Another swell was progressing towards Indonesia. Clint and I had a plan to head to Nusa Tengarra, but I was a bit wary of strong winds blowing off Australia that looked poised to push the swell westward. Clint suggested we do the same. We cancelled our plans, purchased plane tickets that afternoon, and flew to Java early the following morning.
Java is the most populated island on the planet. Home to over 60% of Indonesia's 240 million residents, it is the most important island culturally, politically, and agriculturally. Once you get outside the major cities, the population density is surprisingly low. Traveling the Javanese countryside is not easy and even short trips take hours. Small, poorly maintained roads carved through thick forests and rolling fields, infrequently pass through clusters of small homes. This is one of the many reasons much of Java's coastline has remained relatively unexplored.