IT TAKES 46 YEARS TO EXPLORE INDONESIA

We all know of Bali, of course. From backpackers on a budget to well-heeled honeymooners, solitary spa junkies and family holidaymakers, tourists come here in their millions. #stellerjourney

But there are 17,000 other islands in Indonesia.

An archipelago that straddles the Equator and spans 3,000 miles from east to west – a distance greater than that from London to Teheran

Those islands give Indonesia another stunning fact. It hast a strikingly long coastline at over 95,000 km. That's twice the earth circumference

All major islands in Indonesia are dotted with countless soaring volcanoes and mountains

Out of many volcanoes in Indonesia, over 125 volcanoes are active

One of its highest peaks is located in the island of Papua, soaring over 4800 m above sea level. Yes, that's snow capping the peak of Mt Jayawijaya

What's undersea is similarly eye-watering. Indonesia is the heart of the world’s coral reef biodiversity, it holds an incredible 75 percent of all known coral species in the world

..and that comes with unthinkable diversity of marine lives. Some of them are endemic to Indonesia. Yes, those are stingless jellyfish, and yes..you can swim along with them

The 17,000 islands with their mountainous landscape gives Indonesia the superpower of socio-culture diversity

Indonesia is a country full of diversity, home to over 1000 different ethnic groups, over 700 languages, and various religions

The culture of Indonesia has been shaped by long interaction between countless original indigenous customs and multiple foreign influences

Think of this. If you stay one day in each island in Indonesia, you will need 46 years (!!) to explore 17,000 islands of this archipelago

Yes. 46 years

"INDONESIA, AWESOMENESS OVERLOAD

AKHYARI HANANTO

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