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Indonesia Travel: So Much More Than Bali

Raja-Ampat-indonesia-travel Exploring Raja Ampat

Indonesia is one of the most interesting and diverse countries in the world. This vast archipelago nation sprawls over 3,000 miles east to west and 2,000 north to south. It is composed of 17,500 islands, of which more than 7,000 are uninhabited. One of my favorite facts about Indonesia, is the Wallace Line. A faunal boundary drawn in 1859 by the British naturalist Alfred Russel Wallace, it separates the ecozones of Asia and Australia. West of the line are found organisms related to Asiatic species; to the east, a mixture of species of Asian and Australian origin is present. This can be experienced on our Voyage in the Wake of Wallace.

When and Where to Go

The best time to visit Indonesia in general is May to September when it's dry and sunny, but even during the countries wet season it remains warm with daily afternoon downpours that tend to last for a couple of hours, so it won't really spoil your trip.

If you're a fan of the undersea world, November to January is great for a visit to Raja Ampat, one of the most ecological niches on the planet! Along with rugged and steep coastlines covered with virgin rainforest, many of the fish, corals, and crustaceans that live in these waters are found nowhere else on Earth. And it's a good place to see whale sharks. The Raja Ampat archipelago consists of some 600 Islands that straddle the equator in the area off the north-western tip of the Papua province of Indonesia. See our Snorkel and Kayak Southern Raja Ampat trip.

A traditional pinisi boat is one of the best ways to explore Indonesia

If you're more of a land lover and all wildlife that thrives on terra firma, then our Orangutans & Dragons Sailing Safari might be the trip for you. It combines a gentle river cruise through the forests of Borneo with a sea cruise on a traditionally built (Pinisi) schooner. The hinterland of Borneo offers a wealth of ecological and cultural treasures that survive deep within the rainforest and it's the perfect way to see proboscis monkeys and Asia's only great ape, the orangutan. The sea cruise portion of the journey takes you through a panorama of islands to see the legendary Komodo dragons, great snorkeling, remote beaches, and a mysterious volcanic lake.

Komodo dragons

One of my favorite cultural experiences in Southeast Asia is our Indonesia Archipelago Adventure. This tailor-made trip starts on Java in the ancient capital of Yogyakarta, known for textiles, silver work, and traditional puppetry. Wander through the massive temple complex of Borobudur and hike through rice paddies among local dwellings where spiritual places blend with the pragmatic activities of daily life. Bike the backroads of Bali and meet with local artists on this long-time jewel in the crown of Indonesia, this tiny island that's resplendent with elegant temples, verdant landscapes, and remote beaches. Cruise the waters of Komodo National Park in a private, luxurious traditional boat. Relax on pristine beaches, snorkel colorful reefs, and meet with welcoming locals. This is my Indonesia! 

Borobudur, a Buddhist temple is located in Central Java

Whether you're looking for diverse, natural, or cultural landscapes with comfortable villas in Bali to breathtaking voyages to Borneo Raja Ampat, and Suluwesi, our trips to Indonesia offers something for everyone. Give us a call at 800-345-4453 with any questions.

Jeff Robers

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