Friday, April 25, 2014

Amazingly-Mozzie-Tastic of Karimunjawa Island

Have you ever heard about Karimunjawa Islands? Perhaps people been very familiar with Bali Island. Even traveler was told that it's not enough just 100 days to venture around all islands in Indonesia (with its whole cultural and exotic tourist resort). Yes, maybe Indonesia is identical with Bali Island. But in fact, there are so so soooooooo many tourist destinations in Indonesia which are interesting to visit beside Bali Island. One of them is Karimunjawa Islands. 

From thousand beaches in Indonesia, Karimunjawa is one of the best beaches. It's really beautiful and unforgettable. For me, Karimunjawa is one of island that you are required to visit. Besides quiet, this island offers you peaceful place unparalleled. You can find peaceful at the edge of beach. The clean white sand, friendly people, clear blue water, fresh air and wealth marine. Exciting isn't it?

This island is located in district of Karimunjawa, Jepara, Central Java Provinces. Since 200, Karimunjawa was defined as National Park with an area of ​​111.625 hectares. Karimunjawa Islands is included in 27 island clusters in Java. This island is lowland with its tropical forest. There are 5 islands inhabited by local people, including Parang Island, Nyamuk Island, Kemujan Island, and Genting Island.

How to get there?

Here's the map:
Central java map in capture
From the map above, we can see there are two ways to get Karimunjawa Islands. Remember, if you leave whether from Semarang or Jepara, it will affect to the ship cost, and also it depends on what class you choose. Here I write for you guys the update schedule and cost from Central Java Provincial Culture and Tourism Office (2014), but price can be change every time. 

1. First, you can leave from Tanjung Mas Harbour (from Semarang) to Karimunjawa Harbour 


Here the schedule:
A. Semarang - Karimunjawa :     Saturday       09.00-13.00 (Indonesia West Side Timing) /WIB
                                                            Monday        08.00-12.00
B. Karimunjawa - Semarang :     Sunday         14.00-18.00
                                                            Wednesday   13.00-17.00
Ticket Price:
Executive         Rp 150.000,-
Business           Rp 130.000,-

2. Second, you can leave from Kartini Harbour (from Jepara) to Karimunjawa Harbour

Here the schedule:
A. Jepara - Karimunjawa :        Tuesday              09.00-11.30 (Indonesia West Side Timing) / WIB
B. Karimunjawa - Jepara :        Wednesday         08.00-10.30

Ticket Price:
Executive         Rp 90.000,-
Business           Rp 80.000,-

Here the schedule:
A. Jepara - Karimunjawa :        Monday              09.00-15.00 (Indonesia West Side Timing) / WIB
                                                           Wednesday         09.00-15.00
                                                           Saturday              09.00-15.00
B. Karimunjawa - Jepara :         Tuesday              08.00-14.00 (Indonesia West Side Timing) / WIB
                                                           Thursday             08.00-14.00
                                                           Sunday                08.00-14.00
Ticket Price:
Economy         Rp 30.000,-
VIP                    Rp 80.000,-

Here the schedule:
A. Jepara - Karimunjawa :          Monday             10.30-12.00 (Indonesia West Side Timing) / WIB
                                                             Tuesday             10.00-11.30
                                                             Friday                14.00-15.30
                                                             Saturday            10.30-12.00
B. Karimunjawa - Jepara :           Monday            13.00-14.30 (Indonesia West Side Timing) / WIB
                                                            Wednesday       10.00-11.30
                                                            Saturday            08.00-09.30
                                                            Sunday              14.00-15.30
Ticket Price:
Executive          Rp 85.000,-
Business            Rp 110.000,-

But keep in mind, travel to Karimunjawa is not easy as you go somewhere else, due to air waves which is sometimes can not be crossedso you need to know first if the date and month that you specify can be traversed or notIf you don't take info details, you can stuck on the island for a weekIf you have lots money to trip, you can take chartered plane from Ahmad Yani Airport in Semarang to fly to Dewandaru Airport in Kemujan Island. Look at map below.

Karimunjawa Islands map *click to large it

At Karimunjawa Islands you can see many variety of marine biota and fauna that refresh your eyes. Among them are deers, long-tailed-monkeys and hundreds of aquatic fauna. If you move closer to Geleang Island and Burung Island, there is kind of rare fauna such as white-chest-sea-eagles, hawksbill and green turtles. In Menjangan Besar Island you can enjoy the beauty of ornamental fishes, sharks, and other fishes. You also can go to the breeding of white and grey sharks, then swim together with them (just if you're brave for the dare).
Welcome sign will welcomes you at the harbour
The view is perfectly PARADISE!
Cottages near the beaches
All facilities are complete, such as hotels, house inn, restaurants, mosque, and souvenir stalls. There are Amore Cafe and Restaurant if you want some entertaining place at night. You also can buy local handycraft such as salted fish, dried fish, or things made from local famous wood carving. There are 3 local wooden such as Dewandaru, Setigi and Kalimasada. Local people believe that each wood has different symbol and meaning. 

New Ocean hotels
Karimunjawa Inn hotels
Besides our stomach and sleep needs, there are also complete facilities for swimming, snorkeling and diving. Even more, there is glass bottom boat that we can rent if you can not swim.

Swim around grey sharks :d
Are you challenge for this? :d
You can also taste the typical-Indonesia-food with fresh seafood and rice (and don't forget to taste the sambal--fresh chilli sauce that grilled). It's only 50 thousands rupiahs for big fish--it's enough for three). Or you can go to Alun-Alun at night to taste Nasi Goreng and Satay, with yummy dessert Pisang Owol (grilled bananas with cheese and chocolate) and also Martabak Telor/Martabak Manis (fried egg and spring onion pancakes). It's cheap but really tasty!

You can do beach-sitting here and enjoy the air
Beautiful marine biota

So, have you put Karimunjawa Islands in your vacation destination list? :)