isles of sunshine and spices'
Visitors should contact their local government travel advice department.
The islands of the Indonesian archipelago are
strung like beads across the equator. Clear blue seas lap the immaculate
beaches, calm breezes carry scents of spices and flowers, and divers
are captivated by the ocean’s riches. Inland, striking volcanic
ranges tower above green mantles of terraced hillsides and lush
Bali conjures images of paradise: beautiful scenery,
gentle sarong-clad people and sunsets of legendary glory. You can
submerge in the surfing, nightlife and beach-party atmosphere, or
encounter Ubud’s wealth of traditional arts
and crafts. On peaceful Lombok, everything moves
at a slower pace, whilst busy Jakarta exhibits
Indonesia’s cosmopolitan and modern face.
Komodo Island’s home to the ‘living
dinosaurs’ and the captivating ‘sea gardens’ of
Suwalesi offer exploration, as do Borobudur’s
architectural treasures, which include 5 kilometres or 3 miles of
Buddhist relief carvings. Adventurers head for Kalimantan’s
remote jungle interior or explore Sumatra, with its swarming wildlife
and tribal groups.
A rich history of kingdoms, trade, conquests, and colonialism has
bestowed an exhilarating mix of Hindu, Muslim
and Buddhist. The indigenous tribal culture on
the islands, colourful festivals and ceremonies stimulate every
season. The archipelago’s diversity and size can appear overpowering
however at an unhurried approach will reward you with your own taste