Indonesia

Things to do in Indonesia

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.

A literal Bali High ensues when you see the island from up above. Air Bali’s aircraft (a Bell 206 helicopter seating four, and a Piper Cheyenne plane seating six) run an array of over-the-top tours (pun intended) from Ngurah Rai Airport.

One of the best spots on the island to find Balinese art and sculpture. Shelves are filled with vibrant textiles from across Java.

American owner (and art historian) Susi Johnston and her Italian partner Bruno Piazza make regular treasure-hunting trips through the Southeast Asian outback for one-of-a-kind artifacts—which wind up in their shop. Susi focuses on 18th-century textiles; Bruno on tribal art and ancient jewelry.

The Sayan Valley, along the Ayung River, is one of the island's most stunningly beautiful places - perfect for a quiet walk.

Known for its modern, affordable ceramics.  Pick up stylish tableware at this Bali standout.

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.

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.

Textile gallery and emporium that supports local women's weaving cooperatives.

This beautifully maintained stable just outside Seminyak offers guided horseback rides twice a day—in the morning and at sunsest—on Seminyak Beach.

The Canadian-born designer moved to Bali more than 30 years ago to study local silversmithing and eventually created a multimillion-dollar business.

Public tours of the 23-acre campus are held on Mondays and Wednesdays.

Many tourists make a quick, guided daytrip to see this 5,000-foot, still-active volcano near the northwestern village of Kintamani—but it’s a much better idea to rent a car and driver, and take your time getting there.

Set right on the grounds of an elephant sanctuary 30 minutes north of Ubud, the Elephant Safari Park Lodge—opened in March 2008—allows guests to get up close and personal with the park's 27 resident Sumatran pachyderms.

A visit here is more than a shopping trip, it is a visual experience. Goldsmiths, both Balinese and international, sell their one-of-a-kind modern designs, which incorporate traditional jewelry-making techniques.