Indonesia is an enchantingly hypnotic country, of some 17,000 islands, offering a myriad of adventure. A dramatic landscape of fragmented white sand beaches and pristine azure breaks, ancient temples and towering volcanos, shadowing fertile terraces and rainforest. Horse riding is predominantly focused on the more populated islands of Bali and Java. Away from the hustle of Denpasar, with its luxury resorts and boutique retreats, discover the mysteries of spiritual Bali with day treks available for all levels of rider. From delightful, gentle rides through green rice fields and temple clad villages, to exhilarating fast canters in the sea spray along deserted beaches, this tropical paradise has much to offer.
There are several equestrian centres across Bali providing travellers with lessons in flatwork and jumping, as well as trail riding, these are ideal for experienced riders or families. In central Java, take advantage of the slightly cooler climate of elevated city of Salatiga, on a natural horsemanship riding adventure. See traditional farmers working buffalo in the fields, on mobile trail rides into the tranquil countryside. Cross rivers, trot through shady woodland and pause for picnics between rice fields, before overnighting at luxury lodges and traditional guesthouses. Advanced riders can even experience the thrill of long gallops on the official racecourse, with its backdrop of mountains and volcano.
In East Java, there is no better way to explore the most iconic active volcano than from the saddle. Enjoy a truly memorable day, riding placid horses up the foothills and slopes of magnificent Mount Bromo, with its billowing plumes of steam. From dressage in Jakarta, to day treks through the rainforests of Indo-Borneo's National Park, riding amidst indigenous tribes and orang-utans, Indonesia is an intoxicating land for riding adventure.