A kaleidscope of diverse landscapes, unique cultures and rich traditions

One of the most diverse and populated countries in Southeast Asia, Indonesia is comprised of more than 15,000 islands covering an expanse of nearly 2 million square kilometres, including Java, Bali, Lombok, and Sumatra.

Bali is known to travellers around the world for its diverse landscapes from beaches to volcanic mountains, exotic Hindu arts and culture, and luxury villas and resorts offering a world-class holiday. Neighbouring islands of Lombok, the Gilis, and Flores are home to some of the region’s best diving and snorkelling, known for their coral reefs and diverse sea life.

The spiritual and cultural heartland of Java, Yogyakarta has enjoyed a harmonious mix of Buddhism and Hinduism since the 13th century, resulting in two of the greatest religious monuments still standing: the Borobudur and the Prambanan Temples.

Rich in biodiversity and teeming with flora and fauna, Sumatra beckons adventure and nature enthusiasts with trekking opportunities to see orangutans and volcanoes and to explore different ethnic cultures.

WHY WE THINK YOU’LL LOVE IT

  • A wealth of diversity in geography, cultures, and cuisines means there is certainly something for everyone when visiting Indonesia
  • Some of the best scuba diving in the world is in Indonesia including Bali, the Gili Islands, and Flores
  • A popular honeymoon and romance destination with Bali and Lombok as favourites
  • The islands of Java and Bali are home to some very chic designer hotels, resorts, and villas
Country Facts
Capital City Jakarta
Time Zone UTC +7 (Jakarta) / +8 (Bali)
International Dial Code +62
Currency Rupiah
Population 266.2 Million (2018)
Religion Islam (majority), Protestantism, Catholicism, Hinduism, Buddhism, and Confucianism
Within Easy Reach Of...
Spread out over 113,700 square miles, Indonesia has over 600 airports. Two of the busiest are the Soekarno–Hatta International Airport in Jakarta and Ngurah Rai International Airport in Denpasar (Bali). The flight times below are from/to Jakarta.
Singapore 2.5 hrs
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia 3 hrs
Bangkok, Thailand 4 hrs
Sydney, Australia 5hrs 50mins
EXOTIC BALI

Escape to a tropical paradise of unspoiled nature and colourful traditions

When To Go

Weather Summary
Indonesia's climate, like the rest of Southeast Asia, has two seasons: dry and wet.

The dry season is from May to September and is generally the most popular time to visit Indonesia. The green season is between October and April, with downpours occurring in short bursts with sunshine returning soon after.
Weather Summary
Indonesia's climate, like the rest of Southeast Asia, has two seasons, dry and wet.

The dry season is from May to September and generally is the most popular time to visit Indonesia. The wet season is between October and April, with downpours occurring in short bursts with sunshine returning soon after.
Weather Summary
Indonesia's climate, like the rest of Southeast Asia, has two seasons, dry and wet.

The dry season is from May to September and generally is the most popular time to visit Indonesia. The wet season is between October and April, with downpours occurring in short bursts with sunshine returning soon after.
Weather Summary
Indonesia's climate, like the rest of Southeast Asia, has two seasons, dry and wet.

The dry season is from May to September and generally is the most popular time to visit Indonesia. The wet season is between October and April, with downpours occurring in short bursts with sunshine returning soon after.
Weather Summary
Indonesia's climate, like the rest of Southeast Asia, has two seasons, dry and wet.

The dry season is from May to September and generally is the most popular time to visit Indonesia. The wet season is between October and April, with downpours occurring in short bursts with sunshine returning soon after.
Weather Summary
Indonesia's climate, like the rest of Southeast Asia, has two seasons, dry and wet.

The dry season is from May to September and generally is the most popular time to visit Indonesia. The wet season is between October and April, with downpours occurring in short bursts with sunshine returning soon after.
Weather Summary
Indonesia's climate, like the rest of Southeast Asia, has two seasons, dry and wet.

The dry season is from May to September and generally is the most popular time to visit Indonesia. The wet season is between October and April, with downpours occurring in short bursts with sunshine returning soon after.
Perfect Tour For August
Ubud - Seminyak - Nusa Dua

Immerse in Bali’s thriving and exceptional heritage of traditional arts, crafts and performance arts, with hands-on encounters in Ubud, the islands’ artistic and cultural capital.

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Festivals
17 August: Indonesian Independence Day
22 August: Eid Adha (public holiday)
Weather Summary
Indonesia's climate, like the rest of Southeast Asia, has two seasons, dry and wet.

