A sprawling archipelago of over 18,000 islands, Indonesia offers countless opportunities for the intrepid explorer in which to “get off the map". Renowned as being a world class surfing and diving destination, Indonesia doesn't disappoint when it comes to its underwater life. With its coral coasts teeming with life – including graceful manta rays and inquisitive turtles – this truly is an incredible destination. Perhaps best explored in the uncharted waters of Raja Ampat - with its expanses of white sand, and endless, azure waters - this is a truly brochure-worthy destination.
On land doesn't disappoint either. With verdant rainforests, a backdrop of rolling vistas, powerful rivers and majestic mountainscapes – Indonesia is a truly impressive location. From the lush jungles of Indonesian Borneo, replete with unique species of endemic wildlife, to the hustle and bustle of its cultural capital Jakarta – Indonesia truly is a must on any visit to South East Asia. Working in Indonesia truly enables you to be involved with once in a lifetime animal volunteering projects.
Trying to describe the amount of wildlife in Indonesia is akin to counting the stars in the sky…it would take a little while! With over 18,000 islands to explore, the animal and plant life in Indonesia is as diverse as anywhere else on Earth. Each region in the area contains a different habitat and therefore a different set of animal life, but some of the more notable creatures include:
As well as the wildlife on land, Indonesia has an abundance of it under the sea too! The waters around the islands are home to: rays, sharks, eels, and a huge variety of tropical fish, including the clown fish (star of Finding Nemo.) If tracking the animals on land becomes a little too much, all you’ve got to do is grab a snorkel and check out the incredible underwater world.
Indonesian culture has had input from a large number of sources and as a result is incredibly varied. It has been shaped by the interactions that the original indigenous people had with those who came to the islands later on, and there is a lot to learn about and see on a trip to Indonesia. This includes:
Indonesia is a country in which the culture has changed rapidly and will continue to do so with each new influence, so why not make your mark on this ever changing country?
If you can’t find somewhere to visit and explore amongst the thousands of islands Indonesia is comprised of then you can’t be looking very hard as the country is packed with exciting locations. There is something for everyone here, and the huge range of places to visit should ensure everyone leaves Indonesia with a smile on their face. Some of these unforgettable destinations include:
There is a lot to see here, so we wish you the best of luck fitting it all in!