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Indonesia Cruises

Spread out over hundreds of thousands of square miles between Asia and Australia, the Indonesian archipelago is an incredible mix of cultures, landscapes and wildlife. 

Its 250 million people speak more than 500 languages, and the volcanic peaks and sandy beaches attract millions of visitors each year. It's a country rich in tradition and heritage, with charming temples, rural villages and wonderful palaces to explore.

Indonesia is a country of huge contrasts. Jakarta, the nation's capital, is home to nearly 10 million people and 800 skyscrapers, yet nearly half of the country’s 17,000 islands still remain uninhabited. The difference in pace is just one of the reasons why a cruise to Indonesia is one of the most unforgettable travel experiences in Asia. 

Top 5 interesting facts

  • Indonesia has the second largest coastline in the world after Canada.
  • Around half of the population lives on $2 a day.
  • Indonesia is the only country with orangutans living in the wild.
  • The most powerful volcanic eruption ever recorded was from Krakatoa. 
  • Most people on Bali share the same four names.
 

Highlights

Landscapes

Gigantic capital cities aside, the real draw of an Indonesia cruise is drifting from one paradise island to another, discovering untouched beaches and breathtaking landscapes. The most famous of all the Indonesian islands is Bali, with its bright green rice terraces, active volcanoes and monkeys scurrying through the jungle. Clinging to the coastline are dozens of inviting sandy beaches where there's little else to do than laze the day away with a drink in hand.  

Temples

Our other port city, Semarang, is home to the impressive Borobudur temple. The incredible building is decorated with 2,672 relief panels and 504 Buddha statues! Set against the dramatic backdrop of twin active volcanoes it’s a sight worthy of a photo or three. If you’re looking for somewhere interesting to eat, there’s a bustling Chinese Quarter here just waiting to fill you up with traditional goodies. 

 

Food

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With such a mix of heritage – over 300 ethnic groups call Indonesia home – the country is a breeding ground for some of the most vibrant, colourful and diverse food in the world.

In Sumatra, food is heavily influenced by the Middle East and India so you'll find spicy curried meats such as gulai and kari on the menu. 

However in Java the Chinese heritage shines through with dishes such as bakmi jawa, a fragrant chicken noodle dish cooked in a clay pot.

Bali offers up yet another style of cooking, blending a huge quantity of spices to create complex flavours that delight the palette. Delicious local dishes such as babi guling (suckling pig) and nasi goreng (spicy fried rice) top the list of foods to try, and the huge variety of cooking schools on the island allows visitors to take a new skill home with them. 

With such diversity on offer, deciding on a national dish was always going to be a huge challenge. But this issue was finally settled in 2014, when tumpeng, a cone of yellow rice served with meat and vegetables at traditional ceremonies, was announced the national dish of Indonesia.

 

Ports in the country

 

Cruises visiting Indonesia

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