Java is the most populous island on Earth, boasting a mind boggling population of 150 million. More than half of the inhabitants of Indonesia live here, which is astounding in a nation that is made up of over 17,000 islands and stretched over 740,000 miles (1,919,000 km).
Java is no little island, though. With an area of 49,536 square miles (128,297 square kilometers), Java gives its millions of inhabitants a little room to breathe.
Many of Indonesia’s huge cultural events throughout history have taken place on Java. Influential Hindu, Buddhist, and Islamic empires reigned here over time, and even the Dutch colonists dipped their fingers in the pot.
In the 1930’s and 40’s, independence was fought for and won on the island, maintaining Java as the centerpiece of Indonesia.
Indonesia’s capital city and one of the most populous in the world. Jakarta is now considered an upcoming metropolitan city in Asia with 5 star hotels, glamorous shopping malls and no shortage of places to eat. Jakarta is constantly evolving but you’ll still find shanty settlements, roadside warungs and street vendors across the city. When in Jakarta always expect the unexpected and when the traffic gets too much, a diving trip to the nearby Thousand Islands is the perfect weekend getaway.
Massive Jakarta could easy soak up a week of your time. This is one of the epicenters of Southeast Asia, with excellent cuisine and crazy nightlife.
A little ways out, go to Yogyakarta to see the tremendous temples and to enjoy the mountain air.
Once you fly in, public transportation is your best friend. Get around towns by taxi or bicycle. Getting from town to town is best accomplished by bus or train.