Is­land-hop­ping in

Kuwait Times - - LIFESTYLE - By Kristi Ea­ton

more than 13,000 is­lands, In­done­sia is the world’s largest archipelago. Only about 6,000 of the is­lands are in­hab­ited, but that still leaves a lot of op­tions for is­land-hop­ping. Most trav­el­ers know about Bali, the surf-and-sand is­land of “Eat, Pray, Love” fame, and Java, home to Jakarta, the cap­i­tal of In­done­sia, and 60 per­cent of the coun­try’s pop­u­la­tion.

But I re­cently trav­eled with friends to two lesser-known though still tourist-friendly - is­lands, and from there, a few even smaller is­lands, that gave glimpses of lo­cal cul­ture while of­fer­ing heart-stirring views of serene aqua water, daz­zling wa­ter­falls and thrilling vol­cano peaks.

Photo cour­tesy of Kristi Ea­ton shows vis­i­tors as they pose in the water at Tiu Kelep, one of most awe-in­spir­ing views on the is­land of Lom­bok in In­done­sia.

A crater on Mount Egon is seen on the is­land of Flores in In­done­sia.

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