We lived in Jakarta for 30 months and took every opportunity to explore the wonderful island of Java and the neighbouring islands of Sumatra, Bali and Lombok. Jakarta is a perfect base from which to explore South East Asia, Australia and New Zealand. The links below give further details of some of the locations featured in this collection.
In the North of Jakarta lies Sunda Kelapa harbour, literally coconut harbour, a fantastic sight with traditional dhows shipping goods, mainly teak, all over Asia and beyond.
Ubud, Bali. The artistic centre of Bali, up in the hills and slightly cooler than the coast.
Gili Islands, or Pulau Terawangan in Bahasa Indonesia, are a small group of islands about 5 miles off the coast of North East Lombok, when we went the only transport was a small outrigger. No cars coupled with outstanding beaches and diving.
Bandung, Java is the capital of West Java and is the centre of much of the tea growing industry in Java.
Borobudur is the largest Budhist monument in the world and dates from about 800 AD, it is now a Unesco world heritage site. It is near the fascinating city of Yogyakarta, known as Jogja.
Prambanan, a ninth century Hindu Temple, is another Unesco World Heritage site close to the city of Solo in Central Java.