(English) What to do if you have 1 or 2 days in Surabaya

Bromo is the most scenic destination in East Java, characterized by its beautiful sunrise and dramatic mountainous terrain. The gray volcano-capped peaks, caves, and picturesque mountains have inspired authors including 5cm about Mount Semeru.

Spend 5 days in this gorgeous National Park, and you’ll never run out of things to see and do. If you only have a couple of days, make sure you don’t miss these sights and activities.

1 DAY IN Surabaya | THE MUST-DO’S

With its local houses, mountainous terrain, and surrounding clouds, Bromo boasts everything you’d expect from a village in East Java. It’s renowned for its welcoming people, unique boutique shops, and frequent excursions to nearby trails and activities ranging from bike and hikes to horse rides.

Your first mission has to be to visit some of the area’s sunrise spots. Some mountains have carved National Parks through mountains as high as more than 3000 meters above sea level. The most famous sunrise spot view in Surabaya, however, are the Pananjakan 1 and 2.

Usually, the more challenging the hike, the more rewarding the view. But you can expect to be mesmerized by picturesque villages, volcano craters and some of the most scenic natural sights in Java regardless of which trail you choose.


The Madakaripura waterfall

The Madakaripura Waterfall cascades from a height of nearly 100 meters, making them visible from almost 1 km within the village. Most of the water turns to mist before reaching ground level, adding to the mysterious allure of this natural attraction. The falls are covered by higher ground and forest, making for a magical view in the afternoon.

From Bromo Crater, you can take the chance to meander over 30 minutes ground-level. Most trails take between 1 and two hours to complete. You can trek as far as the local build road to reach to lips of the cliff and waterfall.

If you have only one day to spend in Surabaya, make it a hiking day. You won’t regret it.


Even when you’ve walked ‘til your heart’s content, there’s still loads to do in Surabaya. Fans of city history shouldn’t miss the opportunity to have a bite at local cuisine in Hotel Majapahit, which is featured in ‘Colonial Style Building’s Secret Service. It’s located in the most historical building in Surabaya, offering the best experience of early 19’s century taste.

After lunch, make your way over to Surabaya Hero Monument. This incredible Surabaya memoir of the war appears as Indonesia fought against colonialism. Take a free guided tour around the area, and you’ll see why they inspired Indonesian youngsters in the future. The museum is relatively small, making them an excellent place to visit if you have just a couple of hours in Surabaya. Try the local coffee Java Arabica pastries to re-energize after touring this monument.

Adventure sports are a huge draw for visitors to Surabaya. Do you prefer rafting or Karapan Sapi or cow race performance (only in the season)? Or, would you rather glide over and around them? Some of the more popular activities are Snorkeling and windsurfing. If you’re short on time, take a 40-minute windsurfing tour from the legend of Surabaya in Kenjeran. Have several hours to spare? Half and full-day excursions depart from Surabaya and Madura.

If you haven’t yet planned your trip to the East Java, make sure you take a look at our online Surabaya and Bromo to customize your ultimate Surabaya trip. It’s the easiest way to plan and book a trip and visit some of Surabaya’s best locations.

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