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Java Destination Guide

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Welcome to the Elegant Resorts Destination Guide for Java, created to help make your choice of luxury holiday as easy as possible. Here, you will find more detailed factual information about the destination you have selected.

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Language Indonesian
Time Difference 6 hours
Currency Rupiah
Voltage 230V

Home to Indonesia's capital city and some of the region's most dramatic landscapes, Java is a land of contrasts and, to many, one of the most fascinating islands in Asia. Central Java is dominated by hundreds of striking volcanoes, many of which are still active; of course, nearby is the renowned Krakatau - the world's most famous and most destructive volcano. To the south are the beguiling cities of Yogyakarta and Solo - the homeland of the ethnic Javanese people and the epicentre of their art, culture and language - whilst nearby stands the giant 9th century Buddhist temple of Borobudur, the world's largest Buddhism monument and a definite 'must' on any sightseeing list. Head east and discover the huge volcanic mountain range of Gunung Bromo - a stunning sunrise walk to its summit is a particular highlight - and when you're ready for a spot of relaxation, enjoy the warm surf and sandy beaches at Pangandaran - the perfect end to the perfect Javanese adventure!


Though (justifiably) stunning natural beauty and ancient spiritual sites may spring to mind when you think of Java, the island’s cities are truly captivating. The capital of Indonesia, Jakarta is a dynamic city with numerous faces; visit the country’s top museums and countless sleek malls, before sampling delicious street food. Soulful Yogyakarta is well worth a visit - a city central to Java’s artistic and cultural heritage; prepare to be amazed as Javanese spirituality, tradition and creativity is artfully combined with an urban hub of cybercafés and malls. Among the least Westernised cities on the island, Solo offers a taste of authentic Java as you stroll along its pretty batik streets.

Borobudur Temple

Known by locals as the ‘Garden of Java’, the Borobodur region boasts a picturesque landscape of unbelievable greenery and quaint rice-growing villages, at the centre of which is the UNESCO World Heritage Borobudur Temple. An utterly spectacular sight to behold, this colossal Buddhist monument – the largest of its kind in the world - has survived Gunung Merapi's eruptions and the 2006 earthquake, keeping the intricately-decorated platforms and over 500 life-size Buddha statues as mesmerising as they would have been over 1,200 years ago.


Boasting one of the most mesmerising landscapes in the world, Java is characterised by steaming, dramatic volcanoes. Among Indonesia’s most breathtaking sights, the volcanic Bromo region houses the famed Gunung Bromo volcano, standing at 2392m tall - one of three to have emerged from the extensive, 10km crater - whilst just to the south, Gunung Semeru is Java’s highest peak and one of the most active. The Ijen Plateau is a vast, volcanic region comprising of a beautiful, forested alpine area, whilst sandwiched between Java and Sumatra, stands the island of Krakatoa, home to the world-renowned Krakatau peak.

National Parks

An island of utterly breathtaking natural beauty, Java houses numerous National Parks that simultaneously showcase and protect its glorious landscape. The UNESCO World Heritage Ujung Kulon National Park is characterised by lush rainforest, pristine wilderness, virgin beaches and fruitful coral reefs, as well as being the last refuge of one of the world’s most critically endangered species: the one-horned Javan rhinoceros. Boasting magnificent coastal rainforest filled with fascinating wildlife, The Meru Betiri National Park was one of the last refuges of the magnificent Java tiger, whilst Alas Purwo Park is, according to legend, where the earth first emerged from the ocean.


Like much of Indonesia, Java’s climate has two distinct seasons: wet season, from October to April, and dry season – the best time for exploring this captivating island - that falls between May and September. As such a huge landmass, Java’s climate also varies between its regions; the western and mountainous areas see significantly more rainfall that the east, whilst the south and centre of the island tend to be cooler than the north. These temperatures remain fairly constant throughout the year however, with averages of 28°C across the island.

Temperature Guide

These figures show monthly average maximum temperatures and monthly average rainfall for Java.

  Temp °C Rain mm

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Children travelling without both parents should be aware that some countries require documentary evidence of parental responsibility before allowing lone parents to enter the country or, in some cases, before permitting the children to leave the country. Please contact the relevant Embassy for the county you are travelling to for further information.

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All passengers must ensure they have a valid, acceptable passport, any required visa and any other documentation for both the final destination and any stop-off points en route. Please make sure that Advance Passenger Information is submitted in advance to travel for all destinations. Failure to hold correct documentation or submitting incorrect details with Advance Passenger Information or Visa applications may result in refusal of carriage or entry into a country. Please check with the relevant Embassy regarding visa requirements well in advance of your travel date. Charges may apply for some visas.

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