Indonesia Shore Excursions, Day Trips & Tour Packages for Cruise Passengers
Halo! Located along the equator, Indonesia shore excursions take you to the steamy and volcanic – the largest archipelago in the world. This country is the home of 230 million sea-dwelling people with many ethnic groups. Recently, Indonesia has had a lot of bad luck from tsunamis to earthquakes, fires to political instability. Being a country of thousand islands, it has lush green rice terraces line mountainsides, jungle animals roam freely, and beautiful pristine beaches, lakes abound and jungle tribes whose homes are located in rainforests, on rivers, next to beautiful oceans and aside active volcanoes. Beside a land of stunning beauty, this country has rich cultures and friendly people, one of the best values in Asia. Indonesia’s food is excellent too.
Things to do and see in Indonesia shore excursions
As the largest archipelago in the world, Indonesia is home to over 230 million sea-dwelling people with several ethnic minorities. With the location along the equator and the land scattered by volcanoes, this country is dramatically affected by disasters such as tsunamis, earthquake, and typhoons. However, Indonesia is not only that. The tropical climate provides lush green rice terraces lined up by the side of mountainous landmarks, rainforests full of endangered animals, stunning pristine beaches, and especially the active volcanoes. Asia Shore Excursions would like to recommend some great things to do and beautiful places to go in Indonesia shore excursions below:
The Gili Islands are the three small islands near the shore of Lombok with the names are Gili Trawangan, Gili Meno, and Gili Air. The location of these islands provides an easy way to approach from Bali that makes them become an optional itinerary beloved by many visitors. Gili Meno is the heaven for those who want to escape from the bustling daily life. This idyllic island is blushing like a teenage muse waiting for blooming with beautifully barren beaches beside the local village. Gili Trawangan is a contradictory place with the quiet and serene beaches beside the party hotspots and dining in lively bars up all night. Finally, Gili Air is the mini version of Gili Trawangan. This small island is the most wonderful place for snorkeling due to the crystal-clear water. If you are lucky, admiring clownfish and even turtles is not too difficult to experience.
Elephant Safari Park is not too famous for visitors come to Bali, but certainly is one of the most wonderful places. The park is home to rescued Sumatran elephants which gently have the close relationship to their mahouts. Interacting with these adorable animals is an interesting experience while admiring they show their skills in ball kicking, hula hooping, and especially colorful painting. After that, have a 35-minute ride on the back of an elephant through the beautiful tropical forest. Then, take a visit to the museum nearby to get a glimpse of this animal with over 1000 prehistoric fossil artifacts including bone carvings, skulls, and even tusks. Finally, get closer to them by watching elephants bathe, feed, and take some photos with these big friends.
Shorten name is Taman Mini, the complex consists of traditional houses belonging to the chieftains found throughout the Indonesian archipelagoes including Papua, Java, Kalimantan, Aceh, and Sulawesi. The pavilions reveal the history, traditional crafts, and arts that featuring each province. Have a stroll along the large park of family recreation, flora parks, several museums, performing theaters, and house facilities. Get a glimpse of the rich diversity of Indonesia archipelago with the view of the exceptional breadth and regional architecture. Theater Tanah Airku - the first theater in this country – is the combination of traditional Indonesian style and international aesthetics. If you are an animal-lover, head to Komodo museum. Then soak in the orchid gardens with cactuses, herbs, and hundreds of flower species in Birds Park.
This traditional village locates on the edge of the road Praia-cotta that is easy to approach. Once arriving the village, you can get a glimpse of the local’s primitive life with full of traditional culture. In this province, the Sasak tribe is the biggest society with the population about 3 million people. Their traditions, customs, worship, and ordinances are deeply revealed in their habits in daily life. There are several attractions to visit in Sasak village. The Lombok pottery provides the hands-on experience making vases, bowls, and pottery-made products. While the Sukarare weaving village offers the chance to admire creative craftsmen fashion impressive pieces of woven fabric.
