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Overview to Indonesia: Travel Guide and Tourist Information


Indonesia is big. Huge, in fact. As many as 17,000 islands are spread out over an area that’s roughly equivalent to the width of the Atlantic Ocean. Which makes it pretty unsurprising that it’s home to some of the world’s more staggeringly beautiful landscapes.

Most backpackers begin a tour of the region in the slightly manic capital, Jakarta, on the most populated island of Java. From here, Bali and the glorious Gili Islands lure backpackers to them with their promises of partying in a tropical paradise.

Hidden in the steaming jungles, the country’s wildlife resources are practically second-to-none. Orang-utan sanctuaries at Bukit Lawang mix with the islands of Komodo and Rinca, home to the magnificent Komodo Dragon.

With 10-15% of the world’s coral reefs, there are some remarkable diving sites everywhere from Bali to Wakatobi. And there’s surfing, too: Pulau Nias, in North Sumatra, has for some time been known as having some of Southeast Asia’s best waves.

In terms of manmade ‘sights’, Indonesia’s not exactly short of a temple or two, although a couple stand out: Prambanan and Borobudur. Rising imposingly above the palms, the vast Buddhist stupa of Borobudur is amongst the world’s most jaw-droppingly impressive sights.

Well and truly off the backpacking trail, Indonesia is also home to Irian Jaya (West Papua) and the Spice Islands of Maluku, two of the world’s last great wildernesses. From a travelers’ perspective – whether adventure-seeking or lazy beach-going – Indonesia’s got it all!