Indonesia is made up of over 17,000 islands spread between the Malay Peninsula and the border of Papua New Guinea. With these many islands comes a dizzying range of languages, landscapes, ecosystems and rich cultural experiences. If you're looking for discovery and adventure on your next holiday, welcome to the ultimate destination. Whether you're after volcanoes, rainforests, orangutans, komodo dragons or world-class diving, Indonesia is a destination that opens a spectacular variety of doors.
An intoxicatingly beautiful land of seemingly endless exploration, Indonesia's many islands have something for all types of travellers, whether you're a thrill seeker, culture connoisseur, nature lover or travelling as part of a family.
To mention a few of the well-known islands, there’s the ever-popular Bali, the even prettier Lombok, volcano-covered Java and the horse-filled grasslands of Sumba. Lesser-known islands such as Sulawesi and Raja Ampat offer some of the best diving and snorkelling you'll ever experience. At the same time, you'll feel on the edge of the world exploring the almost unknown Maluku Islands. Of course, with over 17,000 islands, we can't list them all here, but our travel experts have the knowledge and expertise to suggest the perfect places to suit you. After all, that's what tailor-made holidays with ETG are for.
WHERE TO VISIT IN BALI & BEYOND
Where do you start with a holiday to Indonesia… a country which spans over 3,000 miles? It can seem overwhelming. That's why many visitors begin with Bali, and with good reason. Bali is one of the most popular Indonesian islands and offers so much to the modern traveller, including the well-known hospitality of its people. While some areas are affected by over-tourism, specifically the beaches in the south and Ubud, most of Bali remains entirely unspoilt. Nearby Lombok is also an incredible island destination, particularly for those with Robinson Crusoe beach fantasies.
Slightly further afield, Java is home to world-class cultural and historical sites, including the incredible Borobudur Temple Complex and outstanding volcanic scenery. Sumatra and Sulawesi remain superb 'off the beaten track' destinations, with so much to discover in terms of culture, wildlife and scenery. Surfing, cultural exploration and glorious beaches mean that Sumba should be on the radar for those after a dreamily distant yet accessible destination. Flores is well-known for its Komodo dragons and works as an excellent base for wonderful yachting trips to deserted beaches, coves and islands.
Indonesia is brimming with incredible wildlife you can witness ethically in its natural habitat.
So, with its rich history, culture, wildlife and offerings of endless land and water-based activities, Indonesia's islands are simply an incredible holiday destination.
Indonesia is brimming with wonderful wildlife that you can witness ethically, in its natural habitat.
Volcanic views and evocative temples are two hallmarks of an Indonesian holiday; the ‘Stairway to Heaven' encompasses both
Even on popular islands like Bali, we know where to find pockets of untouched and authentic beauty.
WHEN TO GO TO INDONESIA
The weather in Indonesia broadly follows a tropical seasonal pattern, with the dry season running from April to October and the monsoon season from November through to March. It is hot and humid year-round, but the best time to visit varies from island to island. Also, the weather in the rainy season is variable; while Bali is usually relatively dry in February, nearby Java can be very wet. Learn more about the best time to visit Indonesia.
Suggested itineraries in Indonesia
From beach holidays in Bali and Lombok to a thrilling close encounter with wildlife in Sulawesi or cultural explorations in Java, there is an incredible variety of experiences for holidays in Indonesia.
Most people would at least consider Bali and Java as part of their trip. Still, Lombok, Sulawesi, Sumatra, The Maluku Islands, Sumba, Flores and West Papua and Sumbawa have their own charms. Hiking through lush forests, climbing volcanoes, exploring rich cultural sites, snorkelling in stunning island waters, or perusing the local food markets for a taste of traditional delicacies: it's all there for your Indonesia experience.
Here at ETG, we love crafting distinctive holidays unique to you. Before doing anything, we get to know you - as that enables us to create your dream Indonesia holiday itinerary. In addition, our in-country presence means we offer up-to-date knowledge and fantastic on-the-ground support and guidance. We work closely with our partners to source the best local guides, so your holiday is a once-in-a-lifetime adventure.
Explore the beach-fringed island of Bali taking in its culture and natural beauty beyond the well-trodden path.
