One thing all visitors can agree is the friendliness and warmth welcome they receive. Indonesians are famed for their hospitality, humor and laid-back approach to life. With some of the world’s best hotels, locations, activities, sights and sounds, Indonesia awaits with open arms, to welcome you into the rich tapestry that is this diverse island archipelago.
The culture of Indonesia has been shaped by long interaction between original indigenous customs and multiple foreign influences. Despite the influences of foreign culture, some remote Indonesian regions still preserve uniquely indigenous culture. Indigenous ethnic groups Mentawai, Asmat, Dani, Dayak, Toraja and many others are still practising their ethnic rituals, customs and wearing traditional clothes. There are artistic traditions, carrying age-old customs through the generations and onto the modern stage. Wayang puppet show for a timeless story of Javanese mythology, or see the care, flair and craft that goes into a Batak wedding ceremony. Listen to the exquisite and complex symphony of a gamelan orchestra in full flow. Check out the tribes living as they have done for centuries. From Dayaks in the jungles of Kalimantan, to Barong spirit dances in Balinese temples, pygmy forest dwellers of Papua and traditional animist funeral rights in Toraja; Indonesia remains a rich and startling glimpse into the wonders of the ancient spirit world.
An extensive, characterized by coral reefs, deposits from volcanoes, rich marine biodiversity, and strong ocean currents. Associated with diverse cultural traditions. With around 17,500 islands, Indonesia has an intricate coastline of over 80,000 km, the fourth longest in the world. So many superb dive sites, surf spots, water sports and seaside resorts to choose from, Indonesia is a beach comber’s nirvana.
The geography of Indonesia is dominated by volcanoes that are formed due to subduction zones between the Eurasian plate and the Indo-Australian plate. Volcanoes in Indonesia are part of the Pacific Ring of Fire. The rich, volcanic soil of the land and the minerals of submarine eruptions make for a superbly fertile environment, giving birth to a tropical explosion of life. Bays, lagoons and coral reefs freckle these emerald oceans with patches of lush vegetation, rocky jungle peaks rising up from the depths and cresting a wave.
Virtually every island has at least one volcano as its centerpiece – some of these rumbling giants remain active to this day. See the sulfur farmers haul their heavy loads up the slopes of Kawah Ijen, hike up to the heavens on Rinjani in Lombok, fascinating view of three Color Lake in Kelimutu Nusa Tenggara islands, and Mount Bromo a special sight for travelers; a black molten moonscape in the middle of the Javan jungle, rising up through a silken halo of morning mist. A truly primeval experience.
Indonesia has few UNESCO World Heritage Sites, for both cultural and natural, ranging from temples and early settlements to National Parks and rainforests. Borobudur is the world’s largest Buddhist monument – a towering pyramid of stupas, statues and intricate stone sculptures. Nearby Prambanan stands as a testament to a lover’s devotion to his queen, whilst the many palaces, relics and gateways of ancient Java stand as stoic echoes from a bygone civilization. Komodo Island, a volcanic island, is inhabited by around 5700 Komodo Dragons (giant lizards) which exist nowhere else in the world! It is a famous site for scientists to study the theory of evolution. The islands also have white sandy beaches, various wildlife and rich in marine life and reef corals in clear blue sea. Comprise of three national parks – Gunung Leuser National Park, Kerinci Sebat National Park and Bukit Barisan Selatan National Park. Bukit Lawang in Gunung Leuser National Park is famous for Sumatran Orangutan in the natural habitat.
Under the waves, Indonesia has been acknowledged as one of the most pristine scuba diving destination. Bali, Bunaken, Lembeh, Raja Ampat, Komodo islands, Banda Sea, they are all there to admire. You can enjoy captivating coral scenes and reef fishes while wall diving, enjoy the drift diving and witness the manta, mola-mola, reef sharks passing by, or discovering the magnificent marine wildlife almost the size of your hair while muck diving. The biodiversity of Indonesia’s oceans is simply beyond compare. Highlights include turtle conservation in the Derawan islands off North East Kalimantan, whale sharks in the Flores straight, migrating manta rays off the coast of Bali, plus dolphin, dugongs and a congregation of otherworldly beauty in the myriad sapphire coves of Raja Ampat in West Papua. Additionally, Indonesia has played an important role in global trading route since the 7th century. At the present time, it has kept many discovered and more undiscovered mysteries of wrecks of the deep Indonesian waters, which happens to shelter more coral growth and marine life; and also another signature for scuba diving in Indonesia.