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Our most recommended Java Day Trips

From Bali: Private Mount Ijen Crater Volcano Midnight Trek

1. From Bali: Private Mount Ijen Crater Volcano Midnight Trek

Embark on an exciting and unforgettable midnight hike up Ijen Volcano leaving from Bali and trust that this 24-hour adventure is worth the time. Begin your trek in pitch-black darkness and reach the crater in time to see the world's largest blue flame area, rising up to 16 ft. Hike back down as the sun rises and take in panoramic views of the magnificent natural surroundings.  The trip begins with pickup from your hotel and then a 4-hour drive to Gilimanuk Port, where the ferry for Java departs. Arrive at Ketapang, and go out for dinner to get energy for the hike. After your meal, set off for Mount Ijen’s blue fire, and arrive an hour and a half later at the base of the mountain. By midnight, the trek to the summit will start. The trek up will take around two hours. At the first stop, enjoy a spectacular view of the night sky and a photographer will teach you how to take photos of the stars. Head down to the Ijen Crater, which will take another 40 minutes. After a rocky path down to the bottom of the crater, see from a distance the mesmerizing electric blue fire from the volcano’s lava. Going back to the crater’s rim, be greeted by the breathtaking view of the sunrise overlooking the surrounding scenery. The trek will end at a local warung to eat breakfast before returning to Bali and your hotel.

From Bandung: Day Trip to Kawah Putih

2. From Bandung: Day Trip to Kawah Putih

Immerse yourself in the untouched beauty of nature and the lush green forests of the Ciwidey area at the enchanting Kawah Putih crater lake. Explore this gorgeous destination without having to worry about transportation and the like with this 8-hour tour from Bandung. Get picked up by your guide at your hotel/accommodation, then immediately head 50 kilometers (31 miles) south of the city to arrive in Kawah Putih. Once there, check out the stunning sight of the lake, surrounded by locals and campers milling about. Walk along its clear waters as you take photos, before you travel to Glamping Lakeside, a resort located by Kawah Putih. Take a quick break for lunch at the nearby restaurant that's shaped like a ship, at your own expense. Next, tour the Rancabali Tea Plantation, one of the most beautiful tea plantations in Bandung. Learn about how it runs on a day-to-day basis from your English-speaking tour guide as you wander through the tea bushes. Get up close and personal with the wildlife at Rancaupas Deer Conservation Center, where you'll get to see cute deer and maybe even pet them by buying some treats. Your last stop for the day is a local strawberry farm. Pick and sample tasty strawberries, before you pack up and get dropped off back at your hotel in Bandung.

Yogyakarta Instagram Tour: Volcano, Jungle Swing & Waterfall

3. Yogyakarta Instagram Tour: Volcano, Jungle Swing & Waterfall

First, head to the Merapi Volcano and be awed by the magical views. Take cool photos and learn about the history of the volcano and its endless stories. Visit the Kalibiru nature park, where you can take stunning pictures with a background of the lake and jungle. Your next scenic spot will be at the 'Sky Swing' located in the Menoreh hills, about 850 meters above sea level. Experience incredible and challenge yourself with around 18 meters of rope and fly above the valley and jungle. Last but not least, end your day by visiting the hidden waterfall and enjoy a refreshing swim. If you go on a weekday, it is likely that you will have the waterfall all to yourself.

Yogyakarta: Jomblang Cave Tour

4. Yogyakarta: Jomblang Cave Tour

On this private tour you will visit Jomblang Cave, and witness a heavenly light where it feels as if angels could descend. Use rappelling equipment to descend around 59 meters to the bottom of the cave, then walk about 270 meters through a slippery muddy tunnel to the spot where you will catch this spectacular ray of light. You will have around 4 - 4.5 hours to fully explore the cave before being returned to your hotel.  

From Yogyakarta: Dieng Plateau Golden Sunrise Trip

5. From Yogyakarta: Dieng Plateau Golden Sunrise Trip

Following pick-up from your hotel in Yogyakarta at midnight, the journey to Dieng Plateau will take about 3 hours by car. The hike to the Dieng Plateau sunrise viewpoint at the top of Sikunir Hill takes 20-30 minutes from the foot of the path that leads you to the top. On a clear day, you can see up to 8 volcanoes from the top of this hill.  From the top of Sikunir Hill, you will head to Telaga Warna Lake via Batu Pandang Hill after the Dieng Plateau sunrise. Telaga Warna Lake, or ‘Colourful Lake’, contains water that can change in fluctuating colors. At times it can be green, purple, yellow or even taking the colors of the rainbow! This phenomenon occurs when the sun hits the water due to its high sulfur content. From Telaga Warna Lake, you will next visit Sikidang Crater, which is an open sulfur crater with angry bubbling mud and bellowing steam. It’s set among a bumpy and dusty landscape that will make you feel like you arrived on another planet. Not far from the crater, you can also visit the Arjuna Temple Complex which houses eight small Hindu temples that date back to the seventh century.

Best of Yogyakarta: Private Customized Full-Day Tour

6. Best of Yogyakarta: Private Customized Full-Day Tour

There’s much to see in Yogyakarta and the surrounding area. Book this private customized day tour and experience all the city has to offer including its local markets, food, Javanese culture, and the most important sights around Yogyakarta. Your guide will pick you up from your accommodation in a modern, air-conditioned SUV vehicle (Xenia or Avanza). Benefit from an itinerary that can be altered and adjusted according to your interests and go to wherever you’d like on this 10-hour program. If you love having the freedom to choose and have fun at your own pace, then this is the best way to discover Yogyakarta and the surrounding area.

