Indonesia is a vast archipelago with thousands of islands, of which six hundred are populated, and it is the fourth most populous country in the world. Located in south east Asia, it has borders with Malaysia, Papua New Guinea and and East Timor. Its capital is Jakarta which lies on the island of Java. For the most part Indonesia lies along the equator and has a tropical monsoon climate with distinct wet and dry seasons. April to October is the dry season and November to March is the wet. It is always warm unless you plan to take a trip to the mountains. With mountains and forests, rivers and lakes, the islands support a great biodiversity with a wealth of flora and fauna. Lying on the edges of tectonic plates, it is a land that suffers more than its fair share of earthquakes and, with over a hundred active volcanoes, volcanic eruptions. However, it also has a good share of wonderful beaches and it is to these that western visitors flock. The islands are great for those seeking adventure in the hills and mountains, as well as for golfers and water sports enthusiasts.
If you are looking for a relaxing beach holiday, Bali is a good choice. The island is at the western end of the Lesser Sundra Islands between Java and Lombok and is known as the island of the gods. Its population is mainly hindu and there are many temples. It has glistening white sands on the southern beaches and black sand in the less popular areas in the north and west. The island has a romantic reputation and is a popular choice for beach weddings.
Bali part of the Coral Triangle which has over five hundred species of reef building coral. The huge variety of marine life makes it one of the most rewarding places in the world for scuba divers. There are many dive sites but it should be noted that the currents and swells can be dangerous and an experienced guide is considered a necessity. Bali has a good number of children's attractions with a zoo and safari park, an elephant and a bird park.
Most of the millions of visitors who travel to the country, visit either the islands of Java or Bali. Java is home to the big cities and the capital, Jakarta is located there. It is in the cities that you become aware of the huge inequalities between the rich and the poor and you'll see many street beggars.
The standards of accommodation and service are both high. Restaurants provide a wide range of both traditional and international cuisine, catering for all tastes. Nightlife can be as lively or as relaxed as you wish as there are venues to suit all moods. Indonesia's many shops and markets give ample opportunity for souvenir hunters.
Indonesia is considered an exotic destination and not a regular choice for your annual break in the sun. Its price tag reflects this and certainly a holiday here will never be regarded as cheap. However, as a price comparison site, Cheeky Trip can at least find you the Indonesia holiday that costs the least. We have access to offers from more than three dozen travel companies, all of whom are competing for your booking. With such strong competition, you are sure to get good value. Simply enter your destination, point of departure and your dates and within a matter of seconds we'll show you the Indonesia holiday that is the cheapest. All you need then do is make the call and book. Since offers change on a daily basis, if you wish to avoid disappointment, avoid delay.