Indonesia is the largest archipelagos in the world consisting of over 17,508 islands, many of them uninhabited. It is and extremely popular place to visit for those travelers looking a cultural experience and a little adventure.
In Greek, the name Indonesia comes from "Indos" for Indian and "nesos" for islands.
Most of Indonesia population live on the main islands of Kalimantan, Java, Sulawesi and Sumatra, with smaller populations of the surrounding islands. The landscapes on the main island stand apart from each other. Visitors can experience the wild and rugged landcape of Sumatra, the tropical rain forests and winding rivers of Kalimantan, the bustling cities like Jakarta on the island of Java, the varied culture of Sulawesi and Nusa Tenggara, the exotic spice island of Maluku, and the mountainous wilderness of Irian Jaya. It's a great archipelago of islands full of wonderful sites, sounds and smells.
The uniqueness doesn't end with the landscape. The will flora and fauna between islands varies also, with some very rare plants found in jungles and on mountainsides and valleys. Eco-tourism is important here due to it uniqueness.
Only 6000 islands in this archipelago are populated, others are uninhabited and worth the visit if traveling by boat or on a small local tour. For a fee, you may even convince a local fishermen to take you out to an uninhabited island, a private day in the sun to swim it's shores or explore its jungles. The total coastlines of Indonesia's islands spans 80,000 kilometers with lots of beaches to enjoy your quiet sojourn.
Indonesia may be one of the world's most interesting places to visit. There is culture and the bustle of cities and there is the quiet of the countryside and the soft trade winds along it's coastal regions. Enjoy it's natural beauty and gear up for adventures along shores with a variety of water sports. It is a lot of paradise in South East Asia. It's islands are worth exploring with lots of options to make your trip a memorable and safe one.
Indonesia is made up of a string of volcanic islands so expect to see plenty of black sand beaches as well as white sand here. Some of the best beaches are off the beaten track away from the tourist traps. They include Pasir Panjang in the Kei Islands of South East Maluku which are known to have some of the finest beaches in the world. Also there are various deserted beaches on Lombok. Awera Island in Sipora, Mentawai Islands, Sumatra is also worth a visit, as well as Biak Island near western Papua and Rinca Island in East Nusa Tenggara. For more touristy beaches, try Kuta Beach in Bali, Bangka, Belitung, the mysterious islands of Mentawai
There is a rich diversity to the lands here, lands nearly half covered with forest and jungle. Once, elephants, leopards, and orangutans roamed freely in the densely forested islands of Greater Sundra. Greater Sundra includes Java, Bali, Sumatra and Kalimantan.
Indonesia's ecosystems along its coastal regions include tidal flats, sand dunes, coral reefs, algal beds and sandy beaches ready to be explored in the Indonesian summer months. It's hot and tropical making it a perfect western winter haven. The time and expense to travel here will be well worth it. There are plenty of resorts geared to your interests, whether it's scuba diving, eco-minded, and those geared for privacy the budget-conscious. You can even find something in the jungles wake up the tropical bird song.
Where ever you travel in Indonesia, be prepared to be awed and enjoy all its natural gifts from he coral seas to the sandy beaches, thick jungles, volcanic mountains to it's rich and diverse culture in its cities.