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Indonesia is a chain of 17,000 islands spanning a long stretch between the Indian Ocean and the Pacific Ocean. The paradise islands of Asia are known for their ivory beaches, which are guarded by Komodo dragons. Here, elephants roam between towering hardwoods, menacing volcanoes, eucalyptus trees, savannahs and rice fields that are criss-crossed by ancient temples. The warm welcome and the palm-covered beaches of Bali, the sparkling waterfalls and the spiritual orientation also attract the weary travelers of the world.

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Immerse yourself in the past and climb a traditional Phinisi. Gallop on graceful Indonesian horses along volcanic sandy beaches and find a secluded spot on the beach serving a private chef specially prepared for you. Enjoy a traditional Kecak fire dance and a traditional performance in an 11th century temple. Discover Bali’s varied landscapes by relaxing on a bike or electric bike. Explore a national park on the back of an elephant and then raft down the rapids. Immerse yourself in a cool, dark temple to learn more about Indonesia’s religious and cultural history. Hike through the forest with a private guide and look for orangutans and tigers. Explore the underwater world with a breathtaking dive. Enjoy shopping and fine dining and nightlife on Seminyak and Bali. Watch the sunrise on Borobudur and Java. Meet a Komodo Dragon, relax in the volcanic sands of Lombok and explore the pristine Sumba landscape. Stay in world-class tropical villas, private traditional Phinisi sailing yachts or meditative temples.

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Indonesia is made up of thousands of islands – it’s easy to find a secluded beach for your private picnic as a couple or as a family. Can you already feel the sand between your toes? Do you hear the waves rushing? Sip on your glass of wine, sit back and enjoy this moment of complete seclusion.


Jurassic Park live – experience the last surviving dinosaurs of our planet close up on Komodo and Rinca. The largest lizards in the world grow up to 3 meters long and weigh 80kg. There are only about 2,500 specimens, and it is a unique experience to observe these impressive reptiles in their natural habitat. In the middle of the beautiful island world of Komodo and Rinca, you can start your search with your private guide.


Take off your sandals, walk along the beach and board the Dedari or Sea Angel – a fiberglass speedboat inspired by the boats of local fishermen. After your captain’s safety briefing, sail through the calm waters along white Jimbaran Beach and follow the spectacular coastline from Bali’s Bukit Peninsula to the southernmost tip of the island. Sit back, relax and enjoy the spectacular views of the impressive cliffs of Uluwatu from a vantage point that even the most avid travelers to Bali have not yet seen. Past a famous bar built on some rocks just meters above the water, drive along the pristine beaches of Bingins, Balangan and Padang-Padang. Reach the Uluwatu Temple high above you on the cliff, which is considered one of the most important temples in Bali. Accompany the captain to a traditional Balinese blessing ceremony by handing a floating Canang Sari – a small palm leaf basket filled with colorful flowers, rice and incense – from the cliffside of the temple to the ocean. Immerse yourself in the refreshing waters before slowly taking the path back and exploring the beauty of the Indian Ocean as the sun sets over Jimbaran Bay and indulge in the color changing sky and evening light.


From your trekking starting point in Sidemen Village you will cross a river and enter the forest with many sago palms that have been used for centuries by the indigenous people of Lombok, by extracting the “tuak”, the juicy liquid of the trees, and to brown processed sugar. Deeper in the forest are many jackfruit trees, durian trees, coffee plantations, cocoa, bananas, pineapples and many other seasonal fruits. The hike continues to Tibu Ijo, a deep river well formed by a small waterfall above it. Under the waterfall, you will discover many smaller ponds that invite you to take a refreshing dip after a trekking. From Tibu Ijo, head back towards civilization and follow the road to Warung Kelor, a local café. Enjoy pisang goreng – fried banana pancakes for a coffee or tea break, one of the most popular Indonesian snacks.


Jogjakarta – the first thoughts often associated with this vibrant city are impressive temples, world-class batik fabrics, the Sultan family, palaces and classical dances – or the mighty Merapi volcano. The city also offers a different, colorful and bizarre face at night, different from other Indonesian cities. The evening begins with a walk along Jalan Malioboro, the main shopping street in the city center, filled with shops selling various types of art, literature and curios, street restaurants serving local delicacies, as well as artists, street musicians and painters on both sides of the street. Her journey later leads to a colorful and extravagant cabaret show that stands in stark contrast to the traditional Ballet or Shadow Puppet performances for which the city is usually famous. End the evening / night near the palace, which turns into a strange, loud and chaotic scene of celebration at night. Enjoy the colorful and illuminated spectacle with eye-catching pedal cars and loud music.


