Jakarta Activities

What to Do in Jakarta

There is no shortage of fun-filled activities to awaken your senses and spend your time when in Jakarta, regardless of age or gender. The beauty of this city is that it offers the best of both worlds.

This is a place where world-class spas meet with incredibly reasonable priced massage parlours; a visit to a 27-hole golf course can be followed by a spot of diving off azure shores in the Indonesian Ocean.

If you tire of the chaotic city then venture out to the Ancol Dreamland, with its resort-like atmosphere – sure to cure you of any inner-city fatigue. Jakarta is not the easiest city in the world to navigate around so a map is a vital asset.

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Ancol Dreamland

The centre of all things amusing in Jakarta, Ancol is home to an abundance of effervescent fun including water parks and Dunia Fantasy. The resort-like fun park has something for everyone, whether it's live entertainment or enjoying a romantic gondola experience.

Art buffs and tourists in search of souvenirs should visit Pasar Seni Art and Handicraft Market. For something a bit more educational, head on down to Sea World where lectures regarding the extensive marine life in the Indonesian Ocean are given. 

  • Opening Hours: Open 24 hours
  • Address: Jalan Taman Impian Jaya Ancol, Jakarta Utara 14430 I
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Bowling is a popular pastime amongst Jakarta’s expatriates and locals. Numerous well-equipped alleys are dotted around the city and equipment can be rented. The general idea is to turn up with a group and then have a game over a few drinks and maybe a bite to eat.

Artha Gading Bowling Centre
Address: 6th floor, Artha Gading Mall

Boulevard Artha Gading Selatan St. No. 1
Address: Kelapa Gading Barat Village, Kelapa Gading, North Jakarta City 14240

Auto Mall Bowling
Address: Jend. Sudirman St. Kav 52-53 Lot 6, Senayan Village, Kebayoran Baru, South Jakarta City 12190

Grand Bowling
Address: Supermal Karawaci LG No. 122-124, Boulevard Diponegoro St. No. 105 Bencongan Village, Curug, Tangerang District 15811

Millenium Bowling Alley
Address: Plaza Senayan 5th Fl, Asia Afrika St. No. 8, Gelora Village, Tanah Abang Central Jakarta City 10270

PS Bowling Experience
Address: Plaza Senayan P4, Asia Afrika St. No. 8, Gelora Village, Tanah Abang Central Jakarta City 10270

Golf Courses in Jakarta

Being the economic centre of Indonesia, golf is a popular activity, favoured by expats, local businessmen and tourists, looking to test Jakarta’s swing – on and off the golf course. There are a good few golf clubs scattered around the city, some designed by pro golfers including Jack Nicklaus, Arnold Palmer and Greg Norman and they represent some of the most challenging and dynamic courses in Asia. One of the most popular courses here is Emerald Gold, a 27-hole extravaganza and a joint effort from Jack Nicklaus and Arnold Palmer. The majority of courses are equipped with recreational facilities, including spas and food outlets.

Padang Golf Pondok Indah
Facilities include a driving range, fitness centre, kid’s station, restaurant and swimming pool.
Location: Jl. Metro Pondok Indah Jakarta 13210
Contact: (021) 7694906

Klub Golf Senayan
The only inner-city golf course in Jakarta based on the edge of the business district. Facilities include a spa, restaurants, parking and a barber shop.
Address: Jl. Asia Afrika Pintu IX, Senayan Jakarta 10270
Contact: +62 21 571-018

Cengkareng Golf Club
Designed by Jack Nicklaus, this award-winning course features a driving range, tennis courts, massage facilities and food outlets.
Location: Jl. Bukit Golf I, Sektor VI, Serpong, Tangerang 15310
Contact: (021) 5591 2777

Padang Golf Modern
Facilities include rental golf equipment, golf pro, and massage, driving range, sauna, food outlets and 15 bungalows.
Location: Jl. Modern Golf Raya, Perumahan Kota Modern, Tangerang 15117
Contact: (021) 5529182

Damai Indah Golf & Country Club
Designed by Jack Nicklaus, this award-winning course features a driving range, tennis courts, massage facilities and food outlets.
Location: Jl. Bukit Golf I, Sektor VI, Serpong, Tangerang 15310
Contact: (021) 537 0290

Ancol Golf
Surrounded by spectacular scenery, facilities at this club include: restaurant, locker rooms, pro shop, club rental, driving range, tennis courts, massage and a swimming pool.
Location: Jaya Ancol Golf Club, Taman Impian Jaya Ancol 14350
Contact: +62 21 682122

Pondok Cabe Golf
The Pondok Indah course is a flat, garden course, design by Robert Tren Jones Jr. to host the 1993 World Cup. Facilities include a driving range, food outlets, fitness center, swimming pool and kid’s station.
Location: Jl. Metro Pondok Indah - Jakarta 12310
Contact: (021) 796 4906

Horseback riding in Jakarta

There are several equestrian clubs in and around Jakarta where you can learn how to ride with an experienced instructor, or simply take your own lead if you are confident enough. Riding lessons are usually on a one-on-one basis and most schools have a maximum of three people per class, for safety and teaching purposes. Ultimately this is a great opportunity to get to the outskirts of Jakarta, enjoy the fresh air and appreciate the surrounding natural splendor on horseback.
Arthayasa Stables
Address: Blok Tengki Desa Grogol Limo Depok 16512 
Contact: +62 21 754 7024/5
Trijaya Equestrian
Address: Jln. Trijaya No. 23 Ciganjur , Jakarta Selatan 12630 
Contact: (62-21) - 786-3063/788-80176

Scuba Diving in Jakarta

Indonesia is a global attraction to many, because of its incredible marine life. Jakarta is situated on the island of Java which means diving is an easy option, and this is a pretty incredible place to do so, having one of the richest and most diverse marine habitats on the planet.

The ocean has over 500 different types of coral, sea horses, turtles and whale sharks – to name but a few creatures in this exotic underwater world.

Dive centres and liveaboards are not hard to find in Jakarta; just head over to the north of the island. During the months of June, July and August, following the monsoon, the reef fish are at their biggest and for many this is a popular time to dive.

Sea World

Inside the Ancol Dreamland complex, Sea World is a high-tech modern aquarium featuring samples of the extensive tropical marine life that inhabits Indonesian waters.

Here, more than 4,000 fish and 300 species of sharks can be seen. The attraction is also home to two theatres where educational films are shown.

  • Opening Hours: 09:00 - 21:00
  • Address: Taman Ria Ancol
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Snorkeling, Surfing, Water sports in Jakarta

Pulau Seribu lies 45km north of Jakarta. Consisting of 105 islands scattered across four districts, this is the best place to head for water fun. Windsurfing, paddleboats, jet skis, sailing and snorkeling can all be enjoyed here. The unique conservation and incredible ecosystem covers 1.180,80 hectares and this alone is a massive pull for travellers and locals looking to escape Jakarta’s hustle and bustle.

Spa in Jakarta

Indonesia is a leader in the wellness and spa industry. Jakarta especially is a melting pot of relaxation, rejuvenation and regeneration practices, understandably a much-needed remedy for the hustle and bustle of the city.

Nowadays, many high-end hotels and luxury serviced apartments in Jakarta offer their own lavish in-house spas with often well-respected brands such as ESPA, Mandara and Anantara. The Four Seasons, Ritz Carlton and Grand Hyatt feature some of the world's best spas.

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