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Reasons to Visit Indonesia

  • Volcanos

    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.

    Volcanos
  • Beaches

    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.

    Beaches
  • History & culture

    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.

    History & culture
  • Weather

    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.

    Weather
  • Wildlife

    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.

    Wildlife

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Visit Lake Toba, Sumatra

Lake Toba was formed by volcanic activity some 100,000 years ago, and is one of Sumatra’s most spectacular sights. Perhaps the best way to enjoy the scenery around Parapat and Lake Toba is to take a cruise on the lake.

Temperature and Precipitation

Lake Toba climate data provided by Weather2Travel.com
JanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Precipitation (mm)1891452032291579280112201272263236
Temperature (°C)272727272827272726262626

Daylight, Sunshine and UV

Lake Toba sunshine data provided by Weather2Travel.com
JanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Sunshine hours777777766556
Daylight hours12.012.012.112.212.212.312.312.212.112.112.012.0
UV Index131515151312121314141312

UV Index and what it means

The ultraviolet index is a measure of the risk of skin damage due to exposure to the sun. Be aware that the potential damage caused by the sun varies from person to person as well as by time of day, altitude and several other factors. We recommend contacting your GP for further advice.

0-2

Wear sunglasses on bright days; use sunscreen if there is snow on the ground (which reflects UV radiation) or if you have particularly fair skin.

3-5

Wear sunglasses and use sunscreen, cover the body with clothing and a hat, and seek shade around midday when the sun is most intense.

6-7

Wear sunglasses and use sunscreen having SPF 15 or higher, cover the body with sun protective clothing and a wide-brim hat, and reduce time in the sun from two hours before to three hours after solar noon.

8-10

Wear sunscreen, a shirt, sunglasses and a hat. Do not stay out in the sun for too long.

11+

Take all precautions, including: wear sunglasses and use sunscreen, cover the body with a long-sleeved shirt and trousers, wear a very broad hat, and avoid the sun from two hours before to three hours after solar noon.

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