I have just spent July travelling across the two main islands of Indonesia; Bali and Java. This was my first time out of Europe and what a time is was. Here five of my favourite things and things I recommend for anyone visiting Indonesia.

Climb a Volcano…or two

Java is home to an array of mountains and volcanos but two in particular are very popular and well worth a visit. The first of being Mt. Bromo famous for its spectacular sunrises and very calm walk across an volcanic wasteland to the top of a smoking crater. Read my blog about how to make the most of your trek here. If you fancy something a little more challenging that Bromo then take a visit to Kawah Ijen and see the infamous blue fire. This walk is a little trickier, but you get to trek into the centre of the crater see the working sulphur mine and also the turqoise acidic lake. A beautiful site as the sun rises above the crater revealing the yellows, greys and blues of the volcano. Read about my experience at Ijen here.

Diving and Swimming with Turtles

Indonesia is home to some really great dive sites across all of the islands. I took my PADI open water in Lovina and got to visit Bali’s protected coral site and dive amongst the USS Liberty ship wreck. If diving isn’t your thing then maybe snorkelling is more up your street and where better to visit than the home of the turtle, Gili. Visit Gili for laid back island lifestyle and also for a chance to have a one on one experience with mr. sea turtle. Read my tips for anybody who wants to avoid the crowds and hunt the turtle for themselves.

Eat, Eat, Eat

Food in Indonesia is wonderful, and also very cheap. Warungs are little shops that sell many different types of food. A personal favourite of mine was Soto Ayam, which translates to chicken soup. Gili Air has some great places to eat.Ubud is a great place for food and worth spending a few days taking in the relaxed atmosphere. Healthy food and Yoga has become a huge part of the culuture here which means you can find a huge variety when it comes to eating.