Java – the world’s most populous island – sparkles with energy. From bustling metropolises to volcanic peaks; ancient monuments to tiny villages, this is Indonesia’s heart and no trip to the island would be complete without it.
With fiery volcanoes, exciting cities, epic national parks and historic monuments all under one roof, Java was made for the adventurous traveller. Indonesia’s capital and largest city, Jakarta is a hectic sprawl with a population in excess of 10 million people. An eclectic mix of boutique shopping, luxury accommodation, colourful nightlife and sizzling street food, the city offers a unique urban experience.
Yogyakarta, Jakarta’s contrasting counterpart, will introduce you to the island’s rich cultural heritage. Enjoy traditional dance shows in open-air pavilions and see the 18th century royal palace. Yogyakarta is a good base to explore the region’s many temples, including the spectacular 9th century temple complex of Borobudur. Declared a UNESCO World Heritage site, the scale and majesty of this ornate monument is simply breath-taking.
Make some time to explore the lesser-populated East Java, where you can admire the rocky peaks and volcano studded landscape of the Bromo Tengger Semeru National Park. The surreal luna-esque vistas of Mount Bromo are particularly special. Continuing further East, away from the masses, discover the awe inspiring majesty of the Ijen Plateu – well worth the extra journey!
If you’d like to make Java a part of your trip to Indonesia, speak to one of our Asia specialists to start planning your tailor-made itinerary.