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.
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.
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.
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.