Top things to do in Bengkulu

Top Choice Fort in Bengkulu

Fort Marlborough

Set on a hill overlooking the Indian Ocean, the star-shaped Benteng Marlborough, a former British fort, became the seat of British power in Bengkulu after 1719, when it replaced nearby Fort York. Despite its sturdy …
Top Choice Seafood in Bengkulu


At this classic, locally famous seafood joint by the beach, near central Bengkulu, you can choose from ultra-fresh giant prawns, squid and fish, then pay by weight, and pick from an array of sauces you’d like your s…
Waterfall in Bengkulu

Beringin Tiga & Curug Embun

A straightforward hike here through coffee and palm-sugar plantations finishes at a campsite near an idyllic natural hot spring, from where you can take short hikes to the Beringin Tiga falls and the remarkable Curu…
Cafe in Bengkulu

Edu Coffee

One for coffee aficionados, Edu Coffee is a microroastery that sources arabica beans locally as well as from across the archipelago. It has all the tools of the trade to prepare the perfect cup – AeroPress, V60, sip…
Animal Sanctuary in Bengkulu

Seblat Elephant Conservation Centre

The Seblat Elephant Conservation Centre is a conservation project set up to manage human-elephant conflict, as well as to protect the forests and wildlife. Here you can assist mahouts on elephant treks, on anything …
Volcano in Bengkulu

Bukit Kaba

This active volcano with three craters makes for a relatively straightforward ascent with two trail options: an easier gravel path or a tougher trail through dense jungle. Both take around three hours. From the top …
Volcano in Bengkulu

Bukit Daun

Famous for its seven multicoloured boiling pools, the whitest allegedly home to the Kawah Putri spirit who’ll come if you call her, Bukit Daun makes for a challenging three-day adventure. It involves trekking throug…
Bistro in Bengkulu

Bencoolen Coffee House

Just across from the British Cemetery is this German-owned cafe that's the go-to place if you're hankering for Western comfort food. Decide between stone-oven pizza, bratwurst or burgers, while being sure to leave r…
Museum in Bengkulu

Soekarno House Museum

This is the house where Indonesia's first president, Sukarno, and his family lived in detention for three years from 1938–41 under Dutch rule. It features original furnishings along with a collection of his books, p…
International in Bengkulu


Just across from the beach is this Australian-owned place that does primarily Western pub food, along with seafood dishes and Indonesian staples. They serve beer, but it's pricey and not always cold.