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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The MV Nusa is a simple local vessel that is predominantly used for day trips to the Komodo islands. Overnighting on board is an adventurous way to enjoy the area, however facilities are extremely simple.
Your private boat is a simple local vessel that is predominantly used for day trips to the Komodo islands. Overnighting on board is an adventurous way to enjoy a more complete experience in the area, however facilities are extremely simple and you should speak to your specialist to ensure you are comfortable with this.
The MV Nusa Tara has three air conditioned cabins where you will sleep (or you can sleep on the deck if you want a night under the stars)! All meals are included and cooked on board - this will be very simple local fare such as nasi goreng (fried rice and vegetables) and due to the lack of facilities (i.e. no fridge) we suggest you exercise caution with what you eat. You will have snorkelling equipment provided but as this is very much a 'part-time' job and if the snorkelling is a key element we would suggest you buy a good mask and snorkel earlier in your trip or before you head off from the UK. Your crew will only speak basic English at best so having a Lonely Planet or similar with a few words of Bahasa Indonesia will certainly help. As a final word of caution, the currents around the archipelago are notoriously strong so please only snorkel in areas your crew suggest and stay close to the boat or land.
A picturesque fishing village community clinging to the western tip of Flores, Labuan Bajo has an agreeable weathered, slightly ramshackle charm.
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