Java Island, Indonesia: where it is, when to go and what to see

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Lluis Enric Mayans

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Indonesia is made up of a myriad of islands including large, small, islets and atolls, of which the most important is the one that hosts the capital Jakarta. We are talking aboutIsole of Java, a territory with wonderful tropical beaches, high mountains and rich forests of undisputed beauty, considered a magical place for its strong and rooted Buddhist culture.

A trip to the Island of Java is therefore a mix between relaxation and discovery, between nature and religion, rituals and beliefs, but above all a journey in the company of the happiness and goodness of the citizens who will make you appreciate their land even more. If you don't know the Island of Java but would like to discover the beauties of this wonderful place, read more on where is it, when to go and what to see!


  1. Travel informed: useful information
  2. Where it is
  3. When to go? Info on climate and best time
  4. 10 things to see: beaches and places of interest
  5. What to do in Java Island: excursions and tours
  6. How much does a vacation in Java Island cost? Prices, offers and advice
  7. User questions and comments

Travel informed: useful information

  • Inhabitants: 160 million
  • Capital: Jakarta
  • Languages: Bahasa Indonesia and English
  • Local currency: Indonesian rupiah (€ 1,00 = IDR 15990)
  • Weather: tropical climate, average temperatures 25/32 ° C
  • vaccinations: Yellow fever vaccine mandatory for travelers from countries at risk of transmission
  • Entry requirements: a passport with a residual validity of at least six months is required
  • Travel / health insurance: recommended.

    Where it is

    Java is the most important island of Indonesia and stretches between the large island of Sumatra in the northwest and the small island of Bali in the southeast, bathed by the Java Sea and the Pacific Ocean.

    How to reach us

    • From Milan or Rome: the main cities of arrival on the island of Java are Jakarta and Surabaya, both connected to Italy by various airlines which, although they do not offer direct flights, allow you to arrive at your destination in a maximum of 15 hours with a single stopover. The main stops are Amsterdam if you fly with KLM, Abu Dhabi with Etihad Airways and Dubai with Emirates.
      Flights to Jakarta from € 535,00 - Flights to Surabaya from € 677,00
    • From the main European capitals: Amsterdam is the best European city if you want to reach the Island of Java in the shortest possible time thanks to the KLM flights that connect Amsterdam both to Jakarta and Surabaya directly for a journey of up to 13 hours

    When to go? Info on climate and best time

    • Weather: humid tropical climate with constantly high temperatures between 25 and 32 ° C, same thing for the sea temperature always around 29 ° C. Rainfall is present during most of the year and very intense, with the exception of the summer months which have few rainy days and not too abundant
    • Best time: from May to October as it is a dry season with little rain
    • Period to avoid: from November to April due to frequent rains and the risk of tropical cyclones
    • Advice: in your suitcase you just need to bring everything you need for the sea and light clothes, but if your trip includes visiting temples then you will also need long trousers and a jacket to cover your shoulders. We recommend that you bring rubber shoes for those who intend to snorkel among the coral reef

    10 things to see: beaches and places of interest

    1. Pangandaran it is the most famous and busiest beach on the island of Java, also considered the most beautiful. It is located on the southern coast and is a long strip of white sand bathed by clear sea and waves ideal for surfing and other sports, it is also surrounded by a comfortable promenade, hotels and various tourist services
    2. Batu Karas it is always located on the southern coast, a few kilometers from the previous one. Even this beach, like a real tropical beach, is characterized by fine white sand and crystal clear waters but unlike its neighbor it is less touristy so it is more suitable for relaxing
    3. Kukup Beach it is a small beach that extends into a cove on the south coast. Reaching it is a bit difficult but once you arrive it will amaze you with its golden sand and its high cliff that shelters it from wind and storms making it very quiet
    4. Parangtritis Beach is another wonderful southern beach formed by a long stretch of sand with dunes and hills covered with tropical forest behind it. Despite its beauty, however, the beach is known for the ancient Labuhan ceremony, a ritual that reconciles men and spirits
    5. Timang Beach it is always located in the south of the island and is an uncontaminated beach still little traveled by mass tourism, a place that still preserves its tranquility and its natural beauty concentrated in a white sand cove
    6. Anyer Beach is a beach on the north coast made up of golden sand, cliffs and stones, not very frequented by tourists and ideal for relaxing, fishing and snorkeling
    7. Merak Beach it is a neighbor of the previous beach, also sandy and not very touristy, ideal for enjoying the tranquility, the calm sea and the heat
    8. Green Canyon it is a set of coves between the rocks in which several small rivers make their way creating beautiful colors and lots of fun thanks to the possibility of diving or rafting. It is located in the central area of ​​the Island of Java not far from the southern coast and although it is a wonderful natural attraction, the canyon is still not very popular with tourists as it is not sufficiently sponsored.
    9. Ranu Kumbolo, for those wishing to do something other than beach life, is a mountain lake in the south-east of Java Island, a quiet place that offers trails through the wild nature of the surrounding forest
    10. Borobudur it is perhaps the best known Buddhist temple on the island of Java, located in the central area and belonging to the World Heritage Site. It is a mammoth historical-religious site dating back to 800 AD divided into terraces and levels, each with its own meaning

    What to do in Java Island: excursions and tours

    How much does a vacation in Java Island cost? Prices, offers and advice

    A vacation can be backed up with very little money, it just depends on your own claims. In fact, Indonesia in general has a very low cost of living so, if you don't dream of luxury resorts and five-star holidays, you can live on a very cheap daily budget.

    Once you have booked the flight which is to be considered the most expensive part of the trip, but not too much if you move well in advance, you can find hostels and guest houses between € 3,00 and € 5,00 even in high season and including breakfast. For other meals, on the other hand, you can opt for the restaurant for both lunch and dinner a full meal costs around € 5,00, not to mention street food with even lower prices. The only ones more expensive services are the car rental for more than € 50,00 per day and excursions at the same price, even if sometimes the latter are necessary as relying on the means could prove to be a waste of time.

    • Hotel and b & b starting from € 3,00 per room -
    • Flights from Rome from € 535,00 - Flights from Milan from € 492,00

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