The dry season is from May to September and generally is the most popular time to visit Indonesia. The wet season is between October and April, with downpours occurring in short bursts with sunshine returning soon after.
Perfect Tour For September
Nusa Dua – Ubud – Amed – Candidasa –Tenganan Village

Enjoy a thrilling outdoor adventure across Bali experiencing up-close some of the must-see natural wonders and ancient sites from mystical volcanoes to tranquil river valleys.

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Festivals
11 September: Islamic New Year
Weather Summary
Indonesia's climate, like the rest of Southeast Asia, has two seasons, dry and wet.

The dry season is from May to September and generally is the most popular time to visit Indonesia. The wet season is between October and April, with downpours occurring in short bursts with sunshine returning soon after.
Perfect Tour For October
Bali, Indonesia

A customised wellness programme featuring ancient Balinese healing traditions with daily plant-based cuisine for a holistic, transformative experience.

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Festivals
24-28 October: Annual Ubud Writers & Readers Festival, Bali
Weather Summary
Indonesia's climate, like the rest of Southeast Asia, has two seasons, dry and wet.

The dry season is from May to September and generally is the most popular time to visit Indonesia. The wet season is between October and April, with downpours occurring in short bursts with sunshine returning soon after.
Perfect Tour For November
Nusa Dua – Ubud – Amed – Candidasa –Tenganan Village

Enjoy a thrilling outdoor adventure across Bali experiencing up-close some of the must-see natural wonders and ancient sites from mystical volcanoes to tranquil river valleys.

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Festivals
20 November: Birthday of the Prophet Muhammad (public holiday)
Weather Summary
Indonesia's climate, like the rest of Southeast Asia, has two seasons, dry and wet.

The dry season is from May to September and generally is the most popular time to visit Indonesia. The wet season is between October and April, with downpours occurring in short bursts with sunshine returning soon after.
Perfect Tour For December
Ubud – Kintamani – Jimbaran – Uluwatu – Seminyak

Blessed with tropical natural beauty and omnipresent Balinese Hindu traditions, spirituality and culture, plus an infectiously laid-back vibe, this Island of the Gods provides wondrous sights, activities and experiences to share together for long-lasting memories.

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Festivals
24-25 December: Christmas Day (public holiday)

Suggested Indonesia Itineraries

Explore our Indonesia sample itineraries to inspire your travel planning. The itineraries can be easily customised and adapted to your personal interests and preferences.

Classic Indonesia

Jakarta – Yogyakarta – Ubud – Seminyak

Culture enthusiasts, spiritually-inclined travellers and history buffs will thoroughly relish the activities and experiences of these 'must-see' destinations of Indonesia.

Romantic Bali

Ubud – Kintamani – Jimbaran – Uluwatu – Seminyak

Blessed with tropical natural beauty and omnipresent Balinese Hindu traditions, spirituality and culture, plus an infectiously laid-back vibe, this Island of the Gods provides wondrous sights, activities and experiences to share together for long-lasting memories.

A Balinese Adventure

Nusa Dua – Ubud – Amed – Candidasa –Tenganan Village

Enjoy a thrilling outdoor adventure across Bali experiencing up-close some of the must-see natural wonders and ancient sites from mystical volcanoes to tranquil river valleys.

Balinese Ancient Art Traditions

Ubud - Seminyak - Nusa Dua

Immerse in Bali’s thriving and exceptional heritage of traditional arts, crafts and performance arts, with hands-on encounters in Ubud, the islands’ artistic and cultural capital.

A Balinese Holistic Retreat

Bali, Indonesia

A customised wellness programme featuring ancient Balinese healing traditions with daily plant-based cuisine for a holistic, transformative experience.

Indonesia Tailored Experiences

Select from our exciting range handcrafted tailored experiences to include in your customised journey.

  • Exploring the Scenic Pakerisan Valley

    Bali, Indonesia

    The Balinese are Indonesia’s most prolific rice growers thanks to a unique combination of soil, water and religion. Spend a full day cycling and trekking through Bali’s lush countryside to gain insight into the history and culture of this magnificent island. Explore the Pakerisan Valley, home to important religious sites and some of the earliest Hindu and Buddhist settlements. Visit Jagasari, Bali’s first Hindu temple dating back to the 8th century.

