View across water filled paddy fields with mountain reflecting in them.

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 island 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.

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Explore Indonesia

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

Where to stay

Some of the wonderful places to stay that we frequently recommended.

Misool Eco Resort £££££

  • Indonesia
  • Beach and Island Escapes

Misool is a world-class private island hideaway accessible only by boat. With stilted cottages and villas made from reclaimed hardwoods, featuring Balinese style bathrooms and views of either the lagoon or house reef, Misool offers exclusive adventure whilst redefining sustainable tourism. The core belief is to protect and conserve. Misool is back to nature at its most stunning best.

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Amanwana £££££

  • Indonesia
  • Beach and Island Escapes

Amanwana, meaning peaceful forest is the only resort located on Moyo and is set on a beach in a secluded cove overlooking the Flores Sea. The protected marine park offers some of the best scuba diving and snorkelling in Indonesia, and the camp’s fleet of boats can take guests to Rinca and Komodo islands. Accommodation in 20 luxury tented suites, a jungle spa and a tented restaurant serving the local catch of the day, make Amanwana the ultimate wilderness hideaway.

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Oberoi Lombok £££££

  • Indonesia
  • Beach and Island Escapes

Located near Tanjung on the west coast of Lombok, this sensational resort has 50 rooms of which 18 are villas with private walled gardens and pools. The landscaped pool and lagoons are lit by flaming torches at night, the service is immaculate, the atmosphere serene and the combination of this together with the spa, tennis courts, excellent scuba diving, local villages to explore and some of the best food in Asia, makes the Oberoi Lombok a truly exceptional resort.

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Capella Ubud £££££

  • Indonesia
  • Tented Camps

Capturing the spirit of an 1890s European settlers camp, Capella Ubud is made up of 22 extravagantly individual tented suites and lodges, each with its own private salt-water pool. Conjuring up an atmosphere of adventure and seclusion the rooms offer views of the rainforest, rice terraces, river and valleys.

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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.

Buddha Statue in Stupa, Borobudur, Yogyakarta, Java, Indonesia

UNESCO Borobudur

Watch the sun rise or set at this the iconic UNESCO Buddhist temple.

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Sailing Komodo, Tiger Blue, Komodo, Indonesia

Charter a Yacht

Explore idyllic and remote islands at your own pace by boat – charter a private yacht or join Tiger Blue or SeaTrek on one of their fixed departures.

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Orangutan, Borneo Expedition, Sabah, Borneo

Orangutan Conservation

Stay at Rimba Lodge deep in Indonesian Borneo and join experts from the Orangutan Foundation, travelling deep into the forest in search of orangutan to gain privileged insight into conservation projects.

Balinese kites fluttering over a field of grass.

Kite Making

Travel to the north of Bali, stopping at a local village to make a kite. A hobby enjoyed by locals from a young age, kite flying season runs from May to September.

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View of a bicycle stood next to a rice paddy field with palm trees in the background.

Ubud Bike Tour

Cycle the paddy fields of Ubud on a bamboo bike.

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Tanjung Puting National Park, Borneo

Borneo Wildlife River Cruise

Stay at Rimba Lodge and cruise the Sekonyer River on a traditional klotok boat in search of orangutan, proboscis monkeys, hornbills and monitor lizards.

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Bird of Paradise, Indonesia, Sea Trek Cruises

Spot Bird of Paradise

Cruise Raja Ampat in search of Wilson’s bird-of-paradise with their curved tail feathers and dramatic courtship dance.

Suggested Holiday Idea

Man surfing a wave in Sumbawa Island in Indonesia.

Surfing Experience

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

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View of Raja Ampat with limestone island peaks, lush hills and ocean.

Wayag Lagoon

Explore hidden bays and coves and snorkel amidst the crystal clear lagoons of Wayag Island.

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Mount Rinjani Volcano, Lombok, Indonesia

Mount Rinjanin Sunrise

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

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Orangutan in the jungle of indonesia, Borneo

Visit Lamandau River Wildlife Reserve

Travel along the Arut River to the Lamandau River Wildlife Reserve – a release site for reintroduced orangutans. This site is not open to the public although Steppes Travel has exclusive access on our Orangutan Conservation group tour enabling our guests to view the orangutans and their environment in privacy – a unique opportunity.

Lone paddle boarder silhouetted against the orange sky as the sunsets in Jimbaran Bay.

Bali Sunset Paddle Boarding

Paddle board through Jimbaran Bays mangroves at sunset.

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Two Asian elephants with tusks playing.

Sumatran Elephant Conservation

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

Komod Dragon, Komodo, Indonesia

See Komodo Dragon

Board a traditional schooner and explore Komodo National Park in search of Komodo dragon.

Suggested Holiday Idea

Volcanoes, Bromo National Park, Java, Indonesia

Mount Bromo Experience

Rise early for views over the active crater of Mount Bromo in eastern Java. Enjoy spectacular views as the sun rises, before descending into the lush savannah below for a picnic breakfast al fresco, and time to circumnavigate the base of the volcano.

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Where to stay

Some of the wonderful places to stay that we frequently recommended.

Tiger Blue £££££

A two-masted Indonesian phinisi with burgundy sails, Tiger Blue has a swashbuckling feel to it that is reinforced by the ten-man crew and in particular the strutting swagger of ‘Escobar’, who is so much more than a snorkelling guide. Five spacious cabins, plenty of space to relax on deck, a range of watersports, fine dining and an incredible crew all combine to make a holiday on Tiger Blue a true escape. Allowing you to design your own itinerary, Tiger Blue is a relaxed and adventurous way of exploring the islands and marine life of eastern Indonesia’s island archipelago.

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Rascal Yacht £££££

  • Indonesia

Rascal is a traditional phinisi style yacht, fitted with all the mod cons, creating a boat with soul and charm combined with comfortable, contemporary interiors. From the huge upper deck allowing plenty of space to relax or watch an open-air film, the delicious menus to the expert crew who can bring to life every detail of this eclectic and fascinating region. The five en suite cabins are situated above deck affording plenty of natural light and lovely views. A huge sun deck is the perfect spot to relax or make use of some of the watersports equipment.

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Seatrek Yachts £££££

Seatrek operates two traditional wooden phinisi style boats – the Ombak Putih and the Katharina, both beautifully crafted by skilled Indonesian ship builders.

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Dunia Baru £££££

  • Indonesia

Dunia Baru is a phinisi style superyacht, handcrafted from wood and offering incredible adventures throughout the eastern Indonesian Archipelago. A Boat and Dive Manager oversee a crew of 16 to whom hospitality and world class cuisine is a way of life. A full-beam master suite comes complete with aft desk and day beds and the six staterooms are incredibly spacious and comfortable. Packed full of toys, this yacht offers endless fun above and below the water and for those feeling less energetic the beanbags and sun loungers on the teak bow are the perfect spot for reading, star gazing or snoozing.

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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.

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Bali WISE, Bali, Indonesia

Sustainability projects in Indonesia

We support projects right across the planet. In Indonesia, we have supported both the Misool Foundation and Bali WISE Program. When planning your trip speak to our experts about how you can also support the destinations you are visiting.

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Our knowledge and expertise set us apart. So too our curiosity. It is this that drives us to create a journey that is really bespoke to you, all the while ensuring we travel and operate sustainably.

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