Top 10 Beaches near Jakarta

If you are looking for beaches near Jakarta to get away from the city, you have come to the right place. Our list of beaches are reachable from Jakarta on just land or plus boats, from as little as 3 hours and up to 6 hours or more. Paradise is worth some effort!

Nobody would ever thought the landlocked Jakarta city has beaches, but you will be surprise how you can get to some beautiful ones in no time. Beaches are the one of the best getaway from the hustle and bustle of this metropolitan city. Here is our list of beaches nearby Jakarta that you can get ti

Beaches at Jakarta

Ancol Beach

This beach is located in the North Jakarta. It is the most well-known beach and the closest one from the city center since you don’t have to cross the sea by boat to get into this place. Ancol beach is inside the main complex of Taman Impian Jaya Ancol (Ancol Dreamland). It is divided into six different beaches; Pantai Karnaval Ancol, Pantai Festival Ancol, Pantai Ria Ancol, Pantai Indah Ancol, Pantai Beach Pool or Ancol Lagoon, and Pantai Marina Ancol. Besides staying in the best hotels in Jakarta and just visit this place, or stay at this nearby well rated Hotel Grand Mercure Jakarta Kemayoran * which has free shuttle to this place or a new up and coming cozy Peggy Apartment * with a sea view.

Ancol Beach, Jakarta, Indonesia
Beautiful sunset at Ancol Beach, Jakarta. Photo by Starco

Beaches around 3 hours from Jakarta

Beach at Macan Island

This is an exclusive and private island with only 30 minutes away by boat from Marina Ancol, Jakarta. Scuba diving is a favorite activity here. This exclusive island allows only up 30 guests each time. Hence, it is reserved for those who are out to splurge. This island is well known for combining eco concept with modern technology. It is also no doubt a favourite of many romantic getaways.

Macan Island, a private paradise.
Macan Island, a private paradise. Photo by Christine und David Schmitt

Anyer Beach

The next nearest beach is about 150 km away from Jakarta and it is called Anyer Beach. This beach is famous for its beautiful sunset here. While for those who like activities, there’s water sports, snorkeling and surfing at this beach. Staying for one or two nights here would be enough. Accommodations are available from hotel, villa, cottage, and homestay. Best place to stay on Anyer Beach * itself is at the Hotel Aston *, a luxury villa with Indonesian charm. If you prefer nearer to Anyer town, then Hotel Aston * is for you with its own private beach and sunset dining option.

Anyer Beach, Jakarta, Indonesia
Anyer Beach, Jakarta, Indonesia. Photo by Rudi Ardiansyah

Carita Beach

Beside serving as a gate to into Peucang Island, Carita Beach is worthy as a destination itself. This beach has a wealth of resources such as fish, seaweed, and other marine products. Together with a long sandy beach and an amazing view of Mount Krakatau, you can enjoy the rhythm of the waves along with fresh breeze. Carita Beach can be found after you exit at Serang, coming from Jakarta. A good place to stay near Carita beach is the Villa Roca Layung *.

Beautiful sunset at Carita Beach near Jakarta.
Beautiful sunset at Carita Beach near Jakarta. Photo by Sita Basuki

Pasir Panjang Beach on Sangiang Island

If you are a big fan of underwater life, then Sangiang Island is a good choice. The route to Sangiang island is quite easy. From Jakarta, get to the city of Serang, Banten, and then you can use public transport or car directly to Cilegon and head direcly to Paku Anyer Port. Take a boat about 45 minutes then you will find one of the hidden paradise in Banten. If you snorkel or dive here, you will find thousands of clownfish down there. Unfortunately, there are no resorts is built here yet but you can stay at the local houses or homestays.

Pasir Panjang Beach, Sangiang Island, Jakarta, Indonesia
Leave Your Footprint on Sandy Beach. Photo by Isti

Beaches about 6 hours away from Jakarta

Sawarna Beach

Sarna beach is about 280 km from Jakarta. The fastest route is starting from Jakarta to Serang Timur – Pandeglang – Malimping – Bayah then Sawarna. This place is still very much off the radar since there are no public transportation that take you directly here. Most visitors drive here themselves. A tourist attraction here is the iconic large rock which the local people call Batu Layar. The waves are also good for surfing at this beach. If you plan to stay longer, some resorts are available with sea-view rooms and other facilities. At such less touristed place, it’s your chance to try out an authentic homestay, such as Sawarna BimBim Seaview Homestay *

Batu Layar Beneath The Sunset
Batu Layar Beneath The Sunset. Photo by Jeffrey Manzini

Ujung Genteng Beach

Find a typical white sandy beach with sun dancing on the sea which is safe to swim in at Ujung Genteng Beach. It takes around 4 to 5 hours from Jakarta to get here, first with a bus going to Sukabumi and then by public transport to Lembur Situ – Surede – Ujung Genteng. The route is steep and uphill but once your eyes finally meet this coastline, you will forget your long journey. Turtle Beach Hotel * is a good choice here with its own private pool and direct beach access, plus there’s BBQ!

