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Comprising more than 17,000 islands, the Indonesian archipelago offers the visitor a land of diversity. From temple visits and meeting indigenous tribes, to seeing wildlife like orang-utan or trekking to the top of an active volcano, Indonesia is a gateway to a variety of memorable places and experiences. It also has a good choice of properties, from small and traditional family properties to some of the finest suites and villas in Indonesia.
Bali, with its glorious beaches, rice-terraced mountains and vivid Hindu culture, has attracted writers and artists since the beginning of the last century but they have done little to change the islanders’ traditional way of life.
Bali Barat National Park
Bali Barat National Park is home to more than 200 species of plants as well as small mammals such as monkeys and deer. Trekking is possible with a guide.
High in the mountains, this vibrant town is used as a weekend getaway for the city folk of Jakarta. Nearby is the Tangkuban Prahu volcano crater, surrounded by bubbling geysers and hot springs.
Close to Yogyakarta is the vast pyramidal structure of Borobudur, one of Southeast Asia’s greatest religious relics. Detailed galleries and terraces tell tales of ancient gods and immortalising long-resolved battles.
The main attraction of Bukit Lawang is the Bohorok Orang-utan Rehabilitation Centre, which was established in 1973 to help captive orang-utans re-adjust to life in the wild. The area is also popular for trekking.
Bali's southern peninsula is known as "Bukit", meaning "hill" in Indonesian. This area is Bali's most dramatic coastal scenery; panoramic views of the Indian Ocean are simply breathtaking.
Surrounded by volcanoes, lakes and canyons, the charming and relaxed hill town of Bukittingi is one of the most popular traveller centres in Sumatra. The town is quite small and easily explored on foot.
Bunaken National Marine Park
Bunaken National Marine Park is the principal destination for many visitors to North Sulawesi. Among the more spectacular marine life are barracuda, dolphins, sea snakes, killer whales and Hawkesbill turtles.
The beaches of Candidasa are volcanic, while the islands offer excellent snorkelling and diving. Candidasa is also a good base from which to explore Eastern Bali.
One of the most spectacular sites on Pulau Flores, is the coloured lakes of Kelimutu. Labuan Bajo on the western tip of Flores is the gateway to Komodo Island, where you can see the famous Komodo dragons.
Gangga is part of the Sangihe Islands, some of which still unexplored or inhabited. It is volcanic in origin, covered with rainforest and surrounded by coral reef which produces the white sandy beaches.
The Gili Islands
Situated off the northwestern coast of Lombok, the Gili Islands are famed for fantastic diving and a laid-back pace of life. The marine life is first class and is one of the best spots in Indonesia for diving.
Ijen National Park
the main draw to Ijen National Park is the stunning Kawah Ijen, a beautiful crater lake with glistening turquoise waters. The bright yellow sulphur deposits create a barren but beautiful landscape.
The country’s capital is the usual entry point for your travels in Java and indeed most of Indonesia. There some good museums and other points of interest, shops, nightlife and accommodation options.
There is so much on offer in Java, including white-sand beaches, breathtaking ancient religious monuments, bull racing and huge volcanic peaks.
Jimbaran is only 1.2 miles (2 km) south of the airport and has one of the nicest beaches in Bali. It has therefore developed to become a very pleasant resort, one of the very few in Bali where hawkers are not allowed on the beach.
Kalimantan is famed for its fantastic array of flora and fauna. Of the several national parks in the area, Tanjung Puting is probably the best known.
Kerambitan is a small, attractive village located in Tabanan, a prosperous agricultural region of southwest Bali.
Komodo and its smaller neighbour of Rinca Island are the only places in the world to see the legendary Komodo dragon. A local ranger accompanies you at all times whilst on the island
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.
Lembongan island is located two hours by boat off the south eastern coast of Bali. This is a perfect retreat from the hustle bustle of Southern Bali, with white sandy beaches and unparalleled diving and snorkelling.
Bali’s neighbouring island, Lombok, though much less visited, offers a wonderful combination of scenery, culture and fine beaches with luxury resorts.
Located on the north west coast of Bali, Lovina is a cluster of small fishing villages that have merged to become one. The sea is usually calm due to the coral reef off the shore making it a good option for families.
Surrounded by volcanoes – Mount Butak to the west, Mount Arjuna to the north, and Mounts Kepolo and Bromo to the east – Malang is one of the most beautifully situated cities in Java.
