Indonesia

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13 Unique Indonesian Animals

One of the best parts of travel is undoubtedly spotting the local wildlife. These incredible Indonesian animals are fascinating and unique. How many have you seen?

Mount Rinjani, Indonesia

Trekking Mount Rinjani, Lombok – Everything You Need to Know!

Gunung Rinjani (Mount Rinjani) is an active volcano in Indonesia located on the island of Lombok, near Bali. The volcano is popular with adventure seekers in need of a challenge after relaxing on Bali’s nearby beaches. Are YOU UP FOR the challenge?

Komodo Island Shut-Down: Fake News?

Komodo dragons are one of Southeast Asia’s most alluring creatures. Komodo National Park attracts more visitors by the day. What does this mean for the dragons themselves. Samantha Lego tells us what she learnt on a recent trip.

Diving in Nusa Lembongan, Indonesia

Nusa Lembongan, a small idyllic island off Bali, offers some of the world’s best diving opportunities for beginners or advanced divers. Find out the best dive spots for every level and the wildlife you’ll find there.

Yogyakarta, Indonesia

Backpacking Java, Indonesia – The Perfect One-Week Itinerary

There’s a standard backpacker route that most people follow when they explore Java. The journey starts in Yogyakarta where travellers come to see the two UNESCO World Heritage Sites Borobudur and Prambanan. Then, the trail leads east, to watch the sun rise over Bromo and Ijen volcanoes. It’s an amazing route that combines the cultural highlights of central Java with the striking beauty of the landscapes of East Java. This journey through Java takes a minimum of seven days…

Owl Graffiti at Taman Festival, Abandoned Theme Park in Bali

Taman Festival: An Abandoned Theme Park in Bali

Abandoned for two decades, Taman Festival is a deserted theme park that’s becoming consumed by mother nature, making it an incredible place for backpackers, photographers and urbex explorers alike. Locals say its haunted and there are rumours of a man-eating crocodile who resides inside…

Baliem Valley, Papua – The Wild Wild West of Asia?

In 1938, an American expeditioner chanced upon Baliem Valley, home of the Dani tribes. He was shocked to see how far removed from the rest of the world they were and compared their lifestyle to what a 21st century stone age would look like…

Fishermen pull in their nets in Lombok, Indonesia

Senggigi, Indonesia: Lombok’s Main Traveller Hub

With Mount Rinjani a two-hour drive to the east, Kuta (Lombok) an hour and a half south, and the Gili Islands a quick boat trip west, Senggigi is a hub for travellers who are on their way somewhere else. Venture slightly south of town to experience local life, where tiny wooden huts line the black volcanic beaches and fishermen catch their dinner right off the shore…

A deserted beach on Pulau Kei

Pulau Kei, Indonesia: The Forgotten Islands…

In the southeastern part of the Maluku Islands in Maluku Province, Indonesia, you can find a particularly enchanting group of islands, Pulau Kei (the Kei Islands). These islands are home to some of the most beautiful beaches imaginable.
The Kei Islands (Kei Besar, Kei Kecil and Kei Dulah are just three of many islands) are known as the forgotten islands. It’s still possible to spend a day walking the beaches without seeing a single other foreigner.

Getting away from the crowds: A Taste of Tana Toraja, Sulawesi, Indonesia

The 17,000 islands of Indonesia have something for every type of traveller. If you’ve had enough of beaches and parties and are in need of some culture, Sulawesi offers something for the more adventurous explorer. Kristian Benitez discovers the region of Tana Toraja, that drew him in with the promise of spectacular countryside and some unique and rather macabre funeral rituals…

Boats on the grass by the beach on Gili Meno

Gili Meno, Indonesia: The Most Romantic Gili

If you’re looking for desert island vibes, clean white beaches and unspoiled nature, then Gili Meno is the island for you. It’s the smallest of the three Gili Islands, at only 1km wide and 2km long, and has a tiny population of 400 (as well as no cars – travel is strictly by horse and carriage only!). Compared to the backpacker favourite, Gili Trawangan, or the more family-friendly Gili Air, there’s very little nightlife on Gili Trawangan (and only a few restaurants) which is why some people stereotype it as the ‘couples’ island. So whether you’re travelling alone or on a romantic escape with your loved one, here are some tips for you!

Sunset at Glil Air beach

Gili Air, Indonesia: Some Say The Best of Both (all 3) Gilis!

The closest of the Gili islands to Lombok, Gili Air seems to have magically escaped the more damaging effects of tourism. As soon as you land on the island, you feel as if you’ve stepped into an undiscovered paradise. Perfect for dive enthusiasts, honeymoon escapees (Gili Meno is also a fairly coupled-up place) and those feeling all partied out after Gili Trawangan…

Mount Batur, Bali.

Climbing to the Active Summit of Mount Batur in Bali, Indonesia

Mount Batur is at the center of two concentric calderas, or volcanic depressions, in Batur village in the Kintamani district of Bali. I have read that travellers sign up for a hike to this volcano to witness the most picturesque sunrise from its collapsed top. I wanted to see that sunrise for myself…

View of Mount Bromo during the day from the ground.

Tackling Indonesia’s Active Volcano: A Backpacker’s Hike to Mount Bromo

Indonesia is home to several volcanoes, Mount Bromo being one of the more active ones. Also known as Gunung Bromo in Bahasa (Indonesian language), it is part of the Bromo Tengger Semeru National Park and towers at a height of 2,329 metres (7,641 ft). When my friend and I visited Java, hiking Bromo was top of our list, but also one of the most challenging. The main reason was because Mount Bromo had erupted as recently as January 2011! Was it still dangerous?

Rainforest World Music Festival.

The Rainforest World Music Festival, Sarawak, Borneo

Next weekend the only place to be is deep in the heart of the Borneo jungles. A place of exotic mystery, the thrill of adventure; the land of ancient virgin rainforests, hornbills, orangutans and the fabled white Rajahs. As well as being home to 27 ethnic groups, between 13th – 15th July it houses the mother of all global music festivals…

Bali Arts Festival

The Bali Arts Festival, Bali, Indonesia

Taking place over an entire month from mid June to mid July, the Bali Arts Festival is a unique extravaganza of arts, music, dance and history celebrating passion and pride in Balinese culture. Amongst other performances, famous masked dances originating from tribal villages are showcased and ancient classic stories retold. There’s a vibrant atmosphere all across the island as celebrations are enjoyed by locals and travellers alike. For first time travellers to Bali, it’s a fantastic introduction to the rich heritage of the spirited destination…

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