Indonesia Travel Guide
There are things to do in Indonesia whether you are a thrill-seeking adventurer or looking for a peaceful, romantic getaway. From surfing to hiking volcanoes to admiring Komodo dragons, there is something to tempt every outdoor enthusiast. Scuba divers should head to the Raja Ampat archipelago, where hundreds of dive sites showcase all sorts of exciting marine life. Pygmy seahorses, walking sharks, unicorn fish, and manta rays with 10-foot wingspans are all frequently sighted here. Across Indo you can find helicopter tours, white-water river rafting, zip-lining and sunrise hikes—every island has a plethora of adventures just waiting for you to discover them.
Wondering what to do in Indonesia if you’re a honeymooner or just looking to enjoy a peaceful beach vacation? Try the islands of Bali, Lombok or the Gili Islands--all dotted with exclusive resorts and beachfront luxury villas. From these destinations there are plenty of things to do in Indonesia for a serene escape, from golfing to spa treatments to sunset catamaran rides. Check out the list below to find out what to do in Indonesia.
Known for its modern, affordable ceramics. Pick up stylish tableware at this Bali standout.
Head to the southernmost point of the to the island’s Bukit Peninsula for the views from one of Bali’s most sacred temples, Pura Luhur Uluwatu, which commands a cliff above the surf.
More than 250 bird species—including hornbills, scarlet macaws, cassowaries, peacocks, and various birds of prey—are housed in more than 60 walk-in aviaries at this park.
Waka’s Land Rover tours (led by charismatic, knowledgeable, Indiana Jones-esque guides), allow guests to explore some of Bali’s most far-flung and magical places.
Designed to resemble a traditional Javanese house, this renowned home furnishings store is located in Kerobokan, about seven miles north of Kuta. Meaning “heritage” in Indonesian, Warisan showcases the handiwork of hundreds of regional craftsmen.
American husband-and-wife team Katherine and Rally Dupps create bold geometric patterns for their cheery line of pillows, table linens, and wall hangings.
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Balinese Barong on Rangda dance performances take place at Pura Taman Saraswati (Ubud Water Palace). It's the hub of Ubud, and surrounded by crafts stalls.
Steeped in mystery, this extraordinary 11th-century monument—just northeast of Ubud—is a true don’t-miss. The parking lot is crammed with hawkers, but don’t despair; a set of stone steps leads you down into an Edenic valley of sunlit waterfalls and palm-studded rice terraces.
George Clooney, Liz Hurley, and Richard Branson have all shipped furniture home from this two-tiered showroom in Seminyak.
Textile gallery and emporium that supports local women's weaving cooperatives.
Where It Is: Set in the Indonesian province of South East Sulawesi, the Wakatobi preserve spreads across hundreds of square miles of thriving coral reefs, which surround an archipelago of four main islands.
A two-hour white-water rafting tour on the rushing Ayung is easily the most exciting way to see Bali’s inland jungles and waterscapes.
This beautifully maintained stable just outside Seminyak offers guided horseback rides twice a day—in the morning and at sunsest—on Seminyak Beach.
The world's largest Buddhist stupa.