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Straddling the equator, situated between the continents of Asia and Australia, and as wide as the distance between London and Moscow, Indonesia truly is one the world’s most diverse and vibrant countries.
Comprising of 13,466 large and small tropical islands, Indonesia is the world’s largest archipelago, filled with breathtaking natural landscapes and providing an ideal habitat for a wonderful array of unique flora and fauna both on land as well as in the sea.
Home to over a quarter of the world's marine life, the Indonesian Archipelago is famous for its world class diving and exciting underwater beauty. Take a plunge and discover an ocean teeming with all types of marine life, from Lembeh Straits in Sulawesi to Raja Ampat in Papua. Where else in the world can you get up close to a whole school of giant manta rays and turtles, dive spectacular drop-offs and explore caves and estuaries? Whether you're an experienced diver looking for a new challenge or simply want to try your hand at snorkeling for the first time, the tropical waters of Indonesia will not disappoint. Plunge into Indonesia's ultimate underwater experience.
Kayaking, treking, surfing, rock climbing ... these are only some of the many exhilarating adventures that are on offer in Indonesia. From white water rafting down the rapids of the Maiting River in Sulawesi to climbing the peaks of one of the world’s most famous volcanoes at Krakatau, Indonesia has enough thrilling adventures to keep any adrenaline junkie busy. Discover a whole new world of excitement as you climb active volcanoes and take in the awe-inspiring views. As you make your way around the country, surf some of the world’s biggest swells in North Sumatra or hike the high snowcapped peaks of the mountains of Papua. For hikers who don’t mind a bit of rough travel, get off the beaten track in the jungle in Kalimantan where you will meet the Dayak people, search for wildlife and get up close and personal with wild orangutans.
While the idyllic resorts in Bali have attracted tourists for years, there are plentiful opportunities to indulge and pamper yourself all across Indonesia’s 17,000+ islands. The Riau Islands of Bintan and Batam – which are just short ferry ride from neighbouring nation Singapore – provide serene backdrops for a quick getaway, while the Lombok and Gili Islands also cater wonderfully for those looking for luxury without having to dip too much into their travel budgets.
As a country that is expert in spa treatments, luxury and relaxation that was once been the sole privilege of the aristocracy has risen to an art in Indonesia. The serene landscapes of the country make it the perfect backdrop for your rejuvenation and escape from the daily grind. Take the opportunity to recharge your body and soul with a visit to some one of the world’s best spas, in Bali, Java and Jakarta . From massages and meditations, to facials and body scrubs, a spa is guaranteed to offer something to help you relax. Indonesian spa’s range all the way from secluded hideaways in beautiful natural surrounds to serene parlours tucked away in the streets of big cities.
If shopping is your passion, then go no further than the major metropolitan cities of Indonesia. With high end labels from around the world, many of Indonesia’s malls can rival Europe and American with their collections. If fashion is not your style, try shopping at a traditional market where you can test your bahasa bartering on local produce, handicrafts or antiques. When it comes to Indonesian food, diversity is definitely what's on offer. From spicy meat curries to deep fried bananas to drinks of iced coconut and jelly – cuisine in Indonesia is remarkably varied. Visitors can experience everything from world class international fine dining to Indonesian haute cuisine, or diners can simply enjoy delicious freshly caught seafood served on the beach.
Many of the world's most ancient wonders can be found in Indonesia. From sacred temples to palace ruins, from prehistoric remains to living traditions, visitors from around the world come to Indonesia, attracted by its unique and diverse cultures and vibrant heritage.
Whether you take the opportunity to see traditional batik cloths being made, experience centuries old customs and festivities with a visit to a traditional village, or soak up some history in one of Indonesia's many museums – the list of heritage attractions appears endless.