It comes as a surprise to many to discover that tropical Indonesia also has pine forests, usually found only in subtropical regions. In fact, Indonesia’s pine trees do grow in sub-tropical climate in the cool hills of volcanic mountains whether in Sulawesi or Sumatra in Bali or Java. Here are some for you to cool off and inhale a good dose of revitalizing oxygen while admiring the terrific scenery:
1 | The coolMalino Highlands of Makassar in South Sulawesi
In the highlands of Makassar, capital of South Sulawesi, some 90 km from the city center, lies the cool mountain resort of Malino, a 3.5 hours’ drive to get to. A colonial heritage site that offers magnificent mountain panorama, villas were already built here during Dutch colonial times constructed for recreational purposes. Located at 1,050 meters above sea level, the breeze here is fresh and cool, while the temperature ranges between 10-26 degrees Centigrade. Next to the gorgeous pine forest, there are nearby waterfalls such as theAir Terjun Seribu Tanggaor the thousand stairs waterfall, and the Takapala Waterfall. And to further add to your adventure you will look down on swathes of tea plantations, blue valleys, but also World War II Japanese bunkers
Malino is situated in the Tinggimoncong District in the Gowa regency. Here, wayside vendors sell edelweiss flowers as well as beautiful orchids, since Malino is known as the Flower city of South Sulawesi. Entrance fee to the Malino Highlands in the special tourist area is Rp. 25,000 for children and Rp 50,000 for adults. But if you wish to spend time at the Pine forest only, you will only need to pay about Rp 3,000 per person, with additional charge for recreational rides in the forest.
Stop for yummy charcoal grilled corn to give you the carbo you need to start your journey. After enjoying a leisurely walk and shooting countless of photos in the forest, sit and relax and take a hot cup of the finest green tea at the Malino Highland café that overlooks tea plantations backed by grand mountain scenery. You should also try the special Marquisa or passion fruit syrup drink, the sticky rice dodol and the tenteng Malino crunchies that are some popular local products for tourist to enjoy and take home.
2 | The Refreshing Kintamani Mountain Resort in Bali
Best known for its temple and trekking adventure up Mount Batur,Kintamaniarea offers mountain and lake views enriched with pine forests. On your trip to Kintamani you will find the scenery enchantingly everchanging , passing villages, roadside temples, and plantations. Beside entering the unspoilt forest from the main road, Kintamani forest can also be enjoyed during your trekking journey, it is cool and fresh with a bit of mystery in its beauty. There are 2 path to choose for your hike, the Toya Bungkah and the Puri Jati, but its best to choose the Toya Bungkah route for your hike down and find the pine lines embracing you just as you are about to reach the finish. There are some fees to pay for your hike up, depending on the package of your choice. You can also bike through the forest to experience the wind brushing your cheeks, but beware of the climbing terrain that may be challenging. As you reach the summit of Mount Batur, a rewarding view awaits with a spectacular night sky or an unforgettable sunrise, the memory of which you will definitely treasure for a lifetime.
3 | Punti Kayu in the heart of Palembang, South Sumatera
The Punti Kayu pine forest is the only forest that is located in the heart of the city inPalembang, capital of South Sumatera province. Imagine yourself stepping out from a hustling life full of traffic to enjoy yourself for a day in the calming nature among restful pines. Just around 7 km away from the city centre, the forest spans 50 hectares of greenery. This was built for conservation purposes, designated as a protected forest since 1938, but which was opened as public recreation forest in 1986. The area comprises four areas , being the Forest for Conservation, a Recreation Park, the Lake and Marsh, and the Camping Site.
Admission to the Punti Kayu Forest Park ranges from 5,000 Rupiahs with additional parking fee, and is open from 9 am to 4 pm.
Here is the breathing lung for urbanites to enjoy after a long day at work – or maybe escape during one – or just to walk down its paths, sit at the edge of the lake watching its reflections or maybe bring the little ones to swim and play outdoor on weekends.
