Islands of Warm Smiles in a Sea of Diversity
You could island hop for years and still not see it all. Indonesia is a nation of islands—17,508 islands to be exact. It is also a land of diversity, where hundreds of traditional cultures mesh and landscapes change from towering volcanic peaks to coastal rainforests and offshore reefs. Some islands are world-famous vacation destinations; others provide comfortable anonymity and an escape from the cares of modern life. Far from the high rises of Jakarta and the clubs of Bali, orangutans lounge in forest canopies and menacing Komodo dragons roam their island domain. Even greater natural treasures await on coral reefs that teem with the richest sea life in the world.