Except for a few famous landmarks, Java is comparatively less visited than its more popular neighbor, Bali. This however doesnít mean that it doesnít have its own unique attractions up its sleeve.
For one thing, visitors to Java will not find themselves short of green corners to visit and explore.
A tour of the national parks on the island reveal spectacular coastlines, volcanoes just begging to be climbed, and quiet nooks that are just perfect for meditating and being one with nature.
A jewel of a park located at Javaís southwestern tip, Ujung Kulon offers visitors with excellent kayaking and trekking opportunities that offer glimpses of the diverse wildlife inhabiting the park grounds including the endangered Java rhinoceros.
The Park is best accessed by boat though most visitors may find it more convenient and cheaper to book a tour with a group rather than travel independently.
Situated near the hill station town of Bogor, the park makes for a good weekend trip with its many walking and hiking trails set amidst lush trees and all sorts of flora.
For those going up to the peak, it is advised that they prepare what provisions theyíll need and allow for at least 8 to 10 hours for the return trip.
The highest peak at Java at a height of 3,676 meters, Semeru is a two-day trip from the town of Ranu Pani. This particular route also provides good alternatives to the usual trips to see caldera-rim sunrises.
Animal lovers would have a ball at this Park where the probability of sightings of green turtles, wild pigs, jungle cats, and monkeys can be pretty good. Occasionally, there are also leopards and a few odd Java tigers that may be glimpsed among the bushes.
Designed to resemble the African savannah, this little piece of Africa may be found at the northeastern part of Java. The dry months of May to November is the best time to check out the park residents for that is when the usually animals flock to the watering holes in droves.
Another good spot to do some wildlife spotting, this relatively unknown park also features a stunning coastline which includes the beaches at Grajagan. This spot is also better known for its reputation as a mecca for surfing, G-Land.