Indonesia shares land borders with Malaysia, Papua New Guinea, and East Timor. It has marine borders with Australia to the south; Singapore, Vietnam, Malaysia, Palau, and the Philippines to the north. It spans a stretch of sea from the Pacific to the Indian Ocean.
It’s the seventh largest country in the world with its combined square miles of land and sea, and the 14th largest for land area alone. Popular destinations in Bali and Lombok are part of the Lesser Sunda Islands. Bali covers 2,231 square miles (5,780 square kilometers). Just across the Lombok Strait, Lombok connects the Java Sea to the Indian Ocean. It covers 1,742 square miles (4,514 sq km).
Bali is Indonesia’s most popular island, and it won’t take long to see why, once you follow a path that leads you past waterfalls and dazzling rice terraces, or down the cliffside beaches along the southern coast. Coastal temples like Uluwatu and Tanah Lot are some of the most iconic spiritual sites in the country. Wildlife flourishes in Bali, and Menjangan Island in West Bali National Park makes an incredible destination for diving and birdwatching.
Resort accommodations make the most of the incredible scenery, with landscaping and pristine pools that envelop you in tropical colors. Restaurants take full advantage of the abundance, crafting fresh and flavorful takes on the traditional dishes. In the island’s busiest city of Ubud, you’ll be in the epicenter of Bali’s wellness culture, with a myriad of yoga studios and instructors to choose from. Cities like Kuta and Seminyak have transformed from sleepy fishing villages into vacation hotspots, with enormous selections of resorts. You can also choose to stay in more off the beaten path locations, and experience a culture that truly values serenity.