Travelling Bali & Beyond
DISCOVER INDONESIA – EMERALD IN KHATULISTIWA
Indonesia is a splendor of 13.677 islands stretching some 6.400 kilometers across the beautiful turquoise waters of the equator. The principal islands of Indonesia-the world’s largest archipelago – are Java, Sumatra, Kalimantan (Indonesian Borneo), Sulawesi and the enchanting island of Bali.
The national motto of “Unity in Diversity” describes the endless array of natural and cultural wonders spread from the countries extremes of Sumatra to West-Papua.
Indonesia offers the great visual contrasts of snow-capped mountains and shallow mangrove-filled estuaries; dry savannah plains and dense tropical rainforests; broad sandy beaches and steep rocky headlands. Rice, the mainstay of the diet, is grown on emerald terraces that cascade down from smoldering volcanoes. Through the centuries, great civilizations have blossomed in this fertile chain of islands that have contributed to creating Indonesia’s unique cultural legacy.
With over 366 ethnic groups and 250 distinct languages, Indonesia is a paradise of cultural richness including colourful temple festivals in Bali, Dayak longhouses in Kalimantan, primitive groups in Irian Jaya and matriarchal societies in West-Sumatra.