Dieng Plateau and Karimunjawa

The surprising lofty volcanic Dieng Plateau - a fertile landscape laced with terraced potato and tobacco fields - is home to some of the oldest Hindu architecture in Java.
The surprising archipelago of Karimunjawa consists of 27 coral-fringed islands. Karimunjawa is a 90 km boat ride north of Jepara. Only five islands are inhabited.
• This tour starts in Yogyakarta


Wonosobo Telaga Warna - Warna Lake - Dieng Plateau, Central Java Temples at the Dieng Plateau - Central Java At one of Karimunjawa's secluded beaches - Central Java


Itinerary: Dieng Plateau and Karimunjawa tour - 5 days & 5 nights

More than 400 temples most dating from the 8th and 9th centuries, originally covered this 2000m-high plain. The temples were abandoned and forgotten to be rediscovered in 1856.
Karminjawa its white-sand beaches are sublime. Swimming is wonderful. The pace of life is as relaxed as a destination defined by coconut palms and turquoise seas should be.
Come along on the Dieng Plateau and Karimunjawa tour!

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Meet the Abode of GodDay 1 - symbol. Dieng Plateau - Central Java; lakes, Sikidang crater, and Dieng temple complex

Day 1 - calender symbol; visit Sikidang crater and Dieng temple complexThe Dieng Plateau, also known as 'The Abode of God'

Preferably you will be picked up at 06:00 at your hotel in Yogyakarta. It will take 3 to 4 hours to reach the Dieng Plateau at an height of 2000 to 2100 m.
Dieng Plateau has a million dazzling beauties. Today you will visit Telaga Warna lakeSikidang crater, Dieng temple complex.

Telaga Warna (a crater lake), also known under the name 'the colour changing lake', and telaga Pengilon is an incredibly colourful complex. Telaga meaning lake. Telaga Warna has shades of red, green, blue, turquoise, white, and violet. Depending on where you stand, the position of the sun and probably uncountable other factors, the lake shows its colours. Pengilon lake is pretty much a clear water lake. The water of these two lakes don’t mix.
Sikidang crater is one of the volcanic craters at the Dieng Plateau. Steaming vents and frantically bubbling mud ponds....

The Dieng temple complex is 1.8 by 0.8  km. The complex is divided into three clusters and one single independent temple, Bima. The three clusters are Arjuna, Gatutkaca, and Dwarawati.
The complex was build in the 8th and 9th century and considered Java's oldest Hindu temple complex. Every temple holds its own story.

Sunrise at mount Sikunir, views from Batu Pandang Ratapin Angin, and the Dieng Plateau theater - JeparaSymbol day 2 - sunrise at Sikunir

Symbol day 2 - Dieng Plateau and Karimunjawa tourGolden Sunrise, amazing views and the Dieng Plateau Theater

Your day starts early in this cool area. Your 30 min hike to the top of mount Sikunir starts at 04:00. The sunrise at this particular spot is named the Golden Sunrise. In the background you will find mount Sindoro and mount Sumbing.
After the sun has risen you continue to Batu Pandang Ratapan Angin. A short walk of 45 min leads you to the viewpoint. Spoil your eyes with views over Dieng and the charming Telaga Warna landscape. The reflection of the sun in the lake with a high sulphuric concentration produces amazing colours. 
Dieng Plateau Theater is a cinema that displays documentaries about the history, nature, and culture of the Dieng Plateau. Get to know more about Dieng's mysteries in just 23 min.
Then it is time to check out of your hostel. Get your belongings, freshen up, and head to your hotel in Jepara. It will be a long drive of about 7 hours...


