Indonesia has over 20,000 islands, many of them uninhabited. On these islands, you will find raw beauty, deserted beaches, a beautiful culture, and places that you will never want to leave. On my visit, I visited Bali, the Gili Islands of Lombok, Maluku, Raja Ampat of Papua, and Sumatra. All these places were incredibly different and took my breath away. Bali was my very favorite island in Indonesia not only overall, but also culture and food-wise. For the diving and snorkeling, there is no place in the world like Raja Ampat. The most beautiful beach was on the Kei Islands. But the Gili Islands are still my favorite island escape because they combine good food with beautiful beaches. No matter what you are looking for, you are bound to find it in Indonesia.
You will find many cultures among the islands, many different activities, and a lot of amazing food! I have traveled to many countries, and I always find the friendliest people in the world in Indonesia. The transportation infrastructure is lacking, however, and getting around requires a lot of patience. Fraud with credit cards in Indonesia can also be a problem, so I highly recommend sticking to ATM machines and using cash. If you haven’t been to Indonesia yet, it is a place that I highly recommend. For me, it is the most exotic place that I’ve ever been, and is like stepping into another world.
For more on Indonesia, read my escape guides to Ambon, Bali, Kai Island, the Gili Islands, and Raja Ampat!