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Borobudur temple, Yogyakarta

Things to do in Indonesia

Indonesia's thousands of islands provide countless activities and diverse attractions with lush panoramas of mountain peaks and valleys and world-class diving and snorkeling in a variety of locations.

Hike to the summit of Mount Bromo in time for sunrise for a truly humbling view, visit ancient temples such as the 8th century Borobudur complex for a glimpse of life in times past or enjoy the vibrant arts and crafts scene in Ubud for an insight into Indonesia's age-old culture. To experience traditional Indonesian life, cycle through the rice fields and rural villages of Bali's uplands where little has changed in centuries.

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Ideas for experiencing Indonesia

Experiences you have as you travel often hold the longest memories. As part of their research trips, our specialists seek out authentic ways to get to know Indonesia, and the best local guides. These activities reflect some of their best-loved experiences.

  • Try snorkeling on a Gili Islands boat tour
    Underwater life on Moyo island, Indonesia

    Try snorkeling on a Gili Islands boat tour

    Medana Bay

    Try snorkeling on a Gili Islands boat tour

    The Gili Islands are made up of three main islands: Gili Trawangan, Gili Meno and Gili Air. You are provided with snorkeling equipment, towels and water. You can also arrange to do some diving if you wish.

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  • Spend a day touring Ubud & surrounding villages
    Paddy fields, Bali, Indonesia

    Spend a day touring Ubud & surrounding villages

    Jimbaran

    Spend a day touring Ubud & surrounding villages

    Ubud has been known for centuries as an artists and crafts center. Verdant terraces, sculptured a thousand years ago are still planted and lovingly cared for by hand.

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  • Ascent of Mount Agung
    View from Mount Agung, Indonesia

    Ascent of Mount Agung

    Ubud

    Ascent of Mount Agung

    Mount Agung is Bali's highest and most sacred mountain. At 3,142m its peak can be seen from right across the island and the Hindu population all line their beds toward it and sleep with their heads pointing in its direction as a sign of respect.

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  • Cycling at Jatiluwih rice terraces
    Cycling the paddy fields around Jatiluwih, Indonesia

    Cycling at Jatiluwih rice terraces

    Ubud

    Cycling at Jatiluwih rice terraces

    Cycle through colorful Balinese towns to the village of Jatiluwih (meaning 'really, really beautiful') which is famous for its magnificent panorama of the rice field terraces in this area.

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  • Experience the sun rising over Mt Bromo and climb to its crater
    Mount Bromo

    Experience the sun rising over Mt Bromo and climb to its crater

    Mount Bromo

    Experience the sun rising over Mt Bromo and climb to its crater

    Overlooking the mountains, watching the sunrise, you will experience one of the most awe-inspiring and memorable vistas in the world. From here you may wish to venture in to the old caldera and climb to the crater of Mount Bromo itself.

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  • Trek up to the Ijen crater
    Ijen craterlLake, Ijen Plateau, Indonesia

    Trek up to the Ijen crater

    Ijen National Park

    Trek up to the Ijen crater

    The trek up the volcano leads you to a spectacular view point for the eerie turquoise crater lake. Wafts of multicolored smoke drift upwards from beneath you and all along the shoreline are bright yellow sulfur deposits creating a barren but beautiful landscape.

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  • Explore the Borobudur temple complex
    Borobudur, Yogyakarta

    Explore the Borobudur temple complex

    Yogyakarta

    Explore the Borobudur temple complex

    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.

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