The West neighbor of Bali, across the small Strait of Bali,
is the province of East Java, the eastern most province
of Java. A population of almost 33 million people occupy
about 48,000 square kilometres (including the island of
Madura). To the West of East Java is the Province of Central
Java and the Special Region of Yogyakarta, to the South
is the Indian Ocean, and to the North is Java Sea.
Two thirds of the area is mountainous with approximately
48 mountains. The highest peak, Mount Semeru is the highest
in Java. The Brantas (314 km) and Bengawan Solo (540 km)
are the two big rivers. Its topical climate means that October
to April is the wet season, and May to September is the
dry season with an average temperature of 20-30 C.
Fossilized remains of prehistoric animals and the site
of the Java-man at Trinil will tantalize the archaeologist
in you, as well as numerous temple ruins dating from the
7th century AD.
- Angklung: An ensemble of bamboo instruments quite
popular in Banyuwangi.
- Gandrung Dance: A classical dance dedicated to
Dewi Sri, the goddess of rice. Popular in Banyuwangi as
- Bull Race (Karapan Sapi): a regular attraction
at the stadium of Pamekasan, Madura.
- Labuhan Sesaji: a thanksgiving ceremony held
by fishermen of Muncar, Banyuwangi, and Suro.
- Reyog Trance Dance: traditional Ponorogo dance
with 15 dancers wearing peacock-feather headdresses and
- Tayub Dance: a popular social dance from Nganjuk,
120 km southwest of Surabaya. This dance is usually performed
at wedding parties or other celebratory gatherings where
the dancers use their scarfs to invite guests to join
Places of Interests
- Baluran National Park: 5,000 hectares of open
savannah and forest north of Banyuwangi where you can
find a great variety of native animals like deer, wild
pig, leopard, wild ox, peacock, etc.
- Balekambang Beach: A beautiful beach, with an
impressive Hindu Temple nearby, located 57 km south of
- Banyuwangi: Immediately after you cross the Bali
Strait by ferry. This town entertains you with its culture,
because it is famous for Angklung, Gandrung, and other
festivities, as well as by its beach resorts and surfing
- Batu: Mountain resort much like Bedugul of Bali.
- Blitar: 120 km south west of Surabaya, Blitar
is the location of the tomb of Soekarno, the first President
of Indonesia. It is also the site of the Penataran Temple,
one of the State Temples of the Majapahit Empire of the
- Bondowoso: Visit it for its twice weekly bull
- Grajangan: A not-so-foreign place for avid surfers
(who may come directly by boat from Bali).
- Ijen Crater: At the cener of the Ijen - Merapi
- Magelang reserve, approximately 2300 metres above sea
- Jabung Temple: Remains of the Majapahit Empire,
located 6km east of Probolinggo.
- Jago Temple: 24 km east of Malang, a very attractive
- Jawi Temple: A Hindu and BUddha temple dated
back to the 13th century.
- Madura Island: Across the Strait of Madura, this
island is known for its bull race, which is usually organized
at Bangkalan, a small town 16 km north of the ferry terminal
- Magetan: 183 west of Surabaya, it is a beautiful
hill resort by the Sarangan Crater Lake.
- Malang: Mountain resort with cool and fresh
weather surrounded by magnificent historical artifacts
like the Singosari Temple. Also famous for its fruits.
- Meru Betiri Reserve: A habitat of wild animals:
tiger, black panther, leopard, etc.
- Mount Kawi: One of Java's sacred mountains with
temples and sacred tombs of respected figures of the past.
Popular among the locals as the place to go in search
of wisdom or answers to life's problems.
- Mojokerto: Museum and remains of the Majapahit
- Mount Bromo: The most beautiful, active volcano
located in Probolinggo regency, 145 km south of Surabaya.
- Ngawi: Fascinating archaeological museum exhibiting
fosiilized remains of prehistoric animals and our great,
great, ..., great grand father, Mr Pithecantropus Erectus
found by Dubois at the village of Trinil, west of Ngawi.
- Pasir Putih: Literally translates to White Beach.
You know what you will find there.
- Plengkung Bay: Another one of best surf spots
in the world. Reachable from Grajagan by boat.
- Ponorogo: The origin of the name Reog Ponorogo,
a traditional dance.
- Sukamade Turtle Beach: Night activity: watch
turtles lay their eggs under the sand, everynight, 9pm
- Surabaya: Also called the City of Hero for its
crucial and heroic role in the Indonesia's independence
war, remembered by the Tugu Pahlawan. Surabaya is home
to more than 8 million people.