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Season / Weather / Climate

For some areas, such as Kalimantan (Indonesian Borneo) and Bali, the difference between dry and wet season is minimal, with the dry season (April to September) being only slightly hotter and slightly drier than the “rainy season” (October to March) , May, June and July are the coolest months in these areas, with temperatures around 28 ° C. The hottest months are February and March with temperatures around 30 ° C. The monsoon season starts in October and lasts until March. The rain is just as fast as he concocted, so you can look forward to a clear blue sky and lots of sun after the rain. That’s why the rainy season is a good time to travel to these parts of Indonesia. Therefore the best time to visit Bali and Kalimantan is actually December and January. The higher water level during this season improves the accessibility of rivers and streams. The best travel time to visit Lombok, Flores and Gili Islands are August and September. Although it is located further east of Bali, these areas experience more pronounced seasons. During the rainy season (November to February) the rain comes in sudden tropical rains. It also happens that it rains for days. The wet season can lead to a number of less enjoyable travel situations: closed ferries and closed roads could keep you from visiting areas that you would like to see and famous sites such as volcanoes can be closed for climbing. Some national parks, such as Mount Rinjani National Park on Lombok Island, are closed during the rainy season. These islands are close to each other, but the duration of the dry season and rainy season varies depending on the island. A good rule of thumb is that the closer the island is to Australia, the longer the dry season.

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The best time to visit Sumatra and Java is between May and September. The rainy season in Sumatra and Java begins in November and lasts until March. The rains usually come late in the afternoon, so you still have a nice morning most days. The temperature averages around 22 to 29 grand all year round.


Indonesia extends over three time zones. The western part of the island state with the capital Jakarta is 5 hours ahead of Germany in summer and 6 hours in winter. The middle time zone in Indonesia is the Central Indonesia Time. There it is an hour later than in the time zone West Indonesia. The time difference to Germany is 6 hours in summer and 7 hours in winter. In this time zone is also the Bali and Malaysia. In the easternmost time zone of Indonesia, the time difference to Germany in summer is 7 hours and in winter 8 hours.


In Indonesia live 240 million people with different ethnic groups. Each of these groups has its own language and culture. In the 1930s, the Indonesian language was standardized and adopted as part of the independence movement. It is practiced by more than 23 million people and is classified as an Austronesian language. Although most of the formal education and other forms of communication are conducted in Bahasa Indonesia, English is mostly spoken by the country’s natives. In total, more than 725 languages ​​are spoken in Indonesia.

To eat and drink

Indonesia’s 17,508 islands have attracted traders, pirates and adventurers from around the world throughout their history. These remote islands, which are on ancient trade routes and rich in botanical resources, quickly became a global concern. Spices were valued not only for their taste, but also for their ability to disguise spoiled food, refresh breath, and resolve health issues. Rice, the staple food of the country, dates back to 2300 BC. Old meals consisted of fish, fruits and vegetables, including bananas, sweet potatoes, coconut and sugarcane. Trade with the Chinese, Indonesia around 2000 BC. began to influence Indonesian cuisine and is still visible through the use of tea, pasta, cabbage, mustard, soybeans. The Chinese dish Nasi Goreng (fried rice) is one of Indonesia’s national dishes. Around 100 AD, curries (spicy sauces), cucumbers, onions, mangoes and aubergines were imported from Indian traders and Hindu missionaries. Ginger, cumin, cardamom, coriander and fennel were also introduced and contributed to the great variety of spices. Around the year 1500, Middle Eastern Muslims began to include goat and lamb dishes in the Indonesian diet, as did yoghurt sauces (although coconut milk is used in their place). The Portuguese were the first Europeans to strongly influence Indonesian cuisine. They took trade routes to and from the islands and brought cassava (a tropical root plant) and sweet potatoes. Cauliflower, cabbage and turnips were brought to the islands about a century later by the powerful Dutch East India Company, which gained control over the trade routes.


Indonesia has about 250 million inhabitants and is the fourth largest country in the world. According to the latest census, the entire Muslim population is about 88% of the total population, making Indonesia the largest Muslim society in the world. The Indonesian population is composed of many ethnic groups: 45% Javanese, 14% Sudanese, 7.5% Maduresen and 26% other ethnic groups.