Indonesia, officially the Republic of Indonesia, is a country in Southeast Asia and Oceania. Indonesia is an archipelago comprising approximately 17,508 islands. It has 33 provinces with over 238 ,million people, and is the world’s fourth most populous country. Indonesia is a republic, with an elected legislature and president. The nation’s capital city is Jakarta. The country shares land borders with Papua New Guinea, East Timor, and Malaysia. Other neighboring countries include Singapore, Philippines, Australia, Palau and the Indian territory of the Andaman and Nicobar Islands. Indonesia is a founding member of ASEAN and a member of the G-20 major economies. The Indonesia economy is the world’s sixteenth largest by nominal GDP and fifteenth largest by purchasing power parity.
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Situated between the continents of Asia and Australia and between the Pacific and the Indian Oceans is the largest archipelago in the world, Indonesia. It comprises of 17,504 large and small tropical islands with white sandy beaches, many of which are still uninhabited and a number of them are still unnamed.Indonesia has many unexplored islands with grand mountain views, green rainforests to trek through, rolling waves to surf and deep blue pristine seas to dive in where one can swim with dugongs, dolphins and large mantarays. With a number of places to see, Indonesia is a tourist's delight. The major tourist destinations in Indonesia are as follows:
Bali is a tropical island on Indonesian archipelago. With sunny and sandy beaches, tropical jungles full of exotic wildlife, paddy fields tripping down the hills, active volcanoes soaring up in the sky, spirited festivals throughout the year, and a culture that makes everybody feel a part of it, Bali ensures that the name of paradise on earth remains true. Some of the tourist attractions of Bali are:
It is a major tourist attraction in Java and has been listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It was Built in the 8th century and it is one of the greatest Buddhist monuments in Southeast Asia. Standing on top of a hill surrounded by volcanoes and overlooking green fields It is an immense multi-tiered structure with the Great Stupa (bell-shaped monument) at the top, surrounded by numerous smaller stupas, some still containing Buddha statues inside.
Komodo National Park
Komodo National Park was established in 1980 with the main purpose to conserve the unique Komodo dragon and its habitat and is located in the center of the Indonesian archipelago, between the islands of Sumbawa and Flores. UNESCO declared the Park as a World Heritage Site and a Man and Biosphere Reserve, considering the Park's biological importance in protecting the entire biodiversity, both terrestrial and marine.
Situated just off the northwest coast of Lombok, Indonesia are the Gili Islands, an island chain of three small islands — Gili Trawangan, Gili Meno and Gili Air. For tourists looking for a remote island experience the islands are a popular destination. The islands are very relaxed and laid-back, with countless little beachside cafes, restaurants and bars serving a variety of tastes in local and international cuisine.
Safely protected beyond the lofty mountains and rugged granite cliffs of the central highlands of the island of Sulawesi, lies the land of Trojaland known for its unique culture and ancient traditions. Expect to be awed by the spectacular beauty of nature when traveling here, at the same time experience how communities have sustained their beliefs and traditions in splendid isolation through the ages in order to survive this eternal cycle of life and death on earth.
Bunaken is one of Indonesia's most famous diving and snorkeling areas and it draws visitors from all over the world. The marine Park around Bunaken is part of the National Park that also includes the ocean around the island of Manado Tua – or Old Manado, Siladen and Mantehage. With about 20 dive spots to choose from, this is a great place to be for those who enjoy scuba diving, divers will have the chance to swim below the sea, and frolic joyfully while admiring the sea creatures.
Located near Surabaya the capital of East Java, Mount Bromo is a part of the Bromo Tengger Semeru National Park. It is an active volcano and even if it is not the highest peak, but is the most well known for its spectacular views and dramatic landscapes. visitors from around the world come to see the sunrise over Mt Bromo capturing the incredible scene of Mt Bromo in the foreground with Mt Semeru smoking in the distance and the sun shining brightly, quickly rising in the sky
Located in the Central Highlands of Western New Guinea, currently part of Indonesia the Baliem Valley, also known as the Grand Valley gains its prominence through its beautiful landscape and culturally rich inhabitants who belong to the Dani tribe.
Tanjung Puting National Park is a national park in Indonesia located in the southeast part of West Kotawaringin Regency in the Indonesian province of Central Kalimantan. It is the largest and most diverse protected example of extensive coastal tropical heath forest and peat swamp forest. Famous for its orangutans Tanjung Puting is also home to gibbons, macaques, clouded leopards, sun bears, wild boars, porcupines, and Sambar deer along with many reptiles, birds, and insects.