When we booked our package we included the snorkling. When we arrived at Tidung Island at about 12pm we went snorkling at little Tidund and another island next to it. The water is crystal clear and it was great for snorkling in the reef. Really alot of fish to see. They supplied us with a mask and snorkel , flippers and life jackets.
- Diving and Snorkeling
Bridge of Love joining the 2 Tidung Islands.
We went to the Bridge of Love which joins the 2 Tidung Islands "Tidung Besar and Tidung Kecil" This is a very beautiful place and also very busy. There is lots to do here interms of water sport and so on. Also the Bridge joining the 2 islands is beautiful to see with the crystal clear water surrounding the bridge. Just watch your step on the bridge as some of the woden planks is missing so just watch your step. We got to see sunset here which was really beautiful. Definitely one of the highlights on our trip here.
Booking a Trip to Tidung Island
When booking the trip to Tidung Island note the more people the cheaper it gets. Also the accommodation is what they call home stay and it`s not that great. Some of the rooms don`t have AC and the facilities is very basic. Also they offer meals a few times a day which is also not that great. The worst part is taking a boat from Muara Angke ,as Muara Angke has the worst smell you ever smelled as there is a fish market there. So be prepared for it. Also the boat is a traditional boat so don`t expect any seating. You just find a spot on the boat and sit on the floor. The boats all have life jackets. They offer snorkling ,the mask and snorkel ,flippers and life jackets and alcohol wipes to clean the mouth piece of the snorkel. They also offered us bicycles ,they weren`t in good condition so just make sure you choose carefully when you arrive as they rusted and some of them the breaks is not working.
Over looking all of some of the bad ,it`s a really a nice get away from Jakarta. You only going to stay 1 night in the accommodation if you plan on going there on a weekend so I don`t think it would be a problem to stay in the home stay there for a single night as it`s not so bad.
Great experience ,the traditional boat is abit scarey but you can try and see what package deals they have from Anchol Marina as well which probably will be a little bit more expensive but I`m sure you`ll have a better boat and better accommodation but never the less it`s a great experience to go there and would recommending it.
Seeing the island by Bicycle
When we arrived at Tidung Island we were giving bicycles which was really great. So whatever free time we had we could just hop onto our bicyles and explore the island. The Island is long but going from the top to the bottom of the island is quiet close and makes a short trip.
During our bicycle trip we got to stop at some beaches where the local people from the island enjoyed there time and also watched how the islanders fishing in there own unique way amongst the reef which was great to see.
Some of the bicycles is not in a good condition and the breaks not working too well. The streets is narrow amongst the houses so just practice some caution when riding around as there is people and motorbikes also on the same roads.
Snorkelling and Cycling around the island
Cycling around the island can be a cheap option because the bycicle rent is only for $1.5/day. Unfortunately the bycicles are old and some are broken. If you dont want to do anything, just sit by the beach and have a relaxing day. Snorkelling is another thing you can do here, some part of the beach are best for snorkeling. Make sure you bring your own snorkelling equipment.
Diving the Thousand Islands
Diving is one of exciting activities in Kepulauan Seribu. There are some dive spots such as :
-Papa Theo island, for wreck diving
-Semak Daun island
Some resort islands are normally have their own dive center. But most of the time, diver usually transit at Pramuka island to prepare the diving gear especially tank and rent a boat to the dive spot.
I know a friend that he's working for a professionally dive center in Pramuk island, Miki. His contact number is written below.
- Diving and Snorkeling
Visiting the hawksbill turtle conservation
Pramuka island is a place for conservation of hawksbill turtle. It's about 10 minutes walk to the conservation house from Pramuka pier. Please inform the conservation officer that you would like to see the turtle and then they will guide you to the location. There's no fix entrance fee to see/enter the place but it would be appreciated if you give some money as a donation (I gave about $5) into a box that usually available there.
- National/State Park
Swimming and snorkelling
There are lots of nice spots for snorkelling or just swimming in Kepulauan Seribu. In Pramuka Island, the pier is the most favorite spot for snorkelling or sometimes to take the diving licence. Bidadari, Putri, Kotok, Sepa are also some of famous islands for snorkelling.
- Diving and Snorkeling
Bagan Apung is thaditional fisherman use on the sea, the build the small place useing bamboo, and its on the sea, to keep the small shrimps and squit. and the fisherman also stay on that bagan...day and night!
This the local kids.... wat they do is just swim, playing and have fun on the sea... not in the pool....
and for the teenager....they will swim across one island to another island, no need boat anymore, from Panggang island to Karya island....really tough teens.
Trek into the Jungle
Just behind the cottage is the Jungle. Its not so dense but if your are a Foreigner and have not known anything about Biawak(Big Reptiles) then you do end up a little scared for the first time.
Nice walking tracks have been in the interior of the Island.
If you walk quitely u can get to see lots of Biawaks moving around.
There are lot of snake pits along the walk to make it more Adventurous and risky.
Make sure u have enough clothing on your body cause all along u will be blessed with lot of Bat
and bird ***s(Air besar they call in Bahasha Indoensia) from the trees above.
Once u walk through there is a nice 50 Ft Tower form where u can have some amazing photographs. For all the Bird Lovers this should be a heaven.
All who love to Fish must carry the basic kits.
WIth even the most Ordinary Fishing gear worth 5-10K Rp (1 US) u can still manage to catch Fish.
- Adventure Travel
Baby Turtle (Penyu Sisik) Conservation at Sepa
in Sepa they are trying to conserve the turtle.
The baby ones are put in the small pool and when they grow certain age they are moved to a larger pool near the jetty in front of Gurita cottages and when they are big enough then they are released to the sea
Pulau Perak can be reached 8 minutes by boat from Sepa. People fo there to play on the beach or to snorkel. There are colourful corals and fish. Best to do this in the morning.
There is no resort in Pulau Perak as it is not permitted. No inhabitant in fact.
Shark Aquarium at Pulau Puteri
There is a huge aquarium of Shark located in Pulau Puteri's restaurant.
Those shark were raised since baby in Pulau Sepa. There is a special area; a small pool next to the jetty in front of Gurita Cottage built for the baby sharks. When they reached certain age they are moved to Pulau Puteri
There are several aquarium near the front office as well
Go to Pulau Puteri
Pulau Puteri is 12 minutes by boat from Pulau Sepa. If not staying the night you have to entrance fee 20,000 rupiah per person.
Pulau Puteri is a bigger island than Sepa and has better accommodation, with price per night is more expensive than Sepa. Pulau Puteri has a swimming pool and tennis court. One of their attraction is the giant aquarium of shark in their restaurant and the underwater glass tunnel.
- Family Travel