Full of effervescent energy and simmering sunlight, Indonesia’s islands are sprinkled across South-East Asia like a collection of colourful spices. This ancient archipelago takes its rightful place among Asia’s darling destinations and beyond the resorts there is a nation full of rich contrasts waiting to be discovered. Sensational Sumatra, boisterous Bali, joyful Java – with over 17,000 islands to explore, Indonesia has plenty to keep you coming back for more.
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Indonesia trip reviews
Our Indonesia trips score an average of 4.71 out of 5 based on 330 reviews in the last year.
Jakarta to Ubud , June 2016
Much contact with local people that live in villages that we could not have reached without a guide, very interesting places and nice activities
Review submitted 24 Jun 2016
Jakarta to Ubud , May 2016
Travelling across Java was an amazing experience. The sites and the landscapes were varied and stunning; and the people were incredibly warm and friendly.
Review submitted 24 Jun 2016
Articles on Indonesia
What it’s really like to climb Bali’s Mt Batur
Posted on Mon, 11 Apr 2016
It’s only a few hours after midnight and I’m hiking in complete darkness, the path illuminated by nothing more than our flashlights.Read more
9 things you’ll see on a bike ride through Yogyakarta
Posted on Tue, 27 Jan 2015
For all those wanting to explore Java on two wheels, here's one woman's bike ride through the rice fields and back streets of Yogyakarta.Read more
Soup is for life, not just for lunch: five Asian soups that will change the way you feel about soup
Posted on Fri, 21 Nov 2014
Everyone knows soup is a great lunch option, but it's often overlooked for dinner. This article hopes to change that.Read more
The Heart of Java: 6 Awesome Things to do in Yogyakarta
Posted on Wed, 16 Jul 2014
Yogyakarta is definitely one our favourite cities in South East Asia. That’s a pretty big claim, but we have our reasons; from the wonderful temples on the outskirts of the […]Read more
At a glance
|Capital city:||Jakarta (population 9.2 million)|
|Time zone:||(GMT+07:00) Bangkok, Hanoi, Jakarta|
|Electricity:||Type C (European 2-pin) Type F (German 2-pin, side clip earth) Type G (Irish/British 3-pin)|
Best time to visit Indonesia
Indonesia’s close proximity to the equator ensures consistently hot and humid weather in all seasons; however, its tropical climate means many areas are prone to periods of heavy rainfall. The wet season takes place from May to October and flooding can make road travel difficult at times. Popular holiday spots like Bali tend to receive large crowds during Christmas and school holidays but are significantly less crowded in shoulder seasons. Also worth keeping in mind are Indonesia’s various religious holidays. With a large population of practising Muslims, Ramadan results in the closure of many services, so expect a quieter experience when travelling during Ramadan.
Geography and environment
Top 10 Bizarre Creatures of Indonesia
1. Sumatran Rhino
Appearing almost prehistoric, the Sumatran rhino is smaller in both size and number than its African cousins. Covered in a reddish brown fur, the Sumatran rhino is a solitary animal, and has been quietly grazing the grasslands for thousands of years.
2. Sulawesi Giant Squirrel
Living deep within Sulawesi’s rainforest canopies, this enigmatic and shy rodent can be tough to spot, so stay quiet and alert if you want catch a glimpse of one.
3. Sun Bear
A perennial favourite, the sun bear can be found on many of Indonesia’s islands. Perhaps suffering from ‘small bear syndrome’, these fiery characters are often quite aggressive, defying their nickname as the ‘Honey Bear’.
4. Sulawesi Macaque
Native to the island of Sulawesi, these crafty primates are known for being exceptionally social creatures. With family groups usually led by dominant females, Sulawesi macaques are a prime example of 'girl power' in action.
5. Sumatran Tiger
A noble predator with an almost mythical status, the Sumatran tiger stalks its prey deep within the jungles of Sumatra. With some estimates putting their numbers at just over 300, an international effort is underway to protect this incredible animal.
6. Javan Slow Loris
Slow in name, slow in nature. Don’t be fooled though, this super-cute creature packs a deadly punch – it is the world's only poisonous primate!
7. Long-Beaked Echidna
Inhabiting the island of New Guinea, this crazy critter snuffles about the forest floor using its large snout. Don’t expect to see many of these guys though; they are classified as ‘critically endangered’.
8. Komodo Dragon
The fearsome Komodo Dragon is the world’s largest lizard, often weighing up to 70 kilograms. Described as the ‘perfect predator’, this stealthy beast makes for an exhilarating sight.
9. Moluccan Flying Snake
Scared of snakes? Now you'll have to search the ground and the air as these aerodynamic reptiles have found a novel way to move between the treetops, by becoming airborne and gliding for up to 30 metres.
What do you get when you cross a pig and a deer? The odd looking Babirusa: a short and stocky animal with large, curled horns. Native to Indonesia, populations of these bizarre beasts are sadly in decline due to poaching and habitat loss.
