TO MAINTAIN a balance between work and personal life so that stress does not accumulate, taking a vacation is one of the recommended activities. When you want to “healing” in anti-mainstream places with friends.

As one of the most popular destinations in the world, the Island of the Gods holds a myriad of fascinating natural and cultural tourist attractions. The Tianyar savanna, for example, presents a fairytale-like view of vast green grass in the rainy season and African meadows in the dry season.

Molenteng Hill could be the next alternative. This hill presents a panoramic view of a cluster of beautiful cliffs clad in green trees. The next destination is Taman Ujung Sukasada, which consists of buildings with Balinese carvings and ancient Balinese royal architecture, beautiful lotus ponds and stunning mountain views.

If you want something more challenging, you and your friends can go to Secret Beach Nusa Lembongan. This beach presents clear water conditions so you can see the corals under the sea without the need to snorkel. Other anti-mainstream reference places that can be visited are Bias Tugel Beach, Peguyangan Waterfall, Soka Beach, Gunung Kawi Temple, and Gunung Payung Beach.

With a series of natural and urban panorama charms that are thick with historical heritage, Bandung is often one of the main choices for tourists.

Sanghyang Heuleut offers a beautiful clear lake with rocks and hills around it. Visitors can enjoy the natural scenery, soak in the shallow lake, or test the adrenaline by jumping off the rocks to plunge into the lake. In Pangalengan, you can enjoy the sunrise at Sunrise Point Cukul from an altitude of 1,600 meters above sea level. At night, photographers usually compete to hunt for views of the Milky Way Galaxy.

Stone Garden in the Mount Masigit area, Padalarang, can also be the next alternative. With a panorama of neatly arranged giant karst stones, visitors can take the best pictures with limestone hills in the background. Other unique places to visit are Bandung Viewpoint, Mushroom Hill, Singkur Village, Ranca Upas, and Rancabali Tea Plantation.

In addition to the affordable cost of living, tourists often choose a vacation in this Student City because the people are friendly, many natural attractions are captivating, and have a high value historical and cultural heritage.

You and your friends can go to Kesirat Beach which is said to be the ideal place to enjoy the sunset while camping. Locals believe that watching the sunset from a height around this beach can bring deep peace. Next, go to Parangkusumo Sand Dunes in the morning or evening to see the beautiful sand dunes while sandboarding and taking selfies with friends with a desert-style backdrop.

Want to take pictures while a little adrenaline test? Dahromo’s Sky Door is the answer. You can take pictures at a door overlooking the panoramic view of the Sewu Mountains and Yogyakarta City. Teras Kaca Beach is also an interesting choice because it offers photo spots in the form of a glass-floored terrace overlooking the vast ocean.

Other anti-mainstream destination references in Yogja are Timang Beach, Mangunan Pine Forest, Kali Kuning Slope of Mount Merapi, and Stonehenge.

Lombok is one of the destinations in Indonesia that saves millions of beauties. For those of you and friends who have an adventurous spirit, you can come to Segara Anak Lake which is located at the foot of Mount Rinjani. Here, visitors can enjoy the very clear lake water and camp while looking at the stars in the sky at night.

Still in the Mount Rinjani area, Bukit Pergasingan can be the right spot to see natural wonders on the mountain with a harmonious view of the expanse of rice fields and towering mountains.

If you want to dive and snorkel in very clear water, you can go to Gili Kondo. This place still keeps the natural ecosystem. Tourists can directly feel the atmosphere surrounded by marine life, such as fish and coral reefs are very beautiful.

In addition, there is a unique place called Benang Kelambu Waterfall. The stream is short and flows through the leaves. According to legend from local residents, there is a reincarnated figure of an angel named Dewi Anjani who used to bathe in this waterfall. You and your friends can take a bath and soak in the pool with fresh water plus the cool air.

For fans of the fantasy film Lord of the Rings, you can visit De Djawatan Forest to feel the atmosphere of the Fangor Forest. This 3.8-hectare forest is so unique with dozens of tamarind trees that it brings a different atmosphere that is not often found in other forests.

If you want to find a romantic atmosphere, you and your friends can go to Pulau Merah Beach. This area is so called because it consists of small green hills with reddish soil located near the shoreline. At dusk, visitors can enjoy the beautiful orange sky with the sun peeking from behind a small hill.

Baluran National Park is also a pity to miss, because it offers a complete package for nature tours. Visitors can enjoy the atmosphere of an African-style safari when visiting the Bekol Savanna. You and your friends can also see the dense green forest of Evergreen Forest to the underwater beauty in Bama.

In addition, there are several other destinations in this park area, such as the Japanese Cave, Crying Curl, Old Well, Manting, Pier, Kramat, Kajang, Balanan, Lempuyang, Fresh Water Bay, Batu Numpuk, and Bang Temple. Other anti-mainstream destinations that can be explored in Banyuwangi are Watu Dodol Beach, Menjangan Island, Tabuhan Island, Bajulmati Reservoir, and Ijen Crater. [antaranews/photo special]