Java is the larger neighboring island of Bali.With the capital of Jakarta, it is considered as the most influential island of Indonesia. With over 1000 inhabitants per square kilometer, the population density is one of the highest in the world. Scenically, Java offers an enormous variety of jungles, savannas, mangrove swamps, a series of active volcanoes and crater lakes. Many temples witness a varied cultural history in Java. The most significant are the Buddhist temple of Borobudur and the Hindu temple of Prambanan.
We mainly offer destinations in the east of Java. These are easy to reach from Bali, but are associated with a long drive. Tourism in Java is not comparable to Bali. In some places you should not put too high demands on quality and service. But it’s worth it and you can expect unique experiences on our Java tours. Be it in relation to the landscapes, the people living here or the culture in Java.
JavaSome destinations in east and middle Java
The Volcano Ijen
Ijen Plateau is known as “Kawah Ijen” and is a volcanic complex in East Java which can be considered as one of the best-known attractions in Indonesia. Ijen is an active volcano surrounded by breathtaking scenery. This includes a volcanic cone and a beautiful turquoise sulfur lake. The Dutch influence of the last century is striking.
But another attraction has made the Ijen famous. A blue flame created by the combustion of sulfurous gases can be admired here. The gases escape from volcanic cracks at temperatures of up to 600 ° C and flare up. The blue flames can grow up to five meters high. The ascent to the summit is tough with a climbing time of about 90 minutes. It is possible to descend down to the crater lake. In addition to the volcano, the plateau has hot springs that invite you to swim. A short walk through the jungle guides to a waterfall.
The Turtle Beach in Sukamade
The Sukamade beach is a natural, quiet, beautiful place and part of the 50,000 hectare Meru Betiri National Park.Turtles come to the beach of Sukamade at night to lay eggs. It is a globally important location for this turtle population and is guarded by rangers at all times. Some eggs are taken by the Guards to protect them from predators. These are hatching in the Ranger Station under supervision. After hatching, the juveniles are exposed on the beach and released into the sea. Visitors take on this task, which makes for an unforgettable experience.
The ride to the beach requires a 4×4 vehicle. It takes four hours off-road with mountain trails, river crossings and jungle trails. During the ride we can admire, the rice paddy fields, coconut plantations, cliffs and beaches.
The Beach Pulau Merah
The beach of Pulau Merah is one of many attractive beaches along the south coast of East Java. The beach get its name from a picturesque little island called Pulau Merah. It can be rached by walking from the beach. The area resembles the island of Tanah Lot in Bali. The beach has become a popular weekend destination for local residents and has become a new insider tip in the surfing scene. There are many small guesthouses and restaurants.
For us the beach offers a good stopover on the way back from the Sukamada beach. We often stay here for one night to enjoy the beach feeling.
The Baluran Nationalpark
This park is a forest reserve that covers approximately 25,000 hectares of the north coast of East Java. The park offers a magnificent landscape, and the grasslands of Baluran remind us of a landscape from Africa. The dominant feature of the park is the 1247 m high Mount Baluran, a dormant volcano.The park mostly consists of savanna grass, acacia bush and monsoon forest with mangroves on the coast. 15 km away from the main entrance is the beautiful white sandy beach Bama Beach with a healthy coral reef off the coast.
Mammals there include the leopard cat, wild boar, deers, three monkeys population and the endangered Java Banteng (buffalo). You can also see hundreds of species of birds, like hornbills, peacocks and bulbs. If you are interested in the tropical forest vegetation, the park is a paradise and offers many species of trees, plants and flowers like pecan trees, maya, gadung and tamarind trees.
The Area around Mount Bromo
Mount Bromo (2329 meters) is easy to spot, as the crater is constantly emitting white sulfur smoke. It sits in the massive Tengger Caldera with a diameter of ten kilometers and is surrounded by a sand sea of fine volcanic sand. The overall impression is as from another world. Rugged, barren volcanic peaks, gravel areas and the sea of sand seem unreal.
The view of the landscape of Mount Bromo is best when sunrise starts. Unfortunately, this means waking up at 3:30 in the morning to get to the viewing point in time. It often gets crowded at the popular viewing platforms.
Organized tours by bus or jeep are available.However, it proved to be best to discover the Bromo area without a local guide.The National Park is easy to explore on your own and there are many ways to visit Mount Bromo. Most tour groups come only for the sunrise and then drive back home. So we can enjoy the trails and lookouts in relative solitude.
The City Malang
With green colonial boulevards and a breezy climate, Malang moves at a much more leisurely pace than Surabaya, the regional capital. It is a cultured city with several major universities and is home to a large student community. The central area is not too big and easy to walk on. Malang was founded by the Dutch in the last decades of the 18th century and earned its first fortune with coffee from the surrounding hills. Today, the colonial splendor of the city disappears quickly behind the facades of modern developments. But there is still much to admire.
With a range of Hindu temples and out-of-town attractions, Malang is an ideal base to explore this fascinating corner of East Java. In a city of such great cultural and historical importance, there are many cultural attractions. Every visitor to Malang should take time to explore them. There are also a number of beautiful attractions in the areas around the city.
The City Yogyakarta
If Jakarta is Indonesia’s financial and industrial center, then Yogyakarta is its soul. At the center of the artistic and intellectual heritage of the city, the Javanese language is the purest, the arts the brightest and traditions the clearest. Proudly independent and protective of its customs, today’s Yogya is a huge hub of shining malls, fast food chains and traffic jams. It is a stronghold of batik and gamelan and is still under the direction of its sultan, whose city palace is the center of traditional life. All in all, it makes Indonesia’s coolest, most liveable and endearing city, with street art, galleries, cafes and cultural attractions. It is a perfect base for Indonesia’s most important archaeological sites:The Borobudur and Prambanan temple facilities.
Borobudur is one of the largest Buddhist temple complexes in Southeast Asia. The colossal pyramid is located about 25 kilometers northwest of Yogyakarta. Candi Prambanan is Indonesia’s largest Hindu temple complex and one of the largest Hindu temples in Southeast Asia. It is located 18 kilometers east of Yogyakarta.