This travel guide to Indonesia covers the famous Bali, Lombok, Gili Islands, and Java to Sumatra, Batam and Bintan Islands, Flores, Komodo Island, and more. Indonesia may not have been on top of many tourists’ lists, but it is truly a hidden gem in Southeast Asia. It has more than 17,000 islands with 240 million people!
Known to many as Wonderful Indonesia, it brings you the second-largest tropical forests, many pristine beaches with excellent dive sites and surfing waves, and amazing hikes to active volcanoes and wildlife.
Many parts of Indonesia is still much off the radar of travel map with lacking infrastructure and development challenges. Backpackers can enjoy exploring the unbeaten tracks, while luxury seekers may find themselves spoilt with choices.
Find below the many travel guides in the regions of Indonesia for your next travel destination!
Bali, known as the Island of Gods, has been Indonesia’s most popular tourist destination. Bali is rich in culture and history, with its prominent functioning old temples, festivals, and practices. It is full of natural wonders like white sandy beaches, surfers’ waves, divers paradise spots, hiking mountains, and rolling fields of rice paddies and terraces.
Lying to the east of Bali is Lombok, the emerging next top destination of Indonesia. It also boasts pristine beaches, crystal-clear blue seas, diving spots, and surfers’ nooks.
Snuggled between Lombok and Bali, the Gili Islands are well known for their remoteness. They are made of up Gili Trawangan, Gili Meno and Gili Air. You will find untouched nature, unchartered seas, and no motorized vehicles on land.
Java boasts many natural and historical tourist attractions. Here you can find ancient temples like Borobudur and Prambanan. There are also volcanoes, mountains, and national parks to trek and explore.
Moreover, the train transport in Java is well connected from west to east. It is the only reliable train network in the archipelagos of Indonesia.
Are you looking for a quick weekend getaway from Singapore? Batam Island or Bintan Island is the answer to many travelers from Singapore, both only 45 minutes by ferry. On these islands, you will find white sandy beaches, clear blue sea, adventurous outdoor activities, and delicious Indonesian food.
Batam Island offers beaches, sun, sea, local cultures, and food. Bintan Island forms a solid competition as a weekend trip.
Sumatra, at the furthest west of Indonesia, is a gigantic island largely unexplored. This Indonesian island is for those who seek adventure and nature.
The famous tourist attractions are the trek to see the Sumatran Orangutan in the wild at Bukit Lawang and the largest volcanic lake in the world Lake Toba. Other popular things to do in Sumatra are climbing the smoking volcano craters that surround the hill town of Berastagi and diving deep into the unexplored sea of Pulau Weh.
Flores, which means flower in Portuguese, is a place of beauty like its name. As part of the Lesser Sunda Islands, it is home to the last dragon on Earth, the Komodo Dragon in the Komodo National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Untouched pristine islands, magical tri-colored volcanic lakes, hiking up volcano mountains like Mount Kelimutu, swimming in waterfalls in lush jungles and scenes of paddy fields with smoking volcanoes as a backdrop, diving, and snorkeling with rich underwater life is what you will find here.
Sulawesi is one of Indonesia’s four the Greater Sunda Islands, unique and easily recognized by many. The island contains unique cultures, unexplored land, mountains, and even the sea.
In the north, you will find the best dive sites in Indonesia, like Bunaken and Raja Ampat islands. In the south, the popular Tana Toraja has spellbound many travelers with its unique culture and funeral rites since ancient times.
Papua, formerly Irian Jaya, is in the easternmost of Indonesia. Most travelers come here to trek through tribal villages in the remote highlands. The most popular one here is the Baliem Valley, which is still filled with indigenous tribes and ancient rites. It also has the highest mountain in Indonesia, the Puncak Jaya (Carstensz Pyramid), located in the exotic jungle of Lorentz National Park.
To the west of Papua lies the Maluku Islands, also known as Moluccas or Spice Islands, to the east of Sulawesi. Here you can experience its fascinating historical and cultural sites, snorkeling and diving off the coasts, hiking, and trekking.