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.