| The islands of Indonesia spread in a wide arc, more than 5,000 kms long, from northern Sumatra (Pulau Weh) to Iryan Jaya (Papua New Guinea). Covered with thick tropical vegetation and bright green rice fields, and surrounded by coral reefs, the Indonesian Archipelago is one of the world's most beautiful places.
The number of islands in Indonesia? 17,508!!!
Some 6,000 of these are important enough to have names and perhaps, a 1,000 are inhabited.
There are roughly 400 volcanoes, and 150 of them are active, which represents 75% of all active volcanoes in the world.
4th most populated country in the world, Indonesia has 316 ethnic groups which speak about 670 different languages and dialects.
| Indonesia is the 2nd world largest biodiversity after Brazil, and is the least known of the world best dive locations with around 100,000 kms of coastline.
These warm, clear, uncrowned waters contain fully 25% of the world's coral reefs, and support close to 4,500 species of fishes.
The introduction of scuba gear and the beginning of dive operations are barely a decade old, & new dive locations are still explored everyday.... It is indisputably a diver paradise.
Just off the north-west coast of Lombok, is the idealist "Gili’s Archipelago" made of three beautiful small tropical islands: Gili Trawangan, Gili Meno and Gili Air.