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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.

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Indonesia, Indonesia

Indonesia - 30 years of Conservation Tour

This is an exclusive one-off tour, celebrating 30 years of orangutan conservation. Travel with Orangutan Foundation founder, Ashley Leiman, OBE and learn first-hand about her continued efforts to protect the critically endangered orangutans. The group will also be accompanied by Regina Frey, pioneer of the first orangutan rehabilitation centre in Bukit Lawang in the Gunung Leuser National Park. Dr Ian Singleton OBE, Director of SOCP, will also be with the group throughout. It is through their expertise and insight that this group will experience a unique behind the scenes view into the magnificent conservation efforts of these two charities.

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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.

UNESCO Borobudur

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

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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 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.

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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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Ubud Bike Tour

Cycle the paddy fields of Ubud on a bamboo bike.

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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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Spot Bird of Paradise

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

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Surfing Experience

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

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Wayag Lagoon

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

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Mount Rinjanin Sunrise

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

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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.

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Bali Sunset Paddle Boarding

Paddle board through Jimbaran Bays mangroves at sunset.

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Sumatran Elephant Conservation

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

See Komodo Dragon

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

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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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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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Clare was terrific! At the last minute, I did a complete change of my plans, and she was incredibly graceful and positive about changing everything. The livaboard she recommended was great. I thoroughly enjoyed--and appreciated--working with her.

Indonesia

Frequently asked questions about Indonesia

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.

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 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

What is the time zone in Indonesia?

The capital Jakarta is seven hours ahead of GMT, while Bali is eight hours ahead of GMT.

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.

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Misool Foundation
Bali WISE foundation girls at school
Bali WISE, Bali, Indonesia

Our projects in Indonesia

We support projects right across the planet. Explore below to see where and how we’re making a difference – in some cases, we can even arrange a visit as part of your tailor-made itinerary.

In Indonesia we support both the Misool Foundation and Bali WISE Program.

Read more about The Steppes Fund For Change

Why Choose Steppes?

These may be uncertain times but they are, without a doubt, still full of opportunity to discover the extraordinary safely. Through knowledge and expertise, we can connect you to those destinations embracing travellers with the added confidence of flexible booking and decades of insight.

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