Best Things to See and Do in Karimunjawa Island The Indonesian nation is comprised of archipelago rich in diversity. The country is one huge melting pot that is best defined by its beauty. It has many splendid offerings and sights. […]
The Indonesian nation is comprised of archipelago rich in diversity. The country is one huge melting pot that is best defined by its beauty. It has many splendid offerings and sights. The glory of Indonesia is best epitomized in the beautiful Karimunjawa Island.
How do you get there?
To get to Karimunjawa Island, you have to travel by boat. You can depart from either of the two harbors situated to the north of Java. These are Jepara and Semarang. You can choose to travel by speedboat or the more slow ferry. There is a schedule of departures from both harbors. You can contact your harbor of choice to book the travel ticket in advance. From Jepara, you will travel about 80KM northwest to reach the Karimunjawa Island. This should take about three or so hours.
If you have a craving for sea, sun, and sand, then Karimunjawa Island is the place for you. Actually, it will be worth your while.
Unlike other places that are usually swarmed by tourists, this peaceful island is relatively free. You will be able to enjoy all the serenity and tranquility that the island offers without much of a hustle. There is a lot to occupy you once you get there. In fact, there is so much to be done that you cannot exhaust it all by one visit.
When is the best time to visit?
The best time to visit this island paradise in during the months of April, May, June, July, August, September and October. Considering that the predominant climate in this part of the world is tropical, these months have dry, humid conditions. The weather tends to be sunny and more consistent. As such, you will be able to make the most of your vacation.
City dwellers find the remoteness of Karimunjawa Island irresistible. It holds an allure that even the most seasoned traveler will find attractive. Among the offerings found in this heavenly island are thousands of rare plant and animal species, shipwrecks, and a very hospitable local population.
You will find the local seafood quite enticing. Tourists from the world over have attested to the beauty of the white sand beach, coral reefs, clear sea and all the natural conditions therein. As a marine national park in Indonesia, Karimunjawa Island enjoys special status and protection. The locals are friendly, and your interaction with them will definitely leave you happier.
Best Things to See and Do in Karimunjawa Island
Visiting Karimunjawa Island is akin to visiting a huge aquarium where you can swim, fish, sunbathe, dive and snorkel. In fact, there is so much to be done here that we cannot simply exhaust it all. Here is a sample of the best things to do and see in Karimunjawa Island.
1. Enjoy Fishing
This is one of the most recommended activities for tourists. If you are a diehard fishing fan, talk to us about arranging for a fishing expedition. Alternatively, you can rent a boat, and with the help of a local guide, head to the best spots for fishing. At the end of the day, reward yourself by cooking the catch of the day. Fresh fish makes such a tasty meal!
2. Have Fun Diving and Snorkeling
One of the main reasons why you should visit Karimunjawa Island is to enjoy its diverse marine life. Being a national marine park, the island is home to some unique marine life. The underwater life is robust with turtles, sharks, and as many as 250 different species of fish. You will also witness shipwrecks and close to 100 types of corals. The Indonesian Travel guide recommends Menjangan Besar, Tanjung Gelam, and Pulau Tengah as the best spots for snorkeling. Gosong Cemara and Panyawangan are very beautiful spots for diving.
3. Enjoy Swimming with the Sharks
Menjangan Island offers a very good opportunity to the bold and adventurous. Sharks have been sighted in their hundreds around the Karimunjawa islands. As such, the islands have become a tourist destination. If you are adventurous enough, you must try swimming with these sharks. You do not have to worry about your safety though. The local guide will take the necessary measures to ensure that you are safe. What is more, the sharks are small and they do not bite. Apart from sharks, you will also encounter the Javan hawk and turtles.
4. A Choice of 27 Islands
The Karimunjawa Islands is a vast archipelago comprising of 27 islands. As you can imagine there is a lot that can be done with this vast amount of tropical paradise. The fresh air, fine white sands, turquoise water and breathtaking views are bound to invigorate your spirit. You will get more than your fill of fun and sun.
As noted earlier, the best time to make your visit is between the months of April and October. This is when the climate is most
conducive. Ensure that you carry all that you need to combat the humid conditions. Packing hats, umbrella, sunglasses, and sunblock would be a good idea.
5. Living Cost is Very Pocket-Friendly
Would you like to enjoy the ideal holiday without breaking your finances? Then Karimunjawa is the ideal place for you. The cost of living here is quite cheap. You can take part in a variety of activities without breaking the bank. You can visit Yogyakarta to explore Prambanan and Borobudur temples. Visit the Wonosobo to be immersed in the rich village life. A visit to Dieng Plateau and Semarang will be as fulfilling as it is exciting.
6. Accommodation is Readily Available
Although the island is not as developed as Bali, there are enough places for you to stay. There is a wide variety of accommodation. They range from budget lodgings to accommodation that is more specialized. Based on your budget, you may decide to stay in motels, homestays, private cottages and huts.
Some of the resorts provide excursions for their guests. For as little as $200, arrangements can be made for trips to places like Krakal, 30 minutes away from Semarang.
7. It is notas Populated
If you would rather escape the bustle of more populated places like Bali, then Karimunjawa Island is the place for you. The fact that it has well over 27 beautiful islands provides you with a lot of space to explore and enjoy yourself. Some of these islands are quite unpopulated. This means that you and your family or friends can hide away without a care in the world. Karimunjawa Island is the ideal place for a camping trip. You could even try island hopping!
8. Transportation is Readily Available
With only $3 (Rp. 30,000), you can get transportation from Kartini Beach in Jepara to Karimunjawa. The trip by boat takes about 3 hours. For as little as $10, you can arrange with the local guide to secure you the means of transportation to visit a number of islands. Alternatively, you can hire a scooter to move around as you enjoy the scenery. Renting a 12-seater boat costs about $30 per day.
You can do many beautiful things in Karimunjawa Island, Indonesia. There is a lot that you can explore. If you would like to make your trip to this paradise on earth memorable, do not hesitate to get in touch with us.Share this tour
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