Indonesia. Emerald of the Equator. Millions of visitors every year, bucket list destination for many others. One of Lonely Planet’s Top 10 Countries to Visit in 2019. Well, I felt it was my duty to travel all the way to Indonesia so you don’t have to.
Nusa Penida island, a short hop away from mainland Bali, can still just about be considered a “hidden gem” .On one hand it’s a blessing. It provides a slice of (almost) unspoilt wilderness with lush forests, beautiful beaches and gorgeous vistas.
Yogyakarta, or Jogja as it’s lovingly known is one of the most fascinating cities in Indonesia. This bustling university town is also the cultural heart of the country attracting artists and bright minds from across the land. Its proximity to some of Java’s most famous sights makes it a great base to explore the island from.
With two Java volcano hikes already in the bag, it was time for possibly the most impressive of them all. Visiting the Kawah Ijen (Ijen Crater) to see the volcano’s mesmerising blue flames was a massive highlight of my Indonesia trip.
Most travellers will only be familiar with Banyuwangi for two reasons. It’s often either the first or last stop on an overland trip through Java (depending on whether you are heading to or from Bali). It’s also a great access point for exploring the Kawah Ijen volcano.
Mount Bromo is one of Java’s most famous attractions and one of over 40 active volcanos on the island. Its setting among the stunning landscapes of Bromo Tengger Semeru National Park makes it a popular tourist destination. Visiting Mount Bromo should be high on any East Java itinerary and I’ve put together this guide to help make your trip as smooth as possible.
My plan to have a nap before hiking Mount Merapi failed miserably. After getting back later than expected from a day of sightseeing, I was running late. I barely had time to grab snacks and a shower before the car pulled up outside just before 10pm.