One of the key points of being a sustainable traveler is choosing the right destination where being a green traveler is supported. Located in a very strategic location, Indonesia is blessed with a gorgeous landscape all around. As an archipelagic country, Indonesia has many stunning destinations ready to be explored. Today, we will look at a few recommended destinations for sustainable traveling in Indonesia.
Indonesia's Minister of Tourism and Creative Economy developed 5 super priority destinations in 2021 with the hope that these destinations will grow into world-class destinations in the future. Likupang is one of them, located in North Minahasa Regency, North Sulawesi, covering an area of 200 hectares. Even though this region is not as famous as Bali or Lombok, Likupang has so much potential. With breathtaking beaches like Pulisan and Paal, Likupang is a perfect destination for island hopping. Another must-visit attraction in Likupang is Budo tourism village. This village is exceptional because it is the gate to one of Indonesia's most famous tourist destinations, Bunaken. Budo tourism village also offers an incredible underwater landscape, with a cute pygmy seahorse. There is also a mangrove forest and herbs garden around Dapi-dapi mountain in Budo tourism village.
In the eastern portion of Indonesia, Bunaken is a well-known underwater tourist site with various coral species and marine life. It is highly recognised across the world, especially among scuba divers. After the government submitted Bunaken to UNESCO in 2005, it was declared a world historical site. Bunaken has several locations for diving, surfing, and snorkelling. Other ecotourism activities include: trekking, learning about mangrove protection, looking for rare animals, visiting local villages.
Komodo, an endangered species, is home in Komodo National Park, one of Indonesia's national parks. This park was created in 1980 to protect Komodo Dragons, and in 1986, UNESCO designated it as a World Heritage Site and a Man and Biosphere Reserve. Along with several nearby small islands, Komodo National Park includes the islands of Komodo, Rinca Island, and Padar Island. Currently, Komodo National Park is actively considered an ecotourism destination in Indonesia. This park provides intriguing marine tourism in addition to Komodo. The coral reefs, mangroves, seaweed, and sea creatures that may be found underwater are all quite lovely.
West Bali National Park
The northwest Bali Island is home to West Bali National Park, also known as "Taman Nasional Bali Barat." It encompasses the whole Prapat Agung Peninsula and a sizeable portion of the terrain around Gilimanuk, Cekik, and Banyuwedang. This park includes many coastlines, rainforests, mangroves, and other natural features. It assembles beautiful biodiversity for people to see and enjoy. It is also a well-known location for bird viewing, giving visitors a chance to glimpse the critically endangered Bali Starling.
Mount Leuser National Park
This massive park is home to hundreds of diverse types of animals, including orangutans and tigers, both endangered, and is named after the magnificent Mount Leuser in North Sumatra. This North-Sumatran treasure is home to a tremendous variety of plants because of the diversity of the soil and altitude. This location is exceptional due to the presence of 45% of all known plant species in the Indo-Malayan area. Sadly, in 2011 UNESCO placed 7,927 km2 of this stunning land on its list of World Heritage in Danger, forcing the locals to alter their behavior. Now that the region is protected, travelers may enjoy their time in the park while actively protecting the local nature, animals, and community. The goal is to give back to the community by hiring the locals and making the excursions waste-free, leaving just footprints on this priceless location. Amorphophallus titanum, the largest flower in the world, and the endangered orangutans foraging deep in the jungle may be seen as you stroll into a deep jungle with knowledgeable local guides.
JOOi Indonesia is fully supportive of this movement. We want to join the force to promote sustainable tourism in Indonesia as many potential ecotourism destinations exist in this beautiful country. JOOi is ready to be your travel buddy to explore these stunning destinations on your next vacation.