Indonesia, a captivating archipelago in Southeast Asia, boasts stunning natural beauty and a rich cultural heritage. With over 17,000 islands, the country offers immensely diverse landscapes, from pristine beaches and lush rainforests to towering volcanoes. This vibrant nation is a melting pot of cultures, with influences from Malay, Chinese, Indian, and European traditions. On our Indonesia tours, you can explore ancient temples, indulge in mouthwatering cuisine, and witness traditional dances and rituals. From the bustling streets of Jakarta to the tranquil rice terraces of Bali, Indonesia offers a truly unforgettable experience for travelers seeking adventure, relaxation, and cultural immersion. This guide discusses the essentials for creating your desired Indonesian vacation.
The main airports for entrance into Indonesia are Ngurah Rai International Airport in Bali and Soekarno-Hatta International Airport in Tangerang, which is located just outside of Jakarta. Both are well-equipped with the latest amenities. Further airports including Hasanudin Airport in Makassar, Juanda Airport in Surabaya, and Kuala Namu Airport in Medan handle international flights as well. There’s also the relatively new West Java International Airport, which is located in Majalengka, West Java Province, approximately 68 kilometers from Bandung.
Traveling to Indonesia from the Americas can take about 20 hours and requires at least a transit flight in East Asia, Europe or the Middle East. Travel from most of Europe will take less than 20 hours. While there are direct flights to Jakarta from Amsterdam, London and Istanbul, for other cities, transit is required. Australia or New Zealand, though, is just 4–7 hours away.
It’s usually best to visit Indonesia between April and October, when the weather is favorably sunny. The period from November and March is more suitable for tourists wanting to experience relentlessly rainy weather. However, it might be difficult to pinpoint the ideal visiting time these days due to the unpredictability of the weather, but there is really never a bad time to visit Indonesia.
Mouth-watering traditional dishes like Satay, Beef Rendang or smoked duck.
As the name suggests, savor on scrumptious courses while overlooking the endlessly refreshing rice field.
The pink beach on Komodo Island in Indonesia has become famous for its light reddish sand color and turquoise water. There are only a handful of these beaches worldwide.
Being the main attraction of this park, approximately reaching 3m (9’10) in length and weighing over 70kg (154lb), the Komodo Dragon is the world’s largest lizard and reptile. A fierce predator, these reptiles are carnivores and some can eat 80% of their weight in one feeding.
Spot the wildlife hanging on the tree along the narrow riverways that lead to Pondok Tanggui, rehabilitation center for new ex-captive orangutans
One of the most beautiful places for a swim close to Ubud. The waterfall starts as a single drop and then divides into multiple cascades which flow over the rock making it especially zen-inducing.
Dating back to the 8th century and spanning over 2,500 sqm, the world’s largest Buddhist temple boasts about 500 Buddha statues, 72 stupas, and more than 1,500 relief panels on the walls and balustrade.
Dive or snorkel at this record-breaking site with 374 distinct species. Feel what it must have felt like to try finding Nemo.
Enjoy a full-body, deep-tissue, holistic treatment. Balinese massaging techniques are performed very slow and very deep (to clear energy blockages) while using a traditional oil. Come out feeling deeply rejuvenated.
In the morning, witness the hypnotizing sunrise over Mount Agung while trekking to the active volcano, Mt. Batur.
If you wish to exchange money before you travel, companies such as Ria Currency Exchange and Global Exchange offer better rates than the banks. During the trip, you can easily exchange at the banks or airports; besides, most hotels also offer this service.