When you love animals, Punti Kayu, has also a small zoo and a crocodile farm. Other activities you can enjoy here are elephant and horseback riding. Best would be to prepare a picnic treat with homemade meals to enjoy with friends and family. This nature park has shady pine trees growing alongside other typical tropical trees,which guarantee your photo’s background to be quite amazing.
4 | Top Selfie Pinusan at Magelang in Central Java
Is the name of this place for real? Well it says so on the road sign that welcomes you as you enter this forest site. The people living around here gave the name to the pine forest, hoping that it will attract more tourists especially millennials who love photogenic locations for social media updates, and so make it go viral. Located in the Kragilan village, at Pakis in Magelang the Top Selfie Pinusan is located on the slope of the Merbabu volcano, where the weather is cool. However, you will need to go a little further into the area away from the main street to see its towering pines. The most instagrammable spot will be the slightly steep 2 way path to the parking site, which has a natural line up of pine trees to greet you with grace. It may look small on photos, but its a whole lot wider for you to explore. Shifting sun rays penetrating through the tall pines throughout the day will give you different shades of the forest, thereby giving you lots of chance to frame an epic view of nature including some selfie shots along the way.
5 | Popular Kayon Pine Forest near Semarang, Central Java
The Kayon Pine Forest is fast rising to become the new hit among nature tourist spots around Semarang. Alluring photos shared via social media boosted the photogenic corners of the forest. A clear natural water spring opens this place for further explorartion. Situated on the north side of Mount Merbabu, the shade giving pine trees offer the perfect place to seek a peacefull time away from the crowd. The place is perfect for small gatherings or perhaps a family picnic with home-made comfort food. But don’t forget to clear any waste you produced, to keep the forest clean and free from trash. Find the special photo spot of naturally unique shaped tree trunks among which you can play hide and seek.
6 | Dlingoor the Imogiri Forest near Yogyakarta
The most well-known pine forest today is this particular one, the Dlingo Pine forest located at Mangunan, in the Dlingo sub district, at Bantul, some 25 km from the city centre ofYogyakarta. Maintained by the local government, this free of admission forest is very inviting for its dense pinus merkusii rows and tall trees.You will only need to pay for parking your vehicle on site.
Since it is located near Imogiri, the revered cemetery for the Sultans of Mataram, and a popular tourist site in Yogyakarta, most people refer to this place as Hutan Imogiri or the Imogiri Forest.
Before it was beautifully planted with pine trees, this 500 hectares area was once just an empty piece of land. Along the path to its entrance, you will find locals inviting you to hire hammocks, which by the way will make your stay even more exciting and photogenic to share. Here you can check instagram for those multilevel fun hammock shots. Other points of interest nearby to visit are the natural springs and fruit garden. Signs with humourous quotes are scattered to put a smile on young people when trying to find the best angle for their photo spots. Viewing decks with various heights are also put up to serve visitors.
There is also an open stage in circular amphitheatre shape made of wood for art performances and traditional dances from Yogyakarta. A smaller stage is available for pre wedding sessions as well as a wedding altar to cater to the trending demand for outdoor forest weddings, just like Bella and Edward’s wedding in the the movie Twilight. It is believed that the majestic trees that grow tall and straight up symbolize true love while their evergreen leaves symbolize everlasting love.
7 | Mount Pancar near Bogor, West Java
Bogorhas many attractive tourist spots, that become even more alluring because Bogor is close to the capital city of Jakarta, reachable in just about an hour’s drive via toll road with normal traffic. The Rain City as Bogor is often called, offers culinary attractions, shopping, and natural adventures. With many accomodation options to choose from, you will find it easy to enjoy your exploration here. The pine forest is located inside the Taman Wisata Alam Gunung Pancar (TWA Gunung Pancar), in the Karang Tengah village, at Citeureup Bogor.
Entrance fee on weekday visits are Rp Rp 5,000/person for locals and Rp 100,000 /person for international tourists. On weekends and public holidays tickets cost Rp 7,500/for local tourists and Rp150,000/ for international tourists, exclusive of vehicle parking. A special price is quoted when you come for a pre wedding photo shoot. Outbound activities are also available with additional cost, that are run by local operators.
