With over 17,000 islands, Indonesia is easily the world's largest sprawling chain of volcanic islands. The archipelago not only offers some of the most beautiful beaches and scenic landscapes in the world, but it’s also some of the most diverse and exotic nations on earth. The archipelago is home to thousands of islands, many of them still relatively undiscovered, which makes it a great destination for those honeymooners keen to get off the tourist trail and enjoy the luxuries of life.
From the northwest tip to the southeastern corner, Indonesia spans over 3,000 miles, with each island carrying its own unique essence. Bali is easily the most recognized of the 17,000 islands. With beautiful beaches, scenic landscapes and world-class hotels, it’s easy to see why lovers choose this island as their romantic retreat. If you want to understand what makes Indonesia tick, head to its capital island, Java. There are several cultural attractions in Java, but be sure to visit the stunning ten-tiered Buddhist temple of Borobodur. Fringed by sandy beaches and coral atolls, Lombok is Indonesia’s up-and-coming beach destination, which also happens to be home to Gunung Rinjani, Indonesia’s second highest volcanic peak. If you are looking for some peace and quiet, Lombok is the perfect choice. Kalimantan, the world’s thirst largest island, is home to a variety of endemic species, but we recommend a visit with their most famous resident – the orangutan. For a sense of the raw country, make sure a visit to Komodo or Flores is on your agenda. Both islands are stunningly beautiful and offer a look into authentic Indonesia, taking you off the beaten path with a night in a rustic guesthouse. With idyllic beaches, secluded coves and stunning marine life - Raja Ampat is a naturalist’s dream. With more species of fish and coral than anywhere else, its main attractions certainly lie beneath the waves, but there's plenty to explore on dry land too.
It's not all about sitting by the pool at some spectacular hotel, although the country does offer some of the most romantic honeymoon havens. Once you’ve had your fill of immaculate service and delicious food, there are amazing activities to be experienced in Indonesia, from volcano walks to some of the finest diving in the world. Buried in the jungle, wander between giant Buddha statues on Java. Get lost in the peace-loving atmosphere of Bali. Enjoy a night at a water palace in Ubud. Hang with the orangutan in Kalimantan at the Tanjung National Park. If you can drag yourself from your cabana in Lombok, check out some of the water activities or cultural highlights. Or stay on Samosir, a Sumatran island isolated in the glassy waters of a volcanic crater lake. Make sure you pamper your body and mind with a spa day or two (they are second to none in Indonesia). Camp under the stars on the edge of a volcanic crater, hike to hidden waterfalls in the forest, amble between emerald rice paddies, or escape to tiny exotic islands. With thousands of islands to choose from there's likely to be an island to suit anyone and everyone. Some islands are more about the culture; others are bursting with magnificent scenery, but all bring an alluring blend of both (and so much more) to a honeymoon.
And what is a honeymoon in Indonesia without a diving excursion? These islands offer some of the best diving in the world. The Indonesian region of Raja Ampat is the center of the mythical Coral Triangle, considered the best diving destination in the world. Named for its staggering number of corals, the region nurtures six of the world’s seven marine turtle species and more than 2,000 species of reef fish. Whether you discover this magical world underwater or just aboard a luxury yacht, we highly recommend a stop.
Culturally, Indonesia fascinates with a rich diversity of ancient temples, music ranging from traditional to modern pop, dances, rituals and ways of life that change from island to island and region to region. Yet throughout the country, visitors feel welcomed with that warm, gracious innate friendliness of the Indonesian people that is not easily forgotten.
The accommodation options in Indonesia are second to none. Ranging from quaint, rustic guesthouses and lovely boutique hotels to some of the finest five-star luxury resorts, nearly any choice you make will be right. How could you go wrong when you’re surrounded by sandy beaches, overlooking green river valleys, or situated in the vibrant heart of a city? In fact, many hotels in Indonesia are constantly listed as some of the best in the world.
Indonesia is the perfect pick for a honeymoon, offering luxurious retreats, stunning beaches, jungles, volcanoes, crystal waters, marine life, cultural lures, appetizing cuisine and even dragons: Komodo's most famous residents. Stay on fairytale islands stranded in crater lakes, watch day break over pristine, blue seas and trek through the jungle to see monkeys swinging through the branches. It’s a wild and totally wonderful way to begin a happy ever after.
