A booming city of over 3 million, Surabaya offers many good hotels,
shopping centres and entertainment. Its well stocked zoological
garden include several species of Indonesian fauna like "orang
utan", komodo dragon and a collection of nocturnal animals.
Kalimas is an old traditional harbour for the world famous Bugis
schooner "pinisi" which sailed the Indonesia seas for
hundreds of years. At present those praus can still be seen in their
former glory with big colourful sails.
Mpu Tantular Museum, well-stocked with archaeological art and cultural
items from prehistoric times until independence.
Across the Strait Madura, half an hour by ferry from Surabaya is
the island of Madura, famous for its unique bull races held each
year after harvest season.
For groups, the races can be arranged on request. The Regional Tourism
Offices of East Java provides a monthly calendar of events of the
One of the most exciting experiences is watching the sun rise from
the crest of the Bromo volcano which is a three-hour drive from
Surabaya, followed by a pony ride from the village of Ngadisari
over a sea of sand to the food of the volcano. Ascend the 50 steps
to reach the rim.
On the vast expanse of sand, formerly a caldera, there are two volcanoes:
the extinct Batok which is a perfect cone and the Bromo.
Volcanic sulphur fumes. while during intense rumbling sounds the
surrounding population who believes in the God of Bromo quickly
The annual offering ceremony of Kasada is held on the 1 4th day
of Kasada, the twelfth month in the Tenggerese calendar year.
In 1991 it was held on November 23-24. It is a colourful event where
villagers from the surrounding areas bring their produce of sacrifice
to the holy volcano.
Ponorogo is located southwest of Surabaya at a distance of 200 km.
A bigger town closest to it is Madiun, which lies on the main highway
between Surabaya and points west of it in Central Java. So, out
of Madiun it would be a sidetrip to Ponorogo, if you care to witness
the Festival Reyog, held here on the 17th of August each year, highlighting
the area's traditional drama and dance. Otherwise you may want to
visit Ngebel Lake nearby, whereas batiks and basketry of this region
are also well-known.
Baluran National Park/Wildlife Reserve
Located at the eastern tip of East Java, just off the Surabaya -
Banyuwangi mainroad, it is dry country-side of open forests and
scrubland, bordered at the coast by marshes, swampy groves and white
beaches. A landrover or jeep is perhaps the only vehicle that can
stand the long hauls accross these rugged grassy plains. Here, the
banteng wild ox, deer and birds can be photographed in their natural
Trowulan - Pandaan - Tretes
The surroundings of Trowulan village is believed to be the site
of the ancient capital of Majapahit. Archaeological excavations
in the area have recovered many terracotta ornaments, statues, pottery
and stone carvings which are displayed at the Trowulan Museum. The
map in the museum is a guide to nearby sites of historical interest.
The Candra Wilwatika open-air theatre in Pandaan, 45 km south of
Surabaya presents classical East Javanese ballet performances on
each full moon night from June to November The performances are
based either on the Ramayana stories or East Java's legends and
folklore. The backdrop of Mt. Pananggungan gives the performances
an enchanting experience.
Up to ten km from Chandra Wilwatika is Tretes, one of the most beautiful
mountain resorts of East Java. Hotels and roads cling to the hillside
with swimming pools for a dip in the cool climate. Horses are also
available for hire. Camping ground is available near the Kakek Bodo