The city of Semarang, capital of the province of Central Java, sits precisely in the center of the northern seaboard of the fertile and densely populated island of Java.
In the 15th century the Chinese emperor’s emissary Zheng He, otherwise known here as Admiral Cheng Ho, set foot here on Java, its auspicious occasion commemorated in the temple of Gedung Batu. From the 17th century onwards, Semarang became a busy entrepot for spices and from the 20th century on a busy harbor for trade and passengers when travel was made predominantly by sea. This strategic position of Semarang has made the city a melting pot of Chinese, Indian Arab, and European cultures.
West of Semarang are the batik centers of Pekalongan while to its east are
the towns of Demak, Kudus, Jepara and Rembang, cradle in the growth and spread of Islam on Java. While to its south, in its hinterland, lie the temple regions of Borobudur, Prambanan and the Dieng Plateau, as well as the royal cities of Yogyakarta and Solo. This scenery south of Semarang is beautifully green and fertile, highlighted by many volcanoes and lush paddy fields. Many international cruise liners today make Semarang their port of call to allow passengers to visit these important ancient world heritage sites.
While to the north of Semarang are the still pristine islands of Karimun Jawa, a heaven for divers. Don’t forget to visit Gedung Batu where stands the old Chinese temple and the recently erected statue of Admiral Cheng Ho.
Travelers to Central Java do not need to go far to enjoy marine life, above and below the sea. The Karimunjawa archipelago, located in the Java Sea, north of the capital city of Semarang, has everything to offer divers and backpackers who enjoy trekking and snorkeling along a pristine beach. The Karimunjawa National Park (not to be confused with the Karimun Islands in Bintan, Riau) is one amongst seven marine national parks in Indonesia. Taking only a four to five-hour trip from Semarang, you will be surrounded by natural beauty, so that you wish that you could stay there forever.
Separated from the larger Java Island, the marine conservation area is far from the hustle and bustle of the metropolis, although it floats geographically only 120 kilometers off the north coast of Semarang between Java and Kalimantan. Such distance forms a natural fence from physical degradation and has made it culturally resilient from modern influences.
Karimunjawa was formally declared a Marine Protection Area in 1986 encompassing some 272,000 acres, with the largest part being sea. Then on February 22, 1999, it was signed as the Karimunjawa National Park. The pristine beaches and seas are home to healthy coral reefs that scatter in an 80 kilometers wide area all the way to the coast of Jepara, a Central Java town, wellknown for its top-drawer furniture.
There are 27 islands in this national park, where only 5 are inhabited. Towns and villages are set on the island of Karimunjawa (the largest island), Kemujan, Nyamuk, Parang, and Genting.
Best time to visit the Park is between April to October. Being the closest marine national park from Central Java, Karimunjawa attracts those who wish to take in its natural beauty and learn about marine life.
The name ‘dieng’ which literally translates as ‘abode of the Gods’ says all you need to know about this collection small ancient temples set in the remarkable volcanic landscape of the Dieng Plateau. The misty location, sulphurous springs and colored lakes truly make this a place of natural wonder and cultural significance.
Come here and you will be transported back to ancient times. The temples are remnants from the glorious period of the Hindu empire in Java dating back to the 7th and 8th centuries. Standing on a plateau 2,000 meters (6,500 ft) above sea level, it is the extraordinary setting of these temples which make them most remarkable. It is believed that this place was chosen as the sacred location because of the spectacular landscape.
The natural splendors of this location are fascinating. From lakes with green and yellow hues to the pristine waters of the reflective ‘mirror’ lake, the natural beauty of this spot is superb. The mirror lake is particularly impressive as it offers a perfectly reflective image of the landscape.
Once you’ve walked to the top of the Dieng plateau you will feel like you are on top of the world. It will be difficult to know just where to look as the view from the plateau takes in steaming and colorful lakes, ancient temples and lush green landscape.
For a truly amazing spectacle, arrive at the plateau at sunrise and you will be spoiled with not one, but two amazing views of the sunrise, a ‘golden’ and a ‘silver’ sunrise. This double sunrise is a unique natural phenomenon. Visitors take in the first ‘golden’ sunrise from a watch tower while the second ‘silver’ sunrise can be seen from the temples.
Even the drive to the plateau offers impressive sights. On the way up, visitors will pass through tobacco plantations and beautiful mountain scenery.
