Indonesia trip ideas
Blessed with ancient monuments, exquisite wildlife, delicious cuisine, stunning beaches and numerous distinct cultures, Indonesia is a remarkably diverse nation. Its thousands of islands stretch across a distance roughly that of London to New York however, so careful planning is needed to make the most of your time here.
Our specialists can offer expert advice on travelling from island to island, where to take short flights and when to use a private guide and driver. They’ve also devised a series of itinerary ideas to make planning your route a little easier and can use these as a starting point for your bespoke tour.
Ideas for your trip to Indonesia
These itineraries are designed to give you some suggestions for what is possible when you travel in Indonesia, and they showcase some of the routes that we’ve found work particularly well. Treat them simply as inspiration, because your trip will be created uniquely for you by one of our specialists based on your particular tastes and interests.
Relax on a beautiful beach in the south with access to great restaurants and beautiful temples.
Soak up the atmosphere of Ubud; the cultural heart of Bali.
Help out with the daily farming practices.
Snorkel in a peaceful bay on the remote northern coast.
Relax on one of Bali's finest beaches and watch the sunset on a private boat with champagne and canapés.
Get an authentic insight into Balinese culture away from the tourist areas of Ubud.
Trek to one of the craters on the active Mount Batur volcano.
Experience the scenery around the highlands of Munduk in an off-road buggy tour.
Have a local food guide teach you how to eat like a Balinese local at a small market town night market.
The chance to see traditional buffalo racing in west Bali.
Snorkel in the clear warm waters of the north coast.
Relax with a stay at a tented camp on the slopes of Mount Batukaru.
Visit the iconic temple of Pura Ulun Danu Bratan at Lake Bratan.
Explore the markets and galleries around Ubud.
Picture perfect sunsets over the Indian Ocean.
Snorkel over pristine coral reefs.
Try unique Bali dishes such as Sambal Goreng Petai (chili beef in coconut milk).
Enjoy a traditional massage as you gaze out to the blue waters of the Lombok Strait.
Visit one of the oldest villages in Bali and see their famed double ikat cloth.
Explore the shops and galleries in Ubud and try some of Bali's best restaurants.
Visit Ubud, Bali's spiritual and artistic hub.
Gain an insight into Balinese life and customs.
Stay in rural Bali away from the crowds.
Eat like a local and learn to make Balinese dishes.
Relax on Bali's eastern coast.
Track down orangutan and other wildlife in the dense jungles of Sumatra.
Travel overland through the volcanic landscape of western Java.
Visit the ancient Buddhist temple of Borobudur as the sun comes up.
Experience both the more relaxed and more vibrant beach areas on Bali and Lombok.
Enjoy a cooking class in a traditional Balinese home near Ubud.
Take in the beautiful scenery around Munduk.
Stay in luxurious tented accommodation.
Take in the breathtaking coastline of Sumba with sheer cliff faces and immense stretches of white sand beaches pounded by huge surf.
Visit local Sumban villages, first seeking permission from tribal chiefs.
See the traditional homes with buffalo horn and other artefacts decorating the entrance.
Chew betel nut like a local and watch a traditional ceremony unfold.
Visit the ancient Buddhist relic of Borobudur.
Enjoy the temple district of Prambanan.
Explore the Sultan's Palace in Yogyakarta.
Watch a spectacular sunrise over Mount Bromo.
Learn how to cook traditional Javanese dishes and visit a local food market.
Get an authentic insight into Balinese culture.
Trek to a crater on the active Mount Batur volcano.
Visit traditional Torajan villages with their characterful houses.
Explore ancient unusual burial sites.
End your holiday relaxing on a beach and enjoying a sunset boat cruise.
Visit the Hindu temple of Prambanan.
Explore the spectacular Buddhist relic of Borobudur.
Head to the viewpoint over Mount Bromo for sunrise.
See orangutans in the wild on the island of Kalimantan.
Stay in the quaint Dutch heritage town of Malang.
Learn to cook authentic Balinese dishes in Ubud.
Snorkel in the clear waters of the Gili Islands.
Explore the island of Lombok by jeep.
Watch a traditional kecak dance at sunset.
Sample fresh seafood on the beach at Jimbaran Bay.
Marvel at the spectacular ancient Buddhist relic of Borobudur.
Visit the Hindu temple complex of Prambanan.
Take a bike ride through the paddy fields of central Java.
Watch a spectacular the sun rise over Mount Bromo.
Spend time in Ubud - the cultural heartbeat of Bali.
Visit the volcanic region of Ijen to observe the sulphur mining and the stunning turquoise blue crater lake.
Visit Bali's only national park.
Relax on one of Bali's lovely beaches.
Experience Toraja's unique and fascinating culture.
Explore Sulawesi's scenery on foot and bicycle.
Search for tiny primates, the tarsier.
Trek up an ancient lava flow.
Relax on a tropical island.
The 8th century Buddhist relic of Borobudur.
Dutch colonial architecture and cafes in Jakarta.
Prambanan's vast temple site of 244 Hindu temples.
A visit to Java's true hidden gem - Kura Kura Resort on the Karimunjawa Archipelago.
The iconic site of Mount Bromo volcano at sunrise.
Ijen Plateau's plantations, sulphur lake and colourful villages.
Take a boat through the islands of the Komodo archipelago to enjoy snorkelling and tracking down the Komodo Dragon.
Begin and end your trip by relaxing on the palm fringed beaches of Bali.
See the sunrise over the eerie three coloured lakes of Kelimutu on Flores.
Visit the spectacular Borobudur temple.
Spend two nights cruising through Tanjung Puting National Park.
Enjoy a few days exploring the hills of Ubud.
