Jakarta tropical paradise, private tour this captivating capital with over 13,000 beautiful palm-fringed islands and the melting pot of over 300 ethnic groups.
Jakarta Indonesia its captivating seaport capital is a blend of so many things traditional and modern standing side by side in a reminder to its motto ‘Unity in Diversity’.
Once the centre of the spice trade and a major transport route it is now home to millions of people from all around the world and is a real mixture of cultures and languages each one leaving their mark on this cosmopolitan capital.
Jakarta also has the reputation of having the best nightlife of the whole of Asia and the buzzing bars and trendy nightclubs are alive with partygoers well into the wee hours. Read More...
Relaxing Balmy Beach Days or Historical Wonders the Choice Is Yours on This Guided Tour of Jakarta
With the warm waters of the Indian Ocean lapping at its Palm fringed shores the tropical capital of Jakarta is a melting pot of religions and culture. Take private tours of the many Mosques and Cathedral a legacy of the millions of people now living here and their many religions and languages.
Take a break at the colonial style Batavia Cafe stuck in time and a great place to people watch
Learn about the once thriving spice trade and the financial meltdown at the Bank Museum on a sightseeing city tour
See the whole of Indonesia's 27 provinces in one day at Indonesia in Minature, marvel at their architecture
Relax on one of the many small islands, take in some sunbathing or snorkelling
See the amazing puppetry and the Wayang Museum, puppets through the ages and a show at the end
Pick up some bargains at the flea market, have a light hearted barter with the local vendors
Top 10 Things to Do in Jakarta
Museum Bank Indonesia
The expertly restored neo-classical Bank Headquarters is now the home of the Museum Bank of Indonesia. A private tour took us through a loose perspective of the country through its trades and commerce. From its once thriving trade in spice to the 1997 financial meltdown it experienced it gives an informative and detailed background to this point in time. The best for me was the bank notes in the gallery from every country in the world
Indonesia in Miniature
A private tour here is a fantastic way to see the whole of Indonesia's 27 provinces in one day. The centrepiece of the park is a stunning artificial lake surrounded by pavilions each of which house a different province. The richly designed buildings inside are architecturally perfect and also includes cultural items from each district. Breathtaking gardens house a heavenly display of hundreds of varieties of Indonesian orchids and are not to be missed.
Fringed with swaying coconut palms, the golden beaches of these stunningly perfect islands, are just a short private tour boat ride away. Consisting actually of 128 small islands in the Bay of Jakarta, they are the perfect location for reef diving amongst the vivid, multi-coloured coral, snorkelling and even fishing amongst the swarms of tropical fish. A real paradise away from the madness to just escape and stay in one of the many beachside cabins.
Indonesia's largest mosque and one of the biggest in south-east Asia was built in 1961 and also houses an Islamic Elementary School and High School. Built to commemorate Indonesia's independence and is constructed mainly from marble. A private tour guide will take you to the second floor and give you a history of the mosque as the ground floor is strictly for prayer. A fine example of Islamic artwork set in picturesque gardens.
Twin spires piercing the cloudless blue sky, is the iconic landmark, Jakarta Cathedral and it can be seen from most of the city. Approaching this magnificent building on your sightseeing tour, you immediately notice the elegant architecture and stained glass windows. Inside it is a masterpiece of coloured, intricate carvings and the serenity of the peaceful Prayer Hall offers a welcome to those in need of healing.
Jakarta Old Town
Batavia the Dutch colonial old town was once the centre of commerce before independence and being renamed Jakarta. The colonial buildings hark back to the glory days and each building has its own history and story. Walking this district takes in the De Groote River and its Dutch drawbridge and the luxurious Merah or red building once the residence of the Governor. Wander and take in the history on a private tour.
Dedicated to Javanese puppetry, we found this superb museum on the main square. An interesting display of authentic puppets originating on the Island of Java and various islands in the area. We were given a history of traditional puppetry from its humble beginnings to present day and there was a fabulous showcase of puppets from across those eras. We were lucky to catch a fascinating performance of the Gamelan at the end of our visit
Flea Market at Jalan Surabaya
A wander round a market is always on the itinerary of a good holiday and this one will not disappoint. We browsed the many stalls and shops selling mostly intricately hand carved wooden souvenirs but also some traditional porcelain all at reasonable prices. It was fun to poke through the mounds of old bronzes and bottles on many of the stalls and we even found an old working gramophone. Now if only my case was bigger.
When you are all museum-ed out and are in need of a bit of relaxation then head for the Batavia Cafe. Built in the colonial style of the time in 1850 it sits on the main square looking across to the old City Hall. Inside the interior is lavishly decorated with stunning wooden walls and high windows giving it an airy feel. The delicious fresh food and the coffee really hit the spot. A lovely place to sit by the window and people watch.
Waterbom Water Park
There is nothing better than spending a relaxing day lazing in the water park with its lazy river and wave pool. While the kids disappear off into the safety of the park to enjoy the amazing variety of slides and activities you can while away the hours with a book or a spot of sunbathing. Or get your own adrenaline pumping and join them in the thrills and spills of this family park. Bring out your inner child.
Travel Tips for Jakarta
Best Time To Visit Jakarta
Depending on your holiday, exact holiday requirements is when you should choose to go. April, May and September are the dry season so is the best time to find a bargain with accommodation and flights and also would be less crowded. Religious holidays are many so you need to research these before you book and if there are certain ones you want to see arrive before they start as everything tends to either shut down or go slow.
Typical Costs in Jakarta
Again depending on the type of holiday you want will determine the amount you will need each day. On average 120$ a day would be reasonable and this would include eating out several times at some of the better restaurants and even a few private tours. Taxis are not too expensive but, as anywhere, make sure they open their metre when you get in. Tour guies or tours can be booked ahead of tour holiday and save money and time.
Know Before Visiting Jakarta
Always dress and act appropriately especially at religious sites and temples. Indonesians are very religious so shoulders and legs should be covered and even some restaurants will stipulate this too. If you cannot live without your social media, you could have a problem with the wifi internet service and there are not many free spots to connect to and a connection charge will be made at most places. local guides are cheap and plentiful.
Weather in Jakarta
The dry season in September and April-May is probably the best time to visit for most although, of course, it is also the most uncomfortable for some due to the heat. The rainy season, although not particularly cold, is still a good time to visit as less crowded but remember this if you are planning trekking as the monsoons also bring with them a lot of mud as well as rain. Storms are relatively short lived and clear up pretty quick.