Most people know of Indonesia; they’ve heard of the islands of Bali, Papua and Sumatra, and the city of Jakarta. However, there is more to this archipelago that’s still hidden away, waiting to be discovered. Comprised of over 13,000 tropical islands all straddling the equator between Asia and Australia, Indonesia boasts both a diverse landscape and culture, not to mention some of the best snorkeling and diving sites in the world. Plunge into the deep blue waters off the coast of Weh Island or Raja Ampat and come face-to-face with manta rays, turtles and dolphins. Rugged, untamed rainforests and volcanic peaks satisfy cravings for outdoor adventure travel; while ancient temples and palace ruins beg to be explored.
Peer below the surface of Indonesia’s clear waters and take in some of the most stunning coral reefs and marine life. Raja Ampat is home to seventy percent of the known coral species in the world, and many fish, corals and crustaceans living in these waters can be found nowhere else on earth. You don’t have to be an expert diver to experience this marine diversity, just open to adventure and eager to explore.
The best way to experience the different islands of Indonesia is by boat. Paddle your way through the picturesque chain of islands of the Misool archipelago, or use kayaks to navigate the islets off the coast of Waigeo.
Indonesia’s virgin rainforests, lush jungles and rugged terrain awaits adventurers of all kinds. Take a trek through Komodo National Park, where you could encounter the large, intimidating Komodo lizards. Hike to the summit of one of Gili Lawa’s islands to take in the views of more than eighty islands of Komodo. Enjoy a walking tour of some of Indonesia’s indigenous cultures and traditional villages, giving you a glimpse at what life is like for local islanders.