Only 2 km from the Bengkulu city center, Pantai Panjang offers 7 km (4.3 miles) of beautiful views and wide beaches. Besides having soft white sand and a nice view, the beach is also packed with a variety of fun things to see and do. Visit this area and take in the scenery while sipping a kelapa mudah (young coconut) and munching on jagung bakar (roasted corn). For the athletic, take up a game of soccer or volleyball with the locals on beach. Alternatively, take a run on the jogging track stretch the length of the beach under pine trees. You can also visit the area sports center for a game of basketball or rent a bike and “cruise the strip”. Surfing is also popular here, boasting some decent breaks when the wind is right. Its easy access and the nice view make this a “don’t miss” destination with numerous restaurants, hotels and shops along the beach.
Lake Dendam Tak Sudah is located in the Dendam Tak Sudah Nature Conservation approximately 8 km (5 miles) from the Bengkulu city center. The lake serves as the main water source for the nearby wetland rice fields and is home to the endangered water orchid Vanda Hookeriana (also known as the pencil orchid). This area is a pleasant spot to wind down for a few hours and enjoy the relaxed lake atmosphere while munching on jagung bakar (roasted corn) and sipping from a kelapa muda (young coconut). If you are feeling adventurous, you can also explore the lake by kayak or boat.
Fun Fact: Most of the people who live around the lake are ethnically Lembak.
Following the abandonment of Fort York in 1714, the British established a more strategic and protected fortification named Fort Marlborough to secure their quest for spices and interests on the West Coast of Sumatra. The result, Fort Marlborough, was reputedly the impregnable fortress and the second strongest British fort in the east after Fort George – Madras. The fort served as the headquarters for The Honourable East India Company and the British army on the west coast of Sumatra until 1824.
Fort Marlborough is a major historical attraction in the city of Bengkulu. Positioned strategically on a hill overlooking the Indian Ocean, Fort Marlborough is well worth a visit. Today this star-shaped fort houses some British gravestones, interesting old engravings, copies of official correspondence from the time of British rule in Bengkulu, defensive cannons, etc, which provide a fascinating insight into 18th century military life. Scores of visitors come every year to admire the impressive architecture of this former British royal seat on the West Coast of Sumatra.
A visit to Fort Marlborough also allows you to enjoy other enchanting tourist spots in the surrounding area, such as the Tapak Paderi beach, the Thomas Parr monument, the old buildings of Chinatown, and the British resident’s building.
Those who love marine attractions and want to avoid the crowds should plan to spend a fun day at Tikus Island . This beautiful little island is surrounded by coral reefs and has various forms of marine life. Its clear, blue waters are perfect for swimming, snorkeling, and diving around the pristine coral reefs. For those who like to surf, the island also offers great waves. Tikus Island is 15 km off the west coast of Bengkulu city, and can be reached about 30 to 40 minutes by hiring boat.
People all over the world marvel at waterfalls because they contain both power and beauty simultaneously. Home to over one hundred waterfalls, Bengkulu province has every type. If you desire easy access locations or hidden gems off the beaten path, we will get you there.
Frequented by many locals due to its relatively easy access Datar Lebar (aka Hidden Falls) is a popular location for swimming and enjoying a picnic. Explore two levels of waterfalls, swim in the cool waters, and get stunning views of the valley below at Bukit Hitam . Trek through palm sugar plantations, enjoy a natural “hot tub,” and see where hot springs and waterfalls collide at Beringin Tiga . If you are feeling adventurous, let us take you to a waterfall that few eyes have seen. The mist from the cascading Curug Embun will leave you dripping wet in a matter of minutes. These few are just a sample of the majestic waterfalls throughout the Bengkulu province. Check out our itinerary page for more!
If you are a tea enthusiast then visiting Kabawetan should be a part of your travel itinerary while in Bengkulu province. Kabawetan is a sub-district of Kepahiang which is famous for its beautiful tea plantations and mountainous landscapes. Set on the quiet fertile slopes of the Bukit Barisan mountain range, Kabawetan offers scenic walks and adventures. A visit to the Kabawetan tea plantation also allows visitors to gain a deeper understanding of how tea is grown, harvested, processed and produced. Even for non-tea enthusiasts, Kabawetan is still a great place to visit and experience. Located only about 10 km (6 mi) from the city of Kepahiang, Kabawetan can be reached easily by car or motorbike from Kepahiang, Curup or Bengkulu.
