Island Hopping

With 17,000-odd islands to choose from, your opportunities to bounce from one idyllic little discovery to the next are endless.

Derawan Archipelago This archipelago has several versions of tropical paradise, from backpacker hang-outs to an uncrowded atoll.

Raja Ampat Islands Jungle-covered hills, pristine beaches and waters teeming with the world's greatest diversity of marine life.

Karimunjawa Islands Often overlooked, these magical coral-fringed islets are now enjoying better transport connections and facilities.

Banyak Islands Spend just one day on each and soon you'll be lost in a perfect island cliché.

Riung Seventeen Islands National Park actually has 23 islands good for lazy days, snorkelling and swimming.

Togean Islands Hard to reach, but dreamy on land and astonishing underwater thanks to the awesome coral formations.

Diving & Snorkelling

Indonesia has some of the world's best diving, from the plethora of operators and schools in Bali to remote spots that will challenge – and thrill – experts.

Komodo National Park Warm and cold currents keep reefs nourished and attract large groups of sharks, mantas and dolphins.

Pulau Weh Hover above a clown fish and look up to see a giant whale shark.

Pulau Lembeh Arguably the world's greatest muck diving, with a bevy of macro exotica to encounter.

Derawan Archipelago Dive off Pulau Maratua, where big pelagic fish and schools of barracuda are common.

Pulau Bunaken Combine a tropical idyll with excellent snorkelling and diving atop pristine coral reefs and critter-filled muck.

Bali The wreck of the Liberty offers better diving each year as its corals grow, attracting more critters.

Raja Ampat Islands Save up for that liveaboard trip to this remote West Papua diver's paradise: you won't regret it.

Banda Islands Fine coral and super drop-offs lure divers and snorkellers to these legendary islands.

Trekking

Much of Indonesia is still wild and remote. Hikes (from part of a day to weeks) through these lands and cultures are the reason many visit the country.

Kerinci Seblat National Park Challenging volcanoes and remote jungle trails leading to hidden lakes and waterfalls draw hikers.

Gunung Semeru Java's highest peak is a tough challenge, with breathtaking volcano vistas of a cone-studded horizon.

Gunung Rinjani Indonesia's second-highest volcano, sacred to Balinese Hindus and Sasak Muslims, promises a magical summit sunrise.

Tomohon Suspended between volcanic peaks, the Tomohon region offers grand vistas of volcanic peaks.

Mamasa to Tana Toraja Walk past terraced rice fields and jungle, and stay in villages where the welcome is plentiful.

Beaches

The problem isn't finding a beach, the problem is choosing which one of the many tantalising options.

Gili Islands Near Bali and Lombok, these three testaments to hedonism are ringed by pure white sand.

Pantai Trikora Chill in beachfront homestays along Pantai Trikora, the more rustic alternatives to Pulau Bintan’s manicured resorts.

Rote Alongside its epic surf, we love Rote for its miles of empty beaches and sweet solitude.

Banyak Islands This chain of largely uninhabited sandy dots fringed by pristine coral reefs has Sumatra's best beaches.

Pulau Tabuhan A white-sand jewel floating just offshore of Banyuwangi.

Pulau Kei Kecil Picture-postcard beaches and Indonesia's longest sandbar.

Surfing

Surf breaks are found all across Indonesia. Each year new ones are named by surfers in search of the perfect wave.

Bali Ulu Watu is world famous, but there are legendary breaks all around the island.

Mentawai Islands Make a waverider’s pilgrimage to some of the planet’s most iconic and challenging breaks.

Alas Purwo National Park The legendary G-Land wave, off Java's extr southeast corner, just barrels on and on.

Watu Karang Southwest of Pacitan, East Java’s newest surf hot spot has perfect barrels.

West Sumbawa Of the many Nusa Tenggara waves, only one, Supersuck, attracts surfers from Oahu’s North Shore.

Pulau Nias The long, hollow right of Lagundri has long been considered one of the world's best waves.

Wildlife

Orang-utans are the stars of a world of wildlife that includes elephants, 'dragons' and all manner of birds.

Palangka Raya The Sungai Kahayan offers plenty of orang-utans, crocodiles and more.

Meru Betiri National Park A rainforest home to exotica including rhinoceroses, hornbills, sea turtles and the world's longest snake.

Papua Birds of paradise – legendary for their colour, plumage and mating dances – hide deep in Papuan forests.

Way Kambas National Park Spy elephants and rare birds; learn about efforts to save the endangered Sumatran rhino.

Alas Purwo National Park Join a nocturnal safari to watch turtles nest and wild leopards roam the jungled, limestone peninsula.

Komodo National Park The world's largest lizards roam Komodo and Rinca islands, while plentiful marine life awaits underwater.

Tanjung Puting National Park Spot semi-wild orang-utans, proboscis monkeys and abundant birdlife in Kalimantan.

Temples

Indonesia might not be as well known for temples as its neighbours, yet between Java and Bali you'll find some of the region's most ancient and beautiful.

Borobudur Come at dawn to experience the ethereal beauty of this stacked Buddhist complex.

Prambanan This enormous 9th-century wonder near Yogyakarta is the largest Hindu temple in ancient Java.

Pura Luhur Batukau One of Bali's most important temples is a misty, remote place steeped in ancient spirituality.

Pura Taman Ayun A beautiful moated temple with a royal past; part of Unesco's recognition of Bali's rice traditions.