Besides camping,paintball,high ropes,and mountain bike rides,. you can also ride a horse around the lush green natural site. Camping grounds are available at several locations to choose from, with a range of prices according to the number of participants and functions to be held here. Camping tents and even kitchen tents with catering are available. You need only to carry your own sleeping bag for more comfort.
8 | Romantic Bukit Moko overlooking Bandung, West Java
Sitting atopBandung’s highest peak at 1, 500 meters above sea level, you can enjoy the aroma of pines while gazing on the twinkling lights of Bandung city below. The road to get here is from Jalan Padasuka, Kampung Bukis Bongkor Cimenyan. But beware since the road is steep and winding, it is best to check and prepare yourself for the ride before deciding to go uphill. “Puncak Bintang” or Star Peak is the spot to experience a magical sunrise or sunset above Bandung.
Entrance fee is Rp 5.000 per person, with extra charge if you are making a pre wedding photo session. Some road portals and vehicle parking fees are also collected by the locals on your way to site. Warung Daweung, in the local Sundanese language meaning “daydreaming” is a rest area where you can enjoy local delicacies of food and drinks to warm your tummy in the cool air. Camping is allowed here with extra payment.
9 | The Cikole Forest at Lembang near Bandung, West Java
Very popular for family and corporate gatherings, this forest provides recreational packages to suit your needs well. From camping, forest trekking to pre-wedding photos and villas to spend a wonderful time in the shades of the trees. Completed with a few restaurants with each specific capacity and unique atmosphere, this place will surely also meet your culinary explorations.
Outbound packages for team building and outdoor adventures are available with various games to choose from, such as flying fox, paint balls and challenging ATV’s. You should definitely try to stay the night in one of the accommodation facilities provided here, whether it be the tent, the wooden cottages or the hotel, each with their own advantages. Due to a heavy traffic especially during weekends, it is advised to come up here very early in the morning, and perchance catch a beautiful sunrise peeking between the trees.
10 | The Pine Forest Camp near Bandung, West Java
At 1,200 meters above sea level, in the North side of Bandung, this exclusive camping ground will fill your weekend getaway with fun and pleasure. The Pine Forest Camp became even more popular to domestic tourists ever since one of Indonesia’s top jazz singers, Andien, held her wedding ceremony here. Since then, weddings and ceremonies seemed to spike to be taken at outdoor sites next to pre-wedding photo shoots.
The official website describes all activities that you can enjoy while staying here, such as Exclusive Camping, Family Gatherings / Company Gatherings, Team Building / Outbound Training, Outdoor Party and Games, High Rope Course Flying Fox, Paintball War Simulations Game and many more to discover around the green grass and tall pines.
Opened for business since 2003, the facility caters to many big brand corporate events daily. To enjoy the pine forest, you should definitely go trekking and don’t miss out on the super exciting offroad jeep tour that will make you scream and laugh along the bumpy and muddy terrain. If you need to stay for a night or two, you can choose to rent tents or check in at a lodge.
11 | The Maribaya Lodge at Lembang near Bandung
Orange tents, in attractive pumpkin like structures are laid out on terraces along two areas, the sunset view and the sunrise view. These tents are equipped with electricity sockets for your gadgets, cooling fan, fitted sheet mattresses and are set up above a firm concrete base. This Lodge nature resort will refresh your eyes and relax your soul with luscious green of the forest and surrounding vegetation. Well known recently from social media photo posts, it has and enchanting view not unlike other famous tourist spots like Kalibiru Yogyakarta and Tebing Keraton in Bandung.
To complete your holiday, the Dapur Hawu restaurant provides special Sundanese food for you to try. The Pines cafe, recently opened in 2016 specializes in coffee,tea, home made cakes and snacks to accompany your lounging hour viewing the scenery inhaling deeply the cool fresh air. Bring your own mountain bike, if you wish to really explore the site, since there are no rentals available here. The most eye catching spot for social media photo post is the mountain swing, where you can take selfies of yourself swinging over the beautiful forest. And last but not least is the edgeless viewing deck, placed high on a tree, that looks down onto the breathtaking row of pines below.