Highlights of Indonesia
One of Indonesia's most captivating islands, Bali has inspired artists and spiritual-seekers for centuries with its layers of artistic and cultural heritage. Generations of painters, musicians, wood carvers, dancers and weavers have found their home among the island's dream-like landscapes filled with stunning rice terraces and sacred hot springs backed by evergreen forests, volcanoes, lakes and beaches.
Located on the northwest coast of Java, Jakarta is the capital and largest city of Indonesia. Established in the fourth century, the city was originally an important trading port of the Kingdom of Sunda and later became the colonial capital of the Dutch. It was known as Batavia during the 17th and 18th centuries before Indonesia declared its independence in 1945. Jakarta re-emerged as the symbol of the nation’s freedom and its diverse cultural heritage.
The soul of Indonesia, Yogyakarta is the center of Javanese arts and heritage and is the gateway to historical Hindu temples including the iconic Borobudur Temple. Independent and fiercely protective of its traditional customs, the city is defined by a delicate balance of old ways of life and increasing modernity and is still headed by a Sultan who is considered the custodian of Javanese high culture.
Home to a dwindling population of orangutans, Indonesian Borneo is one of the most culturally diverse corners of the world and offers intrepid wildlife and jungle adventures in an equatorial rainforest where playful primates swing from tree to tree and feast on wild figs, durians and leaves. The Orangutan Research Center is located on the island and offers a chance to learn more about these intelligent creatures.
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Maluku Islands (or Spice Islands)
A place of incredible marine bio-diversity, the Maluku Islands (or Spice Islands) and the islands of Raja Ampat offer some of the best diving and snorkeling experiences in the world. Once part of an important trade route, these islands are where most of the world’s nutmeg, pepper and cloves are produced and are also home to colorful Birds of Paradise.
Komodo National Park
A UNESCO World Heritage, the Komodo National Park encompasses a small group of islands surrounded by stunning marine life, spectacular coasts and rugged mountains and volcanoes. The region is also home to the endangered Komodo dragons which can be seen on island treks that lead to incredible vantage points that overlook picturesque island coves and the vast blue ocean.