Mount Kaba is one of the most popular tourist destinations for both local and foreign outdoor enthusiasts. Locally known as Bukit Kaba, this active volcano is covered with vistas of marvelous vegetation. Hiking through the dense rainforest and ascending the peak offers an excellent adventure for those who love trekking or mountain climbing. Catch some spectacular views from inside the dormant and active craters as well the beautiful surrounding volcanic landscape.
There are, in fact, three craters – Bukit Kaba (1,952 m / 6,404 ft), Bukit Itam (1,893 m / 6,211 ft) and Bukit Malintang (1,713 m / 5,620 ft). As you walk up the ridge to Bukit Kaba you may smell a sulfuric odor, evidence that one of the craters is still active.
Depending on your level of fitness, you can choose either the easier gravel path or the harder jungle trail. Both trails typically take 2-3 hours to ascend. The hike can be challenging at times but the views along the way and from the top of Mount Kaba are well worth the climb. Many tourists spend at least two days at Kaba in order to fully explore the craters. There are a number of free camping spots to choose from if you wish to extend your trip.
Suban is a popular destination for an afternoon picnic or a therapeutic bath in the thermal hot springs. The outdoor public pools contain potash and sulfur ranging between 38 degrees C (100 degrees F) to 45 degrees C (113 degrees F) and can benefit in relaxing the muscles and rejuvenating the mind. In addition to the benefits of thermal healing, Suban also offers a wide variety of fun things to do in the surrounding area. Visitors can experience a pleasant walk through the peaceful forested hills, enjoy panoramic views of the valley below, and explore a nearby waterfall for a complete natural journey. Suban is located in Talang Ulu village, 6 km (3.7 miles) from Curup.
There is no shortage of natural beauty to explore in Bengkulu province. Located within the territory of Taba Penanjung and Tebat Monok, the Bukit Daun (register 5) conservation area offers one of the most breathtaking views of the Bengkulu Province nature conservation. The area nurtures a variety of different plant and wildlife species. Raflesia arnoldii, giant Titan Arum, jungle orchids, sun bears, monkeys, black-winged starlings and wild boars are some of the plant and wildlife that can found on this 2000-hectare conservation. The panoramic natural landscapes and sweeping mountain views make Bukit Daun a great site for picnics, nature walks, and relaxation.
One unique feature of Bukit Daun is the 7-colored pools located on the northern slope. These geo-thermic pools are literally boiling and stand in close proximity to one another. Despite their closeness, they each have their own distinct color, from bright blue to red to white and more, depending on the minerals present in each pool. It is said in the white pool, there is a spirit called Putri Putih (White Princess) who lives there and will boil up the waters when a visitor calls out her name. Some have even reported seeing the phantom….
Lake Tes is the largest freshwater lake in Bengkulu province. Surrounded by the village of Kutei Donok and the village of Tes, this lake has 5 km (3 mi) of shoreline and is approximately 1 km (0.6 mi) wide. The lake and the surrounding rainforests offer a variety of outdoor activities including kayaking, swimming, fishing, boat rides, trekking, and photography. Additionaly, by observing and interacting with the daily lives of the rural Rejang people, you will greatly enrich your cultural understanding in this off-the-beaten-track location.
Besides serving as a recreational attraction, the lake also serves as a hydroelectric power plant for the region. Lake Tes and its verdant surroundings are full of adventures that are just waiting to be explored. The lake is located on the slopes of the Bukit Barisan mountain range in the Lebong district, about 1 hour drive from Muara Aman or 3-4 hours from the city of Bengkulu.
The Pusat Konservasi Gajah Seblat (Seblat Elephant Conservation Center ) is an elephant sanctuary and rehabilitation center in the Bengkulu province and is one of only six elephant conservation centers in Indonesia. With an area of 69 sq. km (27 sq. mi), this conservation provides a natural environment and protection not only for elephants but also for other endangered wildlife and plant species including Sumatran tigers, sun bears, and siamangs – the largest and loudest of the gibbons.
The conservation offers a variety of fun and challenging outdoor activities including feeding and bathing the trained elephants, riding the elephants with the mahouts (trainers) through the jungles, and even forging across the Seblat River on an elephant’s back. You can also participate in the elephant patrol team to quietly observe elephants in the wild. Seblat Elephant Conservation Center is located in the North Bengkulu district, about 132 km (4 ½ hours by car) from the city of Bengkulu. Visiting the elephant rehabilitation center and the surrounding jungles will be a rewarding experience and will help you understand why this natural environment is worth protecting.*