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Indonesia Gay Guide

A guide to help you find the best hotels & places in Indonesia for Gay travellers


Gay Life in Indonesia; The Gay Rights & Best Time to Visit!

Even though homosexuality is not illegal in Indonesia,  except for in Aceh province, it is a taboo issue to discuss due to the not so tolerant of homosexuality culture of Indonesia. However, some gay rights organizations are making efforts campaigning against homophobia. A gay friendly attitude was developed in some regions over the course of the last years, however, the last months has been a rise in anti-gay sentiment,  especially in Jakarta, the capital of Indonesia. Keep in mind that freedom of romantic expression is not a common thing even for heterosexuals.

Indonesia has a tropical climate so it has only two seasons, the dry season (May to September), and the monsoon season (October to April). It's a country that enjoys hot and humid temperatures all year around though. Bali is the sunniest destination with 7 months of sunny weather.  The busiest months for Indonesia are from Mid May to August.

There are many gay-friendly destinations in Indonesia, and in some of them, you will be able to find some exclusively gay hotels and guesthouses as well. The top places in Indonesia that you will find gay-only hotels and resorts are Bali, Jakarta, Lombok, and Ubud!

The gay-friendly resorts of Indonesia are outstanding featuring among others direct access to exotic sandy beaches, luxurious rooms with private pool or even in-room jacuzzi, gourmet restaurants to taste the best of local cuisine, and, last but not least, advanced spa facilities!

These are some gay-friendly hotels and resorts around Indonesia, as well as, gay-popular places around them!

The gay scene of Indonesia is concentrated on its most popular gay destinations like Jakarta and Bali. Bali has the most organized gay scene in the country featuring all kinds of gay venues including gay-popular beaches where gay locals and travelers gather and make new contacts.

Jakarta has a gay scene but it's very limited, featuring only a couple of gay bars and clubs, gay saunas, and some gay massage spots. The most popular gay bar in the city used to be Apollo but it has been closed recently. 

For more exciting places to visit you can check the map.

Gay Tips

Seminyak is an LGBT hotspot in Indonesia where you will find a relatively open gay scene as well as many gay clubs, gay hotels and more gay friendly accommodation options.

Bali is a beloved destination for gay couples in love, looking for an exotic place to spend their holidays devoted to each other. The destination itself guarantees you 100% privacy and discretion creating the ideal environment to spend your gay honeymoon in Indonesia.

The major gay venues of Bali are Bali Joe, Mixwell, Bottoms Up, Facebar Bali, & KU DE TA. Bali is probably the most tolerant to homosexuality location in Indonesia.

Jakarta, one of the fastest-growing cities in Asia, was known for hosting a mixed gay nightlife and an promising gay scene with gay bars, and saunas. However, as anti-gay sentiment rises in Indonesia and especially in Jakarta, gay travellers are highly recommended to be careful, avoid gay saunas and not to attract unwanted attention.

The major gay venues in Jakarta are Apollo, and Oh La La Cafe. Two popular gay saunas in Jakarta are T1 Sauna and Atlantis Jakarta.

Travel Info

How to get there

  • By boat
  • By ferry
  • By air

Move around

  • Buses
  • Taxi

Ideal for

  • Island hopping
  • Wildlife & safari
  • Snorkelling & scuba diving
  • Lgbt holidays
  • Honeymoon & wedding
  • Beach holidays
  • Adventure holidays
  • Sightseeing
  • Religious holidays
  • Art & culture
  • Relaxation in nature
  • Yoga & meditation
  • Exotic holidays
  • Local gastronomy
  • Wellness & spa

Destination Type

  • Country

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 What can I find in this Gay Travel Guide ?

Our Travel by Interest Experts have created this dedicated gay travel guide, to help you easily plan your next gay holidays and discover all the places you want to see and all the things you want to do. You can find here the top gay bars, gay events, and other gay hots-pots, as well as gay-friendly Hotels to stay!

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