Indonesia tailor-made holidays
With more than 17,000 islands to choose from, the world's largest archipelago offers a greater range of sights, sounds, customs and cultures than virtually any other country on the planet. Sprung from a boisterous tectonic hotbed, Indonesia's kaleidoscopic islands run for thousands of kilometres along the equator, from the western tip of smouldering Sumatra to the eastern edge of seldom-seen Papua, a place where men still hunt with bows and arrows.
Some of the islands are isolated edens surrounded by stretches of white sand and warm translucent waters. Others are known for their spiritual secrets, be they Balinese dancers acting out the stories of the Ramayana or the quiet magnificence of Java's Borobudur, the world's largest Buddhist monument.
Elsewhere, some parts of Indonesia have towering volcanoes that brew and bluster, turning vast volcanic lakes every colour of the rainbow. Other areas are thick with steaming, singing jungles that are home to some incredible animals - from Sumatran tigers and Javan rhinos to sun bears and red-haired orangutans, together with several hundred species of bird.
Equally diverse is the human population. Indonesia is the world's fourth most populated nation, with upwards of 245 million people. Islam is the main religion, with more than one in ten Muslims in the world living in Indonesia. Yet it also has isolated cultures cut off from the modern world. The resulting mix means that Indonesia has something to appeal to almost every type of traveller, from lovers of all ages looking for romance on an island paradise to ardent adventurers, wildlife enthusiasts and diving connoisseurs.
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Top itineraries in Indonesia
Java is a land of enchanting beauty, dotted with mysterious ancient temples, fascinating cultures and sprawling megacities. To the east, the beautiful island of Bali is blessed with idyllic beaches, terraced rice fields and forested foothills.
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Top places to stay in Indonesia
The 120-guest Silver Discoverer is the perfect ship from which to explore the enchanting archipelagos of the vast Pacific. For an expedition vessel, Silver Discoverer is fabulously stylish, yet efficient.
This boutique spa retreat is close a short walk from Ubud, the cultural heart of Bali, and offers a full range of yoga, massage and health-and-beauty treatments set among gently rolling hills and rice fields.
Replicating the Spa Village ethos on the unspolit northern coast of Bali, this luxury spa retreat is a perfect place to unwind and rejuvenate with a programme of personalised treatments and therapies.
Where to go in Indonesia
With sandy beaches on which hawksbill and green turtles come to nest and a general tropical allure, Bintan Island provides a great getaway from the bustle of Singapore.
Indonesia's islands all have something special to offer, and the lesser-known gems of Kalimantan, Komodo and Sulawesi are just as deserving of visitors as better-known Bali and Lombok.
Bali's eastern neighbours Lombok and The Gili Islands are unhurried and relaxed alternatives to the islands further west.
When to go to Indonesia
"Whoever sows the wind will reap the storm."Indonesian proverb In most of Indonesia the wet season falls between October and April, and the dry season between May and September. Rain tends to come in sudden tropical bursts, but it can also rain non-stop for days on end. In Kalimantan and Bali the difference between the seasons is slight, but in Nusa Tenggara there are droughts in the dry season and floods in the wet. Parts of Papua are also inaccessible. In Sumatra, the rains peak from October to January in the north, and from January to February in the south. The Christmas holiday period brings a wave of Australian visitors, and Europeans …
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