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PICTURES: Salatiga-Ambarawa

Located on slope of Mt Merbabu, both cities are accessible from Semarang. It takes about 1 hour drive from Semarang. There are places of interests can be visited here.

This waterfall is a horsetail plunge waterfall located on slope of Mt Merapi, one of the most active volcanoes in the world. It is very unique as we can see the mountain and waterfall from this one place. It is definitely one of the most scenic place in Java. You can just take picture as the view point like the picture above or you can trek down to the waterfallwhich takes about 30 minutes walk.

It is recommended to come here on non weekend days. On weekend taking picture like this can have longer queue. Best time to visit is during dry season, June to September, however even on rainy season Mt Merapi can still be seen though sometimes cloudy.
Ketep Pass is a view point to see the view of Mt Merapi and Mt Merbabu. The compound also as theater and museum about Mt Merapi and Mt Merbabu.
Replika of Mt Merapi at Ketep Pass Museum
Ambarawa is about 30 minutes from Salatiga. One of the most popular destination is Railway Museum, There are some old locomotives displayed here. Visitors can also watch movies about Indonesia Railway ina train-like room.
The building of railway museum is from East Indies period. If you love old Dutch building, you will love observing around.
Pinus Kragilan is a pine trees popular among domestic tourist to enjoy selfies and take photograph.

PICTURES: Off Beaten Path of Mount Ijen area, Banyuwangi, Indonesia

Ijen Crater may have been the well-known destination and must-visit place in Java or Indonesia. But there are so much to see, taste and do and feel in the surrounding of Ijen Crater. The road less traveled awaits you here.

This is the view of Mount Ijen with the rice terrace located in the village. The village is so quiet, locals are friendly, and the rice fields are everywhere. Coconut trees grow lushly. Certain village locals make coconut sugar made of coconut flower extract. We cal also join them to see the making process.
We cal also meet locals processing coffee. This is the wine coffee process. The cherries put inside a plastic bag for natural fermentation and it will create wine taste on coffee.
Visiting the manual coffee roasting process. They will show you the difference between coffee bean of arabica, robusta and liberica. You can also try to roast yourself. The manual coffee roasting uses fire and earthen pan.

This is the fresh coffee after roasted. It is best to be grin and served after about 2 days.
And what about trying Ijen coffee, roasted by locals and served by locals? It is a perfect experience.
And this is the locals menus of Banyuwangi you can find in the village. If you are okay eating at small food stall where locals go. It is fresh steamed vegetable, chilly sauce, chicken, tempeh, mushroom crispy and chicken soup. These are perfect for lunchtime.
Osing tribe, the indigenous people of Banyuwangi, has special snack. It is steamed coconut stem. It is yummy to have when its hot while enjoying coffee.

PICTURES: Tukad Cepung Waterfall and Goa Raja Waterfall, Bangli, Bali

Tukad Cepung Waterfall can be reached by about 40 minutes walk from the parking area. It is located in a river stream in a semi cave canyon. No wonder on rainy season the waterfall can be dangerous and may not be visited. However the waterfall is beautiful and especially in dry season and good weather, visitors can stand under the waterfall to try this massage by the water.
Goa Raja Waterfall is more quiet as it was not so popular yet (2019). The waterfall is located in a semi cave nature that it is called as Goa raja or big cave. The waterfall is higher than Tukad Cepung Waterfall. A pool will be constructed with natural setting at the waterfall where visitors can swim. There are smaller waterfall located here where visitors can unwind under.


East Penida has also beautiful beaches to enjoy. If you are beach person, maybe stay one night at the island to explore the Eastern and Western Part of the island on different days.

This is the view point of Molenteng, also where the tree house popular among instagrammer to take picture with the treehouse.
The tree House of Molenteng overlooking Diamond Beach where visitors can take picture with the gorges view.
Diamond Beach can be reached by walking about 30 minutes through steps. During day time can be very hot. Please be prepared with sunnies,hat and sunscreen.
Diamond Beach is playful beach. The white sand will welcome you and as well the waves to play with.
Located next to Diamond Beach is Butuh Beach which is a bay beach that its water is very calm and safe to swim and soak our body. Just like the Diamond Beach, it can also be reached by walking about 20 minutes descend.


