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With over 17,000 islands to explore, Indonesia has enough to keep even the most energetic holidaymaker happy. Spend your days relaxing on the country’s idyllic beaches, learning about its rich history and sampling its mouth-watering cuisine.
In general, the weather in Indonesia is dry and hot between May and September and wet and hot between October and April. The summer months are also peak season in the country, making flights to Indonesia more expensive and cheap deals harder to find. If you’re searching for affordable flights to Indonesia, planning your trip outside of the summer months, and the peak Christmas period, should help you bag a bargain.
Whenever you decide to fly to Indonesia, use Expedia to help track down a great deal. Use the ‘Show flexible dates’ link on the results page to see if you could find a cheaper fare by flying on a different day or click the ‘Nearby airports’ link to see if using an alternative departure point could save you cash.
The busiest airport in Indonesia is Soekarno–Hatta International. Serving Jakarta and the island of Java, it sees up to 70 million people a year pass through its terminals. The second busiest airport in the country is Ngurah Rai International, the main airport on the island of Bali. Other important air hubs include Juanda International in Surabaya and Sultan Hasanuddin Internationalnear to Makassar.
A number of airlines offer flights to Indonesia from UK airports.
If you’re hopping between islands, flying is the fastest and most convenient way to travel. Domestic services connect most parts of Indonesia and fares are generally affordable. Boats also link many destinations in Indonesia, although some services only run during the dry season.
If you’re mostly based on Java and Sumatra, the train is a good way to get about. Most services have at least a few air conditioned carriages, making this a comfortable way to travel. Buses are another good way to get around the country with most services air conditioned and comfortable.
One of the most impressive protected areas in the world, the Komodo National Park takes in a number of spectacular islands and a rich marine ecosystem. Go snorkelling or diving in the crystal clear waters or enjoy a hike through the pristine countryside.
If you just can’t get enough of Indonesia’s natural beauty, the captivating Gili Islands are an absolute must see. White, sandy beaches, palm trees and turquoise waters make this archipelago the perfect place to relax and soak up the sun.
Some parts of Indonesia operate under Sharia law, so it’s important to be aware of local laws and customs while travelling. British passport holders don’t need a visa to enter Indonesia if they plan to stay for less than 30 days.