Dolphins and dragons: 10 of Indonesia’s many implausible adventures

An insider’s beam to a best adventures Indonesia has to offer, from cycling a emerald immature rice paddies of Bali and marvelling during volcanoes in Java, to snorkelling with whale sharks on a islands surrounding New Guinea.

1. Paddy pedalling

Cruise a undying farming landscapes of Bali and East Java on dual wheels – with a support automobile on palm for 90 per cent of a journey. Highlights embody a stirring float down from a void edge of Bali’s Mount Batur volcano, snorkelling a primitive reefs of Menjangan Island, climbing to a sulphurous void lake of Mount Ijen and East Java’s tip beaches.

 A 15-day Cycling Indonesia’s Islands holiday costs from £2,349 (with £150 bonus if we move your possess bike). Price includes flights, accommodation, many dishes and bike rental: move your possess (mandatory) helmet. Departures between Apr and Sept 2018. Exodus Travels (020 3811 4071;

2. Here be dragons

In a republic full with weird wildlife, a vicious Komodo dragon, a world’s largest lizard, still stands out. As we debate from Bali to Komodo to accommodate a dragons, aboard a Mermaid liveaboard, design dolphins, rays, cetaceans and fantastic bird life. Along a way, snorkel primitive reefs and cranky a Wallace Line, where Indonesia’s fauna shifts from Asian to Australian forms.

  A 13-day Bali to Komodo – In Search of a Dragon! outing costs from £5,895, including flights, accommodation, activities and roughly all meals. Departs Sept 10 2018. Naturetrek (01962 733051;

The Bali rice terraces of Tegallalang

© 2007 Andras Jancsik/Andras Jancsik

3. Luxe living

Make your introduction to Indonesia a holiday of a lifetime as we debate by private car, craft and floatplane to prosperous resorts in some of a archipelago’s many iconic locations. Watch a object arise over a ancient church of Borobudur in Java; arise to extending deer or nesting turtles in a tented stay on primitive Moyo Island; in Bali, knowledge Ubud, a Bukit Peninsula and a relaxed easterly coast.

 A 17-day Luxury Tour of Indonesia costs from £8,765. Price includes flights, accommodation, some dishes and many activities. It’s best enjoyed between Apr and Oct to equivocate a stormy season. Audley Travel (01993 838000;

Luxury honeymoon beam for Adventure seekers


4. The Big blue

The Raja Ampat islands timber a seas off Indonesia’s half of a island of New Guinea, in a heart of a Coral Triangle. Award-winning Blue Planet cameraman Doug Allan is your beam to paradise. You’ll snorkel with a whale sharks of Cenderawasih Bay, dive Second World War wrecks and knowledge artistic reefs. Papuan cultures also await.

 An 11-day Whale Sharks with Doug Allan journey costs from £6,695. Price includes domestic flights, full-board journey with diving, and accommodation en route. Excludes general flights, dive rigging let and park entrance permit. Tour departs on Nov 21 2018. Steppes Travel (01285 601751;

Into a deep

Luca Sgualdini

5. Animist magic

Widely sloping as “the new Bali”, Sumba offers transparent waters, unconditional beaches, epic roller and mostly unspoilt animist traditions, including an annual protocol horseback fighting festival, Pasola, in Feb and March. Acclimatise in a comfort of Ubud, a home of Eat, Pray, Love…, before drifting to Sumba to declare charming ceremonies, megalithic tombs, normal villages and stately beaches. Close with 3 days on Bali.

 A 13-day Sumba Explored journey costs from £3,545, including flights, accommodation, some dishes and many activities. Audley Travel (01993 838000;

6. Ring of fire

Wrapped around a volcanic arc famous as a Ring of Fire, Indonesia is home to around 129 active volcanoes. Take in some of Java’s many overwhelming peaks, including Bromo and Merbabu, before drifting to Lombok for an epic three-day stand to a gaping void of 12,220ft Rinjani. Along a way, learn corpse of ancient Java, including a temples of Borobudur, Prambanan and a Dieng Plateau.

 A 17-day Indonesia Volcano Trek costs from £2,469, including flights, accommodation, activities and some meals. Departures between Apr and Sept 2018. Exodus Travels (020 3811 4071;

Java, a hotbed for volcanoes

Benjawan Sittidech

7. Total Eclipse of a Heart

Jungle, orangutans, a world’s largest void lake and a once-in-a-lifetime philharmonic of an annular obscure make a multiple that’s tough to resist. So book forward for this journey in Sumatra, where you’ll accommodate orangutans, try a Toba super-volcano, wash in prohibited springs, learn genealogical cultures, and watch from sensuous rice fields as a moon eclipses a sun, withdrawal usually a burning halo.

 A 15-day Sumatra and Eclipse debate costs from £3,169. Price includes accommodation, transport, breakfast and flights. Departs Dec 17 2019. Explore (01252 883621;

Head to Borneo for orangutans

Anup Shah

8. Islands and highlands

See Komodo dragons, snorkel with sharks and turtles, declare varicoloured void lakes and learn singular highland cultures on this journey that takes we over Komodo and to Flores, one of Indonesia’s many up-and-coming islands. Staying in accommodation as different as a converted fishing boat, a operative priory and an eco-lodge, you’ll get a ambience of Indonesia’s addictive furious east. The outing starts and ends on Bali’s golden sands.

 A 15-day Komodo Flores: Indonesian Island Explorer Tour costs from £4,930. Price includes flights, accommodation and some meals. Best between Apr and Oct to equivocate rains. Audley Travel (01993 838000;

9. Borneo and beyond

Get a ambience of Indonesian Borneo’s crazy farrago on an journey that transports we from low jungle to white silt islands. Get adult tighten and personal with orangutans, turtles and long-nosed monkeys, journey strong rivers on a normal klotok houseboat, revisit a floating marketplace and a solid mine, accommodate Dayak tribespeople, and snorkel with stingless jellyfish. You’ll severe it a small – though that’s all partial of a fun.

 A 16-day Kalimantan Adventure costs from £2,885. Price includes flights, accommodation, some dishes and activities. Departures in May and Aug 2018. Explore (01252 883621;

Lose yourself in a jungles of Borneo

Frans Lanting

10. Islands of a Gods

Explore waterfalls, piquancy farms, coffee plantations, sensuous rice fields, sheer volcanoes and lakeside temples in pleasing Bali and a lesser-known neighbour, Lombok. Scale Mount Batur volcano, snorkel amid hulk sea fans, and knowledge normal Hindu art, dance and design in Bali’s informative collateral Ubud. After finding normal arts, crafts and lifestyles in Lombok’s unspoilt highlands, hang it all adult with 3 hedonistic days on a white silt rip dump famous as Gili Air.

 A 15-day Bali Lombok Adventure costs from £1,295, including accommodation, some dishes and a resources of activities. Flights not included. Departures via 2018. Intrepid Travel (0808 274 5111;

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