Indonesia is the world’s largest island country, and home to more than thirteen thousand islands. This beguiling nation of over 17,000 islands has massive potential for adventures. It’s hard to beat Indonesia for the sheer range of experiences on offer. Discover Komodo National Park, the Anambas or Raja Ampat on our stunning traditional schooner.
The pristine Anambas are a true tropical paradise, still largely undiscovered. Here you can step back in time, swim in warm blue seas, azure lagoons and view underwater scenery unparalleled in Asia. Cruising through the Anambas you’ll come across the occasional island village. Inhabitants are few and warmly welcome visitors with smiling faces and kindness.
Remote and beautiful, the Komodo islands in eastern Indonesia form one of the last paradises on earth. Wild and mountainous in part with rolling green savannahs and cliffs plummeting down to white sandy beaches fringed by the turquoise ocean, these islands must be seen to be believed. Most people come here for one of two reasons, either for the exceptional scuba diving or to get up close and personal with the world’s biggest lizard.
The Alor Archipelago comprises of 20 islands in the furthest reaches of the Lesser Sunda Islands and is Indonesia at its rawest and most beautiful. Set more or less north of West Timor and east of Pantar, Lembata, and Flores this small scrap of land will delight even the most hardened of travellers.
Raja Ampat is celebrated for the prehistoric beauty of its limestone karsts and scattered cays and shoals embracing over 1,500 emerald islands set like rough jewels in a cerulean sea. Located off the northwest tip of the island of New Guinea, and part of the Indonesian West Papua Province, you can explore prehistoric caves, visit ancient tribes, gaze at birds of paradise and discover dive sites famed for having the most species recorded on a single dive.
The Banda Islands are a small cluster of about ten islands in the Banda Sea, about 2,000km east of Java at the tail end of the Indonesian archipelago. So remote only the most intrepid of travellers will be brave enough to travel this far to revel in the rich colonial architecture of Banda, gasp at the perfectly conical Mount Api, and cruise around countless volcanic islands shrouded in tropical rainforest.
Indonesia is a land of so many cultures, peoples, animals, customs, plants, sights, art and foods that it defies homogenization.The people are as radically different from each other as the variety of landscapes you’ll see, with every island a unique blend. Over time, deep and rich cultures have evolved, from the mysteries of the spiritual Balinese to the ancient animist belief system of the Asmat people of Papua.
Beaches & Volcanoes
Venturing across Indonesia you’ll see a wonderfully dramatic landscape as diverse as anywhere on the planet. Sulawesi’s wildly multi-limbed coastline embraces white-sand beaches and diving haunts, while Sumatra is contoured by a legion of nearly 100 volcanoes marching off into the distance, several capable of erupting at any time.Bali’s beaches are the stuff of legend, but you don’t have to travel far to find even more beautiful and less touristed stretches of sand in Nusa Tenggara. The Banda islands in Maluku, Derawan in Kalimantan and Pulau Weh off Sumatra all offer superb beaches too.
Dramatic sights are the norm. There’s the sublime: an orang-utan lounging in a tree. The artful: a Balinese dancer executing precise moves that would make a robot seem ungainly. The idyllic: a deserted stretch of blinding white sand on Sumbawa. The astonishing: crowds in a glitzy Jakarta mall. The intriguing: tales of the beautiful Banda Islands’ twisted history. The heart-stopping: the ominous menace of a Komodo dragon. The humbling: a woman bent double with a load of firewood on Sumatra. The delicious: a south Bali restaurant. The shocking: the funeral ceremonies of Tana Toraja. The solemn: Borobudur’s serene magnificence.
This intoxicating land offers some of the last great adventures on earth. Sitting in the open door of a train whizzing across Java, gazing out at an empty sea while on a ship bound for the Kei Islands, hanging on to the back of a scooter on Flores, rounding the mystifying corner of an ancient West Timor village or simply trekking through wilderness you’re sure no one has seen before.The great thing about adventure in Indonesia is that it happens when you least expect it.