Indonesia: Java, Bali and the Komodo Dragons with OAT

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This was our seventh trip with Overseas Adventure Travel and it brought us to Indonesia and the tropical islands of Java, Bali and the islands of the legendary Komodo Dragon. This was our second trip to Indonesia, our first being in 1982 when we spent some time in Bali. I must admit that Bali has fallen to hefty tourism and the flavor of the land is disappearing.

Indonesia is an "archipelago nation" consisting of well over 17,000 islands. It is also the fourth most populous nation of the world and becoming one of the most environmentally threatened nations. But we can leave that for another blog.

On Indonesia's tropical islands, sacred ruins rise out of jungles, monkeys frolic in temples, and artists are still revered. Although Java and Bali are neighbors in the archipelago, they each have a unique identity. Java is the country's political and cultural heart, with a devout Muslim society and lingering reminders of the Buddhist kings and Dutch colonists who shaped its history. Bali is its artistic soul, with a deeply spiritual Hindu population and landscapes that have inspired painters and performers for centuries. The terraced fields of the area are incredibly beautiful. On this trip we hoped to unravel the mysteries of ancient kingdoms at carved ruins, experience the serenity of holy water temples, meet the locals and surround ourselves with the natural beauty of terraced hills, blossoming orchids and pristine beaches.

We traveled with 13 others along with our tour guide, Walika, our local guide in Java, Arinto and our local guide in Flores, Thomas. Additionally since this was the first OAT tour to Indonesia, we were accompanied by the regional representative, Rung and by a Boston-based rep, Mark. We were treated royally. Wish we could always travel on OAT's first launced trips! The group was a good one although there are always one or two or three who can be taxing at times.

On our post-trip extension we traveled to see what the first Dutch sailors dubbed as dragons - the fearsome upto 10-foot lizards on Komodo Island and Rinca Island in Indonesia's Lesser Sunda Islands. We were able to get up close, but fortunately not personal with them. We hope you enjoy the beauties of this country through the photos that follow.

  • The Most Populous City of  Indonesia & S.East Asia
  • Layover stop
Trip Start Apr 03, 2014
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Trip End Apr 25, 2014


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