Indonesia is a long and complex archipelago of over 17,000 islands of which 6,000 are inhabited by several hundred different ethnic groups. It's impossible to know every corner of such a diverse country however after twenty years of travels to Indonesia, we can rightly claim to have visited all the main islands as well as numerous out of the way spots which we feel would be of interest and make a great holiday to Indonesia.
Why we like Indonesia
The food, hotels and the sublime service. Nothing, but nothing is too much trouble. In addition to this, it is the extraordinary variety of cultures and religions which exist on every island that we find so fascinating. One of the great highlights of Indonesia has to be the magnificent ninth century Buddhist temple complex at Borobudur, the largest of its kind in the world.
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. Although better known for the beaches of Bali, rest assured there is a myriad of other islands to explore where you can find dragons (not quite real ones), an annual jousting tournament, excellent diving, bull racing and one island which is still allowed an annual whale hunt. Travel between islands can be by plane or ferry, on foot by bicycle or car. For those that enjoy sailing there are a few very comfortable, fully staffed yachts for charter which sail the waters on one or two week cruises.
Some ideas for an Indonesian holiday
- Scuba off the undeveloped northern coast of Sulawesi.
- Travel deep into the forest in search of orang-utan.
- Explore Komodo National Park from a traditional schooner.
- Visit the Ikat weaving villages of central Bali.
- Watch the sunset over the Gili Islands.
- Learn the traditional art of Balinese massage.
Beyond the ordinary
Join experts from the Orang-utan Foundation UK, with privileged access to exclusive orang-utan sites.