Things to Do in Java Island, Indonesia

Things to Do in Java Island, Indonesia

Top Things To Do in Java

Java, though maybe not by size the biggest island, it is definitely the main island of Indonesia, being the central hub for business and travel. The capital city of Indonesia, Jakarta lies in the west part of this island and from there on towards the east lies much attraction such as there are temples, lush fields, and hills, volcanic mountains, waterfalls, castles, and rain forests. Besides that Java is teeming with art, food, and culture. Many travelers find it hard to dismiss all these if they are making an overland trip across Java.

Jakarta

Things to Do in Java Island, Indonesia: Jakarta
Things to Do in Java Island, Indonesia: Jakarta

Jakarta , officially the Special Capital Region of Jakarta, is the capital and largest city of Indonesia, and was formerly known as Batavia in the colonial era Dutch East Indies; and as Sunda Kelapa during the era of the Sunda Kingdom. Located on the northwest coast of the world’s most populous island Java, Jakarta is the centre of economics, culture and politics of Indonesia, with a population of 10,075,310 as of 2014. The Greater Jakarta metropolitan area, known as Jabodetabek (a name formed by combining the initial syllables of Jakarta, Bogor, Depok, Tangerang and Bekasi), is the second largest urban agglomeration and 2nd largest urban area in the world after Tokyo, with a population of 30,214,303 as of 2010 census.

Bogor

Things to Do in Java Island, Indonesia: Bogor
Things to Do in Java Island, Indonesia: Bogor

Bogor, until August 17, 1945 Buitenzorg, is a city in West Java on Java with a population of approximately 1 million people. Interesting botanical garden.

Shopping in Bandung

Things to Do in Java Island, Indonesia: Bandung
Things to Do in Java Island, Indonesia: Bandung

Mystical Lake on the Cloud: Kawah Putih

When mentioned shopping in Indonesia, Bandung will definitely come into mind. Moreover it is just short trip from Jakarta therefore making it a popular weekend destination. To top it off the food is cheap and delicious so fuel up in between all the shopping frenzy. Shopping here means ranging from factory outlets to local shops and stores, you may be sure to find something you fancy. Bandung is mostly famous for clothing, factory outlets for many designers products, denim jeans and also electronics

Swim in Amazon-like waterfalls in Baturadden, Purwokerto

Things to Do in Java Island, Indonesia: waterfalls in Baturadden, Purwokerto
Things to Do in Java Island, Indonesia: waterfalls in Baturadden, Purwokerto

When I first got to Purwokerto I did not expect to be greeted by an Amazon-like waterfalls in Baturadden, which took us a bit of an effort to get to but definitely worth it. You will stand at the moment in awe of the tall and powerful waterfall dropping into the contrastingly serene lake while shrouded around by rainforest canopies. One of my favourite waterfall here is Curug Belot.

Trek the lush rolling hills of Dieng Plateau

Things to Do in Java Island, Indonesia: Hills of Dieng Plateau
Things to Do in Java Island, Indonesia: Hills of Dieng Plateau

Dieng Plateau is a place up in the highlands and not only far from the rest of Java, but it is also different as well. It is a self-contained place here where you can do your own exploration by trekking through rolling hills of plantations and greens with mountains flanking from all sides in the horizon. It is a trek that will keep you fascinated throughout the journey and you wouldn’t even realize the distance. In bonus, you will be trekking in cooling climate as this highland have pleasant temperatures all year round. Stay at the new and modern Tani Jiwo Hostel * or in cozy Dewa Ndaru Homestay.

Semarang

Things to Do in Java Island, Indonesia: Semarang
Things to Do in Java Island, Indonesia: Semarang

Semarang (old game mode: Samarang) is a city on the north coast of the island of Java, Indonesia. It is the capital of the province of Central Java (Jawa Tengah), has an area of 373.67 km² and about 1.5 million inhabitants, with which it occupies the 5th place on the list of major cities in Indonesia.

Dive/snorkel off the only pristine waters of Java in Karimunjawa

Things to Do in Java Island, Indonesia: Karimunjawa
Things to Do in Java Island, Indonesia: Karimunjawa

Java’s answer to pristine waters and beautiful white sand beaches, Karimunjawa is proudly proclaimed so by the locals. A hidden paradise, Karimunjawa is an archipelago of 27 islands north of Semarang and off the coast of Central Java. This place is known by savvy travelers of Java finding a place to get some beautiful beaches and sea without needing to leave to other parts of Indonesia. Although relatively unknown, there are a number of places to stay in Karimunjawa * to select from. Stay in specialty lodgings like the huts in Ayu Hotel Karimujawa * or more private cottages like Casa Velion.

Experience Yogyakarta

Things to Do in Java Island, Indonesia: Yogyakarta
Things to Do in Java Island, Indonesia: Yogyakarta

TIP VAN SAAR: Sultans Palace of Kraton Ngayogyakarta Hadiningrat

To me Yogyakarta is truly the heart of Java and Indonesia as it offers everything from culinary delights to interesting attractions to arts and culture to shopping. Remember to eat the famous Gudeg, meat stew that is really delicious. Also, you can shop at Jalan Malioboro or Pasar Beringjaho. For the adventurous you can hike up ruins of Mount Merapi. In sightseeing, attractions not to be miss are the Water Castle and Kraton Palace. Besides, join a local myth or chill out at the cafe at the end of the day. Read more about things to do in Yogyakarta here.

