Reasons to Visit
Heading up Krakatau is like trekking over Mars and as the guides tell you once you get half way: "No further or our boots melt". The basic nature of camping out on the island is outshone by the fact you will probably be the only people staying overnight and will be sleeping just metres from the ocean in the shadow of a volcano. A beautiful coral reef around one side of the island offers excellent snorkelling and the views over to the peak of the smoking Anak Krakatau are superb.
The most obvious choice for a beach destination in Indonesia would be the island of Bali. Places like Seminyak, Sanur and Jimbiran are idyllic retreats.
Indonesia is scattered with many temples and ancient monuments. Perhaps the most famous is the vast pyramidal structure of Borobudur, considered to be one of Southeast Asia’s greatest religious relics. Hundreds of Buddha images stare impassively out over the plains and the detailed galleries and terraces that lead up to its central stupa tell tales of ancient gods and battles.
There is never really a 'bad' time to go to Indonesia and the weather is good during the British summer months unlike many other Southeast Asian destinations. Even during the wet season, the rain won't dampen the enjoyment of your holiday as it falls in short downpours and it means that the scenery around you will be lush and colourful.
Indonesia is home to some incredible wildlife and the national parks in Kalimantan and Sumatra are some of the best places to see it. Trek through jungles, rivers and waterfalls on foot or by elephant to discover the wonders of nature from the orang-utan to the world's largest flower.
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Orang-utan in Bukit Lawang, Sumatra
Critically endangered, with a population as low as around 15,000 today, orang-utan are found wild on only two islands in the world: Borneo and Sumatra. For anyone planning an orang-utan spotting holiday, the first question is which country to choose?
Explore the fascinating sights of Southeast Asia while on a relaxing cruise and observe everyday life, wildlife and scenery.
Bali, with its glorious beaches, rice-terraced mountains and vivid Hindu culture, has attracted writers and artists since the beginning of last century but they have done little to change the islanders’ traditional way of life.
Naturally the main reason for visiting Borobudur is to see the awe-inspiring temple complex. The monument features the largest and most complete collection of Buddhist relief sculptures which feature on the walls of its seven terraces.
With over 17,000 islands and seemingly as many different cultures and peoples, the sheer variety of experiences on offer in Indonesia is mesmerising. Let our specialists find you an expert local guide and tailor-make you an itinerary, and start exploring one of the most diverse, exotic destinations in the world.
16 Days from £2,095pp
Explore some amazing areas of Bali that are yet to be discovered by the mainstream. The west and north coasts plus the mountain region are some of Bali's most beautiful parts of the island and the villages, temples and beaches you will see are mercifully lacking in crowds.
15 Days from £2,390pp
Enjoy the main highlights of Bali & Lombok with ample time to relax on the stunning beaches whilst also including the cultural area of Ubud.
20 Days from £2,540pp
Travel the circumference of Bali seeing some of the most beautiful and undiscovered areas on the island.
Our escorted small group tours are different from our tailor-madeholidays in that travel is always in small groups with the services of an experienced guide throughout the trip.
13 hours (Jakarta, via Singapore)
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The best time to travel.
A good time to travel, but there may be some factors to be aware of.
Travel is possible, but this is not the best time of year.
Travel is not recommended.
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