From crowned-pigeons and birds-of-paradise, to endemic pheasants and pittas – Indonesia has some of the world’s best birdwatching. Spanning two continents and home to over 1,600 species (including almost 400 endemics) there are plenty of reasons to come birding in Indonesia, then come again and again.
Java & Bali: Birding in Java and Bali is many people’s introduction to Indonesian birds. The sites listed here include the best for the die-hard searcher of Java’s montane and lowland endemics, to those suited to a few hours break from a Bali beach holiday.
Sumatra: Birdwatching in Sumatra can be very rewarding, with over 600 bird species recorded including around 28 endemics, it can also be very tough at times! Sumatra is big, and the distances involved in moving around can be great. Despite the massive area, however, very few established sites are known and many visitors just go birding at two; typically Way Kambas National Park and Kerinci-Seblat National Park, although the popularity of Bukit Barisan Selatan National Park is on the rise. A trip to just two of these sites can get you almost all of the endemic species and many of the other highly sought after birds. For those with time on the their hands and a thirst for adventure, Sumatra has many, more unexplored or under-explored areas. One such area in particular is the Gunung Leuser National Park region of North Sumatra and Aceh. Sumatra also has a chain of endemic bird rich islands off its west coast, including the Mentawi Islands and Enggano.
Kalimantan: Kalimantan is massive, making up by far the biggest proportion of the island of Borneo. It is rarely visited by birders, however, for those interested to give Kalimantan a go you’ll certainly avoid the crowds, and several of the Bornean endemic species are much easier to be found here.
Papua: Birdwatching in Papua (Irian Jaya) is on many people’s dream wish list. It is also some of the best birding in Indonesia. From steamy lowland swamp forest, to snow capped mountains, to remote islands, Papua has a great variety of habitats and a great variety of birds to match. Birding in Papua is also not as hard as you might imagine.
Sulawesi: Sulawesi has the highest percentage of endemic birds of any island in the world. The birding in many places is also easy, and almost all the endemic species can be seen at a small number of sites in the centre and north. For those looking for more adventure (and more birds!) the islands off the north of Sulawesi (Sangihe, Talaud, Siau) are also packed with goodies, as are the islands to the east (Banggai, Peleng). If thats not enough to tempt you, it also has great beaches and world class diving.
Camping is one of the best ways to truly experience the great Indonesian outdoors. This enjoyable outdoor recreational activity is best experienced with Taprobanica – be it wilderness camping out in the open wild or a simple outdoor camping experience to bask in the tranquility of the surroundings.
Indonesia provides a plethora of camping spots to choose from, leaving campers spoilt for choice. Some of Indonesia's best camping sites include all the national parks – which all provide an excellent way to interact with the flora and fauna of the surrounding area.
There is no specific season to go camping but it is best to avoid the rainy season altogether since heavy downpour is expected during such times.
Exploring Indonesia's limestone caves is a truly a one-of-a-kind experience that can be compared to none. Taprobanica offers several caving tours for travellers – lead by experienced guides who are well knowledgeable about both the history and the routes of all cave locations. Each cave site features distinctly unique characteristics and also offer a fascinating glimpse into life during early civilisations.
Cycling comes in many forms. Whether practiced as a recreational activity, as a sport, as part of an exercise routine or simply to get around, cycling is considered to be one of the best types of low impact physical activities to be taken up.
In Indonesia, cycling also provides an excellent way to explore the country's landscapes. Taprobanica offers travellers numerous cycling trails to choose from – each trail offering a unique experience. Cycle your way past lush verdant paddy fields, past historical ruins and places of interest and discover sites of scenic beauty at your own pace.
No matter where you go past on your cycle, you will be greeted by the warm smiles of Indonesian hospitality.
Golf is one of the most relaxing and enjoyable outdoor sporting activities that one could pursue. There's no better sport that will clear your head with physical activity for long hours spent in the fresh open air and lush surroundings.
Explore some of the best golfing spots in Indonesia with Taprobanica and indulge in one of the most popular sporting events taken up by sports enthusiasts around the world. Indonesia is home to many world-class golf courses that host various competitions and tournaments throughout the year.
Bali National, Bintan Lagoon Resort (Sea View), Damai Indah (BSD), Emeralda Golf Club (River & Lake), Jagorawi Golf & Country Club, Laguna Golf Bintan, New Kuta, Rancamaya, Ria Bintan Golf Club (Ocean), Royale Jakarta (West & South), Taman Dayu (The Jack Nicklaus Signature) are few of world famous Golf Courses in Indonesia, and are frequented by the world golf community. Taprobanica will help you enjoy a jovial round of golf in a relaxing and peaceful environment at Indonesia's best golf courses for a golfing experience like no other.
