Tourism is hugely important to Indonesia with around 7.65 million tourists visiting in 2011. Indonesia’s national motto is “Bhinekka Tunggal Ika” which roughly translates as “Unity in Diversity”. The country is a rich patchwork of islands, cultures, languages, natural beauty, crowded cities, lush rice paddies, jungles and not least, delicious food.
As the largest country in Southeast Asia, Indonesia is home to around 240 million people. The most popular tourist destination is the island of Bali, situated just to the east of the island of Java. Bali is famous for its beaches and Hindu culture. The Balinese are extremely artistic and many are able to produce intricate carvings.
To the east of Bali is the island of Lombok which is rich in natural beauty but far less developed than Bali. In anticipation of an increase in the number of tourists visiting Lombok the Government has built a new international airport further inland.
The highly fertile island of Java is home to around 130 million people. Jakarta, the capital city, is a teeming metropolis of motorways and malls, with various tourist attractions such as Beautiful Mini-Indonesia, a huge park with representative architecture from the provinces and various activities such as a gondola ride, restaurants etc. Jakarta also has Ancol on the north coast and Monas in Central Jakarta. Jakarta is also the gateway to West Java and the beautiful Puncak region.
Indonesia is a fascinating country with literally thousands of islands to explore.
New Zealanders wishing to visit Indonesia as tourists are granted a 30 day visa on arrival. Please note that passports must be valid for at least 6 months from the date of arrival. Alternatively visas can be obtained before arrival from the Indonesian Embassy in Wellington.
Access Single Entry Visitor’s Visa form and requirements