A few photos from my trip to Java and Bali in April 2008.
I spent 2 weeks on a tour from Jakarta to Bali.
The rich volcanic
soils and plentiful tropical rains enable lush vegetation to grow on
With more than 115 million people, it is the most populated island in
There are lots of rice paddy-fields throughout the island.
Pangandaran is is
a small town on the southern coast of West Java.
It is a popular tourist destination, having a beach which is considered
to be one of the finest in Java
and which offers excellent surfing.
The tourist part of the town is located on a narrow isthmus with about
250 metres separating
an east-facing beach from a west-facing one.
The west-facing beach at
Pangandaran is the finest for swimming an has excellent regular waves.
At the end of
the isthmus, close to the resort, there is a national park.
local guide enticed a scorpion from its hiding place under a log
with a small piece of chicken on a string.
is known as a centre of classical Javanese fine art and culture such
as batik, ballet, drama, music, poetry and puppet
At the Sultan's Palace in Yogyakarta.
largest Hindu temple compound in Indonesia, located approximately 18 km
east of Yogyakarta.
there are eight main shrines or candis, and more than 250 surrounding
The three main shrines, are dedicated to the three gods:
Shiva the Destroyer, Vishnu the
and Brahma the
Not long after its construction, the temple was mysteriously abandoned
and began to deteriorate.
Reconstruction of the compound began in 1918. The main
building was completed in around 1953.
The temple was damaged during the earthquake in Java in 2006.
Most of the temples were fenced off, but we were able to get close
enough for a good look.
is an imposing eighth century Mahayana Buddhist monument about 42km
About 130 metres square, it comprises six square platforms topped by
three circular platforms,
and is decorated with 2,672 relief panels and 504 Buddha
A main dome is located at the centre of the top platform,
and is surrounded by 72 Buddha statues seated inside perforated stupa.
The monument is both a shrine to the Lord Buddha and a place for
The journey for pilgrims begins at the base of the monument
and follows a path circling the monument while
ascending to the top through the three levels of
namely, Kamadhatu (the world of desire);
Rupadhatu (the world of forms); and Arupadhatu (the world of
During the journey, the monument guides the pilgrims through
a system of stairways and corridors
with 1,460 narrative relief panels on the wall and the
Evidence suggests Borobudur was abandoned following the fourteenth
century decline of Buddhist
and Hindu kingdoms in Java, and the Javanese
conversion to Islam.
In 1814, Raffles, the British governor of Java following the
was informed about a big monument in the jungle and is credited with
in Bali, has a dark sand beach with no surf.
the beach in Kuta,
is run by volunteers.
Kuta has the best
beach that I saw in Indonesia.
Kilometres of white sand with regular, even surf, just right
for either body or board surfing.