why travel solo to indonesia?
An archipelago of thousands of islands; the only place where you’ll find real-life dragons living between active volcanoes.
Pink sand beaches, prehistoric wildlife, colour-changing volcanic lakes – travel to Indonesia and you’ll come face-to-face with nature on a staggering scale. Bali is possibly the most famous and visited of all Indonesia’s islands, with its white-sand beaches and ornate temples. Located at just a stone’s throw from the Gili Islands, you’ll find yourself slipping into a tropical dream before you know it.
There’s Komodo Island, a rugged volcanic terrain that plays host to the world’s only real-life dragons. There’s Flores, where you can soak up the sun on ethereal pink-sand beaches. There are the rainforests of Borneo, endlessly diverse and abundant. Then, there’s the formidable peak of Anak Krakatau, the child of history’s most infamous eruption.
Wherever you turn in Indonesia, you’ll find yourself faced with some of nature’s greatest wonders.
What's the weather like in Indonesia?
Indonesia is dry and hot during its high season, with temperatures averaging at 31C (88F), while winter temperatures average at 26C (79F) and can bring an incredible amount of wet weather.
Average temp in high season
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What’s the currency?
There are three Standard time zones In Indonesia: Sumatra, Java and West & Central Kalimantan are 7 hours ahead (GMT+7) of Greenwich Mean Time. Bali, Nusa Tenggara, South & East Kalimantan and Sulawesi are GMT+8. Irian Jaya and Maluku are 9 hours ahead (GMT+9)
Top three activities
1. Come face to face with Komodo Dragons
2. Snorkel alongside Manta Rays
3. Trek through volcanic terrains
Top five dishes to try
1. Nasi goreng: Indonesian fried rice
2. Nasi campur: white rice with side dishes
3. Chicken satay
4. Urap: steamed vegetables and grated coconut
5. Gado gado: tofu salad bowl
Top places to visit in Indonesia
This beautiful and untouched island may have less in the way of facilities than neighbouring Bali, but this ruggedness is the island’s appeal. Here, you’ll find dozens of spots overlooked by tourists that are ripe for exploration as well as excellent dive spots and white sandy beaches.
Also known as the Abode of the Gods, Dieng Plateau is a landscape of potato and tobacco fields, as well as some of the oldest Hindu architecture in Java. These lush, green islands are at their best during or after monsoon season, when a good drenching brings the landscape to its most vibrant best.
Here you’ll find Indonesia’s best museums, a host of high-end restaurants and a nightlife scene that will let you party on into the night. It’s a city that can feel overwhelming at times, but you can still find moments of calm, by taking a stroll down the grand boulevard of Jl Thamrin when it’s closed to vehicles on Sunday mornings, for example.
This Indonesian archipelago is comprised of hundreds of jungle-covered islands off the northwest tip of Bird’s Head Peninsula. Few people inhabit this lush landscape, but the hidden lagoons, eerie caves and white sandy beaches are fantastic to explore. Its diverse marine life is a diver’s dream, and there’s just as much wildlife on land too.
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