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- Reviews: 1
Pondok Bintang Karimunjawa: Sternhaus
Our house is 15 km away from Karimunjawa port, it is on the neighbor island Kemujan. However it is still reachable by car or motorcycle. To make it easier, we can organize a transport for you.
Our house is still in renovation process.
We have one bedroom with bed and spring bed (2m x 1,60m)
Nature lover come just right to us, because you can camp in our garden (with air bed 1,97 m x 1,37m). The garden is big enough and under bintang (stars) sky. Still you can also use the house.
We also offer our guest a mix from west and local food.
In Kemujan the electricity is running only from 5:30 PM to 11:30 PM.
- Reviews: 2
Wisma Apung/Floating Inn: The Floating Inn
This is basic accommodation and i'd say a bit overpriced. I loved staying on the water and would do it again for this experience. Most local tourists seemed to have booked a tour from a company in Jepara. Most foreign tourists seemed to have turned up or booked independently. Those who just turned up were lucky to get a room, particularly at the weekend, and many were turned away. Given the large number of local tourists it is not a peaceful place. Most people are up at about 5 or 6am and they are pretty noisy.
Due to physical disability i booked a room with a sitdown toilet 5 weeks in advance. despite promises from the owner, i did not get such a room and my stay was made difficult and painful. The owner (Bu Nurul) was really the only real negative about the stay. They offered a buffet meal in the evenings - nice, but again, a bit overpriced at 25,000 per person. Having said that, the island gets all its food shipped over from Jepara so if the sea is too rough for a crossing then food can be scarce and expensive.
There wasn't any information written anywhere and none of the staff spoke English. Snorkelling trips could be arranged but the trips are a bit like a conveyor belt in that they all go to the same places at the same time so you get about 50 people or more all snorkelling around idyllic 'deserted' islands. you really have to persuade your boatman to go somewhere different. boats and snorkelling equipment cost 350,000 for the day no matter how many hours you're out for.
There is a warung (Bu Esther) at the fisherman's harbour, where you get the boat to Wisma Apung. Foreigners get charged ridiculous prices there. There's another restaurant near the harbour where you get the boats to Jepara/Semarang, i think it's called Warung Asri. the food is ok and they have honest prices. The ikan bakar (barbecued fish) at the main square, by the fisherman's harbour, has good fish at night for a good price. there are some other limited food options around.
- Reviews: 1
Escape Beach Hotel: Low Cost, Great Location
The hotel is on the beach right near the ferry docks. Don't let that fool you though, there is reefs to explore right there. If you want to get out and see the really amazing reefs around Karimunjawa, just ask the employees and they will arrange a fair priced boat ride.
I strongly recommend this hotel for anyone who doesn't mind service that isn't waiting for your every whim. The employees speak very little English however, so be prepared to work around a language barrier if you don't know Indonesian.
They have fairly good food, and acceptable services.
- Reviews: 1028
Nirvana Resort: The most luxurious
We did not stay here for two reasons. The resort was temporarily closed and it is above our usual budget. But we were shown around by one lone guard.
This is the most luxurious and of course the most pricey accommodation on Karimunjawa main island, disregarding Kura-Kura resort on Menyawakan island. The signboard at the entrance advertises "western comfort".
The best beaches close to Karimunjawa village lie within the grounds of the resort. The beaches used to be free before the resort was built by an Australian - so we were told. Now you will be charged Rp 12,500 for swimming and snorkeling there.
Room prices range from about USD 50 for so-called Joglo rooms to USD 100 for a suite room and USD 200 for the master room. Suite and Master rooms have ocean view.
Two private beaches, full comfort.
- Reviews: 1028
Buginese and Jepara style houses: Stay at Kemujan
There is not much accommodation on the northern main island Kemujan, but there are two wooden houses for rent from pak Hasanuddin's neighbour. One is built in Buginese style, the other one in Jepara style.
No bathroom in the houses, you have to use the seperate sanitary unit and hoist your own water from the well.
As for food, Pak Hasanuddin's wife is ready to cook for you. And a short walk down the road is the village's only warung, please order in advance.
You are the guest of local people and stay in a house of traditional style.
- Reviews: 1028
Jaya Karimun: The Floating Inn
We did not stay here, but several VT-ers did, see also their tips.
