Volcano eruption, Anak Krakatau, Indonesia 05 Jun 2016
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A dazzling volcano eruption in Anak Krakatau, Indonesia
Anak Krakatau in Indonesia is a volcanic island that is still very active today. Completely picturesque, it lies in the Sunda Strait, sandwiched between the islands of Java and Sumatra in the province of Lampung in Indonesia.
Indonesia has a wide and diverse offering of vacation options, especially when it comes to unspoilt places that are seemingly untouched. Bali has established itself as perhaps the most popular, go-to travel destination. But the shores of Lombok, along with the culture and history of Central Java, continue to attract travelers to different parts of Indonesia.
Papua's Raja Ampat is wonderfully off the beaten track, boasting excellent dive sites and fantastic waves. It's little wonder so many surfers take to the sea along the southern coast. The magnificent volcanoes, like the one pictured here, are equally commanding, drawing climbers and hikers from across the world. (Travelers with a penchant for outdoor sports will surely want to put Indonesia on their to-visit list.)
Natural beauty aside, Indonesia is also home to a vibrant art scene. Music, dance, and theatre are all considered different ways of experiencing unique Indonesian culture. In various parts of the country (like the isolated Kalimantan forests and remote parts of the Central Sulawesi hills), beautifully intricate rituals and celebrations are still regularly performed. And, just east of Lombok, there are some ethnic island groups that are essentially free of all commercial influence. As a result, the traditions and culture are as rich and authentic as they come.
Indonesia is also known for its exotic wildlife. Tigers, elephants, and orangutans are among the animals that call it home. The best way to sneak a peek of these creatures in their natural environment is to visit one of Indonesia's dazzling national parks.
Still, Bali stands on its own as a top tourist destination in Indonesia. Nicknamed the "Island of the Gods," Bali is renowned for its sacred ceremonies and colourful rituals. The full moon is said to be one of the most special times in Bali, triggering a cascade of spiritually driven celebrations. Full moon yoga and meditation are particularly popular. Many top resorts and luxury accommodations take full advantage, offering up all kinds of organised events for visitors to enjoy. Some even have outdoor, moonlit massages on the menu. We're not sure it gets much more relaxing than that!
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