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Welcome to Indonesia: an archipelago of 17,000 islands, offering an abundance of breathtaking landscapes, unique cultures, and unparalleled adventures. In many ways, the ultimate adventure destination, Indonesia entices with bubbling volcanoes, teeming jungles, astonishing beaches, and rich culture which changes from island to island.

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Bali is a bucket list destination that never, ever disappoints. This enchanting island offers all kinds of travel inspiration in one tiny package: serene retreats in the hills contrast with Asia’s best dining and nightlife on the south coast. The island’s spiritual aura and lively arts scene add an extra layer of allure, making it an exceptional travel destination.

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Indonesia’s archipelagic nature means there are endless possible combinations of islands and regions. A curated selection of sample Indonesian adventures is below. All our trips are 100% bespoke and will be tailored to your interests.

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This land of contrasts will surprise and delight at every turn. Each region is almost a country unto itself, with its own language, culture, religious observances, and cuisine. From the ancient temples of Java, the Toraja funeral ceremonies of Sulawesi, and the traditional villages in Sumba, visitors will discover an enchanting blend of customs, traditions, and ways of life.

For adventure seekers, Indonesia has no shortage of thrilling activities: climb active volcanoes, dive in pristine coral reefs, trek through vast national parks, and even spot orangutans in the wild. And if you are looking for a relaxing escape, Indonesia’s white sand beaches, lush tropical forests, and luxurious resorts are sure to rejuvenate your mind and soul.

But that’s not all. Indonesia is also famous for its mouth-watering cuisine: a tantalizing fusion of flavors and spices that changes and evolves from island to island. And with its warm and welcoming locals, you will feel at home from the moment you step foot in the country.

Best places to go in Indonesia

Bali grabs the headlines of course, but look further afield and the riches keep coming. To the immediate west is Java: Indonesia’s most populous island, housing the UNESCO Heritage temples of Borobudur and the magnificent Ijen and Bromo volcanoes. To the immediate east is Lombok, home to the imposing Mount Rinjani, and the laidback, postcard-perfect Gili Islands. Further still are unforgettable cruise charters around Komodo National Park and Raja Ampat, the alluring, untamed landscapes of Sumba, wild West Papua, and adventures galore in Sumatra, Kalimantan, or Sulawesi.

  • Borobudur, Java, Indonesia

    Borobudur

    Set in the heart of central Java, Borobudur is the world’s largest Buddhist temple, featuring intricate carvings and stupas, offering panoramic views of the surrounding countryside.

  • Mt Bromo, Indonesia

    Mount Bromo

    The surreal, lunar-like landscape of the Bromo-Tengger Caldera is littered with smoking craters and dramatic sunrises, and is a magnet for adventurers and photographers alike.

  • Orangutan in Tanjung Puting National Park, Kalimantan, Indonesia

    Kalimantan

    Glide gently through the lush rainforest and rivers of the immensely biodiverse Tanjung Puting National Park, watching orang-utans and hornbills fly through the canopy above.

  • Komodo Nature Park, Indonesia

    Komodo National Park

    This UNESCO-protected national park, famed for Komodo dragons, encompasses stunning islands, vibrant coral reefs, and diverse marine life, offering a remarkable blend of nature and wildlife.

  • Tana Toraja, Sulawesi, Indonesia

    Toraja

    The valleys and villages of central Sulawesi reveal rich Torajan heritage through unique funeral ceremonies, traditional architecture, and picturesque landscapes adorned with rice terraces.

  • Tarimbang Beach, Sumba, Indonesia

    Sumba

    Rugged, wild, and truly enchanting, Sumba blends off-piste adventure with lush nature, world-class diving, and incomparable luxury accommodations.

Tegalalang Rice Fields, Ubud, Bali, Indonesia

Best time to visit Indonesia

The best time to visit Indonesia is during the dry season from March to October. These months offer ideal weather conditions for exploring the diverse landscapes and islands. Bali, Java, and Lombok are particularly inviting during this period. However, it’s worth noting that the archipelago’s vastness means regional climates may vary. For instance, Komodo and Raja Ampat are best visited from October to April.

During the wet season, from November to March, some areas experience heavy rainfall, yet it can be an excellent time for surfers. With such a large range of islands to explore there are all kinds of micro-climates to consider, so please speak to your consultant for expert info!

Check out The Best Time to Travel to Indonesia for more details.

What to do in Indonesia

Where to start? Each of Indonesia’s island destinations offers immense history, great food, and stunning natural beauty. Java specifically has volcanoes and UNESCO sites; Kalimantan the steamy jungles of Borneo; Lombok and Flores have rugged, untamed beauty and pristine white sand beaches; and Sulawesi offers a glimpse of unique cultural traditions found nowhere else on the planet.

