Indonesia is made up of a seemingly endless array of volcanic islands, just waiting to be explored. Sandwiched between Australia and the Philippines, the weather is usually warm, but certain areas experience more rain than others at particular times of year. This shouldn’t dampen your stay. There are a wealth of activities to take part in and some of the world’s most stunning scenery to take in wherever you make your base.
Natural beauty defines Indonesia, with every single island offering another perspective of the wonderful land and seascape. East Java is one of the most diverse areas, featuring magnificent volcanoes, deep green valleys, sprawling plantations and of course, the sandy beaches. The rice terraces are a particular sight to see as they twist their way up the hill sides like rows of steps. The waterfalls in the village of Durin Sirigun, North Sumatra, are likened by some to paradise. Located 1,270 metres above sea level, they’re a worthwhile reward after a long hike. Take a boat to Flores to wander its winding Kanawa Beach, or head to Belitung near Sumatra to admire its granite rocks. The archipelago has the highest volume of active volcanoes anywhere in the world, so you won’t struggle to find one to climb. Mount Kerinci on Jakarta is the country’s highest.
Indonesian holidays can be whatever you want them to be, as there are so many activities to take part in. If you love the water you are in luck. Take yourself to any of the beaches with a snorkel and you can have hours of fun observing what lies beneath the waves. Popular scuba diving destinations include Bali, Komodo, Manado and the Gili islands, which can all be organised before you go. White-water rafting is an exciting way to spend a few hours and get to know your fellow travellers.
The fractured nature of Indonesia means that it has a rich culture which includes a wide number of local dialects. As well as having a large Muslim population, the country is home to many Christians, Catholics, Hindus and Buddhists. There are multiple opportunities to observe and learn about other cultures, making your stay enlightening and enriching.
Indonesia’s colourful cuisine includes many different regional dishes for you to discover. Generally, rice dishes are eaten throughout the day wherever you stay. Nasi goreng (fried rice) is considered to be the national dish, while fresh fish caught on the day is also commonly served in the restaurants. Curries, stews, dumplings and noodles are among the other meals you are likely to encounter, as are sweet snacks such as sago cakes.