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Islands of Indonesia

The world's largest archipelago is made up of 17,508 islands, yet only 6,000 of these islands are inhabited while the rest are left untouched and hasn't been trekked. Would you dare to venture in to one of them? Of course, some islands may be too tiny to live on but on the islands of Indonesia lay pristine, white sand beaches ideal for a summer getaway, which explains the millions of tourists flocking the beaches each year.

The main islands of Indonesia are where industries thrive. The biggest islands of Indonesia are Java, Sulawesi, New Guinea, Lombok, Flores, Sumba, Timor, which also belong to the top tourist destinations in Indonesia in addition to Sumatra, Bali, Kalimantan, Irian Jaya, Yogyakarta, and Jakarta (the nation's capital). The rest of the islands especially the rural areas have significantly maintained the feudal culture and Moslem traditions. Indonesia particularly has very fertile soils and lush, well-preserved rainforests home to exotic animals like tigers, orangutans, deers, and birds of gorgeous plumage.

In your tours on the islands of Indonesia, what you'll meet is a general greeting of warmth and hospitality of the people. With around 300 cultures, Indonesia is a vast and interesting country-archipelago to explore bedecked with the people's traditional activities and local cuisines. Buddhist temples and Moslem mosques also dot villages on the islands of Indonesia.

Aside from the great diversity of local culture distinct on each island, tourists might be amazed upon knowing the hundreds of languages and dialects spoken on the islands of Indonesia. However, English is understood in tourist destinations, most especially in urban areas.

Dotting all over Jakarta Bay are around 120 tropical islands mostly untouched and some are privately owned. The popular visited islands of Indonesia are Ayer, Bidadari, Kahyangan, Kelor, Onrust, and Putri. These island-paradises are reached through Ancol Marina where boats leave daily on a price ranging from IDR290,000 to IDR1,250,000.

The islands of Indonesia consist of coastal lowlands. Its geographical location in between two great oceans, the Indian and the Pacific, makes Indonesia prone to tropical cyclones. Indonesia also lies on the well-known Pacific "Ring of Fire" so earthquakes seem customary for the locals. The latest earthquakes reached a death toll of more than 5,000, and who could ever erase the memories of the tragic day, December 26, when a 9.0 magnitude quake triggered 30-meter high waves that swept some of Indonesia's coastal wealth and claimed around 200,000 lives.

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