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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Bali’s neighbouring island, Lombok, though much less visited, offers a wonderful combination of scenery, culture and fine beaches with luxury resorts.
Lush forested mountains and an imposing volcano form the backdrop as you relax on beautiful beaches, sip a drink by the ocean or simply laze by the pool.
Venturing from the shade of your palm tree, spend a day cruising and snorkelling the coral reefs around the Gili islands of Trawangan, Meno and Air off Lombok's west coast. Alternatively, head inland and discover the dramatic scenic contrasts of the islands interior, as you drive the windy roads or walk or bike around Sasak villages.
The more hardy and adventurous can attempt the challenging overnight ascent of Mount Rinjani volcano, the second highest in Indonesia.
Aman Resorts in Indonesia offers stunning locations, excellent service and exclusivity. Audley can create tailor-made trips to Indonesia that include staying in one of their properties.
Indonesia has so much to offer: history, culture, scenery and diverse wildlife. After seeing so much, you might want to end your trip relaxing on an idyllic beach. We look at some of the best beaches in Bali and Lombok.
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