We strongly advise prospective teachers to research travelling in Indonesia online. Overland travel by train or bus is extremely reasonable and
there are several points of interest in East Java. Flying remains good value and there are many promotions available. Common weekend breaks include Bromo, Jogja, Sendang Biru (dry season), Trawas, Madura, Bali and Lombok. Bromo is one of Java’s most beautiful live volcanoes. Jogja is very close to Borobudur Temple (one of the world’s largest Buddhist monuments and is one of the 7 wonders of the world) and is one of Indonesia’s four special districts, as it maintains a traditional Sultan and his palace. Sendang Biru is an isolated island in one of East Java’s National parks. Located on the South Coast it is a popular spot for free camping during the dry season. Around East Java there are many mountains and volcanoes to explore and the popular mountain towns of Tretes and Batu make for a nice refreshing weekend away. Don’t forget to bring a jumper or jacket as it can be chilly at night.
Madura is an island next to Surabaya, accessible by bridge, and is home to the famous annual Bull races. There are also beaches to explore on
the island. Bali is a favourite destination amongst English teachers and it is easily accessible from East Java via a night train, minibus services or daily flights. Lombok is popular for good snorkelling and scuba diving with quieter beaches and less tourists (compared to Bali). The Gili islands are welcome get away from it all and can be reached from Bali via speed boat or Lombok.
One of the best things about living in Indonesia is the places you can visit, of which there are hundreds and far more than is possible to be covered in this page.
More articles about living in Indonesia
- Sidoarjo city guide
- Cost of living in Indonesia
- Money, banks and saving
- Is travelling expensive?
- Are weekend breaks possible?
- What can I do outside of work?
- What about the food? Being vegetarian?
- Western women in Indonesia
- What’s the culture like?
- EF housing