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19 Oct

Amateur or professional??….doesn’t matter

Bring your camera & take a lot of photos

19 Sep


19 Sep

Road to lagoon lele, this way is the only one road to hiking the pletau of karimunjawa……sorry iam never been there but i know where the trex is.

Ujung Gelam Beach

19 Sep

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 snorkeling is Ujung Gelam beach. Close to the shore there are corals, although the site is not the most perfect.
From the main road one has to walk about 1 km along an earthen path. It is an interesting walk, the locals are friendly and eager for some small talk. We met men at work reparing a boat, and on our return found one willing to climb a tree and provide us with a fresh coconut drink.

  • Address: Ujung Gelam, Karimunjawa
  • Directions: Ujung Gelam beach lies about 7 km west of the harbour, so you may have to charter an ojeg. At a bend in the main road here is a signboard pointing to ¨Ujung Gelam, 0.5 km”, but we estimate the distance is closer to 1 km.
  • The Educational Mangrove Forest

    19 Sep

    The educational mangrove has been build, maybe finish january 2011

    The building will be use to give the knowladge about mangrove

    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 the bridge.
    Part of the forest has recently been promoted to ‘educational forest’, to make the locals aware of its value. Several trees visible from the road have name-tags on them.

  • Directions: Between the islands Karimunjawa and Kemujan.
  • Choose your own island!!!

    19 Sep

    entitled as national marine park, karimunjawa archipelago stands from 27 small-tiny-mini-but beautiful islands.
    so, every single day you can visit one or two of the islands, depend to your interest. from fishing, snorkelling, diving or just swimming.
    mostly of them have white sandy beaches but difficulties in anchoring [refer to the only transportation is a boat] will vary. but even your boat can not reach the island properly, you still can visit the island by swimming in the shallow water and let the boat anchoring offshore.

  • Address: anywhere in the chain of the islands
  • Directions: approximately 5 – 10 minutes from our cabin at JK, karimunbesar offshore.
  • list of fave destinations among the islands

    19 Sep
    • pulau burung (bird conservatory)
    • pulau galeang
    • pulau menjangan besar
    • pulau menjangan kecil
    • pulau cemara besar
    • pulau cemara kecil(lovely sunset from this place)
    • ujung gelam (the extension of karimunjawa besar)
    • pulau gosong selikur
    • pulau bengkuang
    • pulau karang kapal
    • pulau krakal kecil
    • pulau krakal besar
    • pulau genteng
    • pulau gosong tengah
    • pulau nyamuk
    • pulau gosong
    • pulau menyawakan (private island with kura-kura resort
    • pulau taka menyawakan
    • pulau kumbang
    • pulau karang
    • pulau gundul (closed for public, serviced as military field)
    • etc

    Swim with the Sharks

    19 Sep

    Shark…….ckckckc….it is not wild like in the SAW movie……its benign shark in the world if did’nt smell any blood in the water.

    Note: Dont try give fresh fish without expert guide

    Scuba diving

    19 Sep

    Karimunjawa is a 27 island archipelago in the Java sea and around 85km from the mainland town of Jepara. Reefs are primarily fringing and patch with good coral growth and marine life. Five of these islands are domestically inhabited and together with 22 others form four major zones; Zone I is the core sanctuary area and is out of bounds to all, Zone 2 is the wilderness area open to limited tourism, Zone 3 is the utilization area, Zone 4 is the buffer zone. There are also wrecks here at the islands of Batu Kunci, Karang Kapal, Karang Ketel, and Batulawang.

    The Dive Sites
    The islands of Menyawakan have been declared a national marine park and are protected. Diving varies from fringing reefs, atolls and wrecks, a good variety of species can be found including some rarer ones such as Crocodile fish and Leafy Scorpion fish. Drift diving is popular here as currents are often strong. There is also a small wreck to be found.

    The Mitra is an Indonesian freighter that was grounded on the reef by her captain in an effort to salvage the cargo. It failed and she sunk, now she is home to the inhabitants of the ocean. The Biblis is one of the few remaining wrecks in Asia with its bronze propeller in tact. Some big groupers patrol the coral encrusted structure and penetration is possible. Although probably the most famous wreck is that of the Indonur, a Dutch steamship that went down in 1963 after the captain mistook a fire on the beach for the lights of Semarang and hit the reef. With huge steel plates and riveted steam boilers playing home to all manner of reef fish this does make a great dive.

    There are a number of submerged reefs around the islands such as Karang Kapal, Torpedo Reef and Ezdir Reef. They all offer good coral growth and plenty of visitors such as bumphead parrotfish, jacks and the odd whitetip shark. Hawksbill point on Menyawakan island offers the opportunity to get closeup with these graceful marine turtles. Two islands of Krakal Kecil and Krakal Besar 20 minutes away offer a chance to see whale sharks if they are passing through.

    General information

    • Depths: 10 – 40m
    • Viz: 5 – 30m
    • Currents: Variable
    • Getting there : Ferry from Semarang 3 hours.
    • Best months: Apr to Oct


    19 Sep







    Want to be Jack sparrow or captain hook??? specify your choise……sail karimun jawa 2010 has openned 28 september – 3 oktober 2010…….


    19 Sep

    So many spot to snorkle arroun the karimunjawa island, you can ask to your guide about the spot snorkle, be ware and danger during this activity


    19 Sep

    Much place save to swim, our choise is pantai batu putih


    Dont bring this turtle at home

    Karimunjawa Things To Do

    19 Sep

    Discover the Treasures of karimunjava, with unique combination of  history, traditions, culture, and natural forces make karimunjava worth to visit

    Dewandaru Resort

    18 Sep

    “Dewadaru Resort” is nuanced beach resorts, bungalows and cotage, each consist of two bedroom bungalows, the buildings of wood materials are on the edge of the beach and close to the pier

    • Opinion of Price: About average
    • Contact: Dewadaru resort: (0291) 312254
    • Location: Dewadaru enough to walk from the pier because it is contrary to the demaga, only about 50 meters down from the ship could have arrived at this resort…..

    Escape Hotel

    18 Sep

    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.

    • Opinion of Price: About average
    • Location : Near Muria port
    • Contact : (0297) 312277 or 081325748481

    Karimun Indah

    18 Sep

    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.

    • Opinion of Price: less expensive than average
    • Contact : (0297) 312114

    Karimunjawa Inn

    18 Sep

    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.

    Publish rates 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.

    • Opinion of Price: about average
    • Location: near Muria port
    • Contact: (0297) 312253

    Nirvana Resort

    18 Sep

    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.

    • Opinion of Price: most expensive
    • Location: Near escape hotel
    • Contact: (0297)312151 or 085290022802

    The Jaya Karimun

    18 Sep

    The Jaya karimun 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). 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.

    Room/ double – Rp. 60,000
    Meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) – Rp. 40,000/person (optional)
    Boat /day – Rp. 300,000 or half day for Rp. 150,000
    snorkell mask and fin – Rp. 25,000/day

    • Opinion of Price: about average
    • Location : Floating building between Pulau karimun and Pulau Menjangan besar
    • Contact : (0297) 312185 or 081325110999