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.

Indonesia Tours & Travel

Top holiday deals in Indonesia

Departing Days Price USD
22 Nov 2015 Jakarta to Ubud 14 $1831
28 Nov 2015 Discover Lombok 8 $854

All our Indonesia trips

USD $1,015
CAD $1,045
AUD $1,025
EUR €685
GBP £590
NZD $1,145
ZAR R10,260
Travel to Bali and experience this exotic oasis off the coast of Indonesia. Bali's Ubud, Mt Batur, Lovina and Bedugul...
USD $1,831
CAD $1,891
AUD $1,853
EUR €1,253
GBP £1,071
NZD $2,065
ZAR R18,572
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From Jakarta to Mt Bromo, Seloliman to Ubud, this tour of Indonesia reveals a nation with a heart even bigger than...
USD $854
CAD $879
AUD $862
EUR €578
GBP £493
NZD $947
ZAR R8,619
Travel to tropical Lombok and Gili Air to discover quaint mountain villages, steamy jungles and pristine beaches....
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CAD $1,845
AUD $1,810
EUR €1,195
GBP £1,035
NZD $2,010
ZAR R18,110
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A magical getaway on Indonesia's Islands. Travel across Bali and Lombok visiting arty Ubud, Mt Batur, Mt Rinjani,...
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CAD $4,190
AUD $4,115
EUR €2,770
GBP £2,375
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Take an adventure from Thailand to Bali, via Malaysia. This tour of South-East Asia captures some of the region's...
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AUD $8,655
EUR €5,955
GBP £4,810
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Explore the islands of Sumatra, Java and Bali before flying to Ternate for a total solar eclipse.
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CAD $6,880
AUD $6,745
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GBP £3,750
NZD $7,515
ZAR R67,535
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Journey from the heart of Java through Bali and on to the little-visited east of the archipelago to witness a total...
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CAD $4,935
AUD $4,840
EUR €3,330
GBP £2,690
NZD $5,390
ZAR R48,445
CHF FR4,030
Travel to the former spice islands of Ternate and Tidore to see a total solar eclipse, then enjoy some R&R in Sanur.
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CAD $3,115
AUD $3,055
EUR €2,060
GBP £1,765
NZD $3,400
ZAR R30,580
CHF FR2,495
Travel to Indonesia and visit Bali and Java. Explore the bustling city of Jakarta, the volcanoes of Java and the...

Indonesia trip reviews

Our Indonesia trips score an average of 4.71 out of 5 based on 540 reviews in the last year.

Discover Lombok, September 2015

Bali & Lombok Adventure, August 2015

Articles on Indonesia

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.

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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.

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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 […]

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Bali: beyond the bogans

Posted on Tue, 4 Jun 2013

"Why go to Bali when in other parts of Asia you can scale the Great Wall, explore the temples of Angkor or indulge in ramen in Kyoto?..."

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About Indonesia

At a glance

Capital city: Jakarta (population 9.2 million)
Population: 242.9 million
Language: Indonesian
Currency: IDR
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)
Dialing code: +62

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.

Jakarta weather chart

Geography and environment

Mount Bromo
An archipelago of over 17,000 islands, Indonesia works its way across several oceans, beginning with the island of Sumatra in the West and stretching to Irian Jaya in the East. In between, Indonesia includes a sizeable part of Borneo, as well as larger islands such as Java, Bali and Sulawesi. With such a broad selection of islands, Indonesia encompasses a variety of landscapes such as: thick tropical jungle, fertile rice fields, grasslands and volcanic mountain ranges. Indonesia’s ecosystems are full of a rich variety of flora and fauna including the very rare Sumatran tiger and elephant, the Javan rhino and the fierce Komodo Dragon. Indonesia is also famous for its incredible beaches and marine life. With thousands of kilometres of reefs, beaches, bays and lagoons, Indonesia is a diver's paradise.

Top Picks

Indonesian Sun Bear Sumatran Tiger

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.

10. Babirusa

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) and Surabaya (Juanda Airport). This currently excludes Yogyakarta (Adisucipto International Airport) and 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.
Tipping isn't mandatory or customary in Indonesia, but a tip of spare change or another small amount would be appreciated by restaurants, drivers and other service workers, especially if the service has been particularly good.
Internet access is widely available in tourist areas like Bali, which has many internet cafes. Internet access is less common in rural and remote areas.
You'll be able to use your mobile phone in most urban areas of Indonesia, although some of the islands or more remote areas may not have network coverage. Ensure you have global roaming activated with your mobile carrier before you leave home if you wish to use your mobile while in Indonesia.
You'll have to adjust to different standards of hygiene and sanitation while in Indonesia. The standard toilet is of the squat variety and this may take some getting used to. However, western-style toilets can be found in large hotels and some tourist areas.
Indonesia is one of the world's favourite budget travel destinations. Here's what you can roughly expect to pay for a:

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
Drinking tap water isn't recommended in Indonesia. For environmental reasons, try to avoid buying bottled water. Fill a reusable water bottle or canteen with filtered water. Ask your leader where filtered water can be found, some hotels we stay in may have drinking water available. It's also advisable to avoid ice in drinks and peel fruit and vegetables before eating.
Major credit cards are widely accepted by large shops, hotels and restaurants in Indonesia. However, they may not be accepted by smaller vendors such as small family restaurants, market stalls or in remote towns and rural areas. Make sure you carry enough cash for purchases, since credit cards aren't always an option everywhere in Indonesia.
ATMs are found widely throughout Indonesia, so withdrawing cash shouldn't be problematic in most areas. Some smaller villages and rural areas may not have ATM access, so be prepared for this before venturing too far from a city or major town.
Absolutely. All passengers travelling with Intrepid are required to purchase travel insurance before the start of their trip. Your travel insurance details will be recorded by your leader on the first day of the trip. Due to the varying nature, availability and cost of health care around the world, travel insurance is very much an essential and necessary part of every journey.

For more information on insurance, please go to: Travel Insurance
Jan 1 New Year's Day
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:

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:

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Responsible Travel

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:

Bumi Sehat

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.

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Further reading

Recommended reading

Title Author
A House in BaliColin McPhee
A Short History of Bali: Indonesia's Hindu RealmRobert Pringle
A Little Bit One O'Clock: Living with a Balinese FamilyWilliam Ingram
The Year of Living DangerouslyChristopher Koch
This Earth of MankindPramoedya Ananta Toer