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- CAPITAL: Jakarta
- LANGUAGE: Indonesian
- AREA CODE: +62
- CURRENCY: The Indonesian Rupiah
- TIMEZONE: UTC +7
- ELECTRICITY: 220-240 volts. Adapter plugs are recommended when traveling.
- HOW TO GET THERE: Currently, there are no direct flights to Indonesia from the U.S. The best connections are through any of the major Asian hubs. East coasters may find shorter routes via Europe or the Middle East. Jakarta’s Soekarno-Hatta International Airport and Bali’s Ngurah Rai International Airport are the main gateways for Indonesia.
- GETTING AROUND: With more than 17,000 islands, a honeymoon to Indonesia may involve some additional travel. There are several ways to get around within the country, and the main mode of transportation is air. Many airlines service Indonesia’s islands, making it quite convenient to island hop. Another option is the national ferry system, which makes sense with this nation of islands. These boats are like small cruise ships, with exceptional service and amenities that travel with you between the thousands of islands. Traveling by train is one of the most comfortable and quickest ways to get around Indonesia, but the options are limited. If you are planning to visit Java or Sumatra the trains are a great option, but the nation’s rail service ends there. Taxis are readily available in the major cities and you can also rent a car.
HELPFUL HONEYMOON HINTS
- BEST TIME TO VISIT: Indonesia is a summer destination, best visited between April and October when the weather is perfect for island hopping. While it’s hot all year, November through March is when the country experiences widespread rain with a couple of short showers per day.
- WEATHER: Being a tropical country, Indonesia is blessed with two seasons, namely dry and rainy. The dry season usually occurs from June to September and the rest is the rainy season. Sunshine is abundant except in rainy season when the sky tends to be cloudy. It is advisable to visit Indonesia during dry season.
- ENTRY REQUIREMENTS: Travelers must be in possession of a passport valid for at least six months from the date of arrival, as well as proof of return travel. At this time, visas are not required for those citizens of the United States.
- TIPPING: Tipping is generally expected in Indonesia. Major hotels usually add a 10% service charge to bills. Where tips are not included, anywhere between 5% to 10% would be recommended.
- MONEY: ATMs are available everywhere but there is a maximum on what you can withdraw. Most machines take all major credit cards, like Visa and Mastercard. Traveler checks are accepted, however, they must be with American Express. Banking hours are from 8:00 AM to 2:30 PM from Monday to Friday.
- DRESS CODE: Due to its warm and humid climate, dress is normally informal in the country. Though light fabric clothing is recommended, when traveling in the highland areas, a sweater or jacket would be useful.
- HANGING WITH THE ORANGUTANS: Indonesia offers one of the last remaining places on earth to see orangutans in the wild. Travel to Bukit Lawang and trek though the tropical rainforest to hang with the orangutans.
- FROLICK ON THE BEACH: This is a no brainer. With so many breathtaking beaches to choose from in Indonesia, you have your pick. It’s bound to be beautiful!
- HISTORY AND CULTURE: Indonesia is home to two of the most beautiful ancient wonders, the Borobudur Temple and Prambanan Temple, and both offer unforgettable religious and cultural experiences.
- TRAIN THE DRAGON: We realize the natural beauty and exotic charm of Komodo Island may have you spending your day on the beach or in the blue waters, but make sure you stop by Komodo National Park to hang with the Komodo dragons. Get up close and personal in their native habitat.
- TAKE THE HEAT: Boasting the locally grown taliwang chili, Lombok is known as the island of chili. Try some of this fiery local food.
- UNWIND IN STYLE: Pamper yourself and your spouse with a Balinese massage.
- JUMP IN: Lake Toba is one of the world’s largest crater lakes. With the mountain reflecting in the clear water, you don’t want to miss a swim in this natural world wonder.
- BEST PART OF WAKING UP: There is no better way to wake your senses than with a hot brew. Visit the Agra coffee plantation to do some coffee tasting, then sit back and appreciate your cup of joe while enjoying the view of the plantations.
- SUNSET DINNER CRUISE: Spend a starlit evening with your spouse on a romantic dinner cruise through the islands. Savor the delicious food, enjoy the cool night breeze and listen to live music while you sway through the water.
- DIVE IN: Indonesia offers some of the most amazing diving spots in the world. With more than 3,000 species, the diversity of marine life is unforgettable. Strap on the scuba gear and explore this underwater world.