FAQs on Indonesia
Australia:Yes - on arrival
Belgium: No – for up to 30 days
Canada: No – for up to 30 days
Germany: No – for up to 30 days
Ireland: Yes - on arrival
Netherlands: No – for up to 30 days
New Zealand: No – for up to 30 days
South Africa: No – for up to 30 days
Switzerland: No – for up to 30 days
United Kingdom: No – for up to 30 days
USA: No – for up to 30 days
A number of nationalities, including those listed above, are now permitted to enter Visa Free for up to 30 days for tourism purposes. Entry requirements: presentation of onward or return tickets, passport which is valid for at least 6 months. Visitors on Visa-Free Short Visits must enter AND exit from certain airports and seaports in Indonesia including: Jakarta (Soekarno-Hatta Airport), Bali (Ngurah Rai Airport), Yogyakarta (Adisucipto Airport) and Surabaya (Juanda Airport). This currently excludes entry and exist from Lombok (Bandar Udara International Airport). Visa-Free Short Visits cannot be extended and cannot be transferred to another type of visa.
Visas on arrival are valid for 30 days, cost US$35 and are available upon arrival by air in Bali, Jakarta, Medan and a few other international airports, or by ship at a limited number of Indonesian sea ports. Visas are non-transferable, but may be extended once for an additional 30 days without leaving the country. The period of stay for visas is calculated from the day of arrival. If paying in a currency other that USD you may be charged an unfavorable rate of exchange.
Citizens of all other countries should check with the relevant consulates as to whether a visa is required. Citizens of countries who aren't on the visa on arrival or visa free lists are required to apply for a visa overseas before travelling to Indonesia.
Nationals of all countries planning to stay for more than 30 days in Indonesia have to apply for the appropriate visa at an overseas Indonesian consulate or embassy before their departure.
Local laws require that you must be able show your valid travel document (eg, passport) at any time when required to do so by an immigration office. We recommend taking a clear photocopy of your passport photo page, and visa (after arriving), to carry with you.
Street food snack = 2,000 IDR
Fresh juice = 5,000 IDR
Bottle of beer in a bar = 20,000 IDR
Souvenir sarong = 25,000 IDR
Dinner in a restaurant = 40,000 IDR
For more information on insurance, please go to: Travel Insurance
Jan 24 Milad un Nabi (Birth of the Prophet)
Feb 10 Chinese New Year
Mar 12 Hari Raya Nyepi (Hindu New Year)
Mar 29 Good Friday
May 9 Ascension
May 25 Waisak Day (Buddha's Birthday)
Jun 6 Lailat al Miraj (Ascension of the Prophet)
Aug 8 Eid al-Fitr (End of Ramadan)
Aug 17 Indonesian Independence Day
Oct 15 Eid al-Adha (Feast of the Sacrifice)
Nov 5 Islamic New Year
Dec 25 Christmas Day
Please note these dates are for 2013. Estimates are given for some holidays as many religious festivals are timed according to lunar movements, making exact dates difficult to predict in advance. For a current list of public holidays in Indonesia go to: http://www.worldtravelguide.net/Indonesia/public-holidays
Health and Safety
Intrepid takes the health and safety of its travellers seriously, and takes every measure to ensure that trips are safe, fun and enjoyable for everyone. We recommend that all travellers check with their government or national travel advisory organisation for the latest information before departure:
From New Zealand?
Go to: http://www.voyage.gc.ca/
Go to: http://travel.state.gov/
Go to: http://www.fco.gov.uk/en/
The World Health Organisation
also provides useful health information:
Go to: http://www.who.int/en/
Indonesia Travel Tips
Intrepid is committed to travelling in a way that is respectful of local people, their culture, local economies and the environment. It's important to remember that what may be acceptable behaviour, dress and language in your own country, may not be appropriate in another. Please keep this in mind while travelling.
Top responsible travel tips for Indonesia
1. Be considerate of Indonesia's customs, traditions, religion and culture.
2. Dress modestly and respectfully. Shoulders to knees should be covered, especially when entering places of worship.
3. Always dispose of litter thoughtfully, including cigarette butts.
4. Choose to not support businesses that promote cruelty towards or exploitation of endangered species.
5. Please ask and receive permission before taking photos of people, including children.
6. When bargaining at markets, stay calm, be reasonable and keep a smile on your face. It's meant to be fun!
7. When on community visits or homestays, refrain from giving gifts or money to locals.
8. For environmental reasons, try to avoid buying bottled water. Fill a reusable water bottle or canteen with filtered water instead.
9. Ramadan is the fasting month for all Muslims. During this month no food, drink or smoking is permitted during daylight hours. While non-Muslims aren't expected to fast, it's recommended to try to avoid eating, drinking or smoking in public during daylight hours.
10. The precious reefs off the coast of Indonesia need to be preserved and protected. By all means, admire the coral, but never touch or remove coral from reefs. Also, avoid buying souvenirs that have been illegally removed from the reef.
The Intrepid Foundation
The Intrepid Foundation provides travellers with an opportunity to give something back to the many wonderful communities we travel to. By donating to The Intrepid Foundation you can make a difference in local communities - in health care, education, human rights, child welfare and the protection of wildlife and the environment.
In Indonesia, The Intrepid Foundation proudly supports:
This free maternal health clinic located in Bali assists economically-challenged local women with health services, nutrition advice and education programs.
Image supplied by Bumi Sehat.
To learn more or donate, go to: www.theintrepidfoundation.org
|A House in Bali||Colin McPhee|
|A Short History of Bali: Indonesia's Hindu Realm||Robert Pringle|
|A Little Bit One O'Clock: Living with a Balinese Family||William Ingram|
|The Year of Living Dangerously||Christopher Koch|
|This Earth of Mankind||Pramoedya Ananta Toer|