Destination Overview

Indonesia

The Republic of Indonesia is the largest archipelago in the world comprising 17,504 large and small tropical islands fringed with white sandy beaches, many still uninhabited and a number even still unnamed. One of these islands is Bali, one of the most enchanting holiday destinations in the whole world. Experience vast volcanic calderas and majestic crater lakes. And let’s not forget about the wildlife which includes the wonderful Orangutan, native to this beautiful country.

Capital

Jakarta

Language

Bahasa

Time

GMT +7

Religion

Islam

Currency

Rupiah

Population

276 Million

International Airports

Jakarta, Denpasar, Surabaya, Yogjakarta

Weather

Indonesia is split by the equator, resulting in a warm, tropical climate all year round. The best time of year to visit Indonesia is between May and September when the days are dry and sunny. However, during the wet season temperatures are still high, and rain only lasts for a couple of hours, and certainly won’t spoil your trip.

Top Highlights

Beautiful Beaches

Made up of over 17,000 islands, Indonesia is not short of a beautiful beach or two. From the volcanic black sand in the north of Bali, to the white soft sand and turquoise waters of Gili Meno, and the pink beach of Komodo Island, you will be sure to find the perfect spot to enjoy Indonesia’s incredible sunsets.

Ancient Temples

Escape the rush as you explore UNESCO World Heritage listed national parks and temples, including the worlds largest Buddhist Temple, set amongst sprawling paddy fields.

Mystical Mountains

Indonesia’s horizon is vast and mountainous. Dominated by volcanoes, more than any other country in the world, a sunrise trek to the top to enjoy the view is a magical way to start your day.

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Top Places to Visit

Bali

The island is the most enchanting travel and holiday destination in the whole world. Also known as the Land of the Gods, Bali appeals through its sheer natural beauty of looming volcanoes and lush terraced rice fields that exude peace and serenity. A vibrant culture, unique arts & crafts, dramatic dances and ceremonies, gentle and friendly people and spectacular scenery make the exotic Bali Island a unique place to have unforgettable experiences.

Flores

A fascinating, mountainous and remarkably beautiful island. An island of the sublime multihued crater lakes of Kelimutu, countless of terrific beaches and heavenly earth of underwater life. The most famous tourist attraction in Flores is Kelimutu; three colored lakes in the district of Ende and close to the town of Moni. Another important highlight is the Komodo dragons, the world’s heaviest living lizards which can be seen at the Komodo National Park (UNESCO World Natural Site) in the nearby Komodo Island.

Borneo

Borneo is the third largest island in the world and is located north of Java Island, at the geographic center of Maritime Southeast Asia. The island is divided among three countries: Brunei, Indonesia and Malaysia. Visiting Borneo means to embark on a unique experience of wildlife adventure of jungles, hills, mountains, rivers, rapids and wilderness. Some of the best and most spectacular areas of rainforest in the world can be seen in Borneo. Explore the lush of Borneo jungle with its diversity of vegetation and animal wildlife. You will have the chance to interact with the orang-outans; an experience that you will always remember.

Java

Formed mostly as the result of volcanic events, Java is the 13th largest island in the world and the fifth largest of Indonesia. A chain of volcanic mountains form an east-west spine along the island. Java is rich in art and culture which are intertwined with religion and age-old traditions from the time of early migrants with Western thoughts brought by Portuguese traders and Dutch colonists. Located some 4 hours drive from Surabaya, the capital of east Java, lies the famous Mount Bromo. Highlight of the island is the largest Buddhist temple in the world – Borobudur. Today the complex is the most visited tourist attraction in Indonesia.

Sumatra

The second largest island in Indonesia with a remarkable panorama, virgin forests, lush vegetation, rivers, beautiful waterfalls, peaceful sandy beaches and large ancient lakes. The island offers a vast diversity of arts, people and culture. In North Sumatra, Lake Toba is one of the awesome natural Wonders of the World. This is a crater lake so enormous it has an island almost the size of Singapore in its center. It’s hard to imagine a more scenic place to come and enjoy hiking, swimming and sailing although once you arrive it might be difficult to resist the anesthetizing effects of the lake. The cool, clear water coupled with the relaxed atmosphere and friendly people is what draws visitors from all over the world to Toba.

West Papua

To experience West Papua is to discover one of the most mysterious and unknown areas of the world. This far-away island is home to the most ethnologically primitive cultures on Earth. You will find a vast display of tribes and tribal customs as well as a large variety of languages. The most important tribes are the Amungme, the Asmat, the Bauzi, the Dani, the Korowais and the Kombai.

Lombok

An island full of possibilities: Trek up Mount Rinjani, see breathtaking waterfalls and rice paddies; explore white sand beaches, world class surf, solitude and seclusion; discover untouched coral gardens to dive, snorkel and explore or visit local villages, colorful markets and see primitive life that can take you back to a time gone by. Check out the amazing weaving, local pottery, temples and a colorful culture like no other island in Indonesia. For divers and snorkelers, there are few places better than the Gili’s where you can get up close to all kinds of marine life including a green turtle (Chelonia mydas) in all its glory.

Sulawesi

To visit Sulawesi is an unforgettable experience. It offers the traveler amazing landscapes: mist-covered mountains, unspoiled tropical jungles and volcanic lakes brimming with mysterious, colored waters, green-stepped rice paddies and sprawling, sandy beaches. A huge range of activities are possible: trekking, hiking, rafting, diving, snorkeling, and many more.

Gili Islands

Three islands (Gili Meno, Gili Trawangan and Gili Air) just off the northwest coast of Lombok. Crystal clear water, white sandy beaches and diversity and abundance of marine life make the Gili’s a vision of true paradise. While Gili Meno is a secluded island paradise with less accommodation and a more relaxed atmosphere, Gili Trawangan is considered the “party island” with many restaurants and bars on one and a more relaxing part on the other side. Closest to the mainland lies Gili Air which is home to a big local population – a great island for families.

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