Irresistable Ujung Genteng Beach.
Irresistable Ujung Genteng Beach. Photo by Deku Kertorahardjo

Peucang Island Beach

A close by province to Jakarta called Peucang has one hidden beach which you can easily visit during your weekend. Peucang Island is located inside Ujung Kulon National Park in the Pandeglang district, Banten. It is truly a heaven in the westernmost part of Java Island. Here you will find soft white sandy beach, clear blue sea, and stunning coral reefs. There are also deers playing around at the beach! This place is accessible by taking speed boat for 3-4 hours from Sumur Dock or Carita Beach.

Peucang Island, Ujong Kulon National Park.
Peucang Island, Ujong Kulon National Park. Photo by Wahyu Widhi

Tunda Island Beach

Nearby beaches to Jakarta are mostly located in Banten area and this one is another stunning beach on Tunda Island. The location is farther compared to Sangiang. Take a bus from Jakarta to Merak, get off at Pakupatan Serang Terminal then continue the journey by public transport directly to Karangantu Port take a 2 hours boat ride to the island. This place is great for snorkeling with rich coral reefs.

Tunda Island, Bahasa Indonesia
Tunda Island, Bahasa, Indonesia.  Photo by ASYFTRR11 via Wikimedia Commons

Pahawang Beach

From Jakarta, you can take bus to Merak Port to cross Sunda Strait for 3 hours reaching Bakauheni Port in Lampung. After that, head to Ketapang Dock and take boat for 2 hours to finally get to Pahawang Island. This remote island is worth the effort to get to, especially for marine life lovers. Snorkeling is the best activity to do here but besides that, it is great to walk down the beautiful white sand beach that are lined with rows of palm trees.

Pahawang Island, Indonesia
Pahawang Island, Indonesia. Photo by Fidelia Zheng

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Best Jakarta Airport Hotels

If you are looking for a hotel near Jakarta’s airport, here is our list of the best ones for you. Be it for a short layover or if you have a late arrival or early flight, these hotels would be your best pick.

Whenever you are looking for a hotel near an airport, always look out for shuttle services, best if they are complimentary. This will help a lot towards your peace, especially if you are going to catch a flight.

Here is our list of best hotels near Soekarno Airport in Jakarta:

Luxury Hotel (from 100 USD)

Bandara International Hotel managed by AccorHotels

Another one from the Accor group, this 5-star hotel is the nearest luxury you can find at the Jakarta airport. The hotel provides free airport transfer plus outdoor poo, relaxing spa treatments and gym facility. The are 4 dining options here and guests can also arrange day trips from here if you have some time to spare. The surrounding garden and lakes make this a retreat itself.
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Mid-range Hotel (50 – 100 USD)

FM7 Resort Hotel – Jakarta Airport

One of the best hotels near Soekarno Hatta Airport in Jakarta, it comes with a free aiport shuttle service. This 4-star hotel features swimming pool, fitness center, spa and massages. There’s also 24 hours restaurant to serve the late or early fliers. This would be a great choice if you want to skip the hustle and bustle of Jakarta.
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Jakarta Airport Hotel managed by Topotels

What this hotel may lack from the other ones recommended here, it made it up with its location. Situated right inside Terminal 2 Jakarta Airport, this hotel has been serving many flyers for a long time and is well trusted by the locals.
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Budget Hotel (below 50 USD)

Ibis Styles Jakarta Airport

The trusted brand of Ibis comes to the rescue here with their budget hotel that’s situated just 7 minutes from the airport. You can be sure to find the standard Ibis quality here of clean and modern rooms with good facilities. Breakfast starts as early as 3 am for those who want to catch an early flight.
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Best Hotels in Jakarta

Jakarta is the largest city in Indonesia and finding an accommodation here can be daunting. Here’s our list of the best hotels in Jakarta to help you out, if you are wondering where to stay.

As the main hub of Indonesia with its international airport, it serves many airlines to and from around the world. That is why despite it all Jakarta tourism is still rising and popular. Jakarta is famous for its buzzing nightlife and as a shopping haven.

The best areas to stay in Jakarta would be the north Jakarta * or central Jakarta *, having most of the tourist attractions here.


Luxury Hotels (from 150 USD)

The Hermitage, by Marriott, Central Jakarta

A really beautiful refurbished colonial house made into an elegant hotel. The location is also really strategic, being near a train station and quick access to the city center and beyond. With an outdoor pool, a gym, luxurious lounge area and restaurant situated in a courtyard, this hotel also gives a romantic atmosphere with some rooms opening up to a back garden. This is the place you would want to impress and indulge your partner.
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Ritz-Carlton Hotel Jakarta Pacific Place, Kuningan, Central Jakarta

For those who want a high security and well-known hotel with world-class services. You will find all the usual luxury here, with impressive outdoor pool and bar, featuring a view of the city skyline. Kuningan area is also well known for its upmarket, shopping malls and restaurants all well located with good sidewalks.
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Mid-range Hotels (50 – 150 USD)