Essential Bali and Lombok
Combine the cultural and natural wonders of Bali with the idyllic white-sand beaches of Lombok.
Family Highlights of Java and Bali
Experience the cultural highlights of Java & Bali with relaxation on some of Indonesia's most beautiful beaches.
Komodo Adventure & Magical Bali
Combine the wildlife and natural splendour of Komodo National Park, with the timeless, atmospheric beauty of Bali.
Original Adventures in Java & Sumba
Luxury combined with wonder and adventure in some of the most breathtaking surroundings on earth.
Sulawesi & The Spice Islands
An extraordinary chance to explore several fascinating cultures, some incredible scenery and diverse native wildlife.
We love crafting distinctive holidays, unique to you. Our in-country presence means we offer up-to-date knowledge and fantastic on the ground support and guidance. We work closely with our partners to source the best local guides so your holiday is a truly once-in-a-lifetime experience.
Pick up the phone and find out why our customers say it’s a pleasure to deal with our consultants.
Even on popular islands like Bali, we know where to find pockets of untouched and authentic beauty.
Volcanic views and evocative temples are two hallmarks of an Indonesian holiday; the 'Stairway to Heaven' encompasses both.
Popular hotels in Indonesia
Indonesia was one of the birthplaces of the boutique hotel, and it is still home to some of the best in the world. More recently, this style has spread to islands such as Java and Flores, where you'll find properties with a similarly understated charm but realised within the local vernacular.
On islands where tourism is less developed, you'll uncover the occasional gem, but most are simple options that offer a base from which to experience your stunning surroundings. If you're someone who finds locations or experiences the essential part of a holiday - despite less than stellar accommodation - Experience Travel Group can help ensure you find those gems and let you know what to expect.
What you are unlikely to find on an ETG holiday is a bland or corporate hotel. Instead, we feature Indonesian hotels that speak to the destination and are part of the local community, allowing you to understand and experience your environment.
Jeeva Beloam, Ekas
Fantastic off the beaten track eco beach camp surrounded by acres of forest on Lombok.
Komaneka at Bisma, Ubud
Beautiful resort with outstanding views of Ubud's Campuchan River Valley and its sloping rice paddy fields.
Mesastila, Central Java
Recuperate in luxury and style at this stunning wellness retreat surrounded by the volcanic peaks.
Nihi, Sumba Island
Nihi is an intimate island retreat, eco-friendly, sustainable hotel and barefoot luxury beach getaway.
Plataran Komodo, Labuan Bajo
A tranquil and comfortable base from which to explore Komodo National Park.
Waka Gangga, Canggu
Get back to nature and unwind in this peaceful Bali beach hotel surrounded by paddy fields and mountains.
INFORMATION ON TRAVEL IN INDONESIA
Before you travel to a country like Indonesia, you'll want to be sure you have all the correct information regarding visa, health and safety and insurance. Our consultants are always up to date on the latest travel advice and will share this information with you. We also offer a wealth of information for our guests on our website. Once you confirm your holiday, you'll have access to our 'journey’ app, and customer portal and receive pre-departure packs in the mail and by post.
Sulawesi and the Spice Islands Guide
Sulawesi and the Spice Islands. The very names promise romance and adventure. They seem to be islands many have heard of, but few can place. Download our complimentary guide to these lesser-known islands of Indonesia, and discover why it's worth taking the path less trodden.
While we develop our full guide to Indonesia (with 17,000 islands, it takes some editing!), why not look at this inspiring guide to Sulawesi and the Maluku Islands (Spice Islands)? These lesser-known yet captivating islands are a must for curious travellers looking to push the boundaries and experience something utterly new.
Before you travel to a country like Indonesia, you'll want to be sure that you have all the required information necessary for staying safe and healthy, ensuring you have the correct visa information and relevant travel insurance.
Experience Travel group have a wealth of information for our customers on our website and also once you confirm your holiday, as part of our ‘journey’ on our app, customer portal and sent in our exciting pre-departure packs and email.
The consultants are always up to date on the latest travel advice, and while trips are not listed, but tailor-made, they all have protection and the ATOL license. Through the ATOL scheme, customers would receive the ATOL certificate then the booking details.
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