Holidays to Java

Holidays to Java

Set between Sumatra and Bali, Java is the most populated of Indonesia’s islands (and is the most populated island in the world!) Home to built up cities including Jakarta, infamous for its traffic and the best nightlife in the island, Java is also the beating heart of the country’s art, culture and language where you’ll find ancient arts of puppet making and silversmiths. Travel out of the city and you’ll find volcanic mountains, impressive religious sites and hot springs high in the mountains.

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Java Travel Information

Direct flights to the capital, Jakarta are available from London
  • Currency: Indonesian Rupiah 
  • Time difference: GMT +7 
  • Flight from the UK: 7 hours and 30 minutes 
  • Visa: No (for visits up to 30 days) 
  • Language: Bahasa Indonesia 
  • Regional drink: bajigur (made from coconut milk and palm sugar) 
  • Regional dish: basko (meatball noodle soup)
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Java Activities


Without a doubt one of the highlights of any trip to Java is a sunrise hike to the summit of Mount Bromo. Sitting within the desert-like black sands of Loatian Pasir (or the Sand Sea) climbing the 250 steps to the summit is worth the effort for the incredible views. Just as impressive (thought lesser known) is Mount Ijen – treks to the highly acidic crater lake are rewarded with sights of brightly coloured ‘flames’. For a more cultural activity, take in a traditional Javanese masked performance.

Java Food & Drink


Popular throughout Indonesia, you’ll find most dishes are prepared with sambal, a chili based sauce with a definite kick! As well as typical dishes found throughout the country, including nasi goreng, local Javanese dishes including bakso a meatball noodle soup, kambing gule a goat and coconut curry and the signature jackfruit and coconut curry found in Yogya.

Java Attractions


Top of most peoples ‘must see’ lists when travelling to Java is the awe-inspiring 8th century Buddhist temple of Borobudur. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, this is the largest Buddhist monument in the world with over 500 statues set over three tiers – sunrise visits are highly recommended. In contrast, Prambanan is a series of impressive jagged Hindu temples built in the 10th century with shrines dedicated to the deities Brahama, Vishnu and Siwa. Don’t forget to take time to explore the island’s history and culture in Yogyakarta (pronounced ‘Jogjakarta’) to witness the art of silver crafting.

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