Celuk village is the center of goldsmiths and silversmiths in Bali. The gold and silver products here have high quality and unique features thanks to the great skills of craftsmen. The streets in this area are lined up by souvenir shops and galleries that a great number of households are homes to jeweler family-factories with the abundant products such as bracelets, rings, studs, brooches, earrings, necklaces, and many other traditional Balinese accessories and adornments. The village lets visitors witness the elaborate designing and production making process. In the local houses showing products in the front of the houses through the glass as galleries, you can take a look at these masterpieces made by local artists such as unique silverware, floral forks, elephant motif spoons, plates and trays with beautiful patterns and so on.
This old town was formerly the downtown of the capital a long time ago which witnessed the occupation of the Dutch East India Company. Stroll along the area to immerse in the streets by the side of the quaint canal lined up with Dutch architectural style buildings affected by the time being colonial. Soak in the nostalgic atmosphere with a visit to several museums in the area. The most popular is Jakarta History Museum where you can explore the life of national hero Jayakarta. Besides, the Maritime Museum, Puppet Museum, Museum of Sculpture and Ceramic Arts, and two bank museums are also worth visiting.
Best Time to Visit Indonesia
Landing on the length of the Equator, Indonesia is the country with featured tropical climate including hot temperature and heavy rainfalls most of the year. Before hopping on a trip to this country, or even Indonesia shore excursions for just one day, let’s get to know about its weather.
Indonesia Weather Overview
For overall, when in Indonesia shore excursions, you can experience two different seasons: wet and dry along with the warm temperatures spanning around 28°C during daytime. The rain season lasts from October to April, while the other one runs from May to September.The best time to visit Indonesia is during the dry season between May and September with dry and sunshine covering the country. However, the wet season is not a bad idea to visit Indonesia when the temperature is commonly high and downpours can suddenly pass by in the northern regions of the country. The rain usually lasts for a few hours that can interrupt your trip. Indonesia is a special country consisting of various islands that the weather is different between regions. For example, the northern side of Sumatra Island has the rain season from October to January while it is between November and February in the south. Besides, due to the peculiar shape, Sulawesi Islands experience the different weather patterns depending on the location, especially the northern areas deal with rain season from June to July. If you want an interesting Indonesia shore excursion with lack of rain, remember to check the weather forecast before traveling.
Best time to visit Java Island (Jakarta & Surabaya)
Java Island which includes shore excursions to Jakarta & Surabaya has the best time to visit from May to September when the island experience the dry season with hot, dry, and sunny weather. Bromo and Ijen mountains can also be best visited during this time. However, the weather is not the same on the whole island. In the rain season between November and March, the east side has smaller rainfall than the western. Ready for the warm temperatures averaging 28-30°C but cooler at night and meet some rains lasting for a few hours.
Best time to visit Bali
In Indonesia shore excursions, Bali - one of the most popular destinations to soak in the crystal clear water and lush green scenery – is bested tasted during dry season landing from April to September. Charmed with clear blue sky and stunning sunshine, May, June, and September are the best months but there are not too crowded even in famous beach resorts such as Jimbaran, Sanur, and Seminyak. The wet season also the lowest of tourism in Bali falls from October to March with short tropical rainfall instead of long-run monsoonal downpours. The temperature is nice all year round ranging from 26°C - 29°C. The mountainous and central areas have cooler weather with more rain than the rest of Bali.
Best time to visit Nusa Tenggara (Lombok, Flores, Komodo Island, and Ende)
Nusa Tenggara consists of many islands where you can enjoy Indonesia shore excursions to Lombok, Flores, Komodo Island, and Ende. The best time to visit Nusa Tenggara is the dry season from April to September when the weather is mild with sunshine and clear sky. Most attractions and experiences can be tasted during this time including climbing Mt Rinjani, diving off the coastline in Lombok, and exploring Komodo National Park. The temperatures commonly range from 27 to 29°C which is ideal for every outdoor activity. The time you should avoid is from October to March when rain covers the whole region.
Best time to visit Sulawesi (Makassar & Toraja)
Sulawesi has an unusual shape that the weather patterns experienced differently between the east and the west. From Makassar shore excursions, you can visit Toraja where the rainy season to avoid is from November to April. On the other hand, the northern part of the islands experiences rainfall every month with the smallest happened from July to October. The temperature ranges from 24°C to 34°C depending on the height above the sea.