This enchanting nation of over 17,000 islands is home to a huge diversity of adventures to choose from. It's hard to beat Indonesia for the sheer range of experiences on offer.
The world’s fourth most populous country is like 100 countries melded into one: a kaleidoscope of a nation that sprawls along the equator for 5000km. Indonesia is a land of so many cultures, peoples, animals, customs, plants, sights, art and foods that it defies homogenization.
The people are as different from each other as the variety of landscapes you'll encounter. Over time, deep and rich cultures have evolved, from the spiritual Balinese to the animist belief system of the Asmat people of Papua.
Beaches & Volcanoes
Traveling across Indonesia you’ll meet a spectacular dramatic landscape as diverse as anywhere on the planet. Sulawesi's wildly multi-limbed coastline features white-sand beaches and dive sites, while Sumatra is speckled by a legion of nearly 100 volcanoes expanding into the distance, with several capable of erupting at any time.
Bali's beaches are are famous but you don't have to travel far to find even more impressive and less touristy stretches of sand in Nusa Tenggara. The Banda islands in Maluku, Derawan in Kalimantan and Pulau Weh off Sumatra all offer jaw dropping beaches as well.
Dramatic experiences are the norm in Indonesia. Encounter the sublime: an orangutan lounging lazily in a tree. The graceful: a Balinese dancer executing precise moves that would make a robot seem clumsy. The idyllic: a deserted stretch of blinding white sand on Sumbawa. The astonishing: glitzy Jakarta downtown. The fascinating: tales of the beautiful Banda Islands' rich history. The heart-stopping: the menacing threat of a Komodo dragon. The delicious: a trendy restaurant in south Bali. The solemn: Borobudur's serene splendor.
This intoxicating country offers some of the last great adventures on earth. Sitting in the open door of a train whizzing across Java, gazing out at an empty sea while on a ship bound for the Kei Islands, hanging on to the back of a scooter on Flores, rounding the corner of an ancient West Timor village or simply trekking through the lush wilderness.
The great thing about adventure in Indonesia is that it happens when you least expect it. An orangutan swinging through the trees? Surfing breaks on remote islands? Yes and yes.