Indonesia Holidays

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.

Indonesia FAQs

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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.
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. Remember Indonesia is a majority Muslim country (Bali aside) and thus carries a traditional view of photography. 
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.


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Blog: Return to Indonesia

After four years I was delighted to be returning to Indonesia. The last time I visited was to focus on the hotels of Bali, however this time was to get a greater feel for the less visited cultural area of Sulawesi and a return visit to the cultural capital Java and in particular Jogjakarta.


Client Reviews

Balinese temple statue, Bali, Indonesia
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Everything went like clockwork, even the fairly last minute changes. ''

Ian Hilton

Borobudur detail, Java, Indonesia
''The team at Steppes took the time to understand us and our interests...
... and created an extremely memorable holiday for us.''

Kate Driver

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