Indonesian Adventures that go beyond Bali

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Indonesian Buddah's gracing the scenic skyline
Indonesian Buddah’s gracing the scenic skyline

A country made up of hundreds of islands, Indonesia is a nation full of cultural gems, scenic escapes, Komodo dragons and bustling urban streets. With adventure looming around every corner of this vast and steamy archipelago, you’ll experience the best of southeast Asia’s spicy mélange as it simmers tantalizingly with the island culture. Heady scents, vivid colors, dramatic vistas and diverse cultures spin and multiply, their potent brew leaving your senses reeling. Indonesia’s cities are in a constant state of urban evolution, where dense populations, technology and construction live in hectic symbiosis. But most of the archipelago’s territory remains unexplored, concealing a wealth of cultures and a myriad of landscapes. While Bali is a well known Indonesian destination, many of these unexplored Indonesian areas are difficult to access and can be difficult for any lone tourist to explore and experience. That’s why a small group adventure tour could be just the solution to discovering Indonesia’s hidden gems.

So, ok, I know what you are thinking, and no, travel tours aren’t just for old ladies on big buses anymore. The truth is travel tours have come a long way since the days of giant air-conditioned buses and old ladies. Today there are tours designed specifically for the independent, adventure traveler. That’s right—active, interesting and adventurous tours that allow travelers to explore and experience a foreign place. The groups are kept small, usually capping out at 16 people, so you won’t be traveling around with some awkwardly huge group of gawking tourists. You’ll be taking in the beautiful vistas of cascading rainforests in Sumatra, perhaps spotting a orangutan in the wild, standing on the slopes of active volcanoes, snorkeling amazing coral reefs and relaxing on some of the world’s most beautiful beaches. In other words, these tours don’t just scratch the surface of the places you visit. In fact, by using a combination of local and experienced guides, you’ll often see and experience MORE than you would on your own. The local guides know the best places to take you and best foods for you to try. Oh, and don’t worry, you definitely won’t be experiencing Indonesia from the window of some bus the entire time. Even the shorter Indonesian adventure tours have tourists moving about in a huge variety of modes of transport. Between visiting important temples and historical sights, eating the delicious local cuisine, wading past rice paddies and seeing some of the world’s most beautiful scenery, you won’t be sorry you booked one of these three great adventure tours.

East Indies Explorer

Get acquainted with the rich blend of active adventure and idyllic relaxation that makes up this exciting trip through the diverse Indonesian archipelago. Culturally rich, Java boasts lively cities, luscious green rice terraces and active volcanoes – the perfect complement to the beauty and magic of mystical Bali. Spot exotic wildlife in Pangandaran, soak up the cultural atmosphere in Yogyakarta, climb to the top of Mt Bromo and relax on the white sands of Lovina – this is a fun adventure that will have you discovering the hidden secrets of the East Indies.

Discover Lombok

Less known than Bali with even better beaches, this tour will allow you to immerse yourself in the amazing scenery, rich culture and incredible diversity of tropical Lombok island. Get off the beaten track as you spend time in rural villages, take a variety of local transport, meet lots of locals and discover the fascinating Sasak culture. From beautiful Kuta beach (not to be confused with its Balinese namesake) to a tranquil hill retreat in Tetebatu, the slopes of the highly revered Mt Rinjani to the magical Gili Islands, this is truly an adventure to remember. You’ll swim and snorkel among amazing coral reefs surrounding tiny islands, and visit local markets and villages in this island adventure.

East Indies Sea Trek

Nusa Tenggara, the islands west of Bali, are part of a relatively unexplored archipelago. With fierce Komodo Dragons, stunning coral reefs, isolated beaches and volcanoes, this 10-day journey will give you an insight to Indonesia that few others have the opportunity to experience.

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