In 2020, Indonesia is expecting to welcome 20 million international tourists as a part of the national tourism growth goal. According to Hospitalitynet, Bali is expected to host 18.2 million arrivals in 2020 and that is four times more than the Bali population!
In order to overcome the concentrated tourism in Bali, President Joko Widodo came up with a project called the ’10 New Bali’. The project focuses on tourism development on 10 new destinations across Indonesia to replicate the tourism growth that has happened in Bali. Furthermore, the initiative is also expected to reduce over-tourism in Bali and provide a more sustainable tourism development across the nation. Here are the priority destinations as a part of the ’10 New Bali’ Project.
Located just next to Bali, Lombok has started to gain tourists’ attention as an alternative to its neighboring island. At the southern part of the island, Lombok Mandalika has attracted surfers and tropical paradise seekers especially for those who want to avoid the crowd in Bali. One of the main reasons why Lombok Mandalika becomes the main priority destination for the ’10 New Bali’ Project is because of the 2021 MotoGP that is going to take place in the area.
As the largest Buddhist Temple in the world, Borobudur Temple has attracted visitors from all over the world because of its beauty and historical value. Although it was built in the 9th century, the grand temple wasn’t discovered until 1814 by Stamford Raffles under the British Administration. It is located only an hour away from the main city Yogyakarta that makes it accessible for visitors. The New Yogyakarta International Airport is also built closer to Magelang to facilitate the expected increase of arrivals within the next few years.
Lake Toba is the largest caldera lake in the world formed 70,000 years ago by the largest-known volcanic eruption in 25 million years. Concentrated in the community-based tourism in TukTuk Village in Samosir Island, Lake Toba’s natural wonders vary from the lake itself, waterfalls, and volcanoes. Lake Toba is also the birthplace for the Batak tribe — one of the largest tribes in Indonesia that rich in festive culture.
Located on the western part of Java Island, Tanjung Lesung is heaven for white sandy beaches and pristine ocean. Only a 3-hour drive from Indonesia’s capital city, Jakarta, Tanjung Lesung is already a popular destination for the locals but not so much yet for international visitors. Tanjung Lesung also provide a closer alternative route for those who want to visit Krakatoa
Thousand Islands Regency has been locals, especially Jakartans’ favorite to spend their weekend to escape the city. Despite the name, Thousand Islands Region actually only consists of around 350 islands. The closest island from Jakarta, Ayer Island can be reached within 30 minutes boat ride. However, further islands such as Pramuka Island, Macan Island, and Pari Island are considered more pristine compared to the islands located closer to Jakarta. In order to boost tourism and sustainability, there are now many nature conservation projects in Thousand Islands Regency to repaid and protect the ecosystem in the area.
Although most beaches in Indonesia is famous for its perfect waves to surf, Tanjung Kelayang Beach in Bangka Belitung (Islands next to South Sumatra) offers the option for those who want to enjoy the white sandy beach and tranquil calm sea. In fact, it is often called the Sailing Island of Indonesia as many yachts dock on this beach as a part of their tour. The beach is also famous for having enormous granite stones from millions of years ago.
Commonly referred to as one of the best Sunrise Spots in the world, Mount Bromo is definitely a destination that should not be missed. Visitors are offered the option to go by Jeep or ride a mountain motorbike to go to the viewing point. Early in the morning, the temperature can reach up to 0-degree celsius so that visitors are encouraged to wear appropriate warm clothing.
As the most western tip of Flores, Labuan Bajo is a gateway for visitors who want to see the infamous Komodo Dragons or exploring the rich marine diversity. The area that was previously a fishing hub that now has transformed into a tourism destination as a starting point to Paradise. Some of the most famous destinations from Labuan Bajo are Padar Island, Komodo Island, Pink Beach, and Rinca Island.
The name Wakatobi is an abbreviation for islands in the area Wangi Wangi, Kaledupa, Tomia and Binongko. Wakatobi is famous for being one of the most beautiful diving destinations in the world due to its pristine and rich marine diversity. In fact, Wakatobi is also home to the native Bajo Tribe whose life and culture have been inter dependable with the ocean.
Besides being the ‘Hidden Paradise’ of Indonesia, Morotai Island keeps a rich history left by the Japanese and Allied Forces Troops during World War II. The island is now known for its waves and natural wonders on the land and within the sea. In fact, the remains from WWII also become interesting sites for visitors, such as the WWII museum as well as the ship and plane wrecks on the ocean floor for diving and snorkeling enthusiasts.
So, which of these 10 New Bali’s are you going to explore on your next visit to Indonesia?