But the Wisma Apung (Floating Inn) was a stop at the end of our snorkeling trip with pak Hadi to Pulau Cemara Besar. We were invited to look around, dip in the pool with sharks, and offered a piece of watermelon, all free of charge.
The Inn is not actually floating, it is built on poles standing on the sea floor. Rooms with fan and squatting toilet cost Rp 120.000, rooms with AC and western toilet go for Rp 220.000 (May 2009). We were curious what they do with the toilet waste, not straight into the sea where you swim? No, the waste goes into a concrete box on the sea bottom... does it ever get full?
The room rates include free transfers to the "mainland": Karimunjawa village. The transfer takes a few minutes only.
Step straight from your bed through the back door of your room into the sea for a morning dip. Wade or swim to close-by Pulau Menjangan Besar. And study the sharks swimming rounds in their pool, or join them.
- Reviews: 1028
Escape Beach Resort: Friend's choice
A friend of us with slightly tighter budget preferred the Escape Beach Resort, entrance just a few hundred metres east of Karimunjawa Inn. Brand new and just starting to receive guests: only one receptionist and one gardener on the grounds. No restaurant service available yet.
Rooms come with fan or with AC, on the ground or first floor.
Rates (May 2009): Rp 110,000 with fan, Rp 220,000 with AC.
Nice grounds, right on the beach, with the jetty in view.
- Reviews: 1028
Karimunjawa Inn: Our choice
After arrival we checked out several places to stay and decided for Karimunjawa Inn, which is operated by the Central Java provincial government. It is not on the beach but slightly uphill, still on walking distance from the jetty.
We selected Karimunjawa Inn for the attractive "suite rooms" with open air bathroom, and the good deal they offered us: we got a bungalow suite for the price of a standard room with AC. Subsequently we very pleased with the excellent service by the receptionist, miss Diah, a.o. making the reservation for our return voyage. We had intended to stay a night or two at the Wisma Apung (floating hostel) just for the experience, but felt so comfy at the Inn that we remained there all six nights.
Publish rates (May 2009) include breakfast (nasi goreng, bakmi goreng or bakmi kuah), tax and service:
- standard room with fan Rp 131,000
- standard room with AC Rp 191,000
- bungalow suite with AC Rp 281,000
- bungalow family with AC Rp 382,000
The food prepared by mr Harianto was excellent. One has to order dinner in advance, but the menu offers welcome variation after several days of grilled fish. Typical price for dinner was Rp 25,000 to Rp 30,000 plus 21% tax and service, more expensive than the local food but well worth the money.
- Reviews: 324
the floating hotel: the floating hotel
want to try another kind of unique hotel? if you go to karimunjawa, try this floating hotel. the hotel is on the ocean, not far from menjangan besar island. the building is made of timber and really look floating!!
it's on the water!!
- Reviews: 324
karimun indah: a homestay
actually this is the local people's house. so you just live inside their house.
the bathroom is located separated from the bedroom.
just choose this kind of accomodation to help the local.
- Reviews: 46
Jaya Karimun: Floating House
It is on the water! Just jump in when u need to swim even snorkell! The room are nice and clean with sea breeze. it has mandi and toilet (fresh water), light also. Mr. Joko, the owner prepare really well for the guests and very friendly and well known with the area. So... just ask him about the surrounding island.
It has 'salt water-pool' with baby sharks, sea turtles, rays, star-fishes, and many.... They breed them! so it won't extinct.
Don't worry from being hungry because Mr. Joko is also preparing three times meals with additional price.
Room/ double - Rp. 60,000
Meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) - Rp. 40,000/person (optional)
Boat /day - Rp. 200,000 or half day for Rp. 150,000
snorkell mask and fin - Rp. 25,000/day
It was a good deal for me :-)
- Reviews: 1795
pondok terapung JK [floating wooden cabin JK]: a'la sea gypsy style
there are several floating wooden cabins available in the heart of the sea with pulau karimun besar as entry point. beside room, the owner can be asked to provides meals and renting boat plus crew.
we enjoyed this place very much since there’s no tv and karaoke and whenever asked to switch-off the electricity, nightfall feel so glittering under the moonlight and stars. plus harmonious sounds from waves, sea breeze and swells. yes, pretty glittering and warm and comfy!!!!!!
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