About Indonesia Travel

Indonesia is a fascinating place to travel. From the busy digital nomad hot spots of Bali to the hidden jungle paradises of Sumatra, this is a country with more islands that you could possibly visit in a lifetime and somewhere you're almost guaranteed to return to.

Indonesia is blessed with some of the most incredible natural beauty of any country on Earth. With bubbling volcanoes, dazzling lakes and thundering waterfalls, Indonesia is about as visually stunning as a country can get.

Indonesia travel isn't always easy, but there are rewards at every turn. For every bumpy bus ride and arguably irresponsible boat journey there is an endearing culture, a local friend and a life-changing experience. Learn to embrace all aspects of Indonesia travel and you'll have the adventure of a lifetime.

Things To Do In Indonesia

With over 17,500 islands and more than 54,000 kilometres of coastline, Indonesia is blessed with more beaches, hidden coves, secret lakes and unique tribes than you can possibly understand in a single visit.

There are people here who have yet to meet a foreigner, there are islands that have barely been stepped on by humans and there are reefs that have yet to be discovered.

Indonesia is one of the last frontiers of travel and whether you stick to the tourist trail or you venture far off the beaten path, you're bound to find a slice of your own paradise in this breathtaking archipelagic nation.

15 Awesome Things to Do in Lombok

Indonesia is a sprawling archipelago nation composed of over 17,000 islands. Unfortunately, most travelers only make it to one of them. While Bali is certainly an incredible place to visit, you shouldn’t overlook its neighbor to the east when planning your trip to Indonesia. ...

10 Awesome Things to Experience on the Gili Islands of Indonesia

The Gili’s are a trio of tiny islands situated to the east of Bali in Indonesia. A tropical paradise offering crystal clear warm waters, chalky beaches and rainbow coloured reefs. Each island has its own vibe and all are a haven for travellers looking to ...

Places To Visit in Indonesia

With over 17,500 islands there are simply too many places to visit in Indonesia to list on a single blog post, but we've done the hard work and narrowed it down for you.

After travelling and living in Indonesia for more than 6 months, we've been able to visit most of the popular tourists hot spots, as well as a few of the more off track islands and destinations in the country. Click the button below to learn about all of the best places to visit in Indonesia.

Gili Trawangan: Experiencing One of Indonesia’s Top Islands

Exactly a decade later, we returned to Gili Trawangan, one of the three little Gili islands located off the coast of Lombok in Indonesia. With white-sand beaches, calm turquoise water, numerous accommodation options, and excellent nightlife and diving, Gili T attracts a wide range of travellers. ...

Candidasa, Bali: A Guide For Travellers

You’ve probably heard of the popular Island of the Gods in Indonesia. Bali is a hotspot for backpackers, holidaymakers, yogis, surfers, scuba divers and everyone in between. There are so many things to do and places to visit and there really is something for everyone here.  ...

Raja Ampat Indonesia: The Ultimate Travel Guide

With around 1,500 islands to explore, a unique West Papuan culture, and some of the most epic scuba diving and snorkelling on the planet, Raja Ampat in Indonesia is a must-visit destination. Whether you’re looking to do some snorkelling or diving in Raja Ampat, explore its ...

Gangga Island: A Travel Guide to Indonesia’s Offtrack Island

With nothing more than one dive resort and two small villages, Gangga Island in North Sulawesi is truly off the beaten path. If you’re looking for a tropical Indonesian island getaway filled with scuba diving, snorkelling, village visits, and lounging poolside, read on to learn more ...

Where To Go in Bali: 15 Best Places To Visit For Travellers

Bali is one of the most talked-about travel destinations in the world, and for good reason. With hip beach towns, traditional villages, a couple of volcanoes, and even a few smaller islands off the coast, there are plenty of places to visit in Bali. While Bali ...

Canggu Bali: A Complete Travel Guide

Imagine waking up in a private pool villa in Canggu Bali with the sun beaming in through the glass windows. The agenda for the day consists of surfing in the morning at a Canggu beach and working at one of the funky co-working spaces until it’s ...

Indonesia Travel Information

Below you'll find all of the posts on our blog with practical information about travelling to Indonesia including travel guides, where to stay, the cost of living as well as some information about diving and travelling on a budget. Click the posts and enjoy!

5 Remote Backpacking Destinations For This Year

Due to ever-growing cities and the parasitic urbanization of natural lands, it can be hard to find remote backpacking destinations these days. Luckily, there are still some places where the natural beauty of the untamed wilderness is all you can see for miles. Here are some ...

How To Travel Indonesia On a Budget

Situated in Southeast Asia between the Indian and Pacific Oceans is Indonesia, the world’s largest island country. This sweeping archipelago features a rich, colorful history, vibrant, ethnically diverse culture, and unparalleled views that rival the glossy images featured by your favorite travel blogs. What’s more, Indonesia ...

17 Top Tours in Bali: A Guide To The Best Activities

Famous for its beaches, rice terraces, and temples, Bali is one of those places that seems to be on everyone’s bucket list. Whether you’re a backpacker, honeymooners, or a traveling family, the Island of the Gods is an appealing destination. In this post, I’ll dive into ...

Where To Stay in Bali: Best Areas and Accommodations

Take a look at Bali on a world map, and you’d be forgiven for assuming it’s a small island. It’s only a fraction of the size of neighboring Java, after all. Upon arriving there, however, you may be surprised to find out just how big Bali ...

