Mystical Islands of Java, Bali and the Komodo Dragons with OAT
About this blog
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.
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.
On our post-trip extension we traveled to see what the first Dutch sailors dubbed as dragons - the fearsome 10-foot lizards on Komodo Island and Rinca Island in Indonesia's Lesser Sunda Islands. We hope you enjoy the beauties of this country through the photos that follow.