Indonesia - Beyond Bali: Discover Wonderful Indonesia
With its proud tally of seductive beaches, forested volcanic mountains and the pastoral beauty of the island's iconic rice fields, and world-class hotels like Amankila, Como Shambhala and Ritz Carlton Mandapa, it is no small wonder that Bali has become many people's first choice when planning a sun-drenched escape in SE Asia. In fact, Bali has become so well known as a glamorous tropical haven that many people believe the Indonesian island is a country in its own right. But, while Bali may be a prime destination, there is a lot more to discover in Indonesia when you venture beyond the "Island of the Gods."
Home to 258 million people (making it the fourth most-populous country in the world) spread over nearly 18,000 islands (of which only 8844 have been named), Indonesia boasts a diverse range of Hindu, Buddhist, Muslim and Christian influences creating a fascinating blend of different religions, cuisine and traditions. This diversity only becomes more apparent the further you explore the nation’s less documented locations; whether that is Sumatra, the source of the complex flavors of the eponymous coffee, or Kalimantan – stomping ground of the Bornean Orangutan – this country of archipelagos has endless options for relaxation and adventure!
Starting in the former Indonesian capital, Yogyakarta, this six-day itinerary is a great introduction to the country beyond its most famous island. Here you can stay at the ultra-luxe Amanjiwo resort that overlooks Borobudur, the world’s largest Buddhist monument, and discover the stunning symmetry of the architecture at the magnificent Hindu temple complex of Prambanan. A journey into the heart of Java also allows you to visit a traditional village to witness an eerie Javanese trance dance, and discover the secrets behind the beautiful art of batik-printing within a traditional Batik home. Then float down the Elo River, towards Candirejo Village, for a slice of bucolic Indonesia and lessons in ancient farming techniques.
Two weeks of exploration await you on this epic journey through the world’s sixth-largest island, where you will hike up Mount Kerinci (the island’s active volcano and SE Asia’s highest peak). Spend a night on an island in the middle of the world’s largest volcanic lake, witness the enigmatic presence of Sumatran tigers and Sumatran rhinos at the Gunung Leuser National Park, and dine on spicy Padang cuisine – all as you travel around the inspirational landscape including Lake Toba, Samosir Island and Padang. You can even ride the waves as Sumatra has surf which rivals Australia and Hawaii.
An Epic Indonesian Adventure
Dive into adventure with this exhilarating 10-day action-packed trip through the lush mangroves of Kalimantan, the canopy-topped region of Indonesian Borneo. By stepping off the beaten path and into the wild, you will experience a wealth of opportunities to spot the exotic animals which populate the area – including orangutans, macaque monkeys, exotic birds and bears. Stay as the guest of the Dayak people in their traditionally crafted Longhouses, seek out a bargain or exotic trinket in the markets of Banjarmasin, kickback in comfort at the luxury beachside Kura Kura Resort.
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Explore the homeland of the charismatic Toraja people and learn all about their ancient customs and traditions – against a backdrop of indescribable natural beauty and the imposing presence of Mt. Lokon, Mt. Masarang, and Mt. Mahawu volcanoes – on this six-day itinerary. Travel from Makassar to Tana Toraja by way of Bira, Sengkang and Rantepao. Ancestral Adventures in South Sulawesi is also a jaunt through time as you unfurl the history of Sulawesi tribes and their unique way of life – renowned for their buffalo market, super-spicy food and idiosyncratic funereal practices including living with the deceased while feeding and caring for them and interring the body in a cave up on a cliff.
Despite being Indonesia's largest province, Papua truly is a remote land, and this 11-day itinerary enables you to explore the region from all angles, whether it is the lofty view from a flight over the Baliem Valley or a nautical longboat trip along the Brazza and Sevit rivers. You can also get an up-close and personal experience of a taboo way of life with a night spent in the elevated huts-on-stilts of the Korowai tribes, the former cannibals who relish their reputation as gourmets of the “other other white-meat” – rest assured though, it’s just for fun! Or savor a night under canvas in the dense jungles, a rare opportunity not to be missed.
Weigh anchor and take in the sights of Indonesia’s very best islands aboard your own private schooner on this 11-day archipelago cruise through the stunning shorelines of the Lesser Sunda Islands. Strike out from Bali, on board your luxury pinisi (traditional Indonesian sailing vessel), across the Lombok Strait to gorgeous Gili Trawangan, before sailing on to Satonda Island for sunbathing, snorkeling and the unique thrill of diving into the flooded crater found at Satonda’s center. After discovering the unique culture of the Bajau “Sea Gypsies” on Mesa, you will come eye to fearsome eye with the magnificent Komodo Dragons on Rinca and Komodo islands, before a visit to the picturesque island of Waikelo, and on to Savum and Baa – where you will be serenaded by the melodious song of the 12-stringed sasando harp. Island hopping in Indonesia is a marvelous journey of sublime relaxation through the azure waters of paradise, guaranteed to rejuvenate your mind, body and soul.
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Comprised of nearly 600 islands and islets, the Raja Ampat Archipelago is often cited as the hidden crème-de la crème of Indonesia, and this expedition sailing through and around its myriad shorelines is an unforgettable 10 days exploring the unexploited region. Set off from Sorong to the beaches and coral reefs of Kri, before heading on to the lush jungles of the Boo Islands before cruising through the Misool Archipelago on your magnificent private teak schooner with private chef, masseuse, divemaster and crew. Experience some of the world’s finest diving and explore the drowned remains of old ships with wreck-dives into the azure depths!
Wherever you chose to go, our expert teams in New York and Bangkok are well versed in all aspects of travelling in Indonesia, so contact us now on [email protected] or call +1.646.415.8092 (US) or +66.2260.7584 (Asia), and we'll help arrange an unforgettable adventure for you!
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