By boat to Karimunjawa - explore the Bounty beaches by bike Symbol day 3 - to Karimunjawa by boat, explore the Bounty beaches

Symbol day 3 - by boat to KarimunjawaRefreshing boat ride and Karimunjawa's sublime white sandy beaches

Depending on the day of the week, you will either have a slow boat or a fast boat. By slow boat it takes 4 hours, while with the fast boat reaches Karimunjawa in just 2 hours. The main land fades, while the blue sea resets your mind.
The next stage of your Dieng Plateau and Karimunjawa tour!
In Karimunjawa you will meet our local team to explain all you need to know. Your motorbike - a bicycle is also possible - is ready for your adventure. Head out to explore the Bounty beaches of this exotic island. Find yourself at one of the perfect beaches to see the sunset.


Private snorkelingDay 4 of your tour to the Dieng Plateau and Karimunjawa and visit uninhabited unthinkable lovely islands

Symbol for day 4 - calender - tour to Central Java with Smartine Indonesia TravelPrivate snorkeling and Bounty islands

Head to the harbour after you mastered your breakfast. Departing by motorbike at 08:30 will do. Meet your captain for your private tour to fabulous snorkeling spots and fairytale islands.
You will leave the main island Karimunjawa behind. Explore some of the uninhabited tropical diamonds as well as several wonderful snorkeling spots around various islands. If you are lucky you can even see turtles or dolphins.
You will have a barbecue lunch with freshly caught fish at one of the islands. Relax and explore while your lunch is being prepared.
Snorkel, swim and enjoy the beaches as longs as you feel up to it. When the sun is about to set, you will be heading back to the harbour of Karimunjawa. You will finish the tour while the sun sets.


Hike to Karimunjawa's highest point and enjoy even more beaches Day 5 - symbol - tour to Dieng Plateau and Karimunjawa

Symbol for day 5 - calender - tour to Central Java with Smartine Indonesia TravelMaster Karimunjawa's highest hill and enjoy even more beaches

Your happy local guide with loads of experience about local nature - and more - is your laughing morning star. After a short discussion the guide will estimate which route up hill will suite your condition. After some hiking - not too heavy - you will find yourself on the canope of the island. Stunning views guaranteed. If you brought some snacks, drinking water and a camera, then please take your time to enjoy the moments.
Depending on your speed and the time you take at the several spots on the mountain, you will be back at your starting point in about 4 to 5 hours.
In the afternoon you will have a free program to do some shopping in the village, try local food, to relax on one of the beautiful beaches, to cycle around the island, to relax in your hotel....

Next morning your Dieng Plateau and Karimunjawa tour ends. You can take the boat back to Jepara or extend your stay on the island. If you need any assistance, let me know.


  • All hotel classes are represented at Karimunjawa.
  • This tour suits those who already visited Yogyakarta and are ready to continue there travels to East or West Java. Once back in Jepara one can travel to Semarang and take the train or just take on of the public buses to the main road if you prefer to travel by bus. We can also organize private transpsort.
  • After this Dieng Plateau and Kariminjawa tour you can continue with a 3 days tour to mount Bromo and mount Ijen.



Tour info - Dieng Plateau & Karimunjawa

DURATION: 5 days
TRAVELERS: no min. or max.


2 travelers: 419
3 or more please contact us

Price includes
: private transport with air conditioning, friendly little English speaking driver, fuel, parking, pick up at your hotel in Yogyakarta, entrance fees to the objects at the Dieng Plateau as per itinerary, transfer to Jepara, accommodation: 5 nights in a standard class hotel (1 night in a homestay as no hotels available, 1 night hotel in Jepara, 3 nights hotel Karimunjawa), meals: 5x breakfast, 1x lunch (fish barbeque during your private snorkeling tour), 3 days motorbike in Karimunjawa, 1 day tour private snorkeling Karimunjawa, 1 half day guided hike in Karimunjawa, 1x fastboat ferry to or from Karimunjawa

Price excludes: travel insurance, personal expenses, all lunches and dinners, optional tours, 1x ferry to or from Karimunjawa, drop off Semarang/Surabaya after Karimunjawa

Reservation - tour start Yogyakarta