Embark on an unforgettable sailing adventure around Komodo National Park.
Encounter komodo dragons and fantastic marine life.
Trek to spend a night in one of the most fascinating villages in Asia.
Visit the famous crater lakes of Kelimutu.
The stunning Seventeen Islands Coral Garden Marine Park.
Relax in two contrasting Balinese towns.
Cruise through the beautiful Komodo National Park on board the Ombak Putih.
Relax on one of Bali's white sand beaches.
Enjoy some world class snorkelling and diving opportunities.
Journey off the beaten track and sample island life on Flores.
See wild orangutan in Sumatra and Kalimantan.
Enjoy trekking and tubing through unspoilt rainforest in Sumatra.
Visit the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Borobudur; an ancient Buddhist monument.
Cruise around the dramatic islands of western Flores and track down Komodo Dragons.
Relax on a beautiful beach on Bali.
Explore the back streets of the artists centre of Ubud.
Visit the lesser visited and beautiful Raja Ampat.
Immerse yourself into local life far off the tourist trail.
Enjoy a few days of world class diving and snorkelling.
Explore Bali and finish your trip relaxing on the white sand beaches of Lombok.
Stay at Amanjiwo in Java looking out to the largest Buddhist relic in the world, Borobudur.
Stay at Amanusa in southern Bali which boasts one of the most beautiful pools in Bali and its own private beach club on the white sands of Nusa Dua.
Stay at Amanwana on Moyo Island after enjoying a truly memorable float plane journey to this tented paradise where turtles swim in the turquoise waters and deer graze in the forest.
Stay at Amandari in Ubud, Bali and watch the local villagers as they make daily offerings at the Amandari shrine which was a gift from the village.
Stay at Amankila and enjoy the signature three tiered pools looking out over the blue waters to Lombok or explore the stunning east Bali countryside and villages.
Beach itineraries with a touch of exploration
These trip ideas, from our Hidden Beaches collection, are our answer if you’re looking to relax but still want to explore. Each itinerary combines time at one of our hand-picked beach properties with a few days spent either on safari, taking in a city, discovering the local culture or hopping to the next beach. These itineraries are just suggestions, and a specialist will plan your holiday individually.
Beach + Culture
Discover Ubud's pretty temples, beautiful rice terraces and exquisite handicrafts before heading to Sanur to enjoy a week relaxing on the beach.
13 Days from £2,110pp
3 nights Ubud including breakfast and excursions; 7 nights Tandjung Sari including breakfast. Includes flights and transfers.View this itinerary
Beach + Wildlife or Scenery
Stay at a working plantation surrounded by lush paddy fields before travelling to the quiet north coast to relax on the beach at a wonderful spa resort.
12 Days from £2,140pp
3 nights Munduk, including breakfast; 7 nights Spa Village Resort Tembok including full board and daily spa treatment. Includes flights and transfers.View this itinerary
Beach + City
Experience great shopping, museums, colonial architecture, and fabulous cuisine in Singapore before spending time relaxing on the beach on the picturesque, quiet island of Lombok.
13 Days from £2,255pp
3 nights Singapore, including breakfast; 7 nights Hotel Tugu Lombok, room-only. Includes flights and transfers.View this itinerary
Beach + Culture
Discover Indonesia with Audley. Visit Yogyakarta, the cultural heart of Java before flying to Bali to stay at the beach resort, Alila Seminyak.
12 Days from £2,260pp
3 nights Yogyakarta, including breakfast and excursions; 7 nights Alila Seminyak including breakfast. Includes flights and transfers.View this itinerary
Beach + Wildlife or Scenery
Get off the beaten track exploring rural Bali’s rice fields and traditional villages before a relaxing week at your pool villa close to the restaurants and bars of Seminyak.
11 Days from £2,870pp
3 nights Kerambitan, including breakfast; 7 nights Samaya Seminyak including breakfast. Includes flights and transfers.View this itinerary
Beach + Beach hopping
Spend a few days enjoying the galleries, boutiques and restaurants of the upmarket beach resort of Seminyak before heading to the undiscovered island of Sumba for a very different experience in beautiful seclusion.
12 Days from £5,490pp
3 nights Seminyak including breakfast, 7 nights Nihi Sumba Island including all meals, soft drinks and mini bar.View this itinerary
Some of our favourite travel guides
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Active volcanoes, exotic wildlife and outstanding beaches; the Indonesian archipelago has so much to offer. Spend time with the Taroja people and discover their traditions or explore the many Buddhist temples.View this travel guide
With the world’s largest lizards, time-worn volcanoes and traditional ethnic villages, Flores and Komodo feel like a collection of relics from an earlier time. Indonesia specialist Megan has explored the island by road, mapping out an itinerary that will show you the best of an island that few venture to.View this travel guide
Plan your perfect honeymoon to Indonesia with Audley. Discover some of the beautiful properties on offer and how we can make your honeymoon in Indonesia extra special.View this travel guide
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.View this travel guide
With beaches accessible only through caves, and Hindu dances at cliff top temples, Bali is characterized by the spirituality of the people and the variety of cultural and environmental experiences it has to offer.View this travel guide
An overlooked island that’s far bigger than Bali and arguably more untouched than Borneo, Sulawesi is a destination for intrepid, worldly explorers. As a visitor, you’ll have the rare chance to see the complex beliefs of the Torajan people, explore volcanic scenery and discover world-class diving.View this travel guide
Indonesia specialist, Rael shares his choice of boats for an Indonesia cruise, his favourite places to spot orangutan on a river cruise through the Tanjung Puting National Park, what you can expect to see when snorkeling, and where to spot Komodo dragons.View this travel guide