Many people travel to Indonesia to experience the beaches and explore the cities. However, the country is one of the best places to visit for wildlife lovers. The country has thousands of islands to explore. The diverse landscape of Indonesia makes it a hotspot for wildlife spotting. Whether you like birds, fish, monkeys or plants, Indonesia will reveal a plethora of interesting and beautiful species. When Charles Darwin was developing his Theory of Evolution, Alfred Russell Wallace was doing the same in Indonesia. You can seek out orangutans in the rainforests of Borneo or dive off a tropical reef. Plus, catch sight of a komodo dragon, the world’s largest lizard. Read on to find more ideas for wildlife tours in Indonesia.
See Komodo Dragons
Just a few Indonesian islands, out of the thousands that exist, have the right habitat to support the world’s largest lizard – the komodo dragon. These beasts have been around since prehistoric times and it’s a special experience to get to see one in the wild. You can catch a sighting on a cruise around Moyo island. You’ll also see a whole world of other marine and land wildlife on and around the island. To get there, first arrange a flight to Sumbawa Besar through an airline like Lion Air in traveloka.com. Then arrange a boat from there.
Hang with Orangutans
Most of Borneo is Indonesian territory, though some belongs to Brunei and Malaysia. You won’t have any trouble finding orangutans in Borneo. They are arguably the first thing people think of when they hear the island’s name. In the Tanjung Puting national park, there are 4,000 orangutans – orangutan meaning ‘person of the forest’ in Malay (nothing to do with their orange colour). The primates are very photogenic, and you can even take a photography course on the island.
Dive or Snorkel with Marine Life
As it’s such a large archipelago, there are endless places to dive and snorkel in Indonesia. If marine life excites you, the thousands of species of plants and animals you’ll see will awe you. Indonesia has 20% of the world’s coral reefs, making for excellent diving. You’ll also find wrecks from World War Two, deep water trenches and volcanic seamounts. Try Raja Ampat, Komodo National Park and the Bunaken National Marine Park.
Tigers, Rhino and Elephants
In Sumatra, you can enjoy the triple whammy of tigers, rhino and elephants. Track tigers and rhino in the Sumatran forests and catch a glimpse of two of the world’s most endangered species. You’re sure to spot many other animals along the way too, from monkey to exotic birds. The Way Kambas National Park protects Sumatran elephants, rhino and tigers in Southern Sumatra.
Indonesia is one of the best places in the world for wildlife holidays, and there are many providers. Be sure to choose a responsible tour operator and be respectful of any potential impact you could have on the environment.