About Bengkulu

Bengkulu is a province of Indonesia located in the southwest part of the island of Sumatra. This coastal city was originally known as the Bencoolen. Decorated with natural resources variety, priceless history traces and the uniqueness of local culture, Bengkulu awaits the travellers to come. Bengkulu has diverse tourism potential that is worth to be visited. Ranging from nature, history, culture to culinary, those are the tourist attractions in Bengkulu. Another strong magnet in Bengkulu is the Rafflesia Arnoldii. This biggest flower in the world can be found in a number of area in Bengkulu. No wonder Bengkulu often referred to as the “Earth of Rafflesia”.

Getting Around

Bengkulu Province is easily accessible by land, air and sea transportation. You can catch regular buses directly from Medan, Padang or Jakarta. Flight are available three times a day. Domestic ships from Jakarta, Padang and Medan stop by in Baai Harbor, Bengkulu.

9 Holiday Attractions in Bengkulu

Bengkulu is a province located on the west coast of Sumatra Island that face Indonesian Ocean. The province has a beautiful panorama and stores historical value of Indonesia. It will be your off the beaten path holiday destination.

Long Beach (Pantai Panjang)

Long Beach (Pantai Panjang)

Located not far from the center of Bengkulu City. A very long coastline as far as 7 km. A number of supporting tourism facilities can be found around the beach and it is a favorite tourist spot in Bengkulu.

Tapak Padri Beach

Tapak Padri Beach

The beach is adjacent to the Long Beach and Jakat Beach in Bengkulu. The sunset view has became the charm besides the beauty of Bengkulu Sea from the top of Tapak Padri Beach.

Soekarno’s Exile House

Soekarno’s Exile House

Indonesia's first president Sukarno occupied this house in the year 1938 to 1942. At that time, he was exiled by the Dutch. In Bengkulu also, he met Fatmawati, Bengkulu original girl who later became his wife. In this house, there are relics of Soekarno that have historical value.

Fort Marlborough

Fort Marlborough

This fort is the base of British power in the west coast of Sumatra and Bengkulu as well as to maintain the monopoly area and pepper trade. It was built by the East India Company (EIC) in 1713–1719 during the reign of Governor Joseph Callet.

Bukit Daun Protection Forest

Bukit Daun Protection Forest

This is the habitat of Rafflesia Arnoldi flower. This forest is located in Kepahiang District. The area is frequently visited by many tourists. Especially when the rare flower blooms in that location.

Lake Dendam Tak Sudah

Lake Dendam Tak Sudah

Located in Curup City, North Bengkulu, around 6KM from Bengkulu City Center. Surrounded by green hills, you can rent a boat and paddle around the lake while enjoying the beautiful scenery.

Lake Mas Harun Bastari

Lake Mas Harun Bastari

Another beautiful lake in Bengkulu. Lake Mas Aaron Bestari is located in Selupu Rejang District, Rejang Lebong Regency, about 17 km from Curup city center. A number of games for children and adults can be found in this lake. A perfect vacation spot with family.

Kaba Hill

Kaba Hill

Not far from Lake Mas Harun Bastari, there is Kaba Hill (or Mount Kaba), an active volcano type A, which is the type that had erupted between 1600 - now. The height is about 1,952 masl. It offers enchanting view of green nature and perfect for trekking adventure.

Rat Island

Rat Island

An island in Bengkulu surrounded by extensive coral reefs and naturally protected from abrasion due to big waves. This island is about 1.5 hectares wide. Snorkeling around the island is a must thing to do.

Tips to Plan Your Holiday Trip to Bengkulu

How to travel around in Bengkulu?

  • You can get on a plane, bus, ship, or drive your own vehicle to Bengkulu
  • Decide your route and arrange the itinerary, especially if you want to go to Rat Island.
  • Rental cars, buses and taxis are available

What food you should try in Bengkulu?

  • Pendap, gulai tempoyak and bagar kambing (made from lamb)

What are the activities that you can do in Bengkulu?

  • Visit Fort Marlborough, Soekarno’s Exile home and Fatmawati house
  • See Panjang Beach, Tapak Paderi Beach, Lake Dendam Tak Sudah (Endless Revenge Lake)
  • Bengkulu City Tour and visit Bengkulu Museum
  • Snorkeling in Tikus Island or Enggano Island
  • Trekking in Tahura Tropical Rain Forest Park and find the world's largest flower: Rafflesia Arnoldi