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|სუმატრა (incl. the Riau Islands and Bangka-Belitung)|
Wild and rugged, the fifth-largest island in the world has a great natural and cultural wealth with more than 40 million inhabitants, and is the habitat to many endangered species. This is where you can find Aceh, Palembang, Padang, Lampung and Medan, as well as the multi-colored Lake Toba in the land of the outspoken Toba Batak and Indonesia's gateway island, Batam.
The vast majority of this, the world's third-largest island, is covered by the Indonesian province, but a portion belongs to Malaysia, and a small piece at the northern tip is the sultanate of Brunei Darussalam. An explorer's paradise for the uncharted (but quickly disappearing) forest, mighty rivers, the indigenous Dayak tribe, and home to most of the orangutans. The cities of Pontianak, Banjarmasin, and Balikpapan are some of the fastest growing in the nation.
|იავა (Karimun Jawa, the Thousand Islands, and Madura)|
The country's heartland, big cities including the capital Jakarta, Bandung, Surabaya and a lot of people packed on a not-so-big island. Also features the cultural treasures of Yogyakarta, Solo, Borobudur and Prambanan.
By far the most popular tourist destination in Indonesia. Bali's blend of unique Hindu culture, legendary beaches, numerous religious and historical sites, spectacular highland regions and unique underwater life make it a perennial favourite amongst global travellers.
Strangely shaped, this island houses a diversity of societies and some spectacular scenery, Toraja culture, rich flora and fauna, and world-class diving sites like Bunaken.
|ნუსა-ტენგარა (NT) |
Also known as the Lesser Sunda Islands — literally the "Southeast Islands" — they are divided into East Nusa Tenggara and West Nusa Tenggara and contain scores of ethnic groups, languages and religions, as well as Komodo lizards and more spectacular diving. West NT contains Lombok and Sumbawa and many small islands. Lombok is the less-visited but equally interesting sister of Bali and offers several diving sites as well as historical and religious locations. East NT contains Flores, Sumba and West Timor as well as several other islands, including Komodo Island, home of the Komodo Dragon, and offers the unique attraction of containing tiny kingdoms on Sumba. Traditional art in East NT, especially woven cloth, is interesting and reasonably priced, and you can find beaches that are literally covered with sand of unique colors, coral and shells.
The historic Spice Islands, fought over to this day, largely unexplored and almost unknown to the outside world.
|პაპუა (Irian Jaya)|
The western half of the island of New Guinea, with mountains, forests, swamps and an almost impenetrable wilderness in one of the remotest places on earth. Aside from the gold and copper mining in the area of Freeport, this is probably one of the most pristine parts of the country, and scientists recently discovered unknown species here.