The Untouched Isles of Karimunjava
The world’s largest island nation, Indonesia is an archipelago of over 13,000 islands stretching more than 5,000 km from the northern tip of Sumatra to Papua in the east. Its main islands are Sumatra, Java (Jakarta), Kalimantan (Borneo) and Sulawesi, but there are also countless atolls and islands like Bali, Lombok, and Flores that have become popular tourist destinations.
From the art galleries of Bali’s Ubud to the awe-inspiring dragons of Komodo National Park near Flores, or the pristine diving sites of Raja Ampat in Papua, the diversity of Indonesia ensures it has endless potential as a holiday destination. As the country’s infrastructure improves, newly discovered island sanctuaries are becoming easier to reach. One such place is the Karimunjava Islands, a sparsely populated island marine park, made up of 27 islands in the Java Sea.
Lying 80 km north of Central Java in the Java Sea, the Karimunjava Islands offer inviting palm-fringed white sandy beaches with a slow, relaxed pace of life. There is also an abundance of unspoilt coral reefs and mangrove forests, an ideal environment for snorkeling and kayaking. The local people on this island archipelago make their living from fishing and cultivating seaweed – and now with international travelers starting to trickle into Karimunjava, tourism is becoming a source of income too.
Accommodations on this upcoming tropical beach destination range from simple homestays to high-end luxury resorts such as the Jiwa Quest or Kura Kura. The latter offers private flights to and from Semarang Airport on Java’s mainland, and the city of Semarang is also connected by direct flights to Bali and Jakarta.
Boats for the 90 km ride to the Karimunjava Islands depart from the port at Jepara, a two-hour drive north of Semarang. During the rainy season, the weather can be too rough for sea travel, so we advise that you plan your visit between April and October to ensure a smooth ride and enjoyable weather.
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