Pristine, clean white-sand beach islands
Getting there takes time
Fantastic beach getaway without the crowds.
Of course there are many mangroves on the Karimunjawa islands. But by far the most extensive lie between the two main islands Karimunjawa and Kemujan. In fact the two are connected by this field of mangroves. The road to the airport crosses them and only a small bridge indicates that you pass from one island to the other. Young boys go fishing at...more
If you don't want to rent a boat for a swim, you have a few options.Closest to the ferry harbour are the beaches of Dewadaru Resort and Escape Beach Resort. But you have to stay there or ask permission to use their beach. Somewhat farther east lies Nirvana Resort, charging Rp 12,500 for access to their beautiful beach.Free, and suitable for...more
Like Pulau Kecil, also Pulau Tengah is a good place for snorkeling. The same abundance of corals near the jetty, but even more fish, shoals of them. Right below the jetty we saw this bright orange male one, with a female hiding in the sea-nettles below. While most fishes keep their distance, this male approaches you to indicate "keep away from my...more
Karimunjawa has two harbours, a new ferry harbour at the southwest and an older fishing harbour at the northeast. The fishing harbour is quite close to the village square, the ferry harbour about one km from it.On the morning we wanted to go snorkeling we just drove up to the ferry harbour, there was pak Hadi waiting for customers at his boat. We...more
Pulau Cemara Besar takes its name from a species of pine trees (cemara) that grow here in abundance. But you find them in most islands of the Karimunjawa group.We went here by local boat for snorkeling (see Hiring a boat at Karimunjawa Harbour), the travel time was about one hour.The fishermen have their anchoring points where they moor the boat...more
And this is the island where no one will take you, Pulau Gundul or Bald Island. Not just because it is lacking in vegetation, but because it is a training ground for the navy and unexploded ammunition is said to lie around.This photo is the closest I succeeded in making with 6x zoom. It was shot from the far (east) side of Pulau Tengah.more
nothing to say about fresh seafood that cooked in front of us. as fresh as they caught by the sea. with traditional spices and hot steam rice. yeah, nothing to say but tell them ... the chef and the owner "enak sekali" [so yummy!!!!]. too many to mention, but my fave goes to kare kepiting [crabs in light coconut milk] and grilled red snappers....more
It’s a slow boat from Jepara to Karimun Jawa which takes approximately 6-7 hours to reach the destination. Muria Ship doesn’t go to Semarang. Booking & Information: 029-1591048 Schedule of Departure:1. Jepara – Karimun JawaMonday, Wednesday, Saturday, at 09.00 2. Karimun Jawa – JeparaTuesday, Thursday, Sunday, at 08.00more
► Fast Boat (Kapal Kartini I)It’s an air-conditioned fast boat with capacity of 168 passengers. Travel time from Kartini pier, Jepara to Karimun Jawa is 2.5 hours drive, while from the port of Tanjung Emas Semarang is a 3.5 hour drive. Type1. Business Class,: 130,000 IDR/person. Location: at the lower part of the deck. No pillow for...more
We wanted to take our car to Karimunjawa, so we had to get on the "Muria", the ferry taking trucks, cars, motorcycles and of course pedestrians. The boat is named after Muria mountain, which is the core of the peninsula on which Jepara lies. When the weather is clear one can just see Muria mountain from Karimunjawa (fifth photo).Last year when we...more
i saw several place sell this kind keris, sword, etc made of timber. probably it's something speciality of local craft.
(Continuation of "Harvesting Seaweed")Once the harvested seaweed is weighed and loaded onto a mini-truck, it is transported to a drying field, to be dried in the sun. It is spread out on bamboo tables or even on tarpaulins on the ground. But every night and when rain threatens it has to be covered, otherwise all the work is in vain.We tasted some...more
The cultivation of seaweed is an important source of income for the locals of Karimunjawa. One kg of dried seaweed earns them Rp 8000. But how many kgs of wet seaweed are needed for 1 kg of dried seaweed?Single branches of weed are tied to a long plastic rope. The rope with the weed is then made to float in the sea with the aid of plastic bottles....more
beware about changing season on the sea. should be noticed, the best visiting karimunjawa is on musim timur [east season] not the opposite or changing weather into first and second monsoon periods. in this case will happened tidal waves with unpredictable weather [sunny then shower rain and the worst is thunderstorm]. our greatest experience about...more
Amor Restaurant is the only restaurant on the main island.
