Indonesia's islands (17,000 at last count) are scattered across the Pacific, covering an area comparable to that of California to Maine. Rainforests, rice fields, ancient monuments, prolific wildlife and over 300 distinct traditional cultures are strewn throughout the vast archipelago and make for wondrous exploration. It's one of the earth's most diverse destinations in every possible way. The experience of Indonesia is a cultural and natural jigsaw puzzle that both challenges and intrigues the most astute travelers.
Indonesia is a land of natural beauty, rich customs and incredible cultural diversity. Whether you are looking for an active, fast-paced excursion or a leisurely, reflective escape, the activities in Indonesia provides ample opportunity for both.
Komodo is one of the best sea kayaking places on Earth. Expect incredible reefs, amazing wildlife, rugged natural beauty and a mystique that defies expression.
A truly unique Indonesia activity for your one-of-a-kind Southeast Asia travel experience, it is possible to charter yachts and schooners, complete with crew, to enjoy breathtaking views of the lush Indonesian landscape from the startlingly turquoise waters just offshore. Some are stylish, like the Perentis. Several smaller boats are available, suitable for economical private charters. Call your Indonesia Travel Expert for details.
One of the most popular and spectacular things to do in Indonesia. With 17,000 tropical islands, the snorkeling here is unbeatable. Here at ATJ, many claim it's the world's best. There are numerous live-aboard options to suit nearly any time frame and budget.
The Komodo Archipelago's abundance of hard and soft corals provides a Technicolor habitat for many of the great Pacific species of invertebrates and pelagics, including sharks, lionfish, rays and turtles. The great thing about snorkeling here is the variety of options for the veteran and beginner alike. These waters can sport some wild currents, making it an ideal destination for the experienced snorkeler in search of adventure. On the other hand, tranquil bays abound, providing safe anchorage sites and fabulous snorkeling opportunities.
At the Lembah Straits you'll find weedy scorpionfish, Ambon scorpionfish, yellow ornate ghost pipefish, frogfish in every size and color, pygmy seahorse, flamboyant cuttlefish, octopus and harlequin shrimp-just to name a few. At Bunaken Marine Park, swim with playful spinner dolphins and magnificent pilot whales, gentle green sea turtles, bumphead parrotfish, schools of butterflyfish and sharks.
Festivals in Indonesia are representative of the diverse cultures and ethnicities found throughout the country's many islands. Experience the Balinese Galungan in January, or attend a Torajan funeral feast, which are famously stylized affairs. (Note: one must simply have lucky timing, as attendance cannot be guaranteed.)
For connoisseurs of the truly exotic there is the Pasola Festival in Sumba, held in February and March. Fundamentally animistic, it resembles a medieval jousting match in which warriors, who ride bareback on agile horses, whirl, charge and hurl blunt spears at each other. Those who are injured or killed during the Pasola are de facto guilty of offending the supernatural ancestral spirits. The wounded may atone with offerings of chickens and pigs, ensuring a bountiful crop in the coming year.