Bangkalan consists of karst areas. It has two popular destinations which is /was limestone mining at Arosbaya and Jaddih Hill. Arosbaya Limestone Hill is located about 2 hours drive from Surabaya. There are food stalls but no restaurants nearby the area. If you love trying local foods, you can try duck menus which is the specialty of this region.

The carving of the limestone from years of age creates an exotic outlook. Ferns and some root from above creating more artistic look. This will remind us of a Lara Croft of Indiana Jones universe.

The tunnel to the further limestone is decorated by gradation of the limestone. The walls look like brick shape because the mine produced bricks.
Visit here during weekend is the best as it is more quiet. The location is a little bit off, but nearby Aer Mata Ibu Royal Cemetery.
The time has painted on the white limestone canvas creating beautiful gradation.
As social media becomes popular, this place withdraw visitors for taking picture and shared on social medias. But not just for photographed, we will understand the character of Madura people, they are hard workers.

Woolly fimbri weaving tour

In the past women weaved fimbristyles into mat, they buy the dry fimbristyle locally known as mendong. And this recent years, not many people do this intricate work anymore. Only elder women who still make the this weaving.

This tour will take you to join the female weavers to market to purchase the material and then learn about making the mattress. You will learn to color until weaving the mattress.

This tour will take place in Wonosobo, Central Java Indonesia. Beside also in Yogyakarta. This tour is suitable for you after visiting Dieng Plateau.

After Dieng Sunrise and Dieng Plateau Tour and then drive to market to buy the dry fimbristyle at local traditional market. Take horse-cart from Market to the village.
Afterwards drive to Maduliya Village or other village for weaving program.
You will learn to color and then weave into mat of small size.
And then drop you to Yogyakarta/Borobudur Area/ Wonosobo Area.

-Private Vehicle
-Horse-cart ride
-Tour Guide
-Lunch at local house

Bali Odyssey

Known as the “Island of Gods”, Bali has diverse landscape within few kms from tropical forest with its wildlife, calm exotic volcanic lake and cliffs with rumbling waves below. And even just about less than an hour drive, there are so much adventures to experience.

Roaming in Bali will not only give something to see, but also a lesson of spirituality, joy, positive energy, and letting go. It is more than just an exotic tropical paradise, it is a feeling. It is might be the best place to go to celebrate, to forget and move on and also a place to make things happen.

Tirta Gangga Water Garden

This enchanting water garden nestles at the eastern part of Bali. Often overlooked by visitors, the Eastern of Bali is rich of diving spots and more quiet. There are natural swimming pools to jump in which flows from Rajasa spring. It is a place to cool down and rejuvenate after hiking to Pura Luhur Lempuyang. The core of the water garden is the eleven levels of fountain, pond with stepping stones to see the fish and where travelers love taking photograph at. Other places worth a visit nearby Tirta Gangga are Taman Ujung Sukasada, a watercastle with colonial style building and then Tenganan Village, a Bali Aga tribe village to see the hundred years of indigenous Balinese culture still preserved.


A green tranquil village located in Bulelerang regency is an ideal ashram to unwind. In the morning while enjoying the breakfast can enjoy the green cloves plantation and rice terrace afar and afterwards can continue to odyssey by exploring some rumbling waterfalls located in Munduk. Waterfalls can be reached by trekking from minutes to one hours, at least spare half day will be perfect to see some waterfalls. Humble food-stalls can be a resting place for a cold drink or snack. The idyllic village is also spices haven.

Jatiluwih Rice Terrace

The vast rice terrace in Jatiluwih will last for eternity. It is one of UNESCO’s world heritage for its subak irigation system. It is relaxing to stroll along the pathway through rice field. Do not miss to stop by at Uludanu Temple which is exotically built at Lake Bratan, where in the afternoon sometimes we can see locals dancing kecak. There are off-the-radar places enroute such as Angseri thermal spring.