Jakarta: Bogor Cultural Tour with Botanical Gardens Visit

7. Jakarta: Bogor Cultural Tour with Botanical Gardens Visit

The tour starts with pickup from your accommodation in Jakarta, then it’s time to escape the hustle and bustle of the busy city and travel out into the peaceful countryside as you head to the nearby city of Bogor. Admire the stunning scenic views along the drive and see a side to Jakarta you might have missed if you stayed in the city. Your first stop of the day is Bogor's beautiful botanic gardens located at the heart of the city. These world-class gardens cover an area of around 85 acres and were officially opened by the Dutch in 1817. Early researchers used these gardens to develop a variety of crops including tea and tobacco, and the park is still a major center for botanical research in Indonesia. Next, take a visit to one of the very few remaining gongsmiths in Indonesia and watch how the traditional techniques are still in use today. Learn about the way the instruments are melted over fire and beaten by hand, a process which takes weeks to produce just one gong. After the gongsmiths, immerse yourself in the traditional Kampung way of life at a local handmade puppet souvenir shop. Follow the winding streets of Kampung to find the store and admire the incredible array of wooden puppets on display from the factory.

From Bali: 24-Hour Trip to Ijen Crater & Javanese Breakfast

8. From Bali: 24-Hour Trip to Ijen Crater & Javanese Breakfast

A professional guide will lead your trip. The guide's passion and knowledge of the terrain will give you access to the best views and most spectacular sights as well as inform you about the geography and history of the volcano. Depart from Bali at 1:00 PM to begin your journey to the active volcano of Kawah Ijen in East Java. You will arrive in the early evening and enjoy a local dinner and a rest in your room. You will climb to the rim of the 2370-meter volcano, before descending to the crater floor. This is the only place where you can see the ethereal blue sulfur fires and watch the Javanese workers harvesting sulfur. As dawn breaks and the light changes, your dramatic surroundings will reveal themselves from your position beside the largest acid lake in the world. Before returning to Bali, you will stop to enjoy a hearty home-cooked Javanese breakfast. Please come along for this once-in-a-lifetime experience. Your professional guides and careful planning will assure you have a safe and memorable trip to the heart of Kawah Ijen.

Yogyakarta: Jomblang Cave & Prambanan Sunset Full-Day Tour

9. Yogyakarta: Jomblang Cave & Prambanan Sunset Full-Day Tour

After pickup from your accommodation in Yogyakarta, head straight to the Jomblang Cave to kick off your adventure through Indonesian nature and culture. After being outfitted with rappelling gear, you’ll descend nearly 200 feet to the bottom of the cave before scrambling through a muddy tunnel.  Emerging from the tunnel, you’ll experience what can only be described as heavenly — at the bottom on an immense cave, rays of sunlight stream down towards you through a small hole at the top. After basking in the glow, you’ll exit the cave, bound for the Pramabanan Temple compound. As the sun sets, you’ll explore the largest Hindu temple complex in Indonesia, picking up firsthand knowledge of the country’s rich religious traditions. If you so choose, you can hire a local guide at the temple complex for a tour to enrich your experience. After ambling through the stunning collection of stone temples, you’ll head back to your accommodation in Yogyakarta.

From Semarang Port: Borobudur Temple Private Shore Excursion

10. From Semarang Port: Borobudur Temple Private Shore Excursion

Start your Borobudur Temple shore excursion as you exit from your cruise ship. At the ship's Pier, you will be greeted by your friendly and professional driver/guide. They will be holding a sign with your name on it for ease of contact. Once you hop in your comfortable, air-conditioned minivan you will set off on your adventure. Sit back, relax, and enjoy the sights as your driver negotiates the journey from Semarang Port to Borobudur Temple. Learn some local stories from your friendly guide while you in the vehicle, or even hop-off the van and taking beautiful holiday snaps as your wish. Once you have arrive at Borobudur Temple, explore a UNESCO’s World Heritage Site and discover seated Buddha statues beneath each bell-shaped spire. Admire its grandeur, beauty and benefiting from the knowledge of your experienced guide. This is the greatest way to ensure you see world's largest Buddhist temple in your limited time. When your visiting time at Borobudur Temple is completed, you will be taken back to your cruise terminal with a guarantee before your ship departs, ensuring a relaxing end to an exciting day.

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What people are saying about Java

Our Guide Cokey and our driver for the day Brother Bud have made sure we had an excellent day. In Bandung city center our guides arrived perfectly on time and brought us to the White Volcano. Cokey is a real entertainer and told us many stories about the area, the volcano and the lake. But you can also ask any question you will have. He has an answer on everything. After the volcano we stopped at the Deer Station, the Lake, and the tea planatation. Then a real nice lunch at an exvellent restaurant. We learned from cokey how to eat rice in the real indonesian way. In all an excellent day. Thank you Cokey and Bud!

A mega good excursion Started with our pick up at the hotel by our driver Gusti (clean car), he took care of everything (food/drink) the whole trip. On site we met our tour guide Mr. Andi, a former miner. We felt safe the whole tour, he knew the best places to take photos and also knew the right times when it was best to be where. He took such great photos of us and explained a lot about the volcano to us. After the tour, our driver Gusti took care of the traditional Indonesian food before we went back. We felt safe and very well looked after the whole time. I can only recommend this trip.

Cokey was a great guide, had a lot to tell and a good sense of humor, very open person with whom it is easy to bond. The crater lake was truly an experience to remember as was the small crater with the steam baths. Deer resarvation was also nice but a bit of a tourist trap. In addition, the tea fields were beautiful

We were a group of two adults and two small children, 5 & 8. Our guide/driver Ahmad was very patient, quick to enjoy the moments with us and very knowledgeable. He helped make this a very special day. Please ask for him!

great guide, good english, we were allowed to choose everything when and where & he was super knowledgeable