The fact that eminent 19th century naturalist Alfred Russell Wallace – co-discover with Darwin of the theory of evolution – gained so many original insights from Indonesia gives a clear indication of the archipelago’s global natural history importance. He gave his name to the Wallace Line, the natural boundary which exists in Indonesia between the fauna of South East Asia (found in its western islands) and Australasia (observed in the east). The combination of both biological spheres accounts for the astonishing diversity of wildlife to be found throughout this vast nation.

The world’s largest archipelago, Indonesia has over 17,000 islands stretching from Asia all the way to Melanesia, giving the visitor an almost impossible range of choices. Highlights include the rainforests of Kalimantan (Borneo) and Sumatra with their orang-utans and other wildlife; impressive temple complexes such as Borobudur; huge volcanoes including Krakatoa, Mt Bromo and the crater lakes of Flores; the awesome “dragons” of Komodo and Rinca; and, of course, thousands of wonderful beaches and coral reefs offering world class snorkelling and diving. This remarkable diversity provides all the ingredients for an ideal holiday with plenty of scenery and culture, and extraordinarily diverse wildlife both above and beneath the water.

Indonesia Wildlife Holiday Ideas

# Wildlife Cruise

Tiger Blue: Seven Night Cruise of Raja Ampat Indonesia

8 Days from £3440
Located off the northwest tip of New Guinea Island in Indonesia’s West Pap...
# Tailor-Made Tour

Indonesia and Papua New Guinea Country Combo

Papua New Guinea
20 Days from £6696
The best wildlife and cultural highlights of Indonesia and Papua New Guinea...
# Tailor-Made Tour

Indonesia’s Deluxe Underwater Highlights

19 Days from £5845
Best of Indonesia’s underwater world plus captivating terrestrial treats...
# Tailor-Made Tour

Central Indonesia in Comfort and Style

16 Days from £6795
Stunning landscapes, wildlife and culture plus exquisite accommodation...
# Tailor-Made Tour

Indonesia’s Wild East Off The Beaten Track

17 Days from £4389
Indonesia’s eastern islands in search of rare wildlife, volcanos & reefs...
# Tailor-Made Tour

The Best of Indonesia’s Wildlife

16 Days from £4180
Borneo, Sumatra, Sulawesi & Komodo - Indonesia’s wildlife at it’s very best...

Featured Accommodation

Tiger Blue

East Of Wallace Line
Tiger Blue is a traditional 112 foot timber phinsi yacht which sails around the ...

Misool Eco Resort

East Of Wallace Line
Five-star resort on its own private island in the remote Rajah Ampat Archipelago...

Angel Island Resort

East Of Wallace Line
Offering peace and seclusion and a good base from which to visit the islands for...

Papua Paradise Eco Resort

East Of Wallace Line
Surrounded by world class diving sites with excellent coral and abundant marine ...

Satwa Elephant Eco Lodge

West Of Wallace Line
Attractive cottages spread around lush gardens, located only five minutes’ dri...

Pulisan Jungle Beach Resort

East Of Wallace Line
Set near cliffs by a white sand beach in northern Sulawesi...

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Indonesia: -6.271618, 117.773438

Best Time To Visit Indonesia

Indonesia has a tropical climate and is hot and humid throughout the year. The main rainy season runs from October to April with the dry season lasting from May to September. Generally speaking, the weather gets drier the further east you travel.  July and August tend to be the busiest months in Indonesia when hotel prices are most expensive. Rainy season months tend to be better value but December, January and February are best avoided due to heavy rain and floods.

Islands in the very far east (Raja Ampat, West Papua, Maluku Islands, etc) have the opposite weather pattern with the driest months being October to April and the wettest being May to September (the difference between the two seasons is much less marked, however).

Travel Info

Flight Time
17 Hours

Time Zone
GMT +7

Best visited
May to September

Language Spoken

249.9 Million

Area Specialist

Jonathan Morris

Indonesia is easy to combine with other destinations including Malaysia, Singapore and Papua New Guinea.

If you have any questions regarding travel to Indonesia please feel free to contact me on +44 (0)1803 866965