There are too many islands in Indonesia to count – some say there are 13,466 islands, others say 18,406. What is certain though, is that it would take a lifetime to explore them all. Luckily, we’re here to help you choose: whether you want to experience the nature of Sumatra; the impressive ruins of Java; the Hindu traditions in Bali (an anomaly in this predominantly Muslim archipelago); the rough beauty of Lombok; the string of Sunda Islands or Komodo’s volcanoes and dragons that take us back to prehistoric times. And then there’s Sulawesi, a large island shaped somewhat like a trident, which is home to impenetrable forests, breath-taking coral reefs, and the thriving traditions of a whole host of different ethnic groups, including the Bugis, Makassar, Toraja and Mandar people.
In fact, no less than 114 languages are spoken in Sulawesi. Even more remote are the Maluku Islands, which offer a much more adventurous side to Indonesia (with perhaps a little less comfort…). Finally, there’s West Papua, with its incredible natural landscapes, such as the Baliem Valley, which is home to the fascinating Dani people. Once you’ve decided where to go, it’s time to start learning the basics of ‘bahasa Indonesia’ – the official language of Indonesia – to fully prepare you for your trip. ‘Selamat datang di Indonesia!’ – Welcome to Indonesia!