Pictures; Sikarim Waterfall , Central Java, Indonesia

Sikarim Waterfall is located about 45 minutes from the city of Wonosobo and as you can see in the picture the waterfall is tiered type waterfall that we can not hear the roar. It is still very impressive to unwind at the waterfall, especially the rock cliff. The rick cliff can be an abseiling site.
You can visit this waterfall after visiting Dieng Plateau. Best time to visit is during the wet season when the water flows in bigger amount. However in dry season like July and August, the water is more clean.

Pictures :Tumpak Sewu Waterfall Tours, Pronojiwo, Lumajang, East Java, Indonesia

Pronojiwo is a land of waterfalls, a piece of paradise. There are some waterfalls can be seen here, from horsetails, fan and tiered. Spare at least 2 days too visit all waterfalls. And as it is a little dangerous, recommended to be accompanied by local guide while exploring the waterfalls.

This is Tumpak Sewu Waterfall or Coban Sewu Waterfall seen from the lookout. The lookout is not so far from the parking area. It is best trekked from Lumajang area, not from Malang area, If accessed from Malang, the path is more extreme, while from Luamajang is less extreme and also beautiful.

Tumpak Sewu Waterfall is more mystical and magical when it is a little misty. Just wait few minutes and it will be clear.

After trekking through sloppy path, bamboo stair, creek, and vegetation, there it goes, the Tumpak Sewu Waterfall. The roar of the falls, the mist in the air and dramatic foliage of colocasia jeweled with misty spray is such an unforgettable experience.
We stop by at this beautiful waterfall located on the way to Tumpa Sewu Waterfall, the locals call it Air Terjun Bidadari or Angel’s Waterffall. There is a cave behind the waterfall when sometimes people meditate.
No matter how older we get, it is always exciting to see the waterfall, whether it is full size or the mini one like in the picture.
The nirwana cliff is located after few minutes walking from Tumpak Sewu Waterfall. It is a fan type waterfall which flows to mini blue lake as below picture.
Mini blue lake located nearby Nirwana Cliff where travelers can enjoy soaking to rejuvenate.
A tiered waterfall that travelers must trek to reach Tetes Cave. There is another tiered waterfalls which is more sloppy to reach Tetes Cave.
Tetes Cave mouth is covered by small waterfall where you will definitely be showered if you want to enter the cave. The cave itself is not so large, however it is beautiful as we can see the stalactite and stalagmite and some pillars.
Kapas Biru Waterfall is a beautiful horse tail waterfall which can be reached by 45 minutes walk in slow pace. Travelers will need to go down stairs as well. the bamboo tree nearby the waterfall makes the surrounding dramatic.
Walk about 30 minutes from Kapas Biru Waterfal, located Coban Sriti or known as the twin waterfall. It is a segmented plunge waterfall. It is 120 meters high and the cliff surrounding it is very impressive.

Kabut Pelangi Waterfall is a 100 meters high plunge waterfall, this waterfall can also be reached by trekking about 40 minutes.


East Java is one of the best destinations in Indonesia. It is rich of natural beauty, and it is not an exaggerating that some travelers say that East Java is a piece of paradise, East Java stretches from Pacitan eastward to Banyuwangi.

Not only natural resources the island is has also cultural attractions such as temples, and also traditions. East Java is not only inhabits by Javansese but also other indigenous tribe such as Madurese, Osing and Tenggerese.

Below are activities can be done in East Java:
-River Boating
-Gemstone enthusiast
-Exploring Old Temples since Singhasari to Majapahit Kingdom Period
-Village trip
-Family Tour to Malang Batu for some theme parks and educational activity
-Volcano Hiking
-White Water Rafting
-Waterfall Treking
-Turtle Tour
And there are more, And it can take more than 15 Days too explore all of them.

You can start from Surabaya but East Java is best to be explored start from Yogyakarta, to Pacitan and all the way to Banyuwangi.

Are you interested to explore East Java deeply, feel free to contact us. You can also combine this with Yogyakarta/Central Java Tour , Bali, Borneo or Komodo Flores.