With such a diverse range of people, culture, and landscapes, two weeks in Indonesia for a photographer will require a lot of memory. It would be hard to resist to spend the day behind the lens, taking a shot of each novel find. Depending on the type of photos you plan on taking, be prepared for a photo marathon walk (or dive) by gearing up with a tripod for starlit night skies, a zoom lens for possible wildlife encounters, a wide-angle lens for subtle local life portraits and stunning landscapes, and an underwater camera. Also, be prepared for some long hikes as most of Indonesia’s natural sights require a bit of effort.
Jakarta, the capital of Indonesia, is an amazing location for a bit of street photography with its diverse districts, people, and structures. Begin with Glodok, the Chinatown of the cities, where the labyrinth of tiny lanes and small alleys contain hidden photogenic treasures. Visit the Dharma Bhakti Temple for a few striking Oriental images. Other sites you should visit are the Istiqlal Mosque and the Koa Tua to get shots of local life.
Hunched low with your zoom lenses in hand like a wildlife photographer, the Komodo National Park is an exciting place for photographers. Not only will you get a shot of a rare Komodo dragon encounter, the small islands and beaches of Flores can be amazing subjects for landscape photography. If you have time, hike up to the top of Kelimutu to take a shot of the fascinating multi-coloured crater lakes below. If you have a waterproof camera with you, head to the pink beach and plunge into the sea for colouful underwater pictures of swarms of fish and carpets of colourful corals. For a bit of action, head to the Todo Village or Melo Village to watch the exhilarating Caci Whip Fighting. To get a shot of something exotic, hike to the Wae Rebo Village of Flores where you will be awed by the iconic cone-shaped houses amidst the misty mountains that surround them.
The cultural centre of Java, a walk around Yogayakarta will bring about diverse images of street food, street life, rice paddies, brooding volcanoes, and temples. Spend a day exploring Borobodur, the largest Buddhist temple, and Prambanan, the largest Hindu Temple. Big tip: Make your way to Punthuk Setumbu to take a shot of Borobodur Temple during sunrise. If you have more time to spare, head to Surakarta to see the Mangkunegaran Place or the cascades of the Grojogan Sewu Waterfalls.
The most famous among all the islands of Indonesia, Bali has a certain charm that attracts tourists of all shapes and sizes. Filled with a plethora of temples, try not to get too carried away if you do not have a lot of time to spend here. Perhaps focus on getting to the significant ones like Uluwatu, Goa Gajah, and Pura Taman Saraswati Temple. Add the iconic, but over-rated picture of Tanah Lot during sunset if you have time. Head to the beaches of Bali to catch the beautiful sunsets and action shots of surfers catching their dream wave. The most popular beaches to go to are Seminyak, Canggu, Kuta, and Uluwatu. Once you are done with the beach life, head up to Ubud where the striking green shades of the rice terraces and the colourful traditional markets will fill your lenses.
PLAN YOUR ADVENTURE
With so much to offer, two weeks may not be enough to cover all the sights of Indonesia, so budget your time wisely. It’s best to spend around 1 to 2 days in Jakarta, 4 days around Flores as it will require a great deal of hiking to see all the sights, 3 to 4 days in Yogyakarta, and the remaining days in Bali, where there is a lot of ground to cover.
MOST PHOTOGENIC LOCATION IN INDONESIA
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