Our trip to Indonesia started right after Singapore (read my article HERE). We were looking for nature, relaxation, a bit of the unknown and adventure and I can tell you right away that we found all of them!


If you are planning your trip to Indonesia, here is some general information

Indonesia is a huge archipelago made up of more than 17,000 islands. There are 5 major islands: Java, Sumatra, Kalimantan (the Indonesian part of Borneo), New Guinea and Sulawesi.

It has about 270 million inhabitants which makes it the fourth most populous state in the world right after the United States.

Numerous ethnic, linguistic and religious groups coexist in Indonesia and it is indeed a very colorful state.

Likewise, its landscapes are also among the most varied: you can admire volcanoes, coral reefs, deserted islands and densely populated cities.

The whole Indonesian territory is at high seismic risk since it is located on three different tectonic plates (Pacific, Eurasian and Australian) and is dotted with active volcanoes, so much so that it is called The Ring of Fire. While planning your trip to Indonesia, remember to inform yourself about anomalous seismic activity in the areas you will visit!


The current currency is the Indonesian Rupiah (IDR).

To simplify the calculations and get an idea of the costs that I will list in the article, remember that 1 Euro is worth about 15,000 IDR and 1 million rupees are just under 70 euros.

Internet: there are different operators and different types of offers. I always recommend to buy a local SIM card, but do not buy it at the airport but to do it in the city instead, so as to compare the various offers and save some money.


Our trip to Indonesia started in one of the most magnificent and unspoiled places in the world. An archipelago in the far east of Indonesia in West Papua, surrounded by the green of the forest and the immense blue of the ocean.

It is one of the last paradises on earth when it comes to biodiversity and is one of the few places in the world where biodiversity is on the rise, despite all the climate and environmental problems we are experiencing.

In this place we have rediscovered contact and life in harmony with nature. Everything is decided the night before or the same morning according to the ocean and the wind, no programs and no forcing.


The best, and one of the only ways, to get to Raja Ampat is to take a plane to Sorong and then the ferry to Waisai, the main island of Raja Ampat.

From here you will have to arrange the transfer with your “hotel” who will organize the transport.

Most of the time they will meet you at the port to continue the journey on a long boat, while if you spend the first few nights on the same island, they will pick you up by car.

However, I strongly recommend that you arrange these transfers in advance by calling the property or by sending an email (which they don’t always read or answer). Differently arranged private transfers can be very expensive, even by “Western standards”.

Note: you will have to pay a fee of approximately € 70 per person to enter the Raja Ampat marine park. Better to bring cash (1 million rupees each).


Obviously, if you have done all this effort to get here, you have to love snorkeling and diving!
Most of the structures organize diving, but if this is your main goal I recommend you to look for a Dive Resort, as they are more reliable and the guides are more prepared with reliable material.

It is also possible to organize excursions for trekking and bird watching, especially on the island of Waigeo (the main one)

Definitely worth noting is the island of Pianemo, at the western end of Raja Ampat, from which you can admire an incredible view!
I recommend that you organize the transfer in time, perhaps in the main port because otherwise it could get really expensive!


All accommodations in Raja Ampat are really simple. Forget 5-star hotels (even 3…) and get ready to regain contact with nature.

I must admit, however, that, except for the initial impact, we loved Raja Ampat’s kind of life and we did not miss any “comfort” we were used to.

Nature and freedom, day and night…
I assure you it is magnificent!

As I said before, I recommend staying at a Dive Resort, which are usually nicer and with better services (and often even a little more expensive than Homestays)

We slept HERE and talking to other guests it was already a comfortable accommodation.


After more than 14 hours of travel and displacements, we arrived in Lombok.
We just crossed the island and slept, so I don’t have much to tell you about it.
I can tell you that the signs of last year’s earthquake are still visible and people are still very scarred too.

We moved the next morning to the Gili Islands which are less than 10 minutes by boat from the island of Lombok (obviously it depends on which port you are leaving from)


We chose Gili Air, because everyone said that Gili Trawangan is the most lively and youthful one, Gili Meno is the quietest one for those seeking relaxation, while Gili Air is a good middle ground, but above all it is the most authentic one.

The southern part (near the port) is certainly the busiest area, where most of the clubs and activities are located. Obviously it is also the part where most of the boats arrive so they “spoil” the atmosphere of a remote island a little.

The northernmost part is instead quieter, from where you can admire magnificent sunsets. If there are no clouds, you can also see the island of Bali very well in the distance.

One of the things we liked most about the Gilis is the total absence of cars. On the island you can travel on foot, by bicycle or aboard nice buggies pulled by little horses that are a little tired and cooked by the sun.

The roads are obviously not the best in terms of accessibility. Along the coast, some parts have sand, the asphalt is a bit bumpy and the inner roads are often dirt. All in all we got away with the suitcases (with no little effort) and after all the island is very small and you cross from side to side in about 20 minutes, so walking around the island remains, in my opinion, the best way to get around.

Here too the watchwords are: snorkeling, diving and relaxation. You can organize excursions anywhere on the island, just enter one of the many diving centers or agencies to negotiate the best price.

If you go snorkeling, they will probably propose you to use the boat with the Glass Bottom which is essentially a small glass on the floor through which you can see the bottom of the sea, but you will almost never see anything. So in case they ask you for a supplement, kindly decline as it is not worth your money

In addition to this you can take Indonesian cooking classes (there is a place at the beginning of the main street near the port), do some shopping in the little shops, there is a cinema at night on the beach just before Mowie’s with armchairs and covers

It is also possible to organize tours for the island of Komodo, usually of 4 days and 3 nights, directly from here.