Seminyak Accommodation: Where to Stay in Seminyak For All Budgets

Located just far enough away to avoid the madness that is Kuta, yet close enough to the surf town of Canggu Bali, you’ll find Seminyak. This suburb of Kuta is one of the coolest places on the southwestern coast, and while most of the beach towns ...

Where To Stay in Lombok: The Best Surfing, Beaches & Accommodation

This guide to where to stay in Lombok will show you all the best areas of the island, including the best surf spots and the best local villages. Plus, we’ll breakdown the top-rated budget, mid-range and luxury hotels on the island. The goal of this post ...

Diving in Komodo: Dragons, Dolphins & Mantas

Komodo National Park is located in the Lesser Sundra Islands in Eastern Indonesia. Most famous for being home to the largest lizard on Earth, the Komodo Dragon (for which the park is named), there is also another reason why explorers have flocked to this archipelago for ...

Scuba Diving in Alor – The Ultimate Diver’s Guide

Alor is spoken of in hushed tones amongst scuba divers. Few places on Earth have such a plethora of reef fish and have amassed such healthy and vibrant coral reefs as this mid-sized island in far eastern Indonesia. Although currents can be strong at times, it’s ...

Accommodation Spotlight: Double Six Luxury Hotel in Bali

Bali is one of the hottest destinations in Southeast Asia right now, and when it comes to luxury escapes there’s nowhere quite like it in the the region. The island boasts a wealth of luxury accommodation from plush villas to high end hotels with magnificent spas ...

Climbing Mt. Batur Volcano For Sunrise – A Travel Tale From Indonesia

“Memories from 2009″… We were in Kintamani on the island of Bali in Indonesia. It was a sleepless night as our neighbours were yelling and partying until midnight. Ok, so midnight isn’t actually all that late and we would have joined them if we didn’t have to ...

Top 5 Most Beautiful Lakes

What makes a lake so special?  For us, it’s the surroundings.  Whether it’s towering mountains, volcano walls or villages you’re looking for, one thing’s for sure, the surroundings should be peaceful and gorgeous to look at.  There’s something about hiking around a stunning lake, diving into ...

Our Indonesia Travel Blogs

After living and travelling around Indonesia for over 6 months, it's not surprising that we have a lot of travel blogs and travel videos about this breathtaking archipelagic nation. Check out our posts below if you want to follow our own adventures through Indonesia.

Digital Nomad Life in Canggu – Our Time in Bali

It has been a while since we wrote a life-update here on Goats On The Road and I figured now was a good time to do so. If you’ve been following the blog, Facebook or you’re subscribed to our newsletter, you’ll know that we’ve spent the ...

Getting Paid To Scuba Dive: My Experience Working With the Indonesian Tourism Board

I’ve already written about my time spent scuba diving in Alor, Komodo and Raja Ampat, but they were mostly just detailed guides about how to get to the sites and experience the diving in Indonesia. I wanted to write a separate article from my perspective, as ...

Climbing Mt. Batur Volcano For Sunrise – A Travel Tale From Indonesia

“Memories from 2009″… We were in Kintamani on the island of Bali in Indonesia. It was a sleepless night as our neighbours were yelling and partying until midnight. Ok, so midnight isn’t actually all that late and we would have joined them if we didn’t have to ...

Our First Backpacking Trip – Where It All Began!

Our travel life began long before Goats On The Road was born, and because of that, we don’t really have any stories from our First Trip. We constantly refer to “our first trip” or “when we first started travelling” on this site, but where did we ...


When To Travel To Indonesia

The Best Time To Visit: April-September

While you can technically visit Indonesia at any time, the absolute best time to visit the country is when the weather is still clear, but there are fewer tourists. This means avoiding the uber-peak season of the Australian summer months and the Christmas holidays around December and January.

Generally speaking, the absolute best time to visit Indonesia is in the dry season between the months of April to September, but there are some regional variations to this.

Best Time To Visit Bali

The dry season in Bali is between April and September. During these months the weather is generally characterized by sunny blue skies and little rain.

Probably if you're heading to Bali for your Indonesia vacation, you'll want to go in May-June or September if you want to have that goldilocks balance of great weather and fewer crowds.

Best Time To Visit Sulawesi

Because of the strange shape of this island, there are drastically different weather conditions depending on where you are on the island.

In Toraja on the southern part of the island for example, the monsoon rains start falling between November and April, whilst the more northern city of Manado and nearby villages experience rainfall year round, while having the driest weather between the months of July and October.

Keep in mind that the mercury can rise to uncomfortable temperatures in Sulawesi along the coast, with heights of 34°C. Conversely, the mountains of the island can get to a brisk 24°C in the winter months.

Best Time To Visit Java

The best time to visit Java is again in the dry season between the months of May and September. At this time the weather is dry and sunny and the days are hot. This is also the best time for mountain climbing in popular destinations like Ijen and Bromo mountains.

The rainy season here (November to March) has a few intense showers, but the worst of it is usually on the central and west areas, while East Java generally has more calm rains year-round.

Best Time To Visit Sumatra

Sumatra is an enormous island straddling the equator, so it's no surprise that the weather conditions vary a bit across this body of land.

North Sumatra has a more tropical climate with rain occurring year round, while the more rain forest blanketed regions of Bukit Lawang see the highest level of rainfall, most of this comes between October and January.

South Sumatra has a much more defined seasonal climate, with the dry season coming between April and October, and the wet season between November and March.

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