Indonesia has a well-preserved, natural ecosystem with rainforests that stretch over about 57% of Indonesia’s land. Forests on *Sumatra and *Java are examples of popular tourist destinations. Moreover, Indonesia has one of longest coastlines in the world, measuring 54,716 kilometres (33,999 mi), with a number of beaches and island resorts, such as those in southern *Bali, *Lombok, Bintan (map) and Nias Island (map).
However, most of the well-preserved beaches are those in more isolated and less developed areas, such as Karimunjawa (map), the Togian Islands (map), and the *Banda Islands (map).
Indonesia is home to 167 active volcanoes, far more than any other country. Some of the more accessible mountains for visitors are in the Bromo-Tengger-Semeru National Park and the Ijen Crater in East Java, Mount Rinjani in Lombok and perhaps easiest of all, Mount Batur, and Mount Agung, its neighbour in Bali.
In 2018, *Denpasar (map), Jakarta and *Batam (map) are among of 10 cities in the world with fastest growth in tourism. The government has given priority to 10 destinations as follows: Borobudur (map), *Mandalika (resort area, map), *Labuan Bajo (map), *Bromo Tengger Semeru National Park (map), Thousand Islands, Jakarta (map), *Lake Toba (map), *Wakatobi National Park (map), *Tanjung Lesung (map), *Morotai (map).
*Bunaken National Marine Park (map), at the northern tip of Sulawesi, claims to have seven times more genera of coral than Hawaii, and has more than 70% of all the known fish species of the Indo-Western Pacific.
Indonesia consists of 300 ethnic groups, spread over a 1.8 million km2 area of 6,000 inhabited islands. This creates a cultural diversity, further compounded by Hindu, Buddhist, Islamic and European colonialist influences.
The Jakarta Post is Indonesia’s largest circulating English newspaper; you can grab a copy in some of Indonesia’s biggest cities. The Jakarta Globe is in a tabloid format and usually has richer content. Both newspapers provide good online content too.