It's actually a nice place to go to have a beer and watch the sunset. But please double check your bill before you pay it. They sometimes mark up all prices and put more beers than we actually drink! You surely don't want to pay for things you don't get, do you?
Luggage and bags:
backpack and daily pack with dry bag to covers all your electronic equipments from salt water [example: camera]
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: flip flop, light trousers and tee-shirt, swimsuit and sarung and safari hat.
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: toilet papers is necessary. jodium tincture for preventive act if got bitten by the spiky ones :) also plastic bag to keep the island clean and unspoilt. do not thrown your mineral water but put it into the plastic bag and bring it home.
Photo Equipment: always recharges your battery properly and full >> since every single minute you have a chance to take beautiful scenery.
Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: flip flop, swimsuit, diving gear, snorkel/mask and fins
Miscellaneous: ~ and additional info, electricity will switched off on 10 pm, so, choose guest houses with private generator >> more easily to recharges those batteries.
~ refer to its place to stay, mosquito repellent indeed necessary
~ don't forget to bring your own mineral bottle since the islands mostly empty, minus fresh water
~ average temperature: 23 - 33 degrees Celcius
Many local residents own their own piece of land bordering the sea. So does mr Hasanuddin, who lives on the northern main island, Pulau Kemujan. If you don't mind the distance of 19 km from Karimunjawa village - or if you stay in the neighbouring Buginese house -, you can make believe that the beach is your own.We chanced to meet pak Hasanuddin...more
The dewadaru tree is Karimunjawa's sacred tree. The airport is named after it, and so is the Dewadaru Resort near the ferry harbour.The legendThe name dewadaru can be rendered as "gift of the gods". See tip "The grave of Sunan Nyamplung" for an account of how the dewadaru tree came to grow on Karimunjawa island. For the islanders, the dewadaru...more
The grave of Sunan Nyamplung (or Nyamplungan) in Nyamplung hamlet is a favourite pilgrimage site. Especially on Jumat Kliwon days (once 35 days according to the Javanese calender) people come and spend the night meditating near this grave on a hillside.The legendAccording to the legend, Sunan Nyamplung, a son of Sunan Muria, was spoiled and would...more
"so don't cry ... don't take it harder than it has to be ... and the frisbee will never cross ... " [pierre cosso - sophie marceau in their duet on film la boum 2].yup, after swimming, snorkelling, diving, fishing or boating and sunbathing, playing frisbee is a sport activity can be done on the beach. as we bring a bluey frisbee to accompany after...more
shallow waters, fins and mask. no need to go deep into the sea [since i was paranoid after got bitten by spiky creatures :)] and voila!!!!! many many nice sea creatures appears in front of us. thanks for dalphin who provided beloved dolphino mask and fins and valuable tips "do not panic" and "keep on floating". fins and mask. and more serious way...more
The photo shows what the jetty - named Dermaga Perintis - looks like when you arrive at Karimunjawa harbour. You have to negotiate your way through the crowd coming to unload the cargo.The building on the right with the red roof houses the Tourist Information Center (TIC). Do not forget to walk in here. They have nice folders of what to do, an...more
the abudant coral reef can be found around the islands. they're beautiful and can be seen just from above the water.please don't step on them, take care of them, and don't throw garbage on the ocean.compare to bali or lombok, the islands are so isolated, sometimes we were the only ones there and the corals are probably still untouched.more
from the book sejarah kecil petite histoire indonesia by rosihan anwar: at the beginning of 18th century, the islands were pirates's nest. the pirates were usually came from bugis. during the dutch colonial time at the beginning of 18th century, a german named von michalovski was sent to clean the pirates from the islands and he became the head of...more