  • Sunrise Borobudur, Java, Indonesia

    Sunrise over Borobudur

    Take a seat at the top of Borobudur’s towering temples as the sun peeks above the horizon, rising slowly above a skyline of soaring volcanoes and tropical jungle, watching as the colors above you move from inky blue through pinks, purples, reds, and oranges.

  • Komodo Dragon, Komodo Nature Park, Indonesia

    Komodo charter cruises

    Komodo is made up of countless earthy-toned islands, contrasted by beautiful coral blues and pink-hued beaches. The best way to explore is by charter cruise, traveling from islet to islet, coming face to face with Komodo dragons, and myriad other unforgettable adventures.

  • Tongkonans, Sulawesi, Indonesia

    Meet the Toraja

    Sulawesi has a wealth of attractions, but top of any list is a remarkable journey into the highlands to meet the Toraja, who have fascinated anthropologists and intrepid travelers alike for centuries. Visiting this region is an experience unlike any other in Indonesia – or the world.

Indonesia advice from the experts

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    Indonesia’s Best Beaches

      The very best beaches in Indonesia can be found in Bali, Lombok and the Gili Islands. While there are countless beautiful stretches to discover, these are our top picks.
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    Best Time to Visit Indonesia

      Indonesia may often be equated with a popular honeymoon destination or the best to come to party on the beach, but it offers something for everyone from outdoor adventurers to history enthusiasts. There are over 17,500 islands, 6,000 of which are inhabited, bringing diverse landscapes and a long list of recreational activities to enjoy. But just when is the best time to visit Indonesia is? Find out below.
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    3 Days in Ubud, Bali

    Any trip to Bali simply must spend time in Ubud. Once a small and very traditional village, then later considered the heart of Bali’s hippy scene, Ubud has now grown into one of Indonesia's top destinations. 

    We’d recommend spending several days in situ to enjoy all a stay in Ubud has to offer. Our recommended 3 days Ubud itinerary is found below - but you could really spend a week or more here and not run out of things to see and do.

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    Beach Options in North and East Bali

     

    The north and east of Bali feel like a completely different island to the busy south.

    While the south’s best beaches - Nusa Dua, Jimbaran Bay, Seminyak, and Kuta beaches - are popular and well-maintained, the north and east offer a wilder and more authentic slice of Balinese life.

    Underwater treasures, attractive villages, breathtaking temples are all just as much of a feature, but there are also far fewer other tourists around to share them with.

    Here’s our guide to the best areas in the north and east of Bali in which to base yourself.

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    Best Hiking Areas in Bali

     

    Visits to Bali are not just about the beach. For outdoor lovers, it’s possible to visit the ‘Island of Gods’ and concentrate your time entirely on its lush, paradisical interior - a stunning landscape of dramatic waterfalls, bubbling volcanos, rainforest, and emerald rice terraces.

    The island is a walker’s dream. Hiking trails lace all over the island, with something to suit all tastes: from gentle but rewarding strolls around major tourist centers such as Ubud or Munduk, or challenging expeditions to the summits of the islands two major peaks Mount Agung and Mount Batur. 

    We’ve picked out our favorite hikes in Bali below - all of which could be easily added to your fully tailored itinerary. Speak to our experts for more inspiration!

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    Best things to Do in Bali

    Home to ancient temples and palaces, stunning beaches that range from white powdery sands to black sand stretches all framed by turquoise waters. Dense jungle inhabited by monkeys and mountains terrain with more waterfalls than you can count. Bali stands out among Indonesia’s more than 17,500 islands. While you’re here, these are some of the top things to put on your must-do list.
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    Our Guide to Snorkeling in Bali

     

    Bali is a travel paradise both on land and underwater. Inland Bali’s soaring volcanoes, lush jungles, and rolling rice terraces give way to wide beaches, both white sand and volcanic black sand, which circle the island on all sides. 

    Situated in the heart of Southeast Asia’s Coral Triangle, the island is surrounded by reefs, wrecks, and coral gardens which are pure heaven for underwater explorers. We take you through Bali’s very best snorkel spots below; some of which are dedicated day trips, while many are found immediately in front of your island resort.

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    Beach Options in Southern Bali

     

    As well as being the most developed area of the island, and housing the widest range of accommodation, the most beautiful beaches in Bali are thought to be located in the south. Below is our guide to the various options available - let us know which you think suits you! 

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    Rice fields in Bali that you must see

    The ‘Island of Gods’ is a natural paradise: soaring volcanoes, dense jungles, beautiful rice fields, kaleidoscopic corals, and miles upon miles of black and white sand beaches. 

