Java is the largest island in Indonesia, so we split it into western, central and eastern Java. In western Java, you have the capital and financial hub of Indonesia, Jakarta. Jakarta is not your must-visit cities, and people usually only visit Jakarta for business meetings and conferences. That being said, Western Java has other places to explore like Bandung. Here are some off the tourist tracks in Western Java.
Off The Tourist Tracks in Indonesia
Indonesia is the largest archipelago in the world. It contains more than 8,000 islands in the region. Indonesia is also known for its crystal-clear water, white sandy beaches and some of the world’s friendliest people. Here, we share some of the unusual off the tourist tracks in Indonesia, starting with Western Java.
- Western Java: Jakarta, Bandung, Palau Macan
- Central Java: Yogyakarta, Kebumen
- Eastern Java: Mt Bromo, Mt Ijen
- East Nusa Tenggara: Flores Island
- West Papua: Raja Ampat
- Northern Sumatra: Aceh
- South Sumatra: Belitung Island
- Bali: Bali, Gili, Lombok
If you have to be in Jakarta, here’s some things to do that is off the beaten tourist tracks.
Book your stay near your meetings. Honestly, the traffic is horrible and you will spend more hours in traffic than meetings. Try to limit the need to use the car, if possible!
Check out Sunda Kelapa
Sunda Kelapa is the old port. It still has some of the most fascinating old boats that transport goods to the smaller outlying ports and islands in the Indonesian archipelago. You can wander around and the security guards will not bother you. You may need to pay some small amount to the guards, but that is it.
Spend the day in a mall
I know, that is why you visited Jakarta. But I must admit that they have some beautiful malls to occupy you when it’s hot with bad traffic outside. Check out their posh cinemas and indulge in a Hollywood film for just pennies.
Pulau Macan (aka Tiger Island)
This is one of the islands that is near Jakarta but decorated with pristine clear sea. Just 2 hours by speedboat from Jakarta, Pulau Macan is where you find peace and quiet. This is perfect for scuba divers, people who love snorkelling, water sports or just a quiet, beautiful and eco-friendly destination, away from the busy city of Jakarta!
Stay: Pulau Macan Eco Village & Resort. They are the only option and they have plenty of room types – from couples to groups and family.
Lambang province in Bandung is one such area with plenty of greenery and fresh air, and it’s a three hour drive from Jakarta using the toll expressways. In Bandung, you can find sprawling hills and restaurants by the hills and waterfalls.
- Cimahi Waterfall: waterfall just located off the highway
- Cinulang Waterfall: waterfall located in the village of Sindulang
- Maribaya Waterfall: bring a flashlight if you want to explore the relic cave
- Omas Waterfall: waterfall just below a suspension bridge
- Cibareubuey Waterfall: this is truly off the beaten tracks because the jungle trails are so dense, you need a local to help you navigate through
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