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Karimunjawa is a chain of 27 islands north of Semarang, off the coast of Central Java, Indonesia.

Understand

Designated as a national marine park. Karimunjawa consists of many small islands, with the main ones being Karimunjawa island, Kemujan island, Menjangan Besar island, and Menjangan Kecil island.

History

Karimunjawa was originally settled by Sunan Nyamplungan, the son of Sunan Muria, one of the Muslim Saints (Sunan) who introduced Islam to Java.

Landscape

Mostly low lying islands with sandy beaches. There is some fringing mangrove around Kemujan island.

Flora and fauna

We can find various kinds sea animal, like turtle, shark, fishes, in karimunjawa waters territory. In the land, especially in Karimunjawa island and Kemujan island, we can finds many kinds of bird, deer, and even snake.

Climate

Tropical. It is very hot here in the dry season (approximately April to October) and wet and humid in the rainy season.

Get in

There are chartered plane from Semarang that flies from Semarang to Dewandaru Airport in Kemujan island. There also a regular ferry that sail from Tanjung Emas port in Semarang and Jepara port to Karimunjawa island

Get around

In karimunjawa and Kemujan island, we can rent car or motorcyle to go around the island. To go to the other island, we can use local boat or motorboat. Note: Be sure that you've booked the car before you arrived in the Karimunjawa. Because there still small amound of cars there. To make it easier, you can call your travel agent to arrange it.

There is now a ticketing service for Karimujawa with up to date time table www.karimunjawa-ticketing.co.id

See

The island beaches The beautiful coral reefs

Do

Many resorts in Karimunjawa, such as Kura-kura resort, provides diving activities. There are many interesting spots, like Taka Panyawangan and Gosong cemara, to dive in the Karimunjawa water. You can also go hiking around the island to find many places around the island that gives a beautiful panorama

  • Blue Laguna Inn, [1].

Buy

The most wellknown handicraft in Karimunjawa is the wood carving. We can finds many gifts shop thats sell many kind of wood carving. Many people also go to Karimunjawa to finds the Demandaru plant. They belief that dewandaru plants can make their life longer.

  • Diving, [2]. Diving is fun at Karimunjawa. Ship wreck is becoming the attraction as we can see fishes here.
  • Diving in Karimunjawa, [3]. Diving is fun at Karimunjawa. Ship wreck is becoming the attraction as we can see fishes here.


Drink

Alcoholic beverages are served in the hotels, and Bintang (Indonesian beer) can be purchased at some 'warungs.' Bottled water is a must and can be bought readily. At meals, seasonal fresh fruit juice is a treat (mango, orange, avocado).

Eat

Surrounded by seas, Karimunjawa provides lots of sea food. Fresh fish and prawns are staples in the island diet. Restaurants are located within hotels. Other eateries, or 'warungs', provide decent cheap food like fried rice, fish, or an assortment of veggies. Be flexible and you'll do fine.

Sleep

There are various kinds of accommodation there, from the four star hotels to homestay. There are also camping sites there.

Lodging

Moderate

  • Melati hotel
  • Blue Lagoon hotel
  • Dewandaru hotel
  • Wisma Apung floating hotel

Splurge

  • Kura-kura Resort [4], located in Menyawakan island. Covered by coconut trees and surrounded by white sandy beaches and prestine coral reefs. It's a high class hotel with scuba facilities.
  • Nirwana Laut Resort [5], a luxury resort with many facilities.
  • Mental Hideaway resort, south of main island. With 8+ planned rooms, it's scheduled to open in 2010-2011 (info@karimunjawahideaway.com).
  • Paradise Resort [6], private time share and holiday home. With a private entrance from the main road you experience the most amazing views high above the tree line overlooking the bay, national park and outer islands.

Camping

Backcountry

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