Manado is famed for its diving, with some of the world’s most spectacular and accessible coral reefs located anywhere. Explore some sunken Second World War aeroplane wrecks.
The city of Medan is the third largest city in Indonesia and is the capital of the most westerly island of Sumatra.
Medana bay and Sire beach make for two of Lombok's finest beaches. With the huge peak of Gunung Rinjani rising up behind and the tropical Gili Islands, it is one of the most picturesque spots.
Long known to the surf community for it's long left hander, the villages around Mendewi are made up of fishers and farmers that have ample produce on land and in the water to make this a buzzing little area.
The smoking Gunung Bromo, best viewed at sunrise, has to be one of the most breathtaking views one will ever see. The nearby town of Malang has a real Dutch flavour and is a great place to wander around.
Krakatau is famous for the devastating eruption on August 27th 1883 which shook the world. You can visit the islands around the original volcano and see the new Krakatau forming, called Anak Krakatau, or 'Child of Krakatau'.
Fifteen kilometres off the coast of Sumbawa, Moyo is at the western end of the Nusa Tenggara islands, a grouping that begins with Lombok and stretches some 1,300km east to Timor.
A beautiful part of Bali with numerous villages and trekking routes to explore. Pack a sweater and trousers for the cool evenings!
Pantai Marosi is a beautiful beach on west Sumba. The accommodation here can also arrange dive trips and boat trips as well as renting out bicycles and horses.
Pantai Nihiwatu's existence is based on a famous local legend in which some of the original Marapu that descended to earth eventually settled on the beach at Nihiwatu.
Pemuteran is on the north coast of the island which is far quieter than the south and offers the opportunity to combine relaxation and authentic Balinese culture.
To the northeast of Yogyakarta is the huge Hindu temple complex of Prambanan - one of the most outstanding examples of Hindu art in the world. Built in the 9th century, it was reconstructed in the 1930s.
This collection of 610 islands off Sorong, most of which are uninhabited, is considered to offer the best diving in Indonesia and some of the best in the world.
Rantapao is a lush, mountainous region of caves, waterfalls and large shallow lakes. Tana Toraja is the most popular destination in Sulawesi, with its traditional villages, unique architecture and fascinating culture.
Sanur is located on the southeast coast of Bali, only 18 kilometres from the airport. It's a good centre for watersports and works well as a base for exploring other areas of Bali.
Seminyak is at the northernmost (and quieter) end of the eight kilometre stretch of beach that also includes Kuta and Legian. All of the hotels that we recommend in the area have swimming pools.
Senggigi is Lombok's main beach resort. It is still quiet, relative to Bali, and there is not much in the way of shops or nightlife.
The tropical white sands of Sire beach make for one of Lombok's finest beaches. It boasts one of our favourite properties in Indonesia, the Tugu Lombok.
Sulawesi is almost as large as Great Britain and is strikingly beautiful. It's known for its wildlife, with 60% of Indonesia’s 127 indigenous mammals, including the world’s smallest primate, the Tarsier.
Sumatra is one of four places in the world where orang-utans can still be found living in their natural habitat. A great place to see them really close-up is the Bohorok Rehabilitation Centre.
An easy two hour flight from Denpasar on Bali, the island of Sumba is rarely visited by foreign tourists although there has been a steady increase in the last 20 years.
Surabaya is the second largest city in Indonesia. The old town is the highlight, with Chinese temples, a lively Arab Quarter, an ancient mosque and a tobacco museum all interesting ways to occupy your time here.
Tambolaka is home to the airport on Western Sumba, one of the most southerly islands of the Indonesian archipelago.
Tangkahan is a small rural settlement on the edge of the Gunung Leuser National Park. It offers elephant treks; walks to several waterfalls and springs; rafting or tubing and plenty of fantastic treks through the wild jungle.
Tanjung Puting National Park
Tanjung Puting National Park is one of the more accessible national parks on the island. You can visit the Camp Leakey Orang-utan Rehabilitation Centre, which cares for orphaned and rescued orang-utans.
The beautiful fishing village of Tembok is located on the northeast coast of Bali. Traditional Balinese arts such as dancing and martial arts are practiced in the area.
Ubud is an ideally located town from which to base yourself if you are planning on exploring all that Bali has to offer. It has history, culture, architecture as well as flora and fauna to experience.
The royal city of Yogyakarta is one of Asia’s treasures. Old houses, museums and handicraft shops dot the city with woodcarvings, paintings and silverwork amongst the crafts on offer.