3 Days in Indonesia: Our Recommendations

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Given its geographical and cultural diversity, the number of attractions that await in Indonesia can seem almost overbearing. Beaches compete for attention with lofty volcanic peaks, while jungles filled with exotic species provide a delightful contrast to the myriad of cultures waiting to be discovered. Rather than try and take in the whole country in one go, it is a much better idea to focus on one specific region if you are planning a weekend getaway. Looking for inspiration? Check out our top 4 recommendations for a 3 day Indonesia itinerary, with tours lasting no longer than three to four days.

3 DAYS IN INDONESIA: BALI BY BIKE

Be mesmerized with the beautiful sunset over the horizon in Bali
Immerse yourself in the beautiful landscapes of Bali
Day 1 Tackle the tracks around Lake Beratan on mountain bikes
Day 2 Circle Mount Batur’s crater, cycle down to Ubud
Day 3 Take in the landscape of Mount Abang

Get to grips with Bali’s jungles, mountaintops, and paddy fields on two wheels. Suitable for anyone ten years and up, this private tour covers approximately 160 kilometers over 3 days in Indonesia. Largely off-road and using a variety of single tracks, this trip begins with a drive to Bedugul. Experience the landscapes of Lake Beratan before continuing to Mount Batur. Pedal across the lava stream of this active volcano en route to Ubud. Your journey ends among the traditional structures of Tangkup in the foothills of Mount Abang. See tour.

3 DAYS IN INDONESIA: KOMODO ISLAND HOPPING

This Indonesian temple is an iconic temple of Bali.

Ulun Danu Bratan is a temple iconic to Bali

Day 1 Look for Komodo dragons on Rinca Island and snorkel off Kelor
Day 2 Continue your dragon safari on Komodo island
Day 3 Commit your experiences of Flores to memory

Scour Flores island in search of the world’s largest reptile, the Komodo dragon, on this island-hopping tour. On arriving in Labuan Bajo, on Flores island, you will board a private boat to Rinca island, one of just a handful of places where these two-meter-long lizards live. After a ranger-led tour of their hideouts, you will get to absorb the region’s beauty with an afternoon of picnicking and snorkeling off Kelor. Your first stop on day two is Komodo island, where you get another chance to observe the dragons in their natural habitat. Then cool off in the shallows of Pink Beach, named for colored sands as rare as the dragons, before your departure on the third day. See tour.

4 DAYS IN INDONESIA: ART AND CULTURE OF BALI

Prambanan is the largest Hindu Indonesian temple
Prambanan temple was built in the year 850 and is located in Yogyakarta.
Day 1 Explore the temples of southern Bali 
Day 2 Enjoy volcanic landscapes, see Bali’s largest Hindu temple
Day 3 Visit the ruins of Klungkung Palace
Day 4 Discover the handicrafts of Mas and Celuk

This four-day tour is a must for culture vultures. Starting in southern Bali, you will take in the pagodas of the Royal Mengwi Temple and the spectacular Lake Beratan before enjoying an enchanting encounter with dolphins from a traditional fishing boat. Come face to face with Bali’s volcanic craters and admire the Besakih Temple. Your next destination is Goa Lowah’s bat cave followed by the ruins of Klungkung Palace. Check out the arts and crafts made by Balinese artisans before it is time to head home. See tour.

4 DAYS IN INDONESIA: BEST OF BALI

Pura Tanah Lot is one of the most popular Indonesian temples.
 Pura Tanah Lot is one of the most popular Indonesian temples accessible only during low tides
Day 1 Arrive in Bali and transfer to your hotel
Day 2 Hit the beach for surfing and snorkeling
Day 3 Take your pick of Bali’s top cultural adventures
Day 4 Bid farewell to Bali

Another tour offering four rather than three days in Indonesia, this trip ensures that you do not have to decide between the beach and the island’s variety of cultural attractions. Having settled in with a welcome drink, the tour kicks off with a morning on Kuta Beach learning to surf or parasail. The afternoon sees you head to Tanjung Benoa Beach, where snorkeling is the order of the day. You then have the choice between Tanah Lot sunset tour and an exploration of Ubud via Kintamani. See tour

As seen in the itineraries provided above, just 3 days is enough to make a memorable trip to Indonesia. If you’d like to plan a similar holiday or something completely different for yourself, connect with our Travel Experts in Indonesia.  For other recommended itineraries and possible trip durations, check out our guide on how long to spend in Indonesia.

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