The world’s fourth most populated country with approximately 250 million people is a huge archipelago of 17,508 islands that runs along the equator for 5,000km. Lying across a region of immense volcanic activity, Indonesia has some 400 volcanoes, with at least 70 that are still active. The country shares land borders with Malaysia, Brunei Darussalam, East Timor and Papua New Guinea, and maritime borders with Singapore, the Philippines and Australia. It is a land of so many cultures, ethnic groups, customs, fauna and flora that it is like 100 separate countries united under one flag. The main islands are Java, Sumatra, Bali, Lombok, Kalimantan (Borneo), Sulawesi (Celebes), Papua, Flores, Timor and Seram. The capital city of Jakarta lies in the lowlands of West Java –the most populated island in the archipelago. The tropical paradise of Bali is arguably the jewel in Indonesia’s crown. This is home to the only large-scale Hindu society in South East Asia and the island has attracted tourists, artists, and adventurers for generations. The island of Lombok lies close by and its untouched charm often earns the description:  “Like Bali 20 years ago”. Other popular tourism destinations include the island of Komodo, famous for the Komodo dragon, the largest species of lizard on the planet, and Borobudur, the site of the world’s largest Buddhist monument which is located on a remote hilltop in central Java. Adventure-seekers often head for Kalimantan’s remote jungle interior to visit the world’s foremost orangutan research and conservation centers, or explore Sumatra, with its teeming wildlife and abundance of tribal groups.

 

What's to Love in Indonesia

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Visit the Orangutans in Borneo

Research and rehabilitation centers in Borneo enable you to have personal encounters with these gentle and amusing creatures that share 97% of our DNA. Forest treks are also possible to search for orangutans in the wild.

Learn the Art of Mask Making in Bali

Stop by a famous mask maker's home and studio to learn about his trade, and the skills passed down through generations of the family.

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Explore The Countryside on a Quad Bike

There are a variety of adventurous ways to explore the back country of Bali, via Quad, scooter, or fat tire bike - or try all three!

Enjoy the Tropical Waters

Water sports are readily accessible throughout the islands including surfing, diving, snorkeling, kayaking, kite surfing, paddle boarding, wave-running, sailing,  and fishing.

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Lean into the Culture

The Hindu religion that dominates the island of Bali is a seemingly endless celebration of something or someone daily. To honor the culture, dress up as a Balinese would and share their celebrations like a local.

Visit a Village

You will be welcomed across the archipelago and invited to visit the small communities that do not see regular visitors.

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Live Aboard a Phinisi

The Phinisi sailing ships offer luxurious 5* pampering including, in some cases, full PADI dive centers on board. Silolona Sojourns is one operation we have experienced and highly recommend.

Witness Ancient Rituals

Witness the ancient story telling in traditional ceremonies such as the Fire Dance.

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Beware the Komodo Dragons

The Komodo dragon, also known as the Komodo monitor, is a species of lizard found in the Indonesian islands of Komodo, Rinca, Flores, and Gili Motang. These prehistoric looking creatures can reach 10 feet in length and weigh up to 300 pounds. Their bites can be deadly, so you need to be with a trained guide and ranger on your visit.

Find Peace in Ubud

Ubud is an especially spiritual place in Bali where you can relax in amazing boutique hotels and villas, explore the countryside, shop, spend time at the spa and discover your inner self.

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Helpful Information

Seasons

Indonesia is a tropical country with a fairly even climate all year round and the weather pattern is divided into two distinct seasons; “wet” and “dry”. The East Monsoon –from June to September –brings generally dry weather while the West Monsoon –from December to March –brings abundant rain. The transitional period between these two seasons alternates between sunny days, with occasional thunderstorms. Even in the midst of the wet season temperatures range from 21 degrees (70°F) to 33 degrees Celsius (90°F), except at higher altitudes where it can get much cooler. The heaviest rainfalls are usually recorded in December and January. Average humidity is generally between 70-90 per cent.

Budget Planning

Typically for the type of Custom Itineraries we build, prices in Indonesia can run from $350 - $1000 + USD per person per day, primarily dependent upon destinations, time of year, single or double occupancy, lodging style, and included activities. Quoted Tour prices include accommodations, required regional flights, guides, excursions, entrance fees, ground transfers and breakfasts at hotels.
Tour proposals exclude international flights, travel insurance, and gratuities. Each proposal will detail all inclusions and exclusions for clarity.

 

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