The ancient Borobudur

Things to Do in Java Island, Indonesia: Borobudur
Things to Do in Java Island, Indonesia: Borobudur

Stay at Manohara Resort *s at Borobudur so that you can either catch the sunrise (which you would need to book a tour for) or be the first few people who enters as the temple opens to visitor at 8am. This is how to best enjoy it, when it is at its most quiet, with just a trickle of travelers like you who appreciate the silence and marvels at the beauty with respect. This 9th century temple is an Indonesia UNESCO Heritage site and one of the largest Buddhist temple in the world. Thousands of Buddhists does their pilgrimage here in Borobudur during Waisak day.

The majestic Prambanan

Things to Do in Java Island, Indonesia: Prambanan
Things to Do in Java Island, Indonesia: Prambanan

Yet another temple but not one temple to be taken likely, Candi Prambanan is a well known ancient Hindu Temple that stood majestically nearby Yogyakarta. You will sure to find yourself mesmerized and in awe as you were greeted by the looming Prambanan temple that look somewhat foreboding yet drawing you in anyhow. It is one of the Indonesia UNESCO World Heritage Site, being one of the largest Hindu temple architecture in Southeast Asia.

Surakarta

Things to Do in Java Island, Indonesia: Surakarta
Things to Do in Java Island, Indonesia: Surakarta

Surakarta is a city in Central Java, and known as the culturzl capital of Java. The 46 km2 city[1] adjoins Karanganyar Regency and Boyolali Regency to the north, Karanganyar Regency and Sukoharjo Regency to the east and west, and Sukoharjo Regency to the south. On the eastern side of Solo lies Solo River (Bengawan Solo). Its built-up (or metro) area made of Surakarta Municipality and 59 districts spread on 7 regencies was home to 3,649,254 inhabitants as of 2010 census.

Surabaya

Things to Do in Java Island, Indonesia: Surabaya
Things to Do in Java Island, Indonesia: Surabaya

Surabaya is a port city and the capital of East Java (Jawa Timur) province of Indonesia. It is one of the earliest port cities in Southeast Asia. Located on northeastern Java on the Madura Strait, it is the second-largest-city in Indonesia. As of the 2015 census, the city had a population over 3.4 million, approximately 8 million in the metropolitan area, and the extended metropolitan area, which is known as Gerbangkertosusila is home for more than 12 million inhabitants. During 18th and 19th centuries, Surabaya was the largest city in Dutch East Indies, larger than Batavia (at present Jakarta) and the center of trading in the nation, which was then a competitor of Shanghai and Hong Kong. Today the city remains one of the important financial hubs of the Indonesian archipelago, arguably second only to Jakarta, and the Port of Tanjung Perak is Indonesia’s second busiest seaport.

Chill and soak in the laid-back Malang

Things to Do in Java Island, Indonesia: Malang
Things to Do in Java Island, Indonesia: Malang

Malang is the epitome of what a city would have been in Indonesia back in the days before everywhere are swarmed by developments and traffics. This laid-back city, wedged between Mount Semeru and Mount Bromo, has beautiful landscapes out in the nearby villages and dotted with many temple attractions. You can wander from within the city in becak or take the angkot out to the many hidden temples where one you even have to trek through paddy fields to get to. The most popular and unique luxurious hotel in Malang – Tugu Malang Hotel * and I have stayed in Hotel Santika in Malang * with good experience.

Malang is a city and municipality (kotamadya) located in the province of East Java about ninety kilometers south of Surabaya on the island of Java, Indonesia. Approximately one million people live there. Malang is a relatively cool city because it is located high: 339 to 662 meters above sea level. Malang is enclosed between two mountain ranges: in the west the Kawi-Butak massif and in the east the Tengger mountains with the active Bromo and Semeru, the highest mountain in Java. Malang is an important tourist center, partly because of the pleasant climate, the art deco building and because of its traditional dances such as the Tari Topeng (Dance with masks), Jaran Pegon and Tari Beskalan.

Sunrise at Mount Bromo

Things to Do in Java Island, Indonesia: Bromo-Tengger-Semeru
Things to Do in Java Island, Indonesia: Bromo-Tengger-Semeru

Park Bromo-Tengger-Semeru

Mount Bromo, one of the numerous volcanic mountains in Indonesia and Java but undoubtedly one of the most famous for the breathtaking view it offers. It beckons majestically despite having the entire top blown off and with a crater inside that keeps spewing off-white sulphurous smoke. Many travelers come here to trek up to the nearby mountain to catch the sunrise over Mount Bromo and the caldera which is coined ‘sea of sand’. In the morning, there is a bunch of clouds huddle around it making as if you feel you on top of the sky looking down. This experience itself is surely a notable attraction in Java and something you must do when you are here.

Ijen Crater (Banyuwangi)

Ijen is a complex of stratovolcanoes on the Indonesian island of Java in the province of East Java. The caldeira of the volcano is 20 kilometers wide. The volcano is 2250 meters high and active.

Ferry Java-Bali and connecting buses / trains

Things to Do in Java Island, Indonesia: Banyuwangi
Things to Do in Java Island, Indonesia: Banyuwangi

The ferry port Ketapang is located about 10 kilometers north of the city center of Banyuwangi. Banyuwangi can be reached by bus, by train and by plane.

 

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