    Bali is also a cultural haven. The Balinese have thrived as a distinctly different culture to the rest of Indonesia: largely Hindu, known for their easy-going, intelligent manner. Key to all Balinese life is the concept of ‘Tri Hita Karana’, a philosophy of harmony in three key tenets: harmony with nature, with other humans, and with god.

    Bali’s lush, emerald rice terraces are not only scenically stunning but also an illustration of these harmonious principles. With an ingenious subak irrigation system honed over centuries, they are both highly functional, and aesthetically pleasing, working with nature to bring sustenance to the people and joy to gods. 

    All of Bali’s rice terraces are protected under the UNESCO World Heritage scheme, owing to their ubiquity and their deep cultural ties to the Balinese. We’ve put together a list of our favorite rice terrace areas on the island below.

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    The Perfect Two Weeks in Bali

     

    Just the mention of Bali summons up visions of tropical paradise. The ‘Island of the Gods’ is one of the world’s great travel destinations: rich in culture, adventure, alluring scenery, and magnificent hotels.

    Whether you’re looking for culture, adventure, scenery, or relaxation, there’s a perfect Bali itinerary to suit. We recommend spending a solid two weeks in Bali to make sure you get the best of the island, but with so much on offer, it can be hard to know where to start.

    We’ve broken down the best aspects of Bali below. Get in touch with our dedicated Bali experts today, and let us know what your perfect two-week itinerary would look like!

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Your Indonesia questions answered

How long do I need for a tour of Indonesia?

A Bali-only trip could be as little as 6-7 days; although compact this would be (just) enough time for a few nights around Ubud backed up with a beach break down on the south coast. A full round-island trip would require 10-12 days minimum. Pairing Bali with one or more of nearby Java, Lombok, or Flores would best be done in 13-14 days – or more…you really can’t ever stop exploring Indonesia, so the more time you have the better!

When is the best time to travel to Bali?

Located close to the equator Bali has a relatively settled – but tropical – climate year-round. Temperatures remain pleasantly hot and humidity mild, with rainfall at its lowest from March through to October. Although there is a slight uplift in the probability of rain from November through to February there is no monsoon as such, and this shouldn’t put anyone off planning an escape through the winter holidays.

What about wider Indonesia?

Those islands on a similar latitude to Bali typically follow a similar pattern: Java, Lombok, Flores, and Sumba. Sulawesi likewise, albeit with a mini monsoon in the hills of Tana Toraja around March and April. Regions of Indonesia that fall on the other side of the equator – chiefly the jungle and wildlife destinations of Kalimantan and north Sumatra are in the inverse, seeing their best weather from October through to March.

Is Bali a good destination for adventure travel?

100% yes. The center of Bali holds rolling hills and mountains, and two majestic volcanic peaks in Mt Agung and Mt Batur. There are miles upon miles of slopes, dense forests, and secluded waterfalls to trek or mountain bike to, while at lower elevations you’ll find a rich carpet of emerald rice fields for lighter hikes or cycling. Several fast-running rivers lead to rapids for kayaking or rafting. Off-shore you’ll find several patches of underwater wonderland – primarily around Menjangan, Amed, Candidasa, or Nusa Lembongan – for keen divers and snorkellers.

Is there any wildlife to see in Bali?

Bali is best thought of as a destination for culture, nature, relaxation, and adventure. Wildlife interaction is possible in Bali’s bird and reptile parks, and there are plenty of monkeys and other tropical critters around, but for big-hitting wildlife activities, we suggest turning your attention to Sumatra or Kalimantan. Both house epic national parks, home to orang-utans, elephants, rhinos, and – very elusively – tigers.

Are Bali and Indonesia safe to visit?

Indonesia is a settled democracy suffering little disruption from political action, strikes, or extreme activity. Its tourist centers – primarily Bali, but also Java, Flores, and Sulawesi – are well away from densely populated areas and you’ll find a general sense of calm and positivity throughout the country. As with most of Asia, petty crime is nearly unheard of and you’ll find locals on the whole warm and highly welcoming.

How do we get around Bali and Indonesia?

Tours of Bali are conducted 100% by road. No two parts of the island are more than 3-4 hours’ drive away, and the scenery is simply unforgettable, so these journeys are an absolute joy. Next-door Java is connected by a very short ferry transfer, so a full overland trip from Jakarta or Yogyakarta is entirely possible. Otherwise, it’s short, comfortable, efficient domestic flights; Indonesia has half a dozen or more domestic airlines competing to keep fares cheap and service high: if you’re combining 2 or 3 islands you’ll probably become very familiar with them!

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