Indonesia at a Glance
Indonesia is the world's largest achipelagi comprising some 17,508 islands
that stretch across the equator for more than 5,000 miles. There are five main islands and 30 smaller archipelagoes.
The main islands are Kalimantan, Sumatra, Papua, Sulawesi and the most populated island, Java.
Situated along the volcanic rim known as the "Pacific Ring of Fire",
Indonesia is the most volcanic country on earth with 128 volcanoes. Straddling the equator, Indonesi has
dry season and rainy season.
It is the 4th most populous country in the world. More that 480 ethnic
groups display a rich variety of customs, religions and languages (approximately 583) and dialects.
Living side by side in harmony, these people still retain their own distinctive cultures. The arts and
ancient traditions are expressed through hypnotic music, such as gamelan, angklung, kolintang, as
well as sublime dances, exquisite cloths, paintings and carvings.
Indonesia is home to several animal and plant species, that are found
nowhere else, such as orang utans, komodo dragons, one-horned rhinoceros, anoa and babi rusa.
Exotic white-sand beaches reach towards warm tropical seas teeming with coral and a marvelous variety
of marine life in some of the most colorful, breathaking sea gardens in the world.
Indonesian cuisine displays a mind-boggling variety of dishes that are
characterized by the liberal use of aromatic spices and a variety of hot chili peppers, then cooked
in a number of exciting ways, including baked or steamed in banana leaves. Rice is the nation's staple
for most of the archipelago, but in the eastern islands, corn, sago, cassava and sweet potatoes are more
common. An extensive assortment of tropical and sub-tropical fruit and vegetables can also be found
year-round to tantalize your taste buds.
The map shown below will guide you to the some of the diversity among
the big islands.