Though Bali usually gets all the headlines (and deservedly so), Indonesia is made up of more than 17,000 islands, mostly volcanic in origin. From hiking in the mountains to lazing on the beaches, and exploring the rain forests and rice terraces, Indonesia's environs are diverse and quite often dramatic. You'll find some of the best snorkeling and diving in the world—Indonesia contains 20% of the world's coral reefs, though sadly, they are seeing the effects of erosion. Nature buffs can commune with wild orangutans and Komodo dragons; if you’re into culture, you can explore temples and old palaces. Jakarta, though not for everyone, can be chaotic but energizing. And you certainly can't leave Indonesia without visiting at least one of its famous spas for some good old-fashioned pampering.
- Immerse Yourself in Balinese Culture. Bali is crowded with tourists, yes, but its rich arts scene is not to be missed.
- See Active Volcanoes. There are 160-plus in Indonesia; 2,600-foot Mount Lokon, in Sumatra, erupted in October 2012.
- Go Diving Some of the best scuba diving in the world is to be found in Indonesia, and there are plenty of certification centers.
- Discover Buddhism UNESCO World Heritage side Borobudur, built in the 8th century, is the world's largest Buddhist monument.
- Monkey Around Walk through Indonesia's lush rain forests and you'll see Orangutans hanging about in their natural habitat, as well as gibbons, macaques, and proboscis monkeys, the latter found exclusively on Borneo.