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Indonesia offers a wonderful blend of culture and scenery, appealing to sunseekers and bargain hunters as well as adventurers. From the beaches and beautiful interior of Bali – the fabled ‘Island of the Gods’ – and the stunning volcanic landscapes of Lombok, to Komodo – the land of dragons, this nation really does have it all.
- Indonesia is great for relaxing beach breaks all the way through to more adventurous itineraries exploring its many islands
- For a small island, Bali boasts more than its fair share of attractions, including stunning beaches, historic temples and a beautiful verdant interior
- Lombok and the Gilis are perfect if you're seeking shores that are a little less developed
- In Java explore historic temples, palaces and a collection of South East Asia’s most sacred sights before travelling to the slopes of Mount Bromo
- For something a little different take a Komodo cruise aboard a traditionally styled Bugis schooner and visit Bali, Lombok, the Gilis and the captivating islands of the Komodo Archipelago
Best time to visit Indonesia
• Between May and September, when temperatures are hot and there's very little rain
• Although the weather may be slightly wetter, great savings can be had at most other times of year
Indonesia holiday highlights
Bali, Lombok & the Gilis
Our most popular destination in Indonesia is Bali, thanks to its glorious beaches, and a host of international airlines offer stopover flights to Bali’s Denpasar airport. Among the most popular carriers are Malaysia Airlines, Singapore Airlines, Cathay Pacific and Qatar Airways, which fly via their respective hubs of Kuala Lumpur, Singapore, Hong Kong and Doha. As there are no direct flights to Bali from the UK, there’s the opportunity to break up your journey with a few nights’ stopover in one of these vibrant cities.
To see more of Bali, you can twin a Bali beach stay with a few nights in Ubud, or take a number of day trips around the island from your hotel. We offer a selection of cultural and activity-based experiences in Bali – ask your Personal Travel Expert to help you choose some additional sightseeing.
Pairing Bali with Lombok and/or the Gilis also makes for an excellent island-hopping beach holiday. Local airlines have several flights per day between Bali and Lombok, and travelling by boat between the two islands is also an option. To get to the secluded Gilis you'll need to hop on a boat from Bali or Lombok.
Java & Komodo
Our Discover and Cruise product ranges include these more adventurous islands. Java consists of a string of 38 volcanic mountains whose slopes taper down to tropical rainforest, agricultural land, the densely populated towns and cities – which make this Indonesia’s most populated island – the mangrove forests that line the north coast and the rugged cliff tops of the south. This strikingly beautiful island is perfect for those looking for a something a little different in Indonesia than Bali’s world-renowned beaches.
Take to the seas and visit the captivating islands of the Komodo Archipelago, home to the world’s largest lizard, the incredible Komodo Dragon. Enjoy treks to track down these fierce creatures spotting an array of local wildlife, bird life and flora as you do. The Komodo National Park consists of the three main island of Komodo, Padar and Rinca, as well as 26 smaller islands, and was founded in an attempt to protect these incredible, yet endangered species. The park has been selected as one of the New7Wonders of Nature alongside the Amazon Rainforest and River, Halong Bay in Vietnam, and Table Mountain in Cape Town, South Africa.