Indonesia is a wondrous island nation full of natural beauty. It boasts seventeen thousand islands sprawled across the equator and is home to some of the most beautiful landscapes in the world.
Visitors and holiday-goers flock to Indonesia year-round seeking adventure, warm weather, and remote beaches. In Indonesia luxury holidays can offer travellers the best of everything: guided trips with the best views, top-quality accommodation, exquisite local cuisine, and pre-arranged transport for island hopping.
Something Indonesia can promise all year round is warm weather, but before planning a trip, be mindful that there is typically more rainfall between October and April, whereas May to September is the country’s dry season. Whatever the month, travellers should pack light, breathable clothing, as well as some more conservative clothing to wear whilst visiting local spots like markets and religious sites such as temples and shrines.
If you’re planning a trip to Indonesia and don’t know where to start, we have some inspiration for you. Below are six must-see places that will convince you that Indonesia is nature’s playground.
Bali is perhaps the most popular and well-known island in Indonesia, and tourists travel to Bali from all around the world throughout the year. If you’re visiting Bali, you must check out Ubud, the centre of traditional arts and dance. Ubud has rolling hills, rice paddies, temples, waterfalls, mountain hikes, gardens, and the famous monkey forest where you can get up close and personal with the cheeky primates. Some might recognise Ubud as being the place Elizabeth Gilbert finds solitude in her novel Eat, Pray, Love.
Ubud is generally very safe and a good place to travel if you’re solo, and the locals are kind and hospitable hosts. When you visit, you’ll meet many other travellers in the bars, cafés and restaurants in the town. You can also rent a bicycle to explore the natural beauty yourself and don’t forget to organise a hike to Mount Batur at sunrise.
The island of Java is one of the Greater Sunda Islands and lies between Bali and Sumatra. It has been gaining popularity in recent years due to its incredible volcanoes, temples and landscapes.
In the south-central part of Java is the city of Yogyakarta. Here, travellers can immerse themselves in the impressive art and tasty street food and visit palaces and temples, including the largest Buddhist temple in the world, Borobudur.
Komodo National Park
One of the most remote and exotic regions of Indonesia is Komodo National Park, which spans three major islands, Komodo, Rinca and Padar, and several other smaller islands. It has rugged volcanic terrain, dry savannah, green forestation, coral reefs and mangrove shrublands. In fact, the landscape is so hostile that just two thousand humans live on Komodo Island.
What makes Komodo National Park so fascinating is that it is home to over 5,000 giant lizards, known as Komodo dragons. These frightening beasts do not live anywhere else in the world, so visitors travel far and wide to get a glimpse of them.
Jakarta is the capital of Indonesia. The huge city is located on the northwest coast of Java and is a melting pot of cultures, architecture, cuisine and language, influenced by regions around the world like Europe, India, Malaysia, and China.
In Jakarta, travellers can embark on sightseeing and historical tours. The top spots include The Grand Indonesian Mall, Jakarta Aquarium and Safari, Istiqlal Mosque, National Monument, National Museum, Jakarta Cathedral and much more.
The island of Lombok is located east of Bali and is part of the Lesser Sunda Island chain. Travellers visit Lombok for the stunning beaches and exhilarating surf spots at Bangko Bangko and Katu. Take a day trip around the islands, enjoy snorkelling, and at sunset go horseback riding on the beach. From Lombok, you can catch a short boat ride to Bali or to the Gili Islands.
The Gili Islands are a group of three tiny islands – Gili Trawangan, Gili Meno, and Gili Air. All islands are free of cars, the waters are sparkling turquoise, and the views are out of this world. On the Gili islands, relaxation is the name of the game. Kick back and relax on the beaches, sip cocktails at the many beach bars, watch movies on the beach at sunset, or party at the beach clubs.
Indonesia is blessed with some of the best scenery in the world. From the major cities like Jakarta to the tiny remote islands of Gili, there is something for everyone. If you want to delight the senses and embark on an adventure of a lifetime, book your trip to Indonesia today.
Rhodri Andrews is the Head of Content at SevenTravel, a luxury travel company based in Mayfair, London, that specialises in once-in-a-lifetime experiences. Through his natural curiosity and passion for travel, he also brings SevenTravel’s one-of-a-kind experiences to life, from trekking through the Patagonian wilderness to exploring Morocco’s souks and medinas
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