Indonesia is one of the places with the largest marine biodiversity in the world, so you can see an infinite number of marine species that you can only dream of in other places.

On the island there are many Diving Centers and it is possible to organize dives of all kinds, for all levels (even for those like me who had never even done a dive before) and also organize courses and licenses.

I recommend without a doubt the Oceans5dive diving center, very easy to find because it is practically in front of the port ticket office.

In addition to being very professional and prepared, they are also the only DDI (Disabled Divers International) center in all of Indonesia!

This means that they specialize in diving with people with any disability. With me they were really good and I can’t really complain about anything and so… I did my first dive!

It was truly magnificent and we also managed to see a beautiful sea turtle and a very rare Blu Ring Octopus, and everyone envied me because apparently it is very rare and it is also the most poisonous animal in the whole ocean …


  • Any Time: for a coffee or breakfast, it’s just outside the Oceans5 diving center, opposite the port ticket office.
  • Mowie’s: in the southwest of the island, perfect for lunch, dinner and after dinner. There is great music in front of the beach and it has really good wi-fi… which can always come in handy! Bring a sweater because in the evening the breeze gets up and it gets a bit chilly.


Dive Resorts are generally beautiful and reliable, slightly more expensive, but when we tried to save we found the room (and the suitcases!!!) full of ants!

You can ask them directly regarding the excursions and diving. There are often many Westerners in the staff, I leave it to you to decide if this is a pro or a con.


There are daily boats bound for Lombok and Bali.

Important advice: do not go upstairs in case there is rough sea because for us it was really a nightmare (despite the nice picture!): we washed ourselves completely for the waves, it was very cold and we struggled to stay still while sitting!! Fortunately, a group of Italians rescued us and hosted us in the front area where much less spray arrived. In any case, the ones downstairs have almost all vomited so… it’s up to you!

If, on the other hand, the sea is calm, I recommend that you go upstairs.

For Bali they leave at 11 am and 3 pm and the journey takes about 2 hours. The ticket costs 300,000 rupees each (€ 20) and includes a mini bus transfer to major destinations such as Kuta, Ubud, Denpassar and the airport.

We decided to take the car to Kuta (which is more than an hour and a half from the port) for 400 thousand rupees (€ 25).


We have already visited in Bali in 2015, so we just decided to spend a night in Kuta since it is only 15 minutes from the airport.


The last stop on our trip to Indonesia is Yogyakarta (which is read Giogiacarta) or for the locals Jogja.

Yogyakarta is the cultural and artistic center of the island of Java. The city and the surrounding area are full of attractions to visit.

As soon as you arrive in the city you will encounter the typical Indonesian traffic, although I must admit that we were quite lucky.

The city center is quite small and you can therefore walk around without problems.

Otherwise you can move around thanks to one of the characteristic rickshaws, if you can find an awake driver…

We only spent one night in Yogya and one of the most characteristic activities is definitely walking along Malioboro Street at night and tasting the street food it fills up with when the sun goes down.

There are two temples, Borobudur and Prambanan, which are definitely a must and if you have come to Yogyakarta, you are almost certainly here for the two of them.

You will find plenty of tours departing from every point and hotel in the city to see Borobudur and Prambanan.

The prices for a 10-hour tour with private car and driver are around 500 thousand rupees (about € 30), while for 5 hours about 300 thousand rupees (about € 20).

You can then visit the two temples on the same day, but personally I recommend that you organize two excursions on two different days to see Borobudur at sunrise and Prambanan at sunset.

You can then add some other activities along the way or stop to admire the landscape somewhere.


Borobudur is the largest Buddhist temple in all of Indonesia and a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

It is a huge temple with a square base, made up of over 1 million and 600 thousand giant stone blocks and on its walls there are stories of Buddha.

Surely the best time to visit Borobudur is at sunrise, so it will mean leaving Yogyakarta early, very early! Just to give you an idea we left at 3:45 am, but I assure you it’s absolutely worth it!!

The cost is 475 thousand rupees (about € 30) and a hearty breakfast is included if you choose to go at dawn.

There is a small discount if you are a student, so remember to have a card with you to prove it!

Accessibility: Unfortunately, Borobudur is completely inaccessible. To get to the top, the only way is the steps (among other things very high and a bit slippery). In some moments it can be a bit crowded, so be very careful!


Prambanan is a Hindu temple complex not far from Yogyakarta.

Although there are many temples, many of which unfortunately were destroyed over the centuries, the three main temples can still be visited in all their glory.

You can climb to the top (via steps only) and look down on the complex and stroll around the temples.

This time I recommend you to visit Prambanan at sunset because the colors and the atmosphere are truly priceless! We usually leave Yogyakarta at 3 pm to be in time for sunset which is usually around 5 pm

The ticket costs 350 thousand rupees (about € 20) and can be paid directly by debit or credit card, without supplements.

Accessibility: the road to reach the base of the complex is partially accessible. You can notice that they have tried to make it accessible via walkways and ramps, but unfortunately close to the complex it is no longer accessible and the only access is via a somewhat bumpy road and steps!


Our trip to Indonesia was truly a discovery, an adventure, we immersed ourselves completely in nature, forgetting the usual rhythms and habits, we found very kind people, magnificent places, the sea is truly sensational, but above all what is under the sea that is truly breathtaking.

I therefore recommend this trip to all lovers of the ocean, scuba diving, hiking and walking lovers because we have discovered that the hinterland of these islands is also full of wonders.

I also recommend it to all those who love adventure a bit, visit temples lost in time and imagine being a little Indiana Jones in one of his adventures.

I assure you that you will not be disappointed with your trip!

See you soon in the next article!