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Pura Taman Ayan temple, Bali
Pura Taman Ayan temple, Bali

Places to Visit in Indonesia

With a population of well over 260 million people, Indonesia is the fourth most populous county in the world. Not that you’d know it when you’re lazing on a white-sand beach in Lombok, mind you. In fact, only 1% of the population live in Bali and even less in Lombok, making these the perfect islands to truly get away from it all. It’s not just about beach holidays here either, with diving, snorkelling and surfing all popular pastimes, as well as searching for dolphins and Komodo dragons. Inland too, the 17,500 islands are coated with thick jungles, volcanic peaks and vivid green rice terraces hiding temples, shrines and pagodas galore. This unique mix of coast, nature and culture make Indonesia one of Asia’s most exciting and diverse holiday destinations.

Below we've listed some of our favourite places to visit in Indonesia. For more ideas or to start planning your Indonesia holiday, talk to a Travel Expert today on 0800 707 6010.

Pura Ulun Danu Bratan temple



Lush and exotic

Bali has been stealing the show from the rest of Indonesia for years, and it’s easy to see why. Incredible beaches, lush landscapes, looming mountains and a fascinating culture mean this small volcanic island has no shortage of diversions. Both the perfect honeymoon destination and ripe for adventure, Nusa Dua boasts some of the island’s most luxurious resorts, while chic Seminyak offers boutique shopping and world-class spas. The cultural heart of Bali is located in Ubud, where local artisans can be found sculpting. And if you want to learn to surf, head to Kuta.

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Mount Rinjani crater lake



Volcanic island

An unspoilt island boasting miles of verdant landscapes, pristine coves and tranquil hillsides, Lombok, to the east of Bali, is blessed with white-sand beaches and turquoise bays. Explore the villages and waterfalls around Senggigi, the main beach resort, or arise early to watch the sunrise over the mighty volcano, Gunung Rinjani, complete with hot springs and a shimmering crater lake. Diving, snorkelling and sea kayaking are also on offer here, as well as indulging in a traditional Sasak massage.

Gili Meno beach

Gili Islands

Gili Islands

Tropical trio

Just off the coast of Lombok, and easily visited on a day trip if you don’t fancy staying, the three Gili Islands are a fantastic snorkelling and diving spot, especially if you’re hoping to spot a turtle. Gili Trawangan, also known as Gili T, is the largest and liveliest of the three, packed with cool bars and good restaurants. Gili Air is the most off-the-beaten track, fringed by plenty of seafood cafes, while laid-back Gili Air, the smallest, is also the most peaceful and romantic. 

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Round the World Experts' Indonesia specialists will tailor-make your Indonesia holiday to include all your must-see destinations and must-stay hotels, and will happily make recommendations based on their own experiences in the country. To start planning your ideal Indonesia holiday, talk to our dedicated Indonesia team today.

Round the World Expert Oliver Willis

Bali to me is so much more than just the beaches. To get a good feel for the place beyond the resort scene I recommend visiting Ubud to soak up the Balinese culture via a local cooking class or temple visit.

Monks meditating at a temple in Indonesia

Morning meditation from Borobudur, a 9th century Buddhist temple as visited by our Expert @emmydiamond in Central Java, Indonesia #expertfinds#boribudur #java #indonesia

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