Things to do in Indonesia
Bali - explore the Bali Safari and Marine Park
An absolute must if you have children but make your own way there as there is so much to see and do. Pet the white tiger or baby Orangutan, take an elephant ride through parts of the park and see rhinos right next to you. Feed the piranha fish and be sure to take your swim suit for the water park.
Bali - go on a dive trip to the reefs
With over 30 different dive sites to choose from in one of the world’s most diverse biological regions diving here is world class. Whether you want to learn or simply wish to jump into crystal clear waters there is something here for everyone – corals, sharks, mantas, over 2,500 species of fish and 80 different types of coral. You can even organize your own personal diving safari if you wish.
Bali - learn to cook Balinese cusine
There are plenty of restaurants and cooking schools where you can learn to cook authentic Balinese dishes. A visit to the local market is the norm followed by a lesson and then practice in the various traditional methods. Learn which foods are for which days, including feast days, and what difference ginger, coriander, Kaffir lime and candlenut make to chicken or rice.
Bintan Island - tee time at Ria Bintan Golf Club
A Gary Player Course of 36 holes, this golf course was voted best in Asia in 2008 and is still listed in the top 100 courses in the world. Play either the Ocean Course or the Forest Course and be marveled by both the quality of the golf as well as the views. Relax after your round of golf to dine at the restaurant or treat yourself to one of the many treatments offered in the spa.
Jakarta - enjoy the aquarium and shows at Sea World
Hosting the largest aquarium in Asia Seaworld is an opportunity to be amazed at the sea life around Bali without getting wet, especially as you walk through the underwater tunnel. Here you can see rays and sharks as well as thousands of fish and invertebrates. Be sure to try to catch one of the many feeding times. This park also hosts one of the world’s few Dugong aquariums.
Jakarta - visit the museums near Fatahillah Square
Three of Jakarta’s best museums can be found in the square along with buildings dating back to the early 18th century. The Jakarta History Museum is particularly interesting with over 23,000 different items including traditional style furniture and items from the Dutch East India Company. Make time to see the traditional puppets in the Wayang Museum especially on a Sunday morning when there are frequently traditional shows.
Lombok - visit the Sendang Gile & Tiu Kelap Waterfalls
You can do this trip yourself but it is well worth going with a local guide to make the most of the day. Swimming is available at Sendang Gile waterfall which is the smaller of the 2 falls but is still an impressive 600 metres above sea level. Tiu Kelep is 45 minutes further up and quite a climb as it is through jungle and up steep slopes.
Solo - visit the Kraton Surakarta Palace and Tower
Steeped in history the palace has seen many of the political changes of Indonesia. Built in stages from 1745 onwards it is a splendid example of architecture from that time. Entrance is not permitted through the main gates but instead via a gate on the east side. A guide is recommended to fully enjoy the palace and tower, which was actually a prayer tower and not a watch tower as many think.
Yogyakarta - journey to the Prambanan Hindu temples
The largest Hindu temple in Java this temple is thought to be over 1,150 years old and was renovated around 60 years ago to its current form and repairs and maintenance work still continues today. There are 3 zones to explore with the central zone being the best, and most important. Tours are available but it may be worth taking your time and exploring the temple on your own.
Yogyakarta - stroll the market of Jalan Malioboro
Everything from T shirts to authentic Javanese handicrafts are available on this over 2 km stretch of road. Many of the houses are renovated old colonial buildings and add to the character of the area. Try a ride on a becak or maybe take a horse carriage ride. This area is well known for its batik studios and there are plenty of places to eat or sit and watch people passing by.
Introduction to Indonesia
Stretching from the Indian Ocean to the Pacific Ocean and consisting of no less than 6,000 inhabited islands, Indonesia is the largest island archipelago in the world. Bali is far and away the country's best-known tourist destination, featuring beaches, water sports and a unique culture. In addition, it hosts some of the most Westerner-friendly Indonesia hotels. However, travellers should not be dissuaded from visiting other parts of this mostly Islamic state. For example, Borneo is one of the most bio diverse regions on the planet and a haven for wildlife enthusiasts exploring its rugged wilderness. Farther east, Java is home to the capital, Jakarta, and its 12 million residents. However, Java's delights lie outside the capital, especially in places such as Yogyakarta. This is one of the oldest cities in the country and full to the brim with colonial landmarks, museums and important places of worship. The spider-shaped Sulawesi is among other popular island destinations. Featuring world-class scuba diving and the unique Taja Toraja people, Sulawesi offers a different perspective on this diverse nation.