DIENG has a million dazzling beauties, with an extraordinary natural and cultural wealth. In this region, in addition to shady green trees and beautifully patterned Hindu temples, here is also a beautiful natural gift called Telaga Warna, (the Colorful Lake), an icon of this area.
The harmony of nature with its clean, cool air makes the atmosphere at Telaga Warna Dieng very compelling and relaxing. The mystical atmosphere created by the white mist that envelopes the area, as well as the tall, shady trees which surround the lake, exude a feeling of refined calm and relaxation.
This Lake is appropriately named Telaga Warna due to a natural phenomenon that causes the water of the lake to change in fluctuating colors. At times it is green, yellow, purple or even taking the colors of the rainbow. This phenomenon occurs because of the high sulfur content in these waters, so that when the sun hits the water, it reflects in varied colors. You can also see around the center of the lake, a section of water which appears to be bubbling; which is also due to its high sulfur content.
Dieng was a volcano, which erupted and destroyed its peak. This highland was made of dead cauldrons which filled with water to become a lake. The lake dried and was used for Hindu religious activities.
Historically, Dieng was a ritual site for Hindu followers. Up to the present, 22 ancient Javanese epigraphs tell about Dieng as a center for religious activities. Here, you will be astonished by temples near the Museum.
When entering the museum, you will see Dieng’s antique sculptures. After that, you could climb steps to an information room where you could get as much information as possible, such as the history of Dieng highland and its temples.
Several panels provide information about the life of local inhabitants in the highlands. Some panels also tell about their lifestyle and agriculture, and information about local Mosques and Mushallas, arts, and the Myth of Anak Bajang. Other panels provide more information about the Dieng highlands as a center for Hindu ritual activities and about its temples.
Soekarno Hatta International Airport (Jakarta) – Semarang Airport – Check In Semarang Hotel – Semarang Old Town – Dinner – Free Time
*Meals : Lunch (L)
Breakfast at Hotel – Checking Out Semarang Hotel – Go to Tanjung Mas Port – On board Fast Boat KMC. Kartini – Go to Karimunjawa – Arrived at Karimunjawa Island – Check In Karimunjawa Cottage – Lunch – Explore Karimunjawa Islands Session I – Dinner – Free Time
*Meals : Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner (B, L, D)
Breakfast at Hotel – Explore Karimunjawa Islands Session II – Lunch – Explore Karimunjawa Session III – Dinner – Free Time
*Meals: Breakfast and Lunch (B, L)
Breakfast at Hotel – Checking Out Karimunjawa Cottage – Go to Karimunjawa Port – Onboard Fast Boat KMC. Bahari Express – Go to Jepara – Arrive at Jepara Port – Lunch – Go to Semarang – Check In Semarang Hotel – Dinner – Free Time
*Meals: Breakfast and Lunch (B, L)
Breakfast at Hotel – Checking Out Semarang Hotel – Go to Dieng – Lunch – Check In Homestay Dieng – Explore Tuk Bimo Lukar Holy water fountain – Explore Arjuna Temple Complex – Explore Kaliasa Museum – Explore Colourful Lake – Explore Dieng Plateau Theatre – Dinner – Free Time
*Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner (B, L, D)
*Meals: Breakfast and Lunch (B, L)
Breakfast (include) at Hotel – Free Time – Checking Out Semarang Hotel – Go to Semarang Airport – See you!
*Meals: Breakfast (B)
• 7 nights accommodation
4 Star Hotel at Semarang (4 night)
Hotel at Karimunjawa Island (2 night)
Homestay at Dieng (1 night)
Inclusive of fuel costs, parking & toll fees, and drivers’ expenses
• Explore Semarang
• Explore Karimunjawa National Park
Mangrove Trekking || Hoping Islands || Snorkeling/Diving
• Fast Boat to/from Karimunjawa Island
• Boat at Karimunjawa Islands
• Snorkeling equipment
Inclusive of mask, snorkel, fin and life jacket
• Explore Dieng Plateau
Tuk Bimo Lukar Holy Water Fountain || Arjuna Complex || Kaliasa Museum || Dieng Plateau Theatre || Telaga Warna ‘Colourfull Lake’ || Sikidang Crater || Sikunir Hill || Dieng Sunrise || Highest Village in Java ‘Sembungan Village’ || etc
• Meals as stated in the itinerary
• All permits, entry fees and activities stated in the itinerary
• Drinking water during the trip
• Guide and/or Tour Leader
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