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Komodo

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text] Not long ago, Komodo Island was the stuff of legend for travellers and naturalists. Only a lucky few, mostly scientists and bonafide explorers, ever had an opportunity to travel there. At first glance Komodo island is like something straight out of King Kong, which isn’t a coincidence. The original films were inspired by Douglas […]

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Java

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text] A visit to Java, more than any other island in the archipelago, allows travellers to see and understand what makes Indonesia the country that it is. It’s the beating heart of the nation from multiple perspectives- culturally, economically, religiously and politically. Java contains 56% of Indonesia’s population, which is an impressive statistic considering there […]

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Lombok

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text] Sitting a mere 35km away from the tourism giant of Bali, Lombok is almost an entirely different world. Crossing the gap between these two islands brings you over a transitional boundary known as the “Wallace Line.” This line represents the geographical divide between the Asian and Australian continental plates. As such, the environmental transition […]

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Sulawesi

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text] What it is:  If you’ve never heard of Sulawesi, don’t worry. You’re not alone. It’s a far-flung island surrounded by thousands of other far-flung islands. Its name means “Iron Island,” which refers to the famously rich metal deposits found among it’s beautiful topography. Forbidding ridges of jungle-capped mountains stretch across its width, as crystal-clear […]

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Flores

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text] What it is:  Often overshadowed by its tiny dragon-inhabited neighbour, Komodo, Flores has, until recently, hidden in plain sight from the eyes of most travellers planning trips to Indonesia. Stretching some 450km from west to east, its formidable terrain ridden with volcanos, deep valleys, and knife-edge ridges, was often viewed as too difficult for […]

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Raja Ampat

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text] What it is: Carved out of ancient limestone by wind, waves and rainfall, the Raja Ampat Archipelago consists of more than 1,000 sparsely populated and impossibly beautiful islands. Draped in dense tropical foliage and fringed with pristine mangroves and kaleidoscopic reefs, the islands are an ecological treasure-trove that may very well represent the pinnacle […]

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Kalimantan

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text] For those interested in nature and wildlife, the island of Borneo is regarded as one of the world’s most alluring and exotic destinations. Covering a land area substantially larger than Germany and the United Kingdom combined, it’s the third largest island in the world and the largest in Asia. Straddling the equator and sheltered […]

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Sumatra

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text] What it is: Few places in the world conjure images of raw, untapped nature more adeptly than Sumatra. It’s a place where primordial rainforests teeming with life envelop steaming volcanos. These are not just any rainforests, either. Within the shadows of their misty interiors, tigers, rhinos and elephants abound in story-book fashion as orangutans […]

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Gili Islands

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text] What it is: The Gili Islands are a series of small paradisiacal islands between Bali and Lombok that have quickly carved out a name for themselves in the upper echelon of top destinations in Indonesia. In addition to being easily accessed from both Bali and Lombok, the islands are famous for their bohemian vibes […]

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Bali

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text] What it is: Also known as the “Island of the Gods,” Bali is an automatic pen-in on the bucket lists of travellers from around the world- and for good reason. With grumbling volcanoes, gorgeous beaches, crystal-clear water, a mystical culture rooted in ancient Hindu traditions (the only of its kind in the region) and […]

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