List of Thermal Springs in IDN
Map of Thermal Springs in IDN
Guide to Indonesia’s Natural Thermal Springs
Indonesia, a country made up of several islands south of Malaysia, has several hot springs where visitors can relax in the tropical climate. What’s really interesting about visiting the mineral water spots is how unique and separate each is, culturally and experientially.
Because the more than 13,000 islands that make up this diverse nation are divided by water, the traditions and social customs of many developed apart. Taking a vacation here can be like having several mini getaways in one.
Hot Springs in West Java
This part of the nation is known for the towering Tangkuban Perahu volcano. It’s not a coincidence that there are hot springs here. It’s the volcano’s geothermal footprint that warms the spring water. If you’re in the area and looking for a place to stay with hot springs access, you’ll have two options.
You can stay at Ciater Natural Hot Springs (there’s an attached hotel with private villas) or the more upscale Maribaya Natural Hot Spring Resort. At this second location, you have the choice to bathe indoors or out, and those seeking adventure can hike to the Maribaya Waterfall which is just off-campus.
If you’re looking for a more rustic bathing experience surrounded by nature, you can visit Mount Pancar Hot Spring. The water here is sulfurous and nearly always shaded. The impressive pine forest blocks out much of the sunlight that would otherwise reach ground level. There are showers on-site if you’d like to wash away the smell of rotten eggs before returning to the noise and bustle of the modern world.
Hot Springs near Bali
The Banjar Hot Spring is an oasis where relaxation is a day-long focus. The hot spring water here is a gem-like green, and the pools are spread out in a maze of maintained tropical gardens. Showers are provided for guests, and there’s an eatery that caters to hungry bathers. Former guests warn not to wear white into the water of these springs since the mineral content of the pools will stain light-colored clothing.
At Espa Hot Spring Resort & Spa there are several pools with varying degrees of warmth. If you’re one of the guests who like to soak in a jacuzzi-like warmth, you can always hike to the nearby river to cool off after a sizzling turn in the springs. You have the option when visiting Espa Hot Spring Resort to either pay for a private bath (which can be for you alone or for two) or soak in one of the public pools.
Other Hot Springs near Bali:
- Banyuwedang Hotspring
- Segara Healing Bali Natural Hot Spring
- Alott’s Natural Hot Spring
- Bali Volcano Natural Hot Spring Swimming Pool
- BMAS Natural Hot Spring
- Batur Natural Hot Spring
- Mount Batur Trek And Natural Hot Spring Toya bungkah
- Air Panas Angseri
- Babahan Natural Hot Springs
- Belulang Hot Springs
- Hot Spring Penatahan Kaja
Hot Springs near Ruteng
Mangeruda Hot Springs is located on this small island, and, if you’ve ever wanted to sit or splash around in a waterfall, this is the place for you. The tiered, gradual waterfall flowing with mineral water allows visitors to get those Instagram-worthy photos. Past visitors have claimed that, when not crowded, the place feels like bathing in Jurassic Park due to the lush vegetation and exotic greenery.
The other hot spring on this island is Malanage Hot Spring, where rocky pools steam in the muggy air. The thermal spring exists where one cold water river meets one that runs with heated water, making this a truly unique natural phenomenon. Despite being free to the public and located in the middle of the jungle, there are changing rooms and toilets available.
Mostly, visit when it’s not monsoon season since most of your activities could get rained out. However, many of these hot springs are open year-round, which means you could bathe in the middle of a rainstorm.
Also, pay attention to the religious customs of whatever region of the country you’re visiting. Indonesia is predominantly a Muslim country, and it is considered terrible etiquette (in some places) to go around shirtless or not covered by a sarong.
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