Java is home to Jakarta the capital city of Indonesia. What this chaotic capital lacks in idyllic beaches and palm-lined avenues it more than makes up for with its world-class nightlife, fascinating colonial history, and its exceptionally hospitable and helpful locals.  Although it is one of the most densely populated islands in the world it offers beautiful landscape.
Sakapura is situated in East Java, at the foot of the towering Mount Bromo Volcano, the village of Sukapura serves as a popular stopover for travellers on their way to the spectacularly scenic Bromo-Tengger-Semeru National Park. This farmer’s village serves as the capital of the Kecamatan district and boasts a largely Hindu culture. Just a short trainride away is Yogyakarta considered the soul of Java, Yogyakarta – commonly known as Yogya – is rich in culture; with art, dance, music and theatre all readily available. This massive urban centre, with a population of well over a million, skillfully maintains its rich cultural heritage while embracing modernity. This city is also a great place to stopover for visits to Borobudur.

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Airport: Soekarno-Hatta International Airport

Local Language: Bahasa Indonesia and Javanese

Fun Fact: With more than 450 different bird species, Java is a bird watcher’s paradise.

Waisak Festival- May (first full moon)

Waisak Festival at Borobudur is celebrated on the evening of the first full moon in May. Buddhist monks gather at Borobudur Temple. The monks form a procession from the village of Mendut to the temple to celebrate the birth, the enlightenment and the death of Buddha. This festival is absolutely stunning to watch and tourists can view this from the grounds of Borobudur, but not from the temple itself.

Jember Fashion Carnival- August

This parade through the town of Jember takes place every year and is a chance to see some amazing costumes. They hold a different theme each year, but this is a good chance to see some traditional costumes of the area as well. If you are interested in costumes this is an amazing event to go to.

Yadnya Kasada

Yadnya Kasada is celebrated by the hindu communities up in the highlands near Mount Bromo. The origin of this tradition is that many years ago a princess and her husband were unable to have children so they meditated on Mount Bromo to the mountain gods who gave them 24 children on the condition that they sacrifice their 25th child. To honour this the local villagers travel up the volcano to throw offerings into the crater such as fruit, money, livestock and flowers. This offering is thought to bring luck with agricultural and livestock abundance.

Eid al-Fitr

With one of the largest muslim populations in the world Eid is very important to indonesian families as it marks the end of ramadan. Thousands gather at Mosque's for Eid prayers, celebrating the special event with family and friends. This celebration has a vibrant atmosphere and the sound of prayers is beautiful. You can observe or join in this tradition. This celebration takes place on the 10th month of the muslim calendar.

The temperature in Java stays at around 28°C (usually between 21 °C and 33 °C) all year round, however it is cooler in the volcano regions. The best time to visit depends on what you would like to do during your visit.

The rainy season in Java is between November and March. The highest rainfall comes in January and February so if you are interested in hiking and volcanoes this is not the best time to visit as certain areas close as they are inaccessible. In the wet season it doesn't rain all the time, it is just has heavy showers. So if you are not planning on hiking this is still a great time to visit as there is always somewhere to step into while the shower passes.

May to October is the dry season, this is the best time to visit for hiking, cycling and sunbathing. We recommend that you avoid Java in July and August as it is peak season, everything is very busy and very expensive.

The shoulder months of May and October are great as it is not as humid, still nice and warm and it is less busy. This being said a lot of the festivals are held in the summer months when the islands are the busiest.

The shoulder months of May and October are great as it is not as humid, still nice and warm and it is less busy. This being said a lot of the festivals are held in the summer months when the islands are the busiest.

Month Jan Feb March April May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Max °C 30 31 31 32 33 33 33 33 34 34 33 31
Min °C 24 24 24 25 25 24 23 23 24 25 25 25
Rain mm 226 168 126 143 96 64 43 29 37 90 175 173

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