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When you think of Indonesia, the region of Java may not be the first destination that comes to mind. We know, you are probably dreaming of visiting Bali to party on the famous Kuta beach or escaping its hustle and bustle in search of your own “Eat, Pray, Love” experience in the north. 

But Bali alone just didn’t sound exciting enough for us. We craved culture, local interactions, off the beaten path experiences, outdoor adventures, and a chance to admire some of Indonesia’s best landscapes.

Java felt like the perfect place to satisfy our deepest travel needs!

Its 130 million residents make up 65% of Indonesia’s entire population, which incidentally makes Java the most populated island in the entire world. Despite being overpopulated, Java still offers travelers an opportunity to experience incredible landscapes, two of world’s great ancient monuments, any of Java’s 121 volcanoes, in addition to national parks, rainforests, tea and rice plantations, large cities, and more!

Our 2 weeks in Java weren’t enough to see all the nooks and crannies of this great island, but it was just enough to make us appreciate everything it has to offer.

Taman Fatahilah - main square in Old Jakarta. Java, Indonesia

Taman Fatahilah – main square in Old Jakarta

Istiqlal Mosque, Jakarta, Java, INdonesia

Istiqlal Mosque, Jakarta. West Java

Jalan Malioboro, the most popular street in Yogyakarta. Central Java. Indonesia

Jalan Malioboro, the most famous street in Yogyakarta. Central Java

Yogyakarta, Java, Indonesia

One of the many small street food stalls in Yogyakarta. Central Java. You’ll want to try his food purely for his contagious smile!

Prambanan Temple at sunset. Java, Indonesia

Prambanan Temple at sunset. Central Java

Candi Sewu, Central Java. Indonesia

Candi Sewu, an 8th-century Mahayana Buddhist temple located 800 meters north of Prambanan in Central Java

Borobudur Temple at sunrise. Java Indonesia

Borobudur Temple at sunrise. Central Java

Borobudur Temple shortly after sunrise. Java. Indonesia

Borobudur Temple shortly after sunrise

Solo, Indonesia

Typical lunch: Iced Tea and Mie Goreng (fried noodles) with one hell of a view. Solo, Central Java

Rice paddies in Javanese country side. Central Java.

Rice paddies in Javanese countryside near Solo. Central Java

Indonesian men and their pet owl in Malang. East Java. Indonesia

Indonesian men and their pet owl in Malang. East Java

Tea plantation fill the countryside in Java. Indonesia

Tea plantations fill the countryside in Java

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The iconic Mt Bromo at sunrise. East Java

Looking into the crater at Mt Bromo. East Java. Indonesia

Looking into the crater at Mt Bromo. East Java

Turquoise sulfur lake of Ijen Crater. East Java, Indonesia

Turquoise sulfur lake of Ijen Crater. East Java

Volcanic peaks surrounding Ijen Plateau. East Java. Indonesia

Volcanic peaks surrounding Ijen Plateau. East Java

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From famous temples and lush green tea plantations to incredible views that truly take your breath away... Java seems to have it all!

Are you wanderlusting yet? Wait till you see the rest of Indonesia!