The country of Indonesia spreads over 735,400 miles between the Asian mainland and Australia. It has more than 500 languages and dialects, spoken by over 246 million people
From active volcanoes, calm majestic lakes and intriguing cultures, here are the top places you need to visit if you’re there.
If you don’t fancy the tourist-heavy cities or landlocked forests then we highly recommend you visit the quiet island of Lombok. The island, not too far from Bali, offers clear blue waters and dense green mountains for those wishing to relax with a picturesque view. If you fancy being more active you could take a walk up Gunung Rinjani, the second highest mountain in Indonesia, or surf on the spectacular coastal waves.
Great barrier who? Raja Ampat is known as one of the most active diving destinations in the world. The reef itself is home to over 75% of the worlds coral species. With thousands of tropical fish species, it is a perfect location for lovers of aquatic life.
If you like it hot then why not visit the active volcano of Bromo-Tengger-Semru National Park. The area can be traversed on foot, jeep or horse. You can also set off early in the morning to catch one of the spectacular sunrises imaginable.
Volcanic lakes you say? Don’t worry there’ll be no lava here, just calm water. It is the perfect location for those wanting away from backpacking and trekking. Laze around the clear lakes whilst having a masterful massage.
If you are more of a culture buff, then why not visit the most popular destination in Southern Sulawesi. The culture heavy island is rich in authenticity with fascinating villages and traditional ceremonies.
This island is probably one of the most popular places to visit in all of Indonesia. Bali has been commercialised with the film and book, Eat, Pray, Love but don’t let that put you off as the beauty of the island remains untarnished. Expect misty mountain walks and famous temples such as Uluwatu and Tannah Lot to see when you’re there. There is also plenty of nightlife to enjoy with some fantastic restaurants.