caldera in Indonesia. It is located in Northern Sumatra and is currently the largest volcanic lake in the world. The supervolcano in Toba is also considered the biggest explosive eruption in the history of the earth in the past 25 million years which according to some theories, killed most of the humans during that time.
By Christine Rogador from Ireland Travel Guides
Lake Toba is one of the least visited destinations in Indonesia partly due to its remoteness. But this beautiful region boasts one of the most beautiful landscapes and interesting culture in the country. In the middle of the lake is an island called Samosir which houses the resorts and guest houses along the lake for tourists. From here, honeymooners can just enjoy a relaxing stay by chilling on the lake and one of the best sunrise spots in the world.
Aside from the lake and hiking trails in the area, there are other things that honeymooners can do in Lake Toba. The majestic Sipiso-Piso is the tallest waterfall in Indonesia and it can be found in the northern part of Lake Toba. There are also several Batak Villages on the island that travellers can explore. Batak is an ethnic tribe in Lake Toba which has distinctive culture on their own different from the rest of Indonesia. And honeymooners can either start or end their day sipping a coffee in one of the cliff-side coffeeshops on the island and just watch the slow-paced life in one of the most remote regions of Indonesia.
One of my favorite places in Indonesia and definitely my favorite city in the country is Yogyakarta, also known as Jogja. I like it because unlike other towns like Jakarta, which is really big and full of traffic, Yogyakarta has some really quaint and romantic corners, and just outside of the city you can find some incredible sights like the temples of Borobudur and Prambanan, the stunning Jomblang cave and Mount Merapi, Indonesia’s most active volcano.
By Margherita Ragg from The Crowded Planet
If you want to spend some quality time with your significant other, a place I definitely recommend in Yogyakarta is Kota Gede, a neighborhood outside the city center that feels like a separate village. There are some cute cafes, leafy streets and beautiful corners to get lost and just wander, and it is also a must visit if you’re interested in Indonesian crafts. We did a batik workshop, which was super fun but also a lot harder than it looks, and we also noticed that there were silver filigree workshops – is there anything more romantic than making silver jewels by hand for your significant other?
Another place I really love in Yogyakarta, especially at night, is Alun Alun Kidul, also known as South Square. During the day it’s a nondescript square but at night it’s a wonderful place for street food, people watching and just generally speaking enjoying the vibe! A really unique thing to do is going on a ride on pimped-up neon pedicabs, some of which look like VW Beetles or other crazy vehicles. After that, you can find a romantic restaurant or just head to one of the local bars to end your fun day out in Yogyakarta!
Gili Air is the smallest of the 3 Gili islands off the north-west coast of Lombok. Gili means ‘small’ in Bahasa and there are in fact several Gili island groups around the country.
By Sandy from Tray Tables Away
Gili Air is the smallest of the 3 islands and the closest to the mainland. There are no cars or scooters and to get around you either use bicycles, horse and carriages – called Cidomo, or by foot, it only takes around 90 minutes to circumnavigate the whole place! There are a number of boutique hotels and villas and several good bars and restaurants but no big hotels, hostels or tour groups. The snorkeling is excellent and it is very common to see green sea turtles and other marine wildlife. It is truly an idyllic paradise that everyone immediately falls in love with.
To get to Gili air you can either fly into Lombok airport and get a car or taxi to the beach where small boats can be caught for the 10-minute trip. Otherwise fast boats and ferries leave from Bali daily. Both options take around 3 hours.
Nusa Ceningan Island
Nusa Ceningan is a small island located between Nusa Lembongan and Nusa Penida, off the south-western coast of Bali and below the Strait of Badung. These islands are a 45-minute boat ride from Sanur. The smallest of the three islands, Nusa Ceningan offers a great mix of relaxation and activity. Between this island and Nusa Lembongan stands a bright yellow suspension bridge.
The terrain here is pretty hilly and while most people prefer bikes over walking, helmets were few and far between. You would be well advised to carry your own helmets if you plan on biking around the island. There are enough beach bars and beach clubs on the island to fill a week’s worth of relaxed lounging by infinity pools, and also enough warungs if you want your meals pocket-friendly and more traditional.
By Namita Kulkarni from Radically Everafter
One of the main attractions here is the Blue Lagoon. A huge rocky cove into which the ocean keeps sending massive waves of the brightest aquamarine blue. Of all the attractions on all three of the islands, this place was my favorite sight. Just be careful not to get too close to the edge because a fall could be fatal. You will hear of a cliff jump point here, but be warned about the risks inherent in that.
Secret Beach is another popular attraction here, making its name rather ironic. A great place to while away the evenings and maybe even catch a surf break. Far less crowded than the beaches on the neighboring Nusa Lembongan.
Zipline at Driftwood Bar: With impossible shades of blue beneath you, this makes for one highly picturesque zipline. A short and inexpensive zip line, this is suitable for zip line newbies too.
Snorkeling and Diving: A great place to explore marine life. Ceningan Divers are a popular choice with great reviews for snorkeling and diving excursions on this island.
The best time to visit this island is between the months of May and September.
Have to visited Indonesia? Which are your favorite places for a Romantic Vacation? Do share with us in comments.