The Jakarta Post
Morning sun shining onto Kelimutu in Flores Island, East Nusa Tenggara. (Shutterstock/File)
A vast archipelago with countless mountains, Indonesia has many places for adventure seekers to enjoy spectacular sunrises.
Below are some of the destinations across the country that are worth visiting for those wanting to marvel at spectacular views, as compiled by kompas.com:
Mount Batur, Bali
Located in Bali's Kintamani in Bangli regency, Mount Batur is said to be one of the most-visited mountains on the island.
Surrounded by the picturesque Lake Batur, it offers a rather easy trek for professional as well as beginner climbers.
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Mount Prau, Dieng
Famous for its lush, grassy hills, the peak of Mount Prau in Central Java is a must-visit destination for photographers hoping to get that perfect shot of a sublime sunrise.
Situated within the three regencies of Wonosobo, Temanggung and Magelang, the view is particularly breathtaking thanks to the twin mountains, Sumbing and Sindoro, looming in the background.
Mount Kelimutu, Flores
This mountain in Flores Island's Ende regency of East Nusa Tenggara is well known for its three volcanic crater lakes, collectively called Lake Kelimutu. From the peak, visitors can enjoy the jaw-dropping beauty of the three lakes, which differ in color and change over time.
Visitors should start climbing the mountain at around 3 a.m. in order to reach the peak on time for the sunrise. The morning sunshine leaves a stunning shimmer that makes for a once-in-a-lifetime photo oppportunity.
Mount Papandayan, Garut
Situated in Garut, West Java, Mount Papandayan is particularly popular among amateur hikers.
The journey to the top is quite unique as visitors will get to see (and smell) sulfur deposits and steam vents hissing and puffing along the way.
The peak offers views that are sure to get hundreds, if not thousands, of likes on Instagram, with blossoming edelweiss flowers stretching as far as the eye can see.
Mount Nglanggeran, Gunungkidul
Nglanggeran village in Patuk district, Gunungkidul regency of Yogyakarta, has a mountain named after itself, which is actually an extinct volcano that is popular among casual hikers due to the short one-and-a-half-hour trek to the western peak.
The more adventurous can also camp here overnight to enjoy a stunning, star-filled night sky view. (kes)