Indonesia Travel Guide – It goes without saying that there are many beautiful tourist destinations in Indonesia. For example, Bali, Lombok and Raja Ampat. But have you ever heard of Karimunjawa? Karimunjawa Island is one of the country’s hidden paradises. Here, we will tell you how to get there, what kind of activities to do, and places to stay. Ready? Let’s start.
- 1 How to Get to Karimunjawa Island
- 2 Things to Do in Karimunjawa Island
- 3 Where to Stay
How to Get to Karimunjawa Island
So how do you reach the island? There are three ways to get to the island: using a slow ferry, using a fast ferry and a flight.
The KMP Siginjai operates between Jepara and Karimunjawa. It should take 4 to 6 hours to reach the island on this slow ferry. The tickets for one-way travel cost around IDR 76,000 (economy class), IDR 96,000 (VIP class) plus IDR 25,000 for foreigners for the National Park fee.
You can also get to the island from Jepara using the Bahari Express. It should take two hours to reach the island. The tickets cost around IDR 150,000 (economy class) and IDR 175,000 (VIP class) plus IDR 25,000 for foreigners for the National Park fee.
Karimunjawa is also accessible from Semarang using the Kartini. It should take three hours to reach the island. The tickets cost around IDR 133,000 (economy class) and IDR 153,000 (VIP class) plus IDR 25,000 for foreigners for the National Park fee.
Want a faster way to reach Karimunjawa Island? Fly on a small aircraft from Surabaya to the island. It costs around IDR 3-400,000. It should take 70 minutes to reach the island.
Things to Do in Karimunjawa Island
What kind of activities you can do on the island? There’s a lot. For example,
Diving or Snorkeling
The first thing you should do on the island is to enjoy its waters. Under the waters, there are lots of reef and fish, making it the perfect spot for diving and snorkeling.
Swimming with Sharks
Have you ever swim with sharks before? If you haven’t done that yet, this is your chance. In the Menjangan Besar Island, you can swim with sharks. Don’t worry. It is safe to swim with sharks there as long as you follow the given instruction.
Going to the Mangrove Forest
Other than marine tourism, the island also has amazing mangrove forest. The mangrove forest is home to many exotic animals. Want to take a photo? Just go to the Gardu Pandang. At Gardu Pandang, you will be able to see not just the mangrove forest but also the Karimunjawa Island as well.
Taking Breathtaking Photos on the Love Hill
If you travel with your partner, you must visit the Love Hill. Why? Because this is one of the best places to spend the afternoon, especially if you have a partner. At the top of the hill, you can see the mountains, the waters, and the islands.
Enjoying the Sunset at Tanjung Gelam
Since the islands have lots of beaches, there are many spots to enjoy the sunset. One of the best spots is the Tanjung Gelam beach. Don’t forget to bring your camera and take photos here.
There are many islands, all of which provide a different experience and feel. The most beautiful beaches are located on smaller islands, so be sure to island hop while you are there.
Where to Stay
There are many places to stay on Karimunjawa Island. Here are some of the nicest ones:
The Coconut House (starting price: around IDR 165,000)
Looking for a guesthouse instead? This guesthouse has five rooms with two bathrooms, perfect for a traveling group.
Escape Beach Hotel (starting price: around IDR 200,000)
Nothing fits an island holiday better than a seaside hotel. If that’s what you are looking for, this hotel is for you.
Ayu Hotel Karimunjawa (starting price: around IDR 389,000)
A hotel with a friendly host. It is a great option if you want to feel the local’s atmosphere. You can reach the beach in only a few minutes from this hotel.
Breve Azurine Lagoon Resort (starting price: around IDR 1,690,000)
Some travelers like to spend their days on a high-end, luxury resort. This resort enables you to enjoy the beach as if it is your own private beach.
So, what do you think about Karimunjawa Island? Exciting isn’t it? There are many things to do on and around the island. You can truly enjoy the tropical island atmosphere there. It is also backpacker-friendly, too. Even if you are on a budget, you can still enjoy it. Make sure you put this island on your must-visit list.
Although you can get to the island on your own, do know that tour packages are always an option. Booking a tour package will remove most works that you need to do for the trip. With a tour package, you will have most of your time to enjoy your trip thoroughly. It will surely be an exciting and memorable trip.