    Trek through rice terraces to see how subak, an ancient irrigation system, is still practised. This fascinating cooperative social system channels water through the temples and into the rice fields. Cycle through the verdant landscape to the picturesque village of Laplapan where you will enjoy lunch right in the rice fields.

    Duration: 8hrs

  • Island Hopping in the Gilis

    Lombok, Indonesia

    Just a short ride away from Lombok on a traditional boat lies the three coral islands known as the Gilis. Only permanently settled in the last 40 years, the Gilis maintain their untouched, laidback appeal, each boasting powdery white sand beaches and crystal clear waters.

    Spend the day island hopping between these three idyllic atolls, each with its own distinct vibe. Visit Gili Trawangan the largest and most developed of the islands, but still tranquil as no motorised vehicles are permitted. The island is also known for its excellent snorkeling with good visibility all year round. Also spend time on Gili Meno, the smallest and quietest of the trio but with what many consider the best beaches, as well as Gili Air, a pleasant mix of the other two, with a easygoing, feel-good vibe.

    Duration: 9hrs

  • Hiking Through the Balinese Countryside

    Bali, Indonesia

    When you arrived in Bali, you likely touched down at the Ngurah Rai International Airport, named after one of Indonesia’s greatest heroes who was killed in battle as he fought the Dutch during the Indonesian War of Independence.

    Spend a leisurely day hiking the countryside around the village of Carangsari, Ngurah Rai’s birthplace, to understand what it was that he fought for. Walk along the Ayung River, past verdant rice paddies, and through lush jungle for a sense of the real Bali. Explore the village, home to friendly locals, for a glimpse of daily life in the Balinese countryside. Finally, pay homage to the man himself at the monument of I Gusti Ngurah Rai.

    Duration: 8hrs

  • Balinese Ceramics Workshop

    Bali, Indonesia

    Most of the beautiful Balinese roof tiles seen around the island come from the ceramic-producing village of Pejaten. Many homes in this quaint village are involved in making pottery and ceramics, an art form that has experienced a revival of sorts in recent decades. Just as the generations-old tradition of pottery-making was in danger of dying out, a Dutch artist introduced the villagers to high-temperature combustion, allowing them to evolve their craft into porcelain ceramic art.

    Spend a half day visiting the Tanteri Museum of Ceramics showcasing the pottery and ceramics of the archipelago and participate in a ceramics-making workshop, learning basic techniques to create your own piece. Conclude the day at Tanah Lot just in time to view the sun setting over the island’s most scenic sea temple, perched atop a rocky outcrop just off shore.

    Duration: 6hrs

  • Inside the Life of Famous Artist Blanco

    Bali, Indonesia

    Often called “The Fabulous Blanco”, Antonio Blanco is Bali’s most celebrated foreign artist. Born in the Philippines to Spanish parents, Blanco arrived in Bali in the early 1950s, drawing inspiration from the island to paint his famed nudes of beautiful Balinese women.

    Spend an intriguing half day at the Blanco Renaissance Museum, an homage to exotica and erotica, housed in Blanco’s palatial neo-renaissance home overlooking the Campuhan River in Ubud. Enjoy a private tour with his son, Mario, visiting the family home, temple, gardens and museum which showcases Blanco’s expressionist art and illustrated poetry in a mix of styles and mediums, as well as pieces by Mario. During your exclusive tour, learn photography tips from Mario, himself an artist and avid photographer.

    Duration: 6hrs

  • Culinary Adventure in Bali

    Bali, Indonesia

    Embark on a unique culinary experience pairing authentic Balinese cuisine with food adventures. Ideal for those who love cooking and eating and want to understand more about food and its influence on the culture, the meals or cooking classes are structured around local, off-the-beaten-track experiences.

    Choose from 5 different “Day in the Life of…” themes: visiting a local village to see Balinese palm wine being made and soaking your feet in a natural spring; joining a local fisherman on his traditional-style jukung outrigger sailboat; cycling between rice fields and through jungles in the foothills of Mount Ayung; making and applying traditional skin and beauty products from natural ingredients; or shopping at a morning market and learning how to prepare traditional flower offerings.

    Duration: 8hrs

  • Exploring Balinese Street Food

    Bali, Indonesia

    Indonesian cuisine is incredibly diverse, thanks to its more than 300 ethnic groups, a long history as a land of spices, and influences from countries like China, India, Spain, Portugal and the Netherlands.

