Indonesia’s Must-See Volcanoes

By Caitlin Hornik

It’s no secret Indonesia is one of the world’s hottest vacation destinations. It’s home to beautiful beaches, ornate temples, and over 120 volcanoes. As part of the Pacific Ring of Fire, Indonesia certainly brings the heat with its active volcanoes. Don’t miss your chance to explore these natural wonders on your next trip!

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Mount Krakatoa

Arguably the most famous volcano in Indonesia, Krakatoa is known for producing the loudest sound ever recorded on Earth when it erupted in 1883. The eruption triggered a wave of tsunamis that damaged two-thirds of the island. Though it remains an active volcano, Krakatoa has not had a major eruption in some time. It is located within the Ujung Kulon National Park on Rakata Island in the Sunda Strait and has an elevation of 2667 feet.

Mount Gunung Agung

Located on Bali’s eastern seaboard, Mount Gunung Agung is the highest mountain on the island with a summit of 9944 feet. It is known for one of the largest eruptions of the 20th century, occurring in 1963. This volcano is climbable and has two paths, with majestic views of Bali waiting for you at the top. This volcano is home to Pura Besakih, one of the most revered temples in all of Bali.

Mount Batur Volcano

A popular climbing volcano, Mount Batur offers gorgeous views of the nearby Lake Batur, which is Bali’s largest lake. Formed by an eruption in 1917, Mount Batur sits at 5633 feet above sea level today. However, there are records of eruptions from this volcano dating back to 1804. Mount Batur remains an active volcano today, but has not had a significant eruption since 1999.

Mount Bromo

Mount Bromo is located in Bromo Tengger Semeru National Park in East Java and has an elevation of 7641 feet. Another climbable volcano, it is a very popular tourist attraction with many visitors choosing to watch a sunrise from one of the volcano’s peaks. Its last significant eruption occurred in 2016.

Kawah Ijen Volcano

Located on the island of Java, Indonesia with an elevation of 9082 feet, Kawah Ijen is known for emitting flammable gasses which burn with electric blue flames when they enter the oxygen-filled atmosphere. These flames are likely to be seen lighting up the night sky. Ijen is also home to a turquoise-colored acidic crater lake. It has an active crater which produces sulfur deposits and as a result, Ijen is one of the only locations in the world where sulfur is still produced by miners. Its last major eruption came in 1999.

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