Oakwood Premier Cozmo Apartment Hotel, Kuningan, Central Jakarta

For those looking for luxury and with comfort of a home. This hotel comes with apartment suites completed with kitchen, dining and washing facilities. Breakfast are also included and the location is also strategically located in Kuningan. This would also be a good fit for a family or a group.
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Harris Vertu Hotel Harmoni, Gambir, Central Jakarta

For those who are looking for the best value mid-range hotel in the middle of the action. It is situated smack in between all the top must see things in Jakarta. Recommended for smart travelers who wants to cover everything in a short time. Modern clean rooms, an outdoor pool with a view, spa, gym and restaurant. This hotel has good reviews from many travelers.
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FM7 Resort Hotel – Jakarta Airport

One of the best hotels near Soekarno Hatta Airport in Jakarta, it comes with a free aiport shuttle service. This 4-star hotel features swimming pool, fitness center, spa and massages. There’s also 24 hours restaurant to serve the late or early fliers. This would be a great choice if you want to skip the hustle and bustle of Jakarta.
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Budget Hotels (below 50 USD)

Yello Hotel Harmoni, Gambir, Central Jakarta

For those on a budget but wants an alternative to a hostel. This place comes with private rooms set in a hip and stylish budget hotel style. The location is great, just walking distance to the National Monument park. There is also a restaurant if you are too lazy to go out and brave the traffic at the end of the day.
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Wonderloft hostel, North Jakarta

For those on a budget and still want to be in the city center. Located in the north, this hostel is right at the corner to the famous Jakarta’s Old City, Fatahillah Square. It has a charming mix of old colonial style with hipster-inspired interiors. Best value for money!
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Waterfalls to Visit in Banyumas, Central Java

Banyumas is one of twenty-nine districts in Jawa Tengah (Central Java) province, with Purwokerto city as the capital.

Located near Mount Slamet -the biggest mountain in Jawa island- and surrounded by valleys and rivers, Banyumas has plenty of beautiful waterfalls or “curug” the locals would say.

Not so many are opened for public, but here are five I would recommend you to visit:

Curug Cipendok (waterfall)

Curug Cipendok (waterfall), Banyumas, Java Indonesia

Curug Cipendok (waterfall), Banyumas, Java

Karang Tengah village, Cilongok sub-district – ±15 kilometers west from Purwokerto

The highest waterfalls in Banyumas (92 meters high).

Entrance ticket: IDR 7,000. They may give us a bottled drink, but I suggest you NOT to take it because they will charge you another IDR 3,000 and the drink tastes weird. Unless you want to keep it as souvenir.

Flying fox (for beginners) costs only IDR 10,000.
Roasted corn ± IDR 3,000.

Curug Gomblang (waterfall)

Curug Gomblang (waterfall), Banyumas, Java Indonesia

Curug Gomblang (waterfall), Banyumas, Java

Baseh village in Kedungbanteng sub-district – ±12 kilometers west from Purwokerto

Two waterfalls with large water debit, but amazingly peaceful under. Get lost a little bit among the kauri trees (Agathis dammara), you’ll find a path down to the Logawa river that mostly covered with bush. Be careful of the thorns and look around for the possibility to find wild raspberries. It can be very slippery in rainy season.

Curug Belot (waterfall)

Pandak village, Baturraden sub-district – ±12 kilometers north from Purwokerto.

Swim and jump from the rock with the local children.

Curug Belot (waterfall), Banyumas, Java Indonesia

Curug Belot (waterfall), Banyumas, Java

Curug Bayan (waterfall)

Melung village, Baturraden sub-district – ±13 kilometers north from Purwokerto

Curug Bayan (waterfall), Banyumas, Java Indonesia

Curug Bayan (waterfall), Banyumas, Java

You’ll read both curug Gedhe and curug Bayan on a sign post, but curug Gedhe is a sacred place for the locals, so it’s not recommended to visit because you can’t do much there.

Relax, sit on a stone, and soak your feet in the pristine cool water of curug Bayan while viewing the surrounding, or try river tubing. There are also villas you can rent cost around IDR 350,000 – 1,500,000 per night. Entrance fee IDR 4,000.

Warning: Do not swim right under the waterfall. Some people trapped and died.

Curug Ceheng (waterfall)

Gandatapa village, Baturraden sub-district – ±15 kilometers northeast from Purwokerto.
This waterfall is located in the middle of the clove plantations and became one of the popular camping grounds in Banyumas. Access is fairly easy. There is a hall where traditional performances are held at certain times.

Curug Ceheng (waterfall), Banyumas, Java Indonesia

Curug Ceheng (waterfall), Banyumas, Java

Eva Indonesia Travel Guide
The blend of curiosity and courage brings Eva to travel and explore exotic places. She believes that traveling is a journey of learning, a wide opened door into experience and wisdom. Got lost so many times made her decided to share more information on her travel blog and established an outdoor tour guide service in her hometown. Find Eva at her travel blog – Traveling and Discerning.

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