Indonesia supports the second highest level of biodiversity in the world, as well as the world’s fourth largest population. This becomes understandable when you discover that it consists of well over 17,000 islands (~6,000 of which are inhabited). Despite this vast maze of islands, deciding a path through Indonesia if only visiting the larger islands is often as simple as starting east and heading west, or vice versa. Simple by no means translates to comfortable travel; long hours on ferries chasing sleep on plywood mattresses, and never ending bum jarring bus rides on winding volcanic terrain while music plays at distorted ear bursting levels, are to be expected. The friendly locals met on the way, and the fascinating volcanic surrounds, make the hard work all worth it.