Welcome to the remarkable world of Indonesia – 17,000 remarkable islands flung across the Pacific and Indian Oceans. Together, they possess enchanting beaches and shambling orang-utans, intricate Hindu temples and active volcanoes, world-class diving and a gentle, smiling people.
Bali is the perfect introduction. Go trekking around the spiritual town of Ubud, scale the Mount Batur volcano or surf the island’s world-class breaks. From here, it’s a short hop east to the tropical paradise of Lombok where you’ll find deserted bays, luxuriant jungle and the sacred peak of Mount Rinjani.
Spend some time on the volcano-studded island of Java where you can soak in the grandeur of Mount Bromo and the world’s largest Buddhist temple - Borobudur. Yogyakarta will introduce you to traditional arts, whilst the Bromo Tengger Semeru National Park showcases Indonesia’s landscapes at their most dramatic and surreal. Make time, too, for a hike up the fiery Ijen volcano to discover its turquoise-coloured crater lake.
Indonesia is a snorkelling paradise, with warm waters and some of the most diverse marine life on the planet. Head to Sulawesi or the idyllic Gili Islands where shoals of dazzling, darting fish lie just beneath the surface of the waves. Divers will find the islands of Raja Ampat a dream, blessed as they are with 75% of the world’s hard coral species. Charter a traditional Phinisi sailing boat to take you to the region’s top dive spots as well as hidden beaches and lagoons.
Back on dry land, you can meet wild orang-utans in the ancient forests of Kalimantan or go in search of the world’s smallest monkey in Tangkoko National Park. You can even walk amongst the famous Komodo dragon in its natural habitat. For culture lovers, include the traditional villages of Sumba and Sulawesi in your trip to experience Indonesia’s enduring tribal culture.
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