Indonesia Travel Guides

Top Things to See

Indonesia is a massive country, with 6,000 of its 17,000 plus islands inhabited. Taking its size into account, it can be difficult to see everything here in a lifetime, let alone a holiday. Most foreign visitors head to Bali, well known for its traditional lifestyle and beautiful natural environment. However, no matter where you go, you will be able to enjoy quality food, the friendliness of locals, quality attractions and natural wonders.Visit this website for further information about Sightseeing and festivals highlights in Indonesia

Bali
Bali has a wide range of interesting places to visit, beautiful views of mountains and rice fields, perfect white sand beaches, unique art and enchanting cultural and also many adventure tours are very challenging to try. Bali Great Adventure will give you a great experience to explore the beauty of Bali with a satisfactory service, such as Bali White Water Rafting, Bali Water Sports, Diving, Bali ATV tours, and Bali Car Rental.

Jakarta
Few visitors to Indonesia give the capital the time it deserves, but those who can tolerate its pollution and chaos will be rewarded with modern amenities, interesting museums, a quaint old town and arguably the best nightlife in Asia. Also known as the 'big durian' - a fruit that some love and others hate – Jakarta is located in the northwest of Java and is a fascinating stop-off point for visitors on their way to other parts of the country.Visit this website for further information about Jakarta Attractions

Kelimutu
These coloured lakes are a major tourist attraction due to the changing colours of their waters. The lakes, which have filled volcanic craters, provide visitors with a spectacular sight. Dissolving minerals in the lakes’ waters are thought to be behind this natural phenomenon which results in the lakes taking on amazing shades of turquoise, brown and dark green to blue, maroon and black.

Lombok
If you want to see Bali as it was decades ago, then this is the place to head. The lovely rugged scenery here is much as it has been since the beginning of time and the volcanic runoff from Gunung Rinjani volcano has created some incredible rolling hills. Activities in Lombok, just west of Bali, range from visiting rural villages to exploring forested areas with waterfalls. You can also take part in snorkelling and diving, or just rest on the beach.Visit this website for further information about Lombok Island

Medan
Medan, the capital of North Sumatra, is the jumping off point for natural sites like Lake Toba and Krk Island. While in the city, make sure to see historical sights like the Sultan’s palace, the old Dutch fort and the Great Mosque.Visit this website for photographs and further information about Medan

Padang
The capital of West Sumatra, this little city is home to some charming sights including the tiny but interesting Adityawarman Museum, housed in a Minangkabau house; and the Taman Budaya cultural centre, offering free city tours.

Ubud
A delightful, artsy town on Bali that is popular with foreign visitors, Ubud is a must-see on the tourist trail. The serene wonders of its many resorts, doused with traditional bungalows, complement the lovely natural scenery. While here, stop in at the Neka Museum (website: www.museumneka.com) to see the artwork of Dutch-born Indonesian artist Arie Smit, alongside works by local artists. Also worth visiting is the Elephant Safari Park , where native Sumatra elephants inhabit expansive, verdant enclosuresVisit this website for photographs and further information about Ubud, Bali

Top Things to Do

With an incredible outdoor world, Indonesia will offer you so much to do that you will want to come back for more. There are endless water sports on the gorgeous beaches, from boat rides, to surfing and scuba diving. While in the cities, stop by at forts, museums and ancient palaces. It is all about nature and traditional culture here – and they both come together beautifully.

Bird watch in the forests or markets. With so many national parks, Indonesia is ideal for bird-watching. If you have little patience, then visit Denpasar's bird market near the northern end of Jalan Veteran or the Taman Burung Bali bird park which houses thousands of different species of birds in Singapadu, about 20 minutes drive north of Denpasar.

Camp in a national park. One of the most amazing aspects of Indonesia is its national parks and you should make sure to spend some time in one. Camping, hiking, trekking and swimming are all on offer. Some of the country’s national parks are listed as UNESCO World Heritage sites.Visit this website for further information about Batur Caldera Sunrise Trekking

Find your inner self through meditation. There are free Raya Yoga Meditation classes and regular sessions in Ubud and Denpasar. Try Denpasar Meditation Shop (phone: +62 361 237260). If you don’t have time for lessons, then pick up information, books, tapes and DVDs from Bali Osho Information Centre (2: +61 361 423 595).

Hike up a volcano. Many of Indonesia’s volcanoes are still active, and it can be rewarding to hike up one and take a peek. Visit Mount Bromo, reaching 2,000m into the sky in East Java province or Tangkuban Perahu near Bandung, an active volcano. There’s also the well publicised Krakatau.

Play all day at Ancol Dreamland. This big park is filled with an array of attractions that will keep you busy for days. Attractions include swimming pools, an artificial lagoon for fishing and boating, an aquarium with dolphin shows, a bowling alley, restaurants, shops and nightclubs.

Ride in a submarine. There’s a submarine available for trips to the depths of Amuk Bay, Padangbai that holds 36 passengers. The portholes allow a great view during the 45-minute dive. Website: http://submarine-bali.com/.

See the sumatran orangutans.The Bukit Lawang Centre in Bohorok affords you a great insight into these amazing animals. Between 1973 and the 1990s many ex-captive orangutans were rehabilated into the jungle surrounding Bukit Lawang. These primates still reside in the jungle. Many can still be viewed their off spring, receiving daily rations of milk and bananas at the orangutan feeding platform. It is also possible to trek deeper into the jungle, where semi wild and wild orangutans, as well as a whole host of other wildlife, can be encountered.Visit this website for further information about Activities in Bukit Lawang Centre

See what lies beneath. Comprised of some 17,000 islands, most of which are uninhabited, Indonesia has some pristine dive sites. Compared to the Great Barrier Reef of Australia, Indonesia’s waters have more than double the number of species of marine life, and diving is one of the best ways to see them.Visit this website for photographs and further information about Amazing creatures in Underwater Zoo Indonesia

Surf Bali’s waves. Indonesia is known among surfers as a top destination for the sport. Bali in particular is home to 30 good spots for surfing. The best time to ride the waves is from May to September.

Take a Balinese dance lesson. Balinese dance and music courses usually last a couple of weeks, or you can pay for individual, one-on-one lessons. It’s also possible to learn how to play the gamelan. Check with your hotel for the nearest school.

Take an island cruise. You can go from Bali to Sulawesi by boat, passing through the Lesser Sunda Islands, and then on to the Moluccas. Whether you travel by modern cruise liner, yacht or Buginese schooner, there are trips from 3 to 15 days.

Take in a traditional performance. Traditional shows are very popular in Indonesia and you won’t have trouble finding one to view. Most performances are dramas with a combination of music and dance that come together to tell a cultural tale, giving insight into local traditions of ethnic groups indigenous to Indonesia. Puppet shows are also very interesting.