An island of extraordinary beauty and untouched nature, it is filled with life and vibrates under the power of nature. Due to its location, Sumatra already had to endure several eruptions, earthquakes and tsunamis over the years. Highlights on this island are the wonderful jungle areas that are filled with Orang-utans that not only host these wonderful animals, but also tigers, rhinos and elephants. Moreover, Lake Toba, which is the biggest lake on the world, attracts tourists globally to see this natural miracle.
With a population of over 145 million, Java is the home to almost 60 percent of the Indonesian population and is the world's most populous island. The Indonesian capital city, Jakarta, is located on its north-western coast. It has one of Southeast Asia's busiest metropolises with delirious nightlife, but also offers beautiful volcanoes, many of which are still active.
This part of Indonesia is also known as 'Island of the gods'. Bali is the only island in Indonesia where the majority is Hindu and has a rich and diverse culture. In the daily life of the Balinese you can find, beautiful flower-petal offerings placed everywhere, processions of blissful locals shutting down the roads for one of the numerous temple ceremonies, to the traditional music and dance performances scattered over the island. In the Hindu culture almost everything has a spiritual meaning.
The most developed tourism area of the island is on the west coast of the island and is centred around the city Senggigi. Here you can find many resorts, restaurants, fast boat harbours and other tourism facilities. Also the famous Gili Islands in North-West Lombok and the Mount Rinjani are a reason for many to visit this island. However, the fanatic surfers prefer the go down south and visit the beaches around Kuta, Lombok.
EAST NUSA TENGGARA
East Nusa Tenggara, also known as the eastern part of the Lesser Sunda Islands, consists of more than 500 islands, with the largest ones being Sumba, Flores, and the western part of Timor; the latter shares land border with the country of East Timor (Timor Leste). This province is sub-divided into twenty-one regencies, and the capital and largest city, Kupang, can be found on West Timor. Contradicting towards most provinces in Indonesia, East Nusa Tenggara is a Christian-majority territory, and is the only Indonesian province where Roman Catholicism is the main religion.
Sulawesi is one of the main islands of Indonesia and enjoys a strong domestic tourist market, making it one of the top travel destinations in the country. Among foreigners it is mainly known for Tana Toraja in South Sulawesi and for the coral reefs and dive sites such as Bunaken National Park, the Togian Islands and Wakatobi National Park. Sulawesi is divided up into North, South, South-East and Central Sulawesi and is also surrounded by a wide variety of islands.
Kalimantan is the Indonesian part of the island of Borneo, the 3rd largest island in the world. The Borneo rainforest is 130 million years old, making it one of the oldest rainforests in the world. Subject to mass deforestation, the remaining Borneo rainforest is one of the only remaining natural habitat for the endangered Bornean Orangutan.
The province was formerly called Irian Jaya and in 2002, it was renamed as ‘Papua’ and was granted a special autonomous status by the Indonesian legislation. It is the largest and easternmost province of Indonesia and here the roads are so limited, that traveling between towns you often have to fly or cross over the water. In this province, Puncak Jaya is the highest mountain as well as the highest point of Indonesia.