Indonesia

Maybe you will meet an Indonesian tiger on your travels through Indonesia
 

Travel to Indonesia - 18.108 islands!

Get lost in Indonesia! Mesmerizing vistas, spicy mélange of diverse cultures and thousands of unexplored islands with beautiful nature.

Indonesia is the country of islands, consisting of some 18,108 islands. Most of the archipelago remains unexplored, as only 6,000 islands are inhabited. The archipelago is known to be the biggest on earth! Indonesia has borders with Malaysia, Australia, The Philippines and Indochina. The country consists of an interesting mix of cultures; there are approximately 700 languages spoken and 320 ethnical groups in this country. Most of the population is Muslim. Because of the great mélange of different ethnicities, there are lots of big festivals throughout the year that are worth experiencing. See the Torajan funereal feasts held in central Sulawesi, celebrated between August and October, Larantuka Island’s Easter Parade and of course the Balinese New Year held around March-April.

Indonesia has extraordinary geography. There are some active volcanoes in the Indonesian volcanic circle. Mt Merapi in Java is the most famous ever-smoking crater, climb to see it for yourself!

In general, the country is any traveler’s wonderland as there is an incredible amount of places to see and things to experience. Bali is maybe the best-known tourist destination in Indonesia. However, Sumatra, Lombok and Kalimantan are also great places to explore on your journey through the country. Check out the Lakes of Kelimutu which lie in volcano craters near the town of Moni, try a jungle trek in the rainforests of Lombok, go diving in the clear waters of Sumatra, and get lost in the Kalimantan wilderness!

Want to get a chance to get close to the Orangutans? Take a small boat from Bukit Lawang and head to Bohorok Orangutan Viewing Centre where they help these amazing animals adjust back to nature after captivity.

Read more about our tours and activities in Indonesia here.

Island of Java and Jakarta

Java is the most populated of all Indonesian islands. It offers everything from active volcanoes to historical 1000-years-old monuments. The capital city of Jakarta is located on Java. It is heavily polluted but also the region’s most exciting metropolis, which divides people’s opinions as some love it and some just think it’s noisy and chaotic. Jakarta is the most popular city in Indonesia with lots of markets and the huge palace of sultans called Kraton. The ancient temple area of Borobudur is one of the greatest South East Asian Buddhist monuments and Prambanan the largest Hindu temple compound in the country. Visit the Taman Mini Indonesia Indah cultural park in Jakarta to see some traditional houses and cultural performances (especially on Sundays).

Yogyakarta City

Located in South central, Java is the centre of Javanese culture and fine arts.  Don’t miss the 1200 year-old Buddhist relic Borobudur stupa. This immense and mysterious monument covering a small hill is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

The Buddha statues are inside the stupa. Once a year, the Buddhist have their Vesak celebrations here. The stupa is simply beautiful! You’ll get here by catching a bus from Yogyakarta.

www.borobudurpark.com 

Activities in Indonesia

Discover underwater Indonesia! Several thousand kilometers of reef provides endless amount of amazing dive sights with rich biodiversity. Here’s an example: Sulawesi offers a variety of sites, such as wreck diving just outside the city of Makassar and coral walls around Bunaken National Marine Park. You’ll have good chance to see sharks, turtles and beautiful corals. Most dives are done liveabord. Indonesia is a must do for any dive enthusiast!

Climb to see the incredible sunrise view from the Jawan volcano Mt Merapi or trek the vallys around Bromo volcano. Many travelers around the globe come to do this hike. Gonung Bromo is an early morning trek across the beautiful "sand sea" in the mountain. Enjoy the sunrise view at the crater; you’ll never forget it!

Go trekking in the exotic Lore Lindu National Park, where you won’t see masses of tourists. This area is home to many indigenous tribes. About a kilometer of walking from the village of Kamarora you’ll find the visitor’s center. If you feel like making longer hikes, you can arrange a guide for this. There’s plenty of wildlife to see such as huge butterflies and birds.

From Bali’s Kuta Beach you can book white water rafting trip beyond your dreams!

Moving around in Indonesia

Most international flight arrives and departs from Jakarta.

While moving around in Jakarta, you can use taxis. Most reliable taxis in Jakarta are Silver Bird and Blue Bird taxis.

There’s a domestic air connection; you can fly to Bali Denpasar and Yogyakarta.

There are quite fast ferry connections between Indonesia and Malaysia and inside Indonesia. You can also catch a speedboat between some areas such as from the east coast Kalimantan to Malaysian Sabah.

Public buses are cheap and here you will be side by side with the locals. The express buses are of better quality and much faster, and the luxury busses are naturally the best but the most expensive. Catching a bus is better than going by train. You can also use the minibuses called opelet, bicycle rickshaws or if you want to get more exotic ride, catch a horse-carriage!

When to travel to Indonesia

The wet but hot season ranges from October to April. This is the best time to go to Indonesia! The northern islands tend to be wet all year round. From May to September it’s usually hot and dry. January to February tend to be the wettest months. Check from the dive operators web pages the best time to go diving.

Security

The overall security situation in the country is relatively good. However, the country has been suffering from various natural disasters in the past years. Aceh and Northern Sumatra are still recovering from 2004 tsunami.

There are some very strong earthquakes in the island of Sumatra. Watch out the dangerous landslides created by heavy rains. Conflicts around some areas of Sulawesi should be noticed. Check out the security situation when planning your trip to Aceh, Central Sulawesi, Maluku or Papua since there’s been some unrest on these areas.

It’s recommended not to go near the Mount Kelud volcano in eastern Java. The area has been in alarm state as a caution for possible eruption since the end of year 2007 and still continues to be. Mt Merapi in Central Java and Mt Karangetang on Siau Island are also highly active volcanoes

In general, follow the news regarding your destination areas!

Notice the pickpockets in public transportation of Jakarta.

Travel advice

When planning your journey, take a look at the festivals in the country, because they might affect the travel conditions like the functioning of the public transportation and accommodation prices.

Also, note that Indonesia is ecologically rich with humid tropical forests, but nowadays the forests are vanishing rapidly because of illegal logging and overexploitation. Be a responsible traveler and don’t contribute to this by buying tropical wood products!