Harry Gobel (right), his wife Mimin and their children at their homestay in Gorontalo province, eastern Indonesia. Homestays have proved very popular in the country. Photo: Ian Morse

How Indonesia’s homestays give authentic local experiences for tourists, but face concerns from authorities and competition from hotels

  • Indonesian homestays provide struggling families with an alternative revenue source while offering tourists a more authentic experience
  • But government concerns over accommodation standards have slowed development as authorities seek to better regulate the industry
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Harry Gobel (right), his wife Mimin and their children at their homestay in Gorontalo province, eastern Indonesia. Homestays have proved very popular in the country. Photo: Ian Morse
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Karimunjawa, an Indonesian archipelago off Central Java, are still relatively undiscovered. Fishing is still the main source of income for islanders. Photo: Alamy

Off the radar, coral-fringed Indonesian islands are heaven for beach lovers, divers, and those who don’t need Wi-fi to have some fun

  • The Karimunjawa archipelago boasts pristine, near-deserted beaches and clear waters ideal for diving. They are reassuringly hard to reach, as well
  • Go beach and island hopping, or walk through mangrove forests, and wind down at the end of the day on the appropriately named Sunset Beach
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Karimunjawa, an Indonesian archipelago off Central Java, are still relatively undiscovered. Fishing is still the main source of income for islanders. Photo: Alamy
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