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Indonesia Holidays

Join our group tour to delve deeper into orangutan conservation, cruise island archipelagos, cycle through paddy fields and ancient sites, learn about Buddhism or just relax on the beach.

Indonesia is a long and complex archipelago of over 17,000 islands of which 6,000 are inhabited by several hundred different ethnic groups, a wealth of wildlife and picture postcard beaches.

The food, hotels and the service is sublime – nothing is too much trouble. Each islands has an extraordinary variety of cultures and religions coupled with some magnificent sites including the ninth-century Buddhist temple complex at Borobudur.

Traditional Boat, Togian Islands, Sulawesi, Indonesia
Togian Islands, Sulawesi

What to expect on your Indonesian holiday

Some spellbindingly beautiful hotels where the sole aim of the staff is to ensure that you have the holiday of a lifetime. Diverse islands hiding stunning beaches, dragons, orangutan, an annual jousting tournament, excellent diving and even bull racing. Travel between islands can be by plane or ferry, on foot by bicycle or car. For those that enjoy travel by water, there are a number of very comfortable, fully staffed yachts for charter, exploring some of the many remote islands.

Explore Indonesia

  • Bali and Lombok
  • Komodo
  • Flores
  • Sumba
  • Raja Ampat
  • Sumatra
  • Indonesian Borneo
  • Java
  • Sulawesi

Experiences

Exploring Indonesia is simple with Steppes Travel. Choose your experiences and we’ll curate them into a tailor-made journey that’s perfect for you.

Borobudur

Watch dawn or sunrise at this the iconic UNESCO Buddhist temple of Borobudur.

Kota Gede

Travel by cycle rickshaw around the traditional village of Kota Gede, home to remarkable silversmiths.

Elephant Conservation

Visit the Elephant Conservation centre and spend time with these beautiful creatures.

Wildlife Night Walk

Search for nightjars and slow loris on a night walk.

Way Kanan River Wildlife

Explore the Way Kanan River in search of hornbills and kingfishers.

Orangutan Conservation

Join experts from the Orangutan Foundation and gain insight into conservation projects.

Boat Safari

Watch hornbills, proboscis monkeys and monitor lizards from the Sekonyer River.

Rascal Conservation Voyages

Cruise with Rascal Voyages on one of their Conservation International adventures.

Pasola Festival

Stay at Nihi Sumba, timing your visit to coincide with the jousting festival of Pasola, traditionally held in February and March to welcome in the wet season.

Bird Watching

Spot a wealth of bird life including Wilson’s bird-of-paradise with their curved tail feathers and dramatic courtship dance.

Local Markets

Visit colourful local markets including the floating market and the Monday morning buffalo market in Tana Toraja.

Lemo Graves

Visit the cliff side stone graves at Lemo. These family graves are chiselled into cliffs and boulders and highlight the wealth of those buried there.

Dive Wakatobi

Take a short journey to Sulawesi’s southwest corner to dive and snorkel on the untouched reefs of Wakatobi

Lapopu Waterfalls

Picnic under Lapopu waterfalls.

Surfing Experience

Book a surf lesson at Nihi Sumba’s famous left-hand break.

Wayag Lagoon

Visit the lagoon in Wayag, a spectacular group of rock islands and crystal clear atolls.

Banda Islands

Visit the historical Banda Islands – stepped in history and the birthplace of nutmeg and mace.

Mount Rinjani

Watch the sunrise from the top of Mount Rinjani in Lombok.

Kite Making

Travel to the north of Bali, stopping at local villages to learn to make kites.

Gili Islands

Watch the sunset over the Gili Islands.

Meet our experts

A passion for travel runs right through every one of our experts - meaning they're always ready with first-hand insight about their specialist countries.

Clare Higginson

It was my passion for languages that first encouraged me to leave the UK behind and grab my rucksack. Since then, it’s been a mixture of intriguing cultures, jaw-dropping landscapes and the wonder of seeing animals in their natural habitat that sees me continuously extending my travel wish list. I also seek adventure; exploring the deep blue or hiking a peak often winning favour. Although it’s my time horse herding in Mongolia that I regularly want to relive.
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Deborah Brock-Doyle

My first journey for Steppes was in 1999 when I set off to explore Thailand to gather those little details that constitute Steppes Travel’s trademark knowledge. I have since been lucky enough to travel extensively in Southeast Asia, China, the Middle East and India. A few special memories include being joined at dinner by an otter in Laos, proudly being shown an illicit picture of the Dalai Lama in Tibet and diving with manta rays on Christmas day in Indonesia. I’m pretty sure I always leave a country wishing I had done more, seen more, learned more ….. but I also always hope to return …
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Amy Waters

After my degree in Fine Art I didn’t really know what career I wanted or what path I would take. The only thing I knew is that having spent a summer in America it had given me the desire to explore and see as many places as possible before becoming a grown up and entering the real world.
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Frequently asked questions about Indonesia

What should I see when visiting the country?

Made up of around 18,000 volcanic islands, there is plenty to explore when visiting Indonesia. Discover the ancient temples of Borobudur in Central Java at sunrise and be transported to an undiscovered world, or explore the rice fields and terraces in Ubud, Bali for breathtaking views and scenic treks. For those interested in wildlife, meet the endangered Komodo Dragons, found on only a few of Indonesia’s islands.

Can I photograph people?

When photographing people we always advise to ask the person you would like to photograph beforehand out of politeness. In most cases people are happy to have the picture taken. If photography is prohibited, this is usually clearly marked. RememberIndonesiaisa majority Muslim country (Bali aside) and thus carries a traditional view of photography.

Is Indonesia safe to travel around?

With any destination we always advise keeping an eye on your belongings, especially when out in busy, crowded areas. It is sensible to leave any valuables at home and not to walk around unknown areas alone at night.

Is ok to drink alcohol?

Despite being a Muslim country, drinking or buying alcohol is widely available throughout Indonesia, especially in tourist areas.

Is there a dress code to follow?

Being one of the most populous Muslim countries in the world, dress code should be respected especially when visiting religious sites. Bare shoulders, legs and wearing tight clothing is best avoided, especially when in less touristy areas. On the island of Bali dress codes also applies when visiting religious Hindu sites.

Is ok to drink alcohol?

Despite being a Muslim country, drinking or buying alcohol is widely available throughout Indonesia, especially in tourist areas.

What should I see when visiting the country?

Made up of around 18,000 volcanic islands, there is plenty to explore when visiting Indonesia. Discover the ancient temples of Borobudur in Central Java at sunrise and be transported to an undiscovered world, or explore the rice fields and terraces in Ubud, Bali for breathtaking views and scenic treks. For those interested in wildlife, meet the endangered Komodo Dragons, found on only a few of Indonesia’s islands.

Is Indonesia safe to travel around?

With any destination, we always advise keeping an eye on your belongings, especially when out in busy, crowded areas. It is sensible to leave any valuables at home and not to walk around unknown areas alone at night.

Can I use my mobile phone in Indonesia?

Roaming agreements exist with a few international mobile phone companies, coverage is good and charges are high. Pre-paid SIM cards may be available to purchase for unlocked phones, and can be topped up during your trip.

What is the International dialling code for Indonesia?

62

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