    Hop in a 1980 Brasilian VW Kombi and spend the evening sampling Bali’s street food at several hidden eateries known mostly just to locals, including food stalls and mobile hawkers on bicycles, carts or carrying two baskets on a pikulan, or yoke. Also stop at a secret warung, or small restaurant, favoured by local taxi drivers. Humble warungs are an Indonesian tradition where people from all walks of life come together for great food. End the night with a special Indonesian dessert cooked in earthen pots on open coals.

    Duration: 4hrs

  • A Day with a Temple Priest

    Bali, Indonesia

    Clad in white robes, the pemangku, or temple priests, play an important role in performing important, traditional Balinese ceremonies, doing everything from purifying people to blessing new premises. They also take care of the temples and provide religious guidance for the community.

    Spend a half day with a pemangku priest who is a graduate of the Hindu Dharma University. Help make offerings from young coconut leaves and flowers or other decorations which can range up to 2m (7ft)-high towers of fruits and cakes. Also travel to a holy spring temple for melukat, a purification ceremony to cleanse the body on a physical, emotional and spiritual level. After your own purification, help the priest with the blessing of the pilgrims.

    Duration: 6hrs

  • Exploring Antiques and Museums of Old Jakarta

    Jakarta, Indonesia

    Travel back in time to learn about Indonesia’s fascinating history on a full-day experience searching through antiques and visiting museums and religious sites. Sift through treasures from the archipelago’s traditional, colonial and modern past at the Antique Market on Jalan Surabaya, including Javanese puppets and batik, and Dutch colonial-era coins and porcelain. At the National Museum, browse through the excellent exhibits covering pre-historic to modern times and showcasing some of the museum’s vast collection of 140,000 cultural artefacts including textiles and ceramics. Learn about the Indonesia’s religious culture by visiting Vihara Dharma Bhakti, the city’s oldest Buddhist temple shared by Buddhists, Confucians and Taoists, and the delightfully eclectic St. Maria de Fatima, a Catholic church housed in a 19th-century Chinese mansion.

    Duration: 11hrs

  • Animal Safari Park and Entertainment for Families

    Bali, Indonesia

    Spend the day on safari at the family-friendly Bali Safari & Marine Park, a collection of hundreds of animals from over 100 species, some of them rare and endangered. See animals that are indigenous to Indonesia in their natural habitat like the beautiful Bali Mynah bird, the Lesser Bird of Paradise with its long, gorgeous tail, the majestic Javan Leopard and the prehistoric-looking Komodo Dragon.

    Your day at the park also includes lunch and the entertaining Bali Agung Show, a spectacular extravaganza involving graceful dancers, exotic animals, colourful costumes and sophisticated sound and lighting on an advanced multimedia stage.

    Duration: 8hrs

  • Farming the Spectacular Rice Terraces

    Bali, Indonesia

    Immerse yourself in the life of a local farmer in the region of Tabanan, known as the rice granary of Bali. Participate in ploughing, planting or harvesting (depending on the season) to experience how important farming is to Indonesia, the third-largest producer of rice in the world.

    After lunch, visit the spectacular Jatiluwih rice terraces, one of five rice terraces that make up Bali’s UNESCO-listed cultural landscape, a marvel of man and nature. Carved into the hillside, Bali’s rice terraces are as strikingly beautiful as they are impressive feats of engineering and irrigation. Not as easily accessible as some of Bali’s other rice terraces makes the 500-year-old rice terraces of Jatiluwih particularly beautiful and pristine.

    Duration: 8hrs

  • Champagne Sunset Atop Mount Batur

    Bali, Indonesia

    At 1,717m (5,633ft) above sea level, Mount Batur in northeastern Bali is one of the most dramatic and accessible active volcanos on Earth. Last erupting in 2000, Mount Batur still smoulders, making it a true adventure to climb. For the physically fit, the mountain can be summited in about 2 challenging hours, with alternating stretches of flat and steep trails.

    However, your effort will be richly rewarded with panoramic views of neighbouring Mount Abang, beautiful Lake Batur, and on very clear days, even Mount Rinjani on Lombok in the distance. Celebrate your achievement with a bottle of sparkling wine at the summit as the sun begins to set on one of the most breathtaking vistas anywhere.

    Duration: 9hrs

  • Classic High Tea in Rural Ubud

    Bali, Indonesia

    Ubud is known for its stylish spas and quiet retreats, but this afternoon, prepare to take the art of relaxation to another level. Journey outside of Ubud to a luxurious tented camp that exudes an aura of colonial chic hidden amongst the rice fields.

