Ultimate in Diversity
Indonesian archipelago comprises 17,508 islands. The capital city is Jakarta. The country shares land borders with Malaysia, East Timor, and Papua New Guinea, Singapore, Philippines, Australia, and the Indian territory of the Andaman and Nicobar Islands.
Indonesia is a republic, with an elected legislature and president. With a population of around 230 million people, it is the world's fourth most populous country. Due to its vastness across many islands, Indonesia consists of distinct ethnic, linguistic, and religious groups. The Javanese are the largest and most politically dominant ethnic group. Indonesia has developed a shared identity defined by a national language, ethnic diversity, religious pluralism. It is truly an Ultimate in Diversity.
Indonesia has around 300 ethnic groups, each with cultural differences developed over centuries, and influenced by Indian, Arabic, Chinese, and European sources. Early Hindu and Buddhist influences are prevalent all over Indonesia. On the Island of Bali more than 91% of the populations are Hindus. There main spoken Language is Bahasa Indonesia and English is also widely spoken.
Situated along the equator, Indonesia has a tropical climate, with two distinct monsoonal wet and dry seasons. Mountainous areas—particularly in the west coast of Sumatra, West Java, The islands of Kalimantan, Sulawesi, and Papua—receive the highest rainfall.
Temperatures vary little throughout the year; the average daily temperature range of Jakarta is 26–30°C (79°F). Humidity is generally high, around 80%.
What's in for the Visitor
The most popular destination that comes to mind is Bali.
Bali is located at the westernmost of the Lesser Sunda Islands, lying between Java to the west and Lombok to the east. The provincial capital is Denpasar situated at the south of the island. It is the most popular destination for Western tourists as it offers great Beaches, Surfing, Food and Fun. Kuta beach a famous meeting point.
For Extreme Surfing Head to Nias Island
Nīas is an island off the western coast of Sumatra, Indonesia. Nias Island is mostly lowland of approximately 800 m above sea and covers an area of 4,771 Sq.Km.
With beautiful white sandy beaches, the waters surrounding the island are great for sea activities, such as surfing and scuba diving.
The waves of Sorake Beach on Lagundri Bay have ranked to be within the best ten waves in the world, as high as 3.5 meters. Surfers will call this island "Paradise on Earth".
Recent discovery in Western Sumatra are the Mentawai islands 150 Km of the Western Coast. Facing the Indian Ocean has great and consistent waves. It is a Surfing Mecca.
For lovers of Nature and fauna, Kalimantan ( Borneo Island) offers the Best in Eco-tourism. This Island is divided into four regions. Other than access to the major cities by Air, River transportation is the only transport available.
Going there by Sea is not for the faint hearted. Most ferries are overcrowded and accidents are frequent unfortunately.
Cell phone: Extensive coverage in major
cities with full roaming. GSM,3-G,
EDGE in major cities only
Electricity: 230V AC 50Hz.
Currency: Indonesian Rupiah
Major credit cards are accepted at most hotels, shops and
Immunizations: Hepatitis, Malaria
Indonesia is a land of Contrasts, due to its geographical vastness and the ethnic makeup.
There are travel and tours to fit every interest. For those who seek adventure there is plenty, from Jungle to monstrous waves for Surfers.
Food, Sights and Sounds awaits you. A great vacation destination.