Our Indonesia vacations
This sprawling archipelago spanning three time zones is as diverse as you would expect, and our Indonesia vacations take you far beyond the (admittedly spectacular) beaches of Bali. To the ancient temples of Java, and more remote, lesser-known islands such as Flores, Kalimantan and Sulawesi, the latter a world-renowned diving destination. Via rice terraces, smoky volcanoes, and treks to isolated villages where homestays offer an intoxicating glimpse of traditional tribal culture. And of course there are the orangutans of Kalimantan and Indonesian Borneo, where our partners ensure your visit helps contribute to the survival of these magnificent ‘old men of the forest’.
Our top Indonesia vacations
From £160514 days ex flights
An adventurous tailor-made journey through Java, Indonesia
From £239510 days ex flights
Sea kayaking to some of the most remote beaches on earth
Small group2022: 14 Jul, 23 Jul, 1 Aug, 11 Aug, 20 Aug, 29 Aug, 8 Sep, 17 Sep, 25 Sep, 2 Oct, 11 Oct, 20 Oct, 29 Oct, 6 Nov, 2023: 25 Mar, 8 Apr, 22 Apr, 29 Apr, 11 May, 20 May, 27 May, 10 Jun, 17 Jun, 1 Jul, 8 Jul, 22 Jul, 5 Aug, 19 Aug, 26 Aug, 16 Sep, 23 Sep, 7 Oct, 21 Oct, 28 Oct, 4 Nov
From US $520016 days ex flights
See wildlife and stay in a sustainable lodge development.
From US $1425 to US $16608 days ex flights
Family activity vacation in Bali, Indonesia
Small group2022: 1 Aug, 6 Aug, 17 Sep, 31 Dec, 2023: 8 Apr, 10 Apr, 24 Jun, 1 Jul, 8 Jul, 5 Aug, 16 Sep, 30 Dec
About our Indonesia vacations
Pint-sized Bali has suffered from mass tourism and over-development, but that doesn’t mean responsible travelers need avoid it. Pockets of remote beauty are found both on the coast and inland, best reached by guided hiking or cycling trips: emerald-green rice terraces, quiet fishing villages, coffee and spice plantations, and calmer beaches in the north. Ubud is the hotspot for culture (and yoga) on Bali, and you can escape the more commercialised aspects in the backstreets. Bali vacations are also a delight for foodies, letting you indulge in a rich blend of Malay, Indian, Chinese and uniquely Balinese cuisines.
Centrepiece of the Coral Triangle, Sulawesi is a world-class destination for diving and snorkelling, particularly in Bunaken National Park, and it is often combined with Borneo and Raja Ampat. But there’s more to life here than what goes on below the surface. Cultural Sulawesi vacations can introduce you to the famous floating village on Lake Tempe, canoe tours through the vast limestone landscape of the Maros Pangkep Karst Forest, and the fascinating and complex cultural identities in the south. Here, Islamic and Christian faiths intermingle with animist beliefs, elaborate funeral ceremonies and ornate ancestral architecture.
Orangutans in Indonesia
The Indonesian islands of Kalimantan and Sumatra are the only places in the world where orangutans are found in the wild, and tragically their habitat continues to shrink. Every trip to a sanctuary, strip of virgin rainforest or rehabilitation project makes a contribution to the conservation of orangutans and many other species of Indonesian wildlife – more so if you actually get hands-on with a volunteer project. Still undeveloped, Kalimantan is pioneer territory for travelers, and the best place to see wild orangutans here is Tanjung Putting National Park, which you explore either on foot or by houseboat.
Komodo dragons in Indonesia
Fierce, fork-tongued and frighteningly fast, komodos are about as close to dragons as you can get or, probably, would ever want to get. Komodo National Park, where they menace the islands of Komodo, Rinca and Flores, is undergoing some worrying developments that are being closely watched by conservationists. Tours here are always accompanied by trained guides armed with pointy sticks, and introduce you to the giant lizards’ behaviours and diet. There are several ways to explore Komodo National Park, from day trips to overnight tours on liveaboard cruises, and even kayaking expeditions where you’ll sleep under canvas on private islands.
Family vacations in Indonesia
What’s great about family vacations in Indonesia is that the one thing all kids instantly gravitate towards – adventure – can be found here in abundance, whether that’s kayaking with komodo dragons, touring waterways by houseboat in search of endangered orangutans, or learning to scuba dive in one of the world’s best places for beginners. Tourism infrastructure on islands such as Bali and Lombok is well-developed and ideal for families. And for more intrepid types with older kids, islands such as Sulawesi and Sumatra offer everything from snorkelling off beautiful beaches to jungle trekking, and tribal culture as welcoming as it is colourful.
Types of tours & vacations in Indonesia
You can barely move for adventure vacations in Indonesia, with everything from sea kayaking and liveaboard diving expeditions, to volcano trekking and snorkel safaris. Any James Patterson novels you’ve picked up at the airport will remain firmly unread. Certainly for first-time travelers to Indonesia wanting to get off the beaten track, small group vacations have much to recommend them, with expert guides leading the way and all the logistics taken care of. But if you have a firm idea of what you want to do, and would like to cherry-pick destinations, activities and experiences all the way, tailor made vacations let you do just that.