Although the wily jungles of Indonesia are slightly tamer than the days of the Borneo headhunters, there are still many options for the modern day thrill seeker. Whether trekking in the jungles and mountains of the vast archipelago, diving in some of the most biologically diverse waters in the world, or visiting with some of the few remaining tribal groups in the world, Indonesia can still live up to its unfettered past.
Sprawled off Lombok’s north west coast is the majestic Gili Islands, a perfect aggregate of three coral islands that have consistently drawn visitors from all over the world for its pristine waters which is conducive for great snorkelling and diving experience. The islands’ natural ambiance have been preserved to this day, and even transportation is still by way of the traditional cidomo horse cart, modern transportation such as cars and motor bikes being prohibited by local legislation.
Apart from the popular attractions discussed above, a stay in Lombok offers excellent opportunities for activities such as partying, shopping and dining, scuba diving and other water sports, night time entertainment, sports activities, and relaxation in spas and massage bars. As it is, it only necessitates an exploring spirit to fully enjoy what a good Lombok tour package can offer.The area also boasts of fine sandy beaches, and a night-time skyline filled with glittering lantern lights from a fleet of fishing lines up offshore. It is also a vantage point for witnessing blood-red sunsets over neighboring Bali.
From the snow capped peaks of Papua to the smoking volcanoes of Java, Indonesia presents any trekker with a wide array of choices, regardless of skill level. The further a field you plan to go, the more valuable you will find using a tour agency to arrange your trip. Tour agencies often get better deals on national airline tickets and can arrange for transportation and accommodation in areas where such amenities are scarce. Papua, the easternmost province of Indonesia, is unfortunately experiencing periods of civil unrest, so be sure to get updated information if you plan to set off there. The snow covered Carstensz Pyramid, locally known as Puncak Jaya, is the highest mountain in Papua. Please note – the trek up Carstensz Pyramid is for the experienced climber.