Indonesia is an incredible country made up of over 17,000 islands - expect a pure paradise with beautiful beaches, amazing resorts and some of the best activities and experiences in the world! Indonesia attracts all types of travellers from young backpackers to those seeking a luxury break, this country has stunning natural beauty, remarkable traditions and above all, amazing people. Bali and Lombok are probably the most popular tourist destinations but there is far more to this country. Discover it for yourself.
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Indonesia is a tropical paradise and on an adventure you can climb active volcanoes, see endangered orang-utans up close, relax on tropics beaches or go island hopping. On one of our travel packages and holidays you will be guaranteed an amazing experience.
Visit cities, beaches, islands and see exotic wildlife. Search overland, island hopping and small group adventures where you can experience the highlights of Indonesia. On our featured eco holidays you can visit spectacular places like the Gilli Islands, Jakarta, Java, Lombok and Bali. You will could see exotic wildlife, explore deserted beaches, go trekking or hiking off the beaten track.
There are lots of different options including budget trips, small group adventures and family holidays with departures every month. You can find backpacking adventures with some of the worlds most recognised travel operators and also local companies where you can see spectacular sights and learn more about the local culture, people and history.
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Java is often overlooked by volunteers who head straight for the tropical beaches and Hindu temples of its smaller neighbor Bali, but for culture fiends, Java provides an insight into both historical and modern Indonesian life. How could it not, as the most populous island in the world? Starting with Jakarta, which is a lively if not sometimes overwhelming capital city, it’s the essential introduction to real modern city life in Indonesia. Colonial architecture still exists in the Old Town, as well as towering skyscrapers in the central business district. Even though a lot of flights to Indonesia arrive into Jakarta, people usually only stay there for a night or fly straight out. Its a very busy city, bustling with traffic and people but if you enjoy shopping there is a lot of choice.
The mystical and picturesque island of Bali has it all - sandy beaches, lush rice terraces, tropical forest, hills and mountains, amazing temples and a rich local culture making it a perfect location for a dream experience in paradise. Popular locations include Kuta which is surfer central and the centre of party culture on Bali and offers shopping and night life. Further up the coast is the more laid back Seminyak where up scale beach side resorts and villas can be found along with fashionable up scale restaurants, trendy designer boutiques and dance clubs.
Inland Ubud is renowned as a cultural hub and is a centre of Balinese arts and crafts. Home to ancient temples, museums and art galleries Ubud is a great place for visitors to buys handicrafts and souvenirs. You can also find budget and luxury resorts set on fabulous white sands and offer a laid-back, tropical ambiance or stay on a homestay. You could hire a moped or bicycle and explore some of the villages around Ubud, stop to visit the monkey template and enjoy landscapes dotted with beautifully carved temples set in traditional rice paddies. You can see why Bali is most peoples first choice.
Yogyakarta is a wonderful city to settle down for a while and there are lots of things to see and do in your spare time, also enough bars and restaurants to hang out. Free wifi is widely available, so you can easily stay in touch with your friends and family back home. If you go here you will be astonished, it is not like the touristic Bali where you will be hassled all day by the many touts. Yogyakarta (and Java) is more relaxed.
Indonesia is a fairly safe country to visit, this destination is less touristy than other countries in South-East Asia but this means you will get a more authentic experience. Always get official taxis to get around, sometimes unofficial taxis have been known to rip tourists off with prices. Also remember this is a very religious country and so people dress conservatively. Be sure to visit your local healthcare centre to check any needed vaccinations and also check the weather and pack appropriately.