    In a floating tent by the sacred Ayung River, enjoy a 60-minute foot bath and body massage in this most serene of settings. Sit down to a sumptuous high tea with sweet treats and savoury hors d’oeuvres in a Balinese silk-paneled tent. Enjoy watching a Balinese dance performance, an artistic form of storytelling incorporating graceful hand gestures and alluring eye movements, all set against a magical forest background to complete your day of pampering in the Balinese countryside.

    Duration: 5hrs

  • Lembongan Island Getaway

    Bali, Indonesia

    Situated off of Bali’s southeast coast lies the paradise island of Lembongan. Measuring just 8 sq km (3 sq mi), the island offers clear, blue waters and white sand beaches with no hawkers or traffic to dispel the quiet, relaxed atmosphere.

    Enjoy a leisurely sail through the Badung Strait on a 16m (52ft) private luxury catamaran, enjoying fresh juices, coffee and pastries on board. Sometimes playful dolphins can be spotted in the warm waters during the 2-hr cruise. At the Reef Club on Lembongan Island, sit down to a BBQ lunch on arrival with the rest of the afternoon at leisure to sunbathe or swim. On the return cruise, enjoy the sunset over the seascape around you with a cocktail in hand.

    Duration: 8hrs

  • Balinese Water Purification and Astrology Reading

    Bali, Indonesia

    Water has long been viewed as sacred to the Balinese, and holy water even more so. Spend the morning at Tirta Empul, a Hindu Balinese water temple. Built around a sacred water source in 960 AD and dedicated to Vishnu, the Hindu god of water, the temple has been drawing pilgrims and devotees to its purification pools for more than a thousand years.

    Accompanied by the guardian of the temple, present an offering at the main temple before dipping yourself in a purification pool. The sacred waters here are believed to have curative properties, cleansing believers of physical and non-physical impurities, including negative karma. After, travel to a nearby compound to have your destiny read by an astrologer the traditional Balinese Hindu way.

    Duration: 6hrs

  • A Balinese Spiritual Journey

    Bali, Indonesia

    One of the attractions of Bali is its rich spiritual heritage, often evident at sites which combine religious, cultural and natural beauty.

    Spend a full day exploring the spiritual side of Bali with highlights including: meeting a Balinese shaman who will open your spiritual chakra, believed to promote well-being and inner harmony; a blessing and purification ceremony at Pingit Sebatu Temple with its sacred waterfall said to cleanse impurities of the body and spirit; quiet meditation in a stone cave reached by walking down some 300 stone steps at the 11th century Gunung Kawi, known for its mystical shrines hewn from the sheer rock face; and a yoga, meditation or chanting session in the tranquil surrounds of ponds and gardens at a yoga and meditation centre near Ubud.

    Duration: 8hrs

  • Create Your Own Traditional Indonesian Herbal Medicine

    Bali, Indonesia

    Known as the Spice Islands in the 16th century, Indonesia is one of the most biodiverse countries on Earth, home to almost 11% of the world’s flowering plants. Indonesian spices are still prized by many, especially when used in jamu, a traditional herbal medicine originating in Central Java believed to cure and prevent a host of illnesses.

    Join a hands-on workshop in Ubud and learn how to combine exotic spices and herbs typically found in tropical gardens to make this traditional elixir with cleansing and slimming properties as well as boreh, a Balinese scrub and mask used to exfoliate dead skin cells and to rejuvenate the body.

    Duration: 5hrs

Key Cities In Indonesia

Learn more about the unique characteristics and attractions of the cities that make up this colourful country.

Hotels We Recommend

Explore a selection of our hotel offerings to complete your customised journey. The number of hotels and resorts throughout Southeast Asia are extensive and varied. Please contact us for more accommodation options.

Meliá Purosani

Yogyakarta, Indonesia

Suitable for:
Business, Couples, Families, Groups

Amanjiwo

Yogyakarta, Java, Indonesia

Suitable for:
Couples, Families Romance

Amandari

Ubud, Bali, Indonesia

Suitable for:
Families, Romance

Aman Villas at Nusa Dua

Nusa Dua, Bali, Indonesia

Suitable for:
Couples, Romance

Viceroy Bali

Ubud, Bali, Indonesia

Suitable for:
Business, Couples, Families, Romance

Alaya Resort Ubud

Ubud, Bali, Indonesia

Suitable for:
Couples, Families, Romance

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