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Indonesia

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  • Jakarta
  • 250 million
  • Indonesian
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about Indonesia

It’s so close, yet in countless ways is so far away. Beyond ever-popular Bali, there’s a plethora of other experiences in this vast archipelago. Trek to discover wildlife, including tigers and orangutans, surviving deep in the jungle in Aceh and Northern Sumatra’s Gunung Leseur National Park. Underwater enthusiasts will find they can dive just about anywhere in the country, but there are pristine scuba spots in the Tongian and Komodo Islands. And while surfers flock to Uluwatu in Bali’s south, there are far more isolated waves to be had in places like East Java, with its world-class G-Land barrels, and the Mentawai Islands.

There are more than 18,000 islands to explore across what is the world’s largest archipelago, each with its own cultural twist and geographical wonder. Generally speaking, it’s a world of terraced rice paddies, cloud-fringed mountains, traditional artistry, coffee, richly decorated temples and cities packed to the rafters.

You’ll also discover traditional communities still enacting centuries-old rituals, like the ancient Pasola Festival on Sumba, where warriors on horseback wield spears in one of the bloodiest harvest festivals you’ll ever witness. It’s raw, it’s mesmerising, it’s wild, and there’s plenty more like it to be discovered throughout Indonesia.

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BINTAN ISLAND, INDONESIA

Picture this: you’re on an extended getaway – somewhere warm and...

Picture this: you’re on an extended getaway – somewhere warm and tropical, perhaps –...

ANAMBAS ISLANDS, INDONESIA

This is for those who want to be completely off-grid, without forgoing any...

This is for those who want to be completely off-grid, without forgoing any luxuries. ...

BALI, INDONESIA

There’s something wonderfully alluring about a hard-to-find bar,...

There’s something wonderfully alluring about a hard-to-find bar, particularly in a...

ULUWATU, INDONESIA

Escape the world in this tree-house designed pool bar nestled into...

Escape the world in this tree-house designed pool bar nestled into Uluwatu’s spectacular...

GILI TRAWANGAN, INDONESIA

If your dream holiday involves being washed up on a white beach with little...

If your dream holiday involves being washed up on a white beach with little else other...

CENDERAWASIH BAY, INDONESIA

When you slide into Cenderawasih Bay from the inflatable Zodiac, the first...

When you slide into Cenderawasih Bay from the inflatable Zodiac, the first thing you’ll...

AGATS, INDONESIA

As Coral Adventurer drops anchor off Syuru village, the ship is surrounded by...

As Coral Adventurer drops anchor off Syuru village, the ship is surrounded by war canoes...

RAJA AMPAT, INDONESIA

Raja Ampat is a bejewelled Indonesian archipelago whose islands are rimmed by...

Raja Ampat is a bejewelled Indonesian archipelago whose islands are rimmed by dazzling...