Indonesia is the world’s largest archipelago and its 4th most populous country. There are five main islands (Sumatra, Jawa, Kalimantan, Sulawesi and Papua) with 33 provinces and 30 smaller archipelagos. There are around 17,500 islands in total, 6,000 of which are inhabited. Indonesia stretches for 5,150 km between the Australian and Asian continental mainland and divides the Pacific and Indian Oceans along the Equator. Indonesia’s capital city is Jakarta.
The country shares land borders with Papua New Guinea, East Timor and Malaysia. Other neighboring countries include Singapore, the Philippines, Australia, and the Indian territory of the Andaman and Nicobar Islands.
Things To do
- Hot springs - There are several hot springs to be discovered in Bali. One of them, along the northern coast of Bali, near Lovina, is Air Panjar where stone mouth carvings allow hot water to pass between pools which are set in a lush garden.
- Spa - Bali is a paradise for spa lovers and all sorts of treatments are widely available, but the Balinese lulur body scrub with herbs and spices - traditionally performed before a wedding ceremony - is particularly popular. Balinese massage is usually done with oil and involves long, Swedish-style strokes.
The curiously named cream bath is a relaxing scalp and shoulder massage, usually lasting 45 minutes, in which a thick conditioning cream is worked through the hair and into the scalp.
- Weddings - Balinese weddings are getting popular in recent years. The exotic tradition, ceremonies, music and costumes have a special attraction among western people. Many couples who are already legally married to each other choose Bali as the perfect place to renew their vows. Full wedding services are widely available in Bali such as: ceremony arrangements, photography, videography, flowers, musicians, dancers, caterers, etc. There are about ten wedding chapels available in Bali today (largely in luxury hotels) and the number is growing. Destination weddings, featuring all types of religious and presentation arrangements, are becoming increasingly popular with private villas being one of the island's many offerings for venues.
- Scuba Diving -There are many interesting scuba diving sites around Bali such as the wreck of USAT Liberty Glo at Tulamben. Pulau Menjangan is particularly popular.
- Surfing - Warm waters, crowds of young backpackers, cheap living and reliable waves keeps Bali near the top of world surfing destinations.