Holidays to Indonesia
Scattered along the equator, the Indonesian archipelago is made up of more than 17,000 islands – 6,000 of which are inhabited – which run the gamut from lush jungles and mountainous peaks in Java to the heavenly white-sand beaches of Bali and vast lakes formed by the sunken craters of volcanoes in Sumatra.
Add incredible cuisine, some of the friendliest people on earth, and bountiful wildlife – including tigers, elephants and orangutans – and it’s easy to see why Indonesia attracts everyone from honeymooners and families to adventurers.
Indonesia’s islands range from lush jungles and mountainous peaks in Java to the heavenly white-sand beaches of Bali…
Where to go
Many itineraries start in the capital, Jakarta, a buzzing metropolis crammed with culture and history and an emerging art scene, before winding their way down to Yogyakarta to witness dawn break over ancient Borobudur Temple.
Head further south still for some beach time in Bali, or go swimming with sea turtles in the crystal clear waters of the Lombok’s Gili Islands. If you venture north to Sumatra, Indonesia’s largest island, you’ll find everything from vast lakes formed from sunken volcanoes, to tiger reserves and Pulau Weh – a divers’ paradise.
When to go
Indonesia has a wonderful year-round balmy climate, a consistent 28-30C. Dry season (May to September) is regarded as the best time to visit, and promises dry, sunny days with minimal rainfall. The International Jazz Festival of Jakarta is in May.