Sumatra is the most western island of Indonesia and the largest Indonesian island. It equator passes through it and bisects the island into roughly two equal parts. The island boasts a huge natural diversity; dense jungle and giant crater lakes, rivers, waterfalls and towering volcanoes and is considered by many to be the most interesting and diverse in the archipelago.
Orang-utans, volcanoes, rice paddies, giant jungle trees, gentle Elephants - Sumatra is a great island for a real adventure. Sumatra is also home to several different ethnic groups like the once legendary head hunters and cannibals on Samosir, and the colourful Minangkabau tribe in Bukittinggi. But the most famous native of Sumatra is probably the orang-utan which can be found in the Gunung Leuser National Park in the north.
Other classic highlights of the island, include Lake Toba, Bukit Lawang, Tangkahan, Samosir and Berastagi. If you want to see even more of Sumatra, you can extend your trip by travelling further from Lake Toba (Samosir) to Bukittinggi and the traditional Minangkabau tribe to Padang or you could spend a few nights on deserted islands.