Indonesia Route Guide, 3-week itinerary
This 3-week itinerary through Indonesia is a day by day route taking you to the highlights of East-Java, Bali, and Flores. Feel free to add more days if you have the time and note that each day includes a link to a details article about that location.
Day 1 – 2: Yogyakarta, Java
The hippest city of Java, Yogyakarta, is a great start of your route through Indonesia. Visit Indonesia’s largest Hindu complex; Prambanan, the underground mosque, and Borobudur. Yogyakarta has an international airport and is connected to many transit airports like Kuala Lumpur or Singapore.
Day 3: Train to Malang
Take the early morning express train from Yogyakarta to Malang. It is an 8-hour comfortable train ride that takes you on a scenic route along with small villages & vast rice fields. The express train to Malang is the best way to travel between these cities.
Day 4 – 5: Malang, Java
The higher located city of Malang has a much more comfortable climate. Malang is one of the more surprising locations on your Indonesia route due to its beautiful waterfalls like Coban Putri, Coban Rondo, and Tumpak Sewu, green tea plantations, and the rainbow city Jodipan in Malang, which is a former slum area painted to attract visitors.
Day 6: Bromo, Java
Start day 6 with an incredible sunrise over the active Bromo Volcano. Now, don’t forget to bring something warm because it will be freezing cold before sunrise. Luckily, this is the only cold place on your Indonesia route.
To get there, you could either leave Malang in the afternoon of day 5 and stay in Bromo village or get out back midnight on day 6 and drive from Malang.
Bromo hotel recommendation: Pagupon Hotel
Day 7: Ijen Crater, Java
Visit the Ijen crater in the middle of the night to see the ‘blue fire’ and the sunrise over the aqua blue crater lake. The hike to the top is pretty steep, which makes it quite challenging; however, the view on the crater makes it up to you!
It’s time to follow your Indonesia route to the island of gods; Bali! From the Ijen crater, it is 30 minutes to the harbor where the ferry is waiting for you. Once on Bali, it takes 3 hours to reach Canggu.
Day 8 – 10: Seminyak or Canggu
Seminyak and Canggu are two fantastic towns popular for its surfing, beach clubs, and an incredible choice of restaurants. Take a day to relax and recover because you just did two sunrise mornings on Java. The beach, a coconut, delicious food, and the nearby rice fields will make sure you recover well.
Arrange a taxi + boat transfer from Ubud. It takes about two to three hours to reach Penida Island. On your last night, make your way back to Kuta, Bali, and spend the night near the airport. Book a return flight from Bali to Labuan Bajo tomorrow you are heading to Komodo National Park.
Day 17: Labuan Bajo, Flores
Labuan Bajo is a little port town on Flores island. It is the entrance to UNESCO labeled Komodo National Park, home of the Komodo Dragon. Labuan Bajo itself has not much to offer so use it as a stopover before you head on a boat into the park. The flight to Labuan Bajo from Bali only takes 45 minutes.
Day 18 – 20: Komodo Islands, the highlight of your route through Indonesia
Close-off your 3 weeks in Indonesia with the best part; a 3-day boat trip in Komodo National Park. The park is world-famous for diving and snorkeling where you can expect to see manta rays, sea turtles, dolphins, small sharks, and millions of colorful fish. The hiking paths are mind-blowing and don’t forget about the pink beaches, yes pink!
Getting around Indonesia
The islands in this Indonesia Route; Bali, Java, and Komodo National Park are all well connected. Travel easily with a backpack or suitcase via trains, planes or by car. In the populated areas, you can also use transport services like Go-Jek.
You can easily arrange transport from your current location in Indonesia. However, we recommend booking your flights in advance.
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When to visit Indonesia
May until October are the best months to visit Indonesia. There is a year-round temperature of 28°C although in the wet season is between October & April it can feel a lot warmer. The wet season is not a bad as it sounds. It is a daily heavy and short rainfall, some days cloudy but some days beautiful weather.
How much does Indonesia cost?
Your budget for a 3-week Indonesia route depends on where you stay and eat. A stay at a guesthouse ranges from 6 – 35 USD a night depending on the popularity of your location. This is similar for eating, Indonesian food ranges from 1 – 3 USD per meal whereas Western food can go anywhere from 3 – 15 USD per meal.
Average prices in Indonesia:
- Hotel: 30 – 100 USD / night
- Food: 15 USD / day
- Transport: 10 USD / day
- Simcard: 2 USD / 6GB
- Motorbike: 5 USD / day