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 – Gianyar - Canggu

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
Ubud – Candidasa - Jimbaran

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

Immerse yourself in the therapeutic surrounds of Bali, the “Island of the Gods” and the ancient town of Ubud, one of Asia’s premier destinations for wellness and holistic healing. This customised, six-day wellness programme incorporates ancient Balinese healing traditions and therapies, plus a daily regime of plant-based raw living foods, for the ultimate 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
Ubud – Candidasa - Jimbaran

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

Yogyakarta – Blitar – Malang - Ubud

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

Ubud – Candidasa - Jimbaran

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 – Gianyar - Canggu

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.

Regenerate and Replenish Retreat

Bali, Indonesia

Immerse yourself in the therapeutic surrounds of Bali, the “Island of the Gods” and the ancient town of Ubud, one of Asia’s premier destinations for wellness and holistic healing. This customised, six-day wellness programme incorporates ancient Balinese healing traditions and therapies, plus a daily regime of plant-based raw living foods, for the ultimate holistic transformative experience!

Indonesia Tailored Experiences

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

  • A Spiritual Journey through Time

    Bali, Indonesia

    Bali is synonymous with spirituality and on this tour, you will visit key spiritual sites. Begin by travelling to the Pakerisan Valley to visit an 8th century World Heritage site and birthplace of the Hindu Darma religion, to uncover the historical religious roots of modern-day Bali. Visit the very first Hindu Temple in Bali with the curator of the Sukarno Museum as your guide. Departing from the jungle temple you will head to Tirtha Mengening, a very small temple located next to Holy Spring fed pools. This temple offers a cleansing purification ritual conducted by a local priest. After the ceremony you can take a cooling plunge into the adjacent river. Enjoy a locally sourced, organic lunch while gazing out over verdant paddy fields picturesque Bali coastline.

    Duration: 8hrs

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

Four Seasons Resort Bali at Jimbaran Bay

Jimbaran Bay, Bali, Indonesia

Suitable for:
Families, Romance

Four Seasons Resort Bali at Sayan

Ubud, Bali, Indonesia

Suitable for:
Couples, Families, Romance

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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