Capital cities often make the must-visit list for any country, but this is not true of Jakarta. Overpopulation, bad traffic, water contamination issues and an overall lack of tourist significance have created disappointment for many tourists.The surrounding island of Java does offer hiking, volcano exploration and beaches, but these pale in comparison to what’s available at the outlying islands.
As mentioned, there are over 17,000 islands in Indonesia. Not all of them are close together, nor are they all easy to get to. If you don’t plan your trip around one or two central hubs (Bali and Sulawesi, for example), you could get caught in a maze of boats, buses, vans and airplanes that will have you doing more traveling than sightseeing. That being said, Indonesia is a dynamite destination, and as long as you do at least some research on your main stops, you’ll have a tropical blast.