Natural beauty- considered to be the most important factor when selecting a destination and Indonesia definitely has that with their lakes, beaches, forests, mountains, waterfalls, marine life, craters and valleys. This trip allows you to sail the open ocean, watching the sun rise and set across the different islands, and visit uninhabited islands where you are likely to be the only tourists on at that time. You will be able to experience the untouched nature, amazing views from mountain peaks and visit a destination that is like no other, creating memories that will last a lifetime.
Wildlife-The wildlife in Indonesia is extensive, with the famous and government protected Komodo dragons, vast sea life including Manta Rays which you can swim with, and the chance to see Dolphins and whales along the way. It's also home to jungle elephants, orangutans and Tigers, with the chance to also visit the famous Monkey Forest in Bali there is opportunity to see a vast amount of wildlife here.
Culture- With 300 spoken languages, and the biggest Muslim population, there is great culture here. The Republic of Indonesia is the world's fourth most populous nation, and has 203 million people living on nearly one thousand permanently settled islands. Some two-to-three hundred ethnic groups with their own languages and dialects range in population from the Javanese and Sundanese on Java, to people numbering in their thousands on remote islands. There is a chance to learn more about the culture by visiting the friendly locals in the fishing village and also visiting the temple and spiritual rocks in Bali.
The best place for diving / snorkeling- Its part of the ‘coral triangle’, it has marine turtle species and the best corals in komodo national park. Marine Conservation is very important which fits into our Responsible Travel Ethos – The island Raja Ampat not far from Komodo holds 80% of all worlds coral species so it’s vital its protected. There's also Manta Rays and remote islands that are untouched with clear waters and white beaches for a truly magical experience.
HOW TO- Responsible Tourism
- Don't litter
- Don't touch sea creatures/ land animals
- 'Take only photographs, leave only footprints'
- Travel lightly
- Follow the advice and guidelines of your guides.
- Don't take anything from the islands e.g Pink Sand.
Pulau Kalong- Bat island- Located near Flores, this is a small island made uniquely of mangroves, an impenetrable spaghetti forest. Its a great spot to experience a vast array of colours as the sun sets and watch the thousands of bats that fly from the center of the island in the direction of Flores to hunt for the night. This very popular tourist location is an experience from mother nature that you don't want to miss out on.
Komodo National park- A must stop is Komodo Island, home to 2000 of the world’s largest lizard, the komodo dragon. While they may look fairly placid, these beasts can reach speeds of up to 20km/hour, so keep your distance. An official UNESCO World Heritage Site and a Man and the Biosphere Program Reserve, Komodo Island is a remarkable place. Its also here thats famous for Manta Rays and a great spot to swim with them. They are around all year long but June - September gives the best conditions to see them.
Pink Beach- On the opposite side of Komodo Island is Pink Beach: a stunning spot for a swim, a snorkel or some boat jumping in crystal clear water. The beach gets its name from the crushed coral mixed in with the sand, giving it a pink tinge. A short 15 minute walk up the hill gives unparalleled views of the beach and the surrounding islands and will be great spot to watch the sun rise.
Mesa Village- In amongst the Flores Islands is Mesa Village, a small fishing village of about 1500 residents. They have no access to fresh water, but every house is fitted with a satellite bigger than most houses do in Australia. The men venture out each day in longboats to bring in fresh water from the mainland and to catch fish from the sea. Meanwhile, the women and children do a great job of welcoming any visitors to the island like us. Mesa village is recommended due to the uniqueness of it's history and the beauty and will definitely open your eyes to new culture.
Kanawa Island- This island is a perfect stop for snorkeling, Imagine turquoise water, clown fish as you have watched on “Nemo”, Moorish Idols, Angel fish, Butterfly fish, Trumpet fish, all there just centimeters from you. The reef can be as shallow as half a meter, therefore always pay attention to how you use your fins otherwise you may break the coral. the clear water is perfect for fish and coral viewing. Or if you’d prefer the less active route, the incredible white sand is perfect for sunbathing and refreshing yourself with a beer from the beach bar while you wait for your compatriots.
Padar Island- The view from the peaks of Padar Island is said to be the most beautiful sight in Indonesia and is photographers dream location. Climb 30 mins to the top for a panorama view of the incredible natural beauty of Komodo National Park. Some say 'its the most magnificent view they've seen in their life.' The hike is a challenge but will be worth it to watch the sun go down.
Seminyak- Bali- The most popular of all the Indonesian islands, Bali is paradise on earth. Seminyak feels almost like it's on another island. It's a very dynamic place, home to scores of restaurants and clubs and a wealth of creative, designer shops and galleries. World-class hotels line the beach, and what a beach it is – as wide and sandy as Kuta's but less crowded. You could easily spend your entire holiday in Seminyak. Surfing is a great activity to enjoy here. Your surf instructors love teaching people how to surf and have extensive surf teaching experience. They know the breaks in Bali inside out.
Ubud- Bali- Ubad is spiritual awakenings. The surrounding Ubud District’s rainforest and terraced rice paddies, dotted with Hindu temples and shrines, are among Bali’s most famous landscapes. Ubud is culture, It's also home to good restaurants, cafes and streets of shops, many selling goods from the region's artisans. There will never be enough time to appreciate Ubad, It's one of those places where days can become weeks and weeks become months, as the noticeable expat community demonstrates.
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