Splendid beaches, mountains covered with forests, a living culture and, above all, people with an amazing gentleness: the mere mention of Bali evokes thoughts of a paradise. It's more than a place. It's a mood, an aspiration, a state of mind.

The heart of the nation, Java is an island of megacities, mesmerizing natural beauty, magical archaeological sites and profound traditions in art, music and dance. Home to 140 million people, it is the most populated island on earth. Dive into Jakarta's addictive mayhem, soak up Yogyakarta's soul and stroll though Solo's batik laneways en route to the island's all-natural wonders.