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Welcome to Karimun Jawa!

Imagine the secluded and tranquil white-sand beaches, all year summer, and crystal clear turquoise water with beautiful corals and fishes. Sandwiched between the jungle and the southern tip is the island’s main town called Karimunjawa. The Karimunjawa archipelago consists of 27 islands, with 7 of them are inhabited. As one of the country’s marine national park, Karimun Jawa has more than 90 coral reefs (very colorful plateaus and plains in deep and shallow waters), 240 types of fishes, mangrove forests, and rare animals such as white-bellied sea eagles, turtles, pelicans, and hornbill.

This hidden gem offers the remote natural beauty, since it is not as swarmed as Bali and other familiar destinations. The name of Karimunjawa is taken from Javanese language 'Kremun kremun saking tanah Jawi' addressed by one of Wali Songo (who had introduced Islam in Java) to describe how far this mini archipelago from Java, to be exact from Semarang and Jepara. Karimun Jawa is also called as the Holiday Island, The Paradise of Java, and the Carribean van Java.

This is a must see destination. Definitely the perfect place to relax and have fun!

To do in Karimun Jawa

1. Islands Hopping for Snorkeling

The locals provide boats to rent, and you can hop from one island to another.

Rent a boat and go hopping from one island to another, exploring the sea and the beaches as you go. Snorkeling is a must here where the corals are aplenty and the sea clear and blue. There are many small islands to explore. You may want to start with Menjangan Cilik Island (to Maer) or Nyamplungan (west side of Karimun Jawa). In the Cilik Island, try to walk through the wood dock to see thousand species of little fish swimming in the crystal clear water.

 

2. Diving

Witness the marine life at 15 to 40 meters depth, with more than 35 types of corals, sponges, and its friends. One of the best diving spot is Gosong Cemara in the Cemara Gede Island. If you’re lucky enough, you can meet the turtles and other living sea creatures.

 

3. Swimming with the sharks

The Menjangan Besar Island offers an adrenaline rush challenge: swimming with the sharks. Or if you don’t dare to, you can try to swim with its friends like triger fish, turtle, or baracudas. Don’t worry, the guides will ensure your safety. There are also some water sports activity around this site.

 

4. To the beach

The must-do in Karimun Jawa is of course, going to the beach! Tanjung Gelam is the most romantic and wonderful accesible spot, from the millions white sand to the stunning sunset. Don’t forget to take a picture at the famous icon there, the inclined palm trees.

 

Besides, Geleang beach in the west part of Karimun Jawa is an alternative. This beach offers more private sensation like sunbathing and having a BBQ party. Enjoy the beauty of nature and the sensuous aestethics here.

 

5. Other beautiful spots

If this list is not enough, visit Legon Lele Beach, Gede Mountain, Maming Mountain, Lorong Cinta, Love Hill, Joko Tuo Hill, Nyamplungan Waterfall, Sarang Cave, Mangrove Forest, Annora Beach and many more!

 

6. Tasting Karimun Jawa Delicacies: Seafood Haven

Not only our sight, Karimunjawa also satisfies our tummy. Most of the food here are seafood and served in spicy sauces, since majority of the society are fishermen. Don’t forget to visit the city hall to experience the authentic Karimun Jawa dining.

1. Pindang Serani

In Karimun Jawa, seafood is a must. This local cuisine is made of milkfish and broth. This clear broth fells soft and fresh, and the succulent meat which are freshly caught from sea makes this dish hard to forget.

 

2. Bakso Ikan Ekor Kuning (Yellow tail fish Meatball)

Is also called as Bakso Karimunjawa. Made from yellow tail fish meat, this bakso has a very different texture with the ones in the cities; chewy, tasty, yet doesn’t smell fishy at all.

 

3. Lontong Krubyuk (Krubyuk Ricecake)

If Kudus is wellknown for its lontong tahu campur, and Semarang for its lontong tahu gimbal, Karimun Jawa has what it’s called as Lontong Krubyuk. Krubyuk is served with delicious soup, chicken slices, bean sprouts and parsley.

 

4. Tongseng Cumi (Squid Tongseng)

In Karimun Jawa, the mouthwatering tongseng comes with squid, rather than beef.

 

5. Siomay Tongkol

Try the mixture of Chinese and local taste in Siomay Tongkol (Tuna Siomay). This creative dish is inspired by the Chinese shiumai with pork, which is not allowed for the Moslems.

6. The hot drinks: Wedang Blung and Wedang Jahe

 

How to get there

Karimunjawa islands is about 80 km northwest of Jepara, a small town in Central Java . There are several options to reach this hidden gem: by express ferry, by boat, or by plane.  We suggest to depart from Semarang or Jepara (you can stay at our d’SEASON Premiere Jepara!) The best time to visit Karimun Jawa is during the dry season, around April to October, when the weather would be consistent sunny and also humid. 

Whats on: 

        1. Airfast

       Juanda airport to Dewandaru

  • Tuesday 11.30 WIB
  • Thusrday 11.40 WIB

 

       Dewandaru to Juanda

  • Monday 08.00 WIB
  • Wednesday 08.00WIB

 

       2. Express Bahari

      Jepara to Karimun Jawa

  • Monday 09.00 WIB
  • Tuesday 09.00 WIB
  • Friday 09.00 WIB
  • Saturday 10.00 WIB

 

       Karimun Jawa to Jepara

  • Monday 12.00 WIB
  • Wednesday 11.00 WIB
  • Saturday 07.00 WIB
  • Sunday 11.00 WIB

 

       3. Siginjay

        Jepara to Karimun Jawa

  • Monday 07.00 WIB
  • Wednesday 07.00 WIB
  • Friday 06.30 WIB
  • Saturday 07.00 WIB

 

       Karimun Jawa to Jepara

  • Sunday 07.00 WIB
  • Tuesday 07.00 WIB
  • Thursday 07.00 WIB
  • Friday 13.00 WIB

 

Where to go nearby

  1. Jepara – the furniture center, also famous for its breathtaking beaches
  2. Semarang – Famous for batik and tons of culinary hot spots
  3. Wonosobo – to feel the village life in the heart of Java
  4. Yogyakarta – to the historical Borobudur and Prambanan temples

 

Travel Tips

It’s summer all the year. Bring your sunblock, sunnies, and your sun equipments with you!

Source: Allindonesiatravel.com, karimunjawakita.com