Taking cues from its mascots—a shark and a crocodile—Surabaya, Indonesia, has mastered sea and stream, from riverboat races to an outdoor waterpark. Located on the east coast of Java Island, Surabaya is a busy port city, a shopper’s dream come true and a major travelling hub. When you’re in Surabaya, splurge at high-end malls and a sprawling year-round food festival, and spend your days immersed in the culture found at local museums.
Indonesia’s second-largest city is both industrial and traveller-friendly, with ample Surabaya accommodation available close to the airport and main rail line.
What to Do in Surabaya
Surabaya is first and foremost a trade post and university city, so head to Town Square for socialising and open-air dining. Town Square is located on the southern end of a long strip of museums and monuments that flank the Kalima River. Follow the waterway north for an up-close look at the Grahadi Building, a stunning remnant of Indonesia’s colonial past.
Further north, spend an arvo at the House of Sampoerna, a tourist favourite. Speaking of unique museums, Sampoerna showcases one of Surabaya’s most successful industries—clove cigarettes—with gorgeous artwork even non-smokers will love.
When you’re ready to test the local waters, splash around at family-friendly Ciputra Waterpark, southwest of downtown. To simply chill out, take your towel east to Kenjeran Beach for motor-biking or meditation and sleep in waterfront Surabaya hotels.
Getting To & Around Surabaya
Touch down at Juanda International Airport (SUB) to kick off your Surabaya holiday just 20 km from downtown. In this modern metropolis, central neighbourhoods and hotels in Surabaya are accessible via public buses and commuter trains. If you don’t like standing shoulder-to-shoulder with other riders, take taxis or hire a car and hit the streets solo.
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