Indonesia's 17,000-plus islands are dominated by a few large ones. Sumatra, Java and Sulawesi are diverse places that have swaths of untouched land. Kalimantan and Papua are part of even larger islands and offer plenty of opportunity for serious adventure and exploration. Java remains the heart of the country historically, culturally and economically. Nusa Tenggara and Maluku comprise hundreds of islands, from ever-more-popular Lombok to the relative isolation of the Banda Islands. Although small in size, Bali figures large for visitors, drawing half of Indonesia's tourists. As always, your biggest consideration will be managing the time on your visa.
Javanese culture fuses animist, Buddhist and Hindu influences with both mystic traditions and orthodox Islamic practices. Monuments, mosques and temples that reflect this spiritual complexity exist alongside a spectacular tropical landscape spiked with smoking volcanoes.
The rich culture of Bali is matched by its myriad attractions for visitors: excellent dining and nightlife, hundreds of good places to stay, famous beaches, epic surfing, alluring shopping and a gracious welcome.
Whether you’re here for waves, or to dive deep underwater or into ancient cultures, Nusa Tenggara offers gifts unmatched. From Lombok to Timor via Flores you will be tempted, blessed and satiated, yet left hungry for more.
Sumatra is one big, steamy, jungle-covered adventure where you can go from surfing some of the world’s best waves and snorkelling amid pristine reefs to trekking through dense rainforest in search of orang-utans or ascending active volcanoes.
Bisected by countless rivers, Borneo's legendary rainforest attracts wildlife enthusiasts and hardened trekkers. Dayak longhouses preserve the rich communal culture of a forgotten era, while the underwater paradise of the Derawan Archipelago draws in-the-know divers.
Wind your way through this crazy-shaped island of elaborate funeral ceremonies. Take trails through terraced rice fields and tarsier-filled jungles to coasts of abundant corals, thriving underwater fauna and cultures that revolve around the sea.
Empires vied to control the precious spices of these diverse, beautiful islands. Push past their present-day isolation to discover brilliant coral gardens, jungle-swaddled volcanoes, crumbling colonial mansions and a history as rich as it is troubled.
Diving & Snorkelling
Remote Papua is an adventurer's fantasy. From high mountain valleys and snaking jungle rivers to translucent coastal waters teeming with life, it offers superb trekking and world-class diving among proud tradition-steeped indigenous peoples.