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The true essence of horse riding lies in the sense of freedom and sheer joy that it brings. Taprobanica offers a wealth of options that provide travellers an excellent way to explore the outdoors in one of the most graceful of manners possible - atop a horse. There are many sites across Indonesia that are ideal for horse riding. Regardless of the location, sufficient facilities will be available for travellers, to ensure an excellent horse riding experience.
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A favourite pastime of many, photography provides an excellent way to capture some of life's most beautiful and most special moments. Pick up a camera and begin your journey as a photographer as you observe the world from a whole new different viewpoint; making everyday situations tell a story of their own.
Taprobanica offers numerous tours that let you capture some of Indonesia's most breathtaking landscapes and wildlife – including ancient sites of historic wonder, exotic species of plants and animals, as well as several other fascinating attractions and places of interest. Getting to see the beauty of Indonesia from behind the lens of a camera will reveal a myriad of unforgettable experiences to last a lifetime.
Some of the best photography opportunities in Indonesia are on offer at the country's many national parks such as Mt. Bromo National Park, Mt. Leuser National Park and Mt. Rinjani National Park which can all be explored via an exciting photography tour. Let us help you discover the true beauty of the country with the perfect photography tour.
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Safari experiences with Taprobanica are like no other. Promising to be an absolutely magical experience for wilderness enthusiasts, Indonesia offers a myriad of safari tours for all types of travellers of all age groups.
Embarking on a safari in Indonesia is a fantastic way to learn more about the country's diverse variety of flora and fauna that stretches across the country. Indonesia's national parks in particular are amongst the best sites for safaris where visitors will be able to experience much of its exotic wildlife – elephants, tigers, leopards, deer, bears, rhinos, crocodiles included. Experienced wilderness guides will always be at hand to guide you along the safari and all facilities and equipment for a perfect jeep safari experience will also be provided.
Spa & Massage
The ancient practice of Javanese and Balinese full body massage comprise century-old healing rituals and herbal remedies that have been designed to nurture a healthy lifestyle.
Experience spa & massage with Taprobanica and achieve total cleansing, rejuvenation and relaxation of the body, mind and spirit. We offer several tours to help you rediscover yourself with spa & massage. Treatments and remedies range from soothing oil massages for the entire body to aromatherapy and herbal inhalation to steam baths and other signature wellness treatments.
Consultation can first be carried out to determine your body type and then a series of treatments can be selected based on your body's requirements in order to restore it to perfect balance. Specialised treatments and body massage packages are also offered for best results.
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Walking and trekking provide some of the best ways to explore the beauty of the vast outdoors. Embarking on a trek or walking through Indonesia's numerous trails is truly an experience like no other and allows you to get in touch with nature and its elements in all their glory.
Whether you are a casual trekker or a more experienced hiker, Taprobanica offers travellers a range of new and exciting environments to be explored. In addition to providing excellent sight-seeing opportunities, walking and trekking are also a fantastic form of physical exercise, providing numerous health benefits.
Whether you wish to take on the activity as exercise or simply as a pastime, we offer the finest walking and trekking trails that provide a great way to relax and de-stress amidst the peaceful and tranquil atmosphere of the beautiful Indonesian outdoors.
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For those interested in meditation, Taprobanica offers a myriad of options. We offer a number of tours to help you indulge in meditation and cultivate your mind to bring it to a state of inner calm. In addition to sensory gratification, meditation also offers a wealth of health benefits such as stress reduction, cardiac health and improved brain activity.
You will also be able to develop greater self-awareness and develop mindfulness, for a happier and healthier life. Meditation is practiced widely in the country in accordance with religious views and Bali Island in Indonesia is one of the world's best retreats for meditation.
Taprobanica has carefully selected and compiled some of the best spots in the country that have been specifically designed to help you achieve peace of mind. Our wellness tours also include yoga and Ayurveda to direct you on a path to sensory bliss – for stronger and better mental health – and can be practiced by those of all skill levels.
The spiritual journey of yoga nurtures a healthy lifestyle with controlled stretching, breathing and relaxation exercises. Discover the true essence of yoga with Taprobanica and practice this century-old discipline designed for the betterment of the mind, body and soul.
Yoga has gained immense popularity over the years for its physical and spiritual benefits and is followed by millions around the world. The health benefits of yoga are many, including positive effects on heart disease and respiratory ailments – in addition to significant improved psychological well-being.
Taprobanica will offer you the ultimate yoga experience, regardless of your skill level – whether you are a beginner or an advanced yoga practitioner – with some of the best yoga retreats across the country.