Indonesia

Discover cultural riches, tropical jungles, sandy beaches and azure seas in the world’s largest archipelago.

This chain of volcanic islands to the north of Australia stretches 5,000 kilometres from east to west with natural attractions mirroring its rich cultural diversity.

Each island has its own character with tropical Bali one of the most popular for surfers, beachgoers, foodies and shoppers. Luxury hotels and chic beach clubs line the sands of Seminyak and Canggu and there’s a vibrant food scene celebrating every imaginable cuisine with neighbourhood warungs serving up traditional Balinese delicacies alongside slick architecturally designed eateries dishing up tasting plates to excite the palate. Venturing inland, you’ll discover a rich art and craft scene in Ubud as well as hidden temples, fast-flowing rivers, lush rice paddies, coffee plantations and jungle adventures aplenty.

Bali's beautiful and lesser-known neighbour is Lombok, where rice terraces, intriguing temples, ancient palaces and unspoilt beaches all await. From Lombok it’s just a short boat trip to the Gili Islands known for their white sand, vivid waters and spectacular diving opportunities. Volcano strewn Java is home to Borobudur, the world’s largest Buddhist temple which dates to the 8th century. And within the tropical waters of the Coral Triangle further east are thousands of species of fish, coral and marine mammals making this area an extraordinary hub of biodiversity. The Komodo National Park encompasses some 29 volcanic islands (including the three major islands of Rinca, Padar and Komodo) and is home to approximately 2,500 Komodo Dragons, the world’s largest lizard, which are best seen in the company of trained rangers.

The remote Raja Ampat archipelago of West Papua comprises over 1,500 small islands, cays, and shoals and for underwater enthusiasts, boasts one of the world’s most diverse marine ecosystems. The territory covers nearly 10 million acres and is home to 540 types of coral, more than 1,000 species of tropical fish and 700 types of molluscs.

To the east of Borneo, Sulawesi’s massive coastline is fringed with sandy beaches where a mind-boggling variety of fish dwell. Inland its fertile landscapes are shaped by steep mountains and deep valleys cut by rushing rivers. Culturally fascinating too, the island is known for the unique traditions of the Toraja people whose funeral rites are especially intriguing.

When to Go

With a tropical climate, Indonesia has two seasons; the dry season (April to October), and the monsoon season, (November to March) and enjoys hot and humid temperatures all year round. However, the monsoon season can make travelling to some islands tricky. To avoid rain on your proverbial holiday parade, a journey between April and October is ideal. You can discover the gentle giant orangutans in Sumatra, volcanoes and monumental temples of Java, the wild beaches and lush rice paddies of Bali or the tropical wonderland of Nusa Tenggara.

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