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Best time of year to visit Java

The most populated island of Indonesia is famous for its beautiful volcanic scenery and eight UNESCO world heritage sites. The dry season that spans from May to September is the best time to visit Java. It's the prime time to hike up the volcanoes like Mount Bromo, Mount Semeru, Kawah Putih, and Dieng Plateau. Visitors can even see coffee and cocoa harvests. November is also a good month to explore Java and to go birdwatching or surf in West Java. Rice paddies are especially green and beautiful during or right after the rainy season.

20 THINGS TO DO IN JAVA (AUGUST 30 - SEPTEMBER 08)

Mount Bromo

Mount Bromo

April–October • nature

Pay a visit to an active volcano located in the "Sea of Sand"

Kawah Ijen Volcano

Kawah Ijen Volcano

June–August • nature

This volcano is famed for "electric blue lava" and world's largest highly acidic crater lake

Tumpak Sewu Waterfall

Tumpak Sewu Waterfall

April–October • nature

The most beautiful waterfall in Java and possibly all of Indonesia

Borobudur

Borobudur

September–May • activity

Visit the world's largest Buddhist temple temple without crowds

Ramayana Ballet at Prambanan

Ramayana Ballet at Prambanan

May–October • event

A visit to the Hindu temple is even more impressive when combined with an open-air ballet performance

Gereja Ayam or Chicken Church

Gereja Ayam or Chicken Church

all year round • activity

An abandoned church shaped like a giant chicken in the middle of the jungle

Pindul Cave Tubing

Pindul Cave Tubing

May–September • activity

A relaxing activity, but also an adventure, depending on what you make of it

Kawah Putih (White Crater)

Kawah Putih (White Crater)

May | August– November • nature

A striking lake in a volcanic crater is among main attractions in West Java

Tea Harvest

Tea Harvest

all year round • activity

Visit beautiful Indonesian tea plantations where tea leaves are picked by hand

Coffee Harvest

Coffee Harvest

June–October • activity

Coffee is called java for a reason. Back in the 1800s, the main source of the world's favourite drink was the Indonesian island

Birdwatching

Birdwatching

May–October • nature

Indonesia will amaze you with its avian world unlike any other

Wayang Kulit Puppet Theatre

Wayang Kulit Puppet Theatre

all year round • activity

This art from ancient times is fascinating even without understanding the language—enjoy the music and the mysterious dance of shadows!

Surfing in West Java

Surfing in West Java

March–November • activity

Great surfing spots include Pelabuhan Ratu Bay, famous for its rolling waves

Tangkuban Perahu

Tangkuban Perahu

June–September • nature

Visit Bandung's most famous volcano and try some food cooked on its heat

Dieng Plateau

Dieng Plateau

May–October • nature

A volcanic plain called Abode of the Gods thanks to its heavenly beauty

Sea Kayaking

Sea Kayaking

March–December • activity

One of the best ways to explore the untouched beauty of Indonesia

Climbing Mount Semeru

Climbing Mount Semeru

April–November • activity

The abode of Hindu gods and the tallest mountain on the island can be conquered with some effort

Rainbow Village (Kampung Pelangi)

Rainbow Village (Kampung Pelangi)

all year round • activity

A former slum area has become an Instagram hit thanks to vivid paint colours

Krakatoa Island and Volcano

Krakatoa Island and Volcano

May–October • nature

Visit one of the most deadly volcanoes in the world while it's still in a peaceful state

Cocoa Harvest

Cocoa Harvest

March–July | September–December • nature

Witness various stages of chocolate production in Indonesia

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Java Mouse-Deer Breeding

Java Mouse-Deer Breeding

November–December • nature

This tiny animal is unlike any other deer in the world

Yadnya Kasada

Yadnya Kasada

June 17–19, 2019 • event

Tenggerese worshippers bring offerings to the crater of Mount Bromo volcano

Solo Batik Carnival

Solo Batik Carnival

July 26–28, 2019 • event

The colourful festival celebrates Indonesian culture and heritage

Rice Terraces

Rice Terraces

October–March • activity

Visit iconic lush green rice paddies where farming is still done the same way it was hundreds of years ago

Chinese New Year

Chinese New Year

January 25, 2020 • event

Celebrated by millions of Chinese Indonesians this holiday brings lots of color and joy

Jakarta International Java Jazz Festival

Jakarta International Java Jazz Festival

February 28–March 01, 2020 • event

One of the biggest jazz events in Southern Hemisphere