The provincial administration of Central Java has set a target of attracting 1.2 million foreign visitors in 2019.
Located between Sumbawa and Flores islands, Komodo National Park is home to approximately 2,762 Komodo dragons as well as 3,900 deer. The park is also a popular destination for tourists, especially from overseas. The ministry recorded a significant increase in international tourists from 125,069 in 2017 to 159,217 in 2018.
Indonesia is set to become the latest Asian nation to step up the battle against overtourism, with plans afoot in the paradise island of Bali for an environment tax for visitors and the possible closure this year of the world-famous Komodo national park to help save its skinny dragons.
New wealth has meant that Bali’s roadways are overrun by motorbikes, and its waterways and rice paddies are choking on trash that has turned this once pristine island into a cautionary tale about the perils of plastic and consumption in an agrarian society ill-equipped for the challenge.
I recently spent a week with my niece (14) and nephew (15), and like most teenagers, they’d be happy to spend a week in a plush hotel with on-demand movies and a high-speed internet connection… But where’s the fun in that? Teen years are a period of discovery. They’re fundamental in shaping identity by cultivating passions, likes and dislikes. So, when I took these teenagers to a region with a culture as rich as Bali, I wanted them to get off the Wi-Fi and try something completely new.
It’s only a four-hour plane ride away.
Indonesia is a treasure trove of places to visit and adventure activities to do. This list will help you plan your trip to this magical country.
Here are 10 spiritual, cultural, natural and adventure-fuelled reasons why Indonesia should be your next holiday destination.