My Travel : Karimunjawa

This is my travel to Karimunjawa Islands, July 27, 2010. Karimunjawa is an island-chains 83 kilometers north of Jepara, Central Java, Indonesia. Me, Rolando and others departed from Bandung to Jepara by bus at 8 pm. After 22 hours of traveling, we arrived in Jepara at 6 am and had breakfast for a while. After that we entered the ship to go to Karimunjawa at 7 am.


  • The Sundown

Yeah! 8 hours passed, finally we arrived in Karimunjawa at 3 pm.  Immediately we went to home-stay and took a bath. Then we walked to the harbour to enjoy the sunset.

The sunset was very beautiful. We enjoyed while chatting until it was getting dark. After that we walked around the island and we had dinner in the small restaurant. Then returned to home-stay to prepare for tomorrow and sleep.


  • The Breeding of Sharks

Our second day started when woke up at 6 am. After prepared, we walked to the harbour. A boat was waiting for us there. With a driver and a guide we immediately headed to the breeding of sharks. It only takes 15 minutes to get there. We can swim with sharks here. Not only sharks, there were also a sea turtle and starfish.

Wow! Shark movements were so fast and scary but didn’t dare to approach. If we approach, they’ll move away. There were two types of sharks, black and white sharks. I didn’t know the name of that sharks. We can take pictures with a sea turtle and starfish here. After we were satisfied, we returned to the boat and continued our journey to other islands.

  • The Beautiful Island

From the breeding of sharks, we traveled for an hour to reach an island. An island with white sand and clear blue-green water, the scenery was very very wonderful! I didn’t remember all the name of the islands.

Unfortunately, the weather was slightly cloudy. In here we just walked around the island and swam. Not much we did here. Maybe after 2 hours the rain made us return to the boat and continued to the next island.

  • The Sand Island

We met many peoples here. Our guide said, here the most convenient place to swim. Yes of course we swam again here, because on the before island we were interrupted by rain.

In here, we can walked out to sea. There was white sand toward the sea which form a small island. But if seawater was at high tide, the small island will disappear and reappear again at low tide. I called it Sand Island. After swam, our guide took us to snorkeling. Whoa I can’t wait for it! And immediately we get into the boat and went to the middle of the sea.

  • The Amazing Snorkeling

After arrived in the middle of the sea, we prepared for snorkeling.  We equipped with a diving mask, a shaped tube called a snorkel, and swim-fins. Some of my friends equipped a life jacket. After everything was ready, we immediately jump into the sea. Here we go!

Once in the water, we saw many nemo fish. We feed the fish, so they gathered and then I took some pictures. After took some pictures, there was a problem. My underwater camera was broken! I lost my chance to take some pictures about coral beauty in here. Besides that my eyes were very satisfied with the beauty of the coral. That was really really wonderful! Trust me! We were very tired because snorkeling for 3 hours. We returned to the boat and continued the journey to another island.

  • The Special Lunch

This island was uninhabited and smaller than the others. We had for lunch and rest for a while in here. Our guide brought some fresh fishes for our lunch. Before our journey he caught many fish from the sea.

Yes grilled fish! It was very delicious. All of we ate very much because snorkeling was very tired. After we ate and rest for a while, we prepared for return to our home-stay for sleep. We enjoyed the sunset from the boat accompanied by wind and waves. Hell yeah!


  • The Cottage

On the third day, we went to a cottage on an island. We’ll stay there for a while.

After moved all of our stuff, we walked around the island. There was a little dock in here. When the weather wasn’t hot, we ready for snorkeling again. Let’s go!

  • The Wonderful Coral

We were snorkeling again! Before snorkeling we waited for cool weather in the cottage. Finally the weather began more cool. This time, some of my friends didn’t use the boat to sea but we swam from a little dock. Enjoy!

Truly wonderful! We saw more types of coral and fish here. More beautiful and colourful than before. Our guide taught us how to diving. He was diving about 10 meters into the seabed and then hold a coral reef. We learnt how to dive while enjoyed nice scenery. Cool! Then we returned to the dock, and ready for saw the sunset on other island.

  • The Brilliant Combination

Before went to this island, we bought some coconuts. Yeah, enjoy the sunset while drinking coconut is the best thing I’ve ever felt! The colourful sky, the fresh coconut water, the sound waves hit the rocks, the sounds of birds and wind were a brilliant combination.

Speechless! Because of that we forget if we had not eaten and very tired. Finally we returned to home-stay  again. Tomorrow we will rest full of day and come out at night to attend an event in town hall.


  • The Last Day

This is the last day we stay here. We woke up at noon, because so tired. In the afternoon we started the activity to enjoy the sunset. The last sunset.

This night there was an event in town hall. Culinary event and premiere of Karimunjawa’s film starring Nugie (Indonesian Actor/Musician) and many more. After eat some traditional food, we watched the film except me and three of my friends. Because we’ll catch squid and crab in the sea! After a few hours from the sea, we returned and brought a lot of squids and crabs. It’s time for food party! See you tomorrow!

In the morning we were ready to go to the harbour. We entered the ship and back to home. This is the end of my travel. See you again!

To view large resolution pictures, please go to Gallery (Under Construction)

8 responses

  1. Your Pictures were beautiful! I really loved the pics of the sunsets!! That is something i would like to see very soon… a sun setting over the ocean! Continue to travel!!!! 🙂

    July 29, 2011 at 4:42 am

    • Thanks so much Jasmine! I hope you can come here as soon as possible. And I’ll wait for your next travel post, it will help me if I want go there.

      July 29, 2011 at 7:55 am

  2. Oh my… this is going into my bucket list of places to see. Lovely photos. They made me sigh 🙂

    July 29, 2011 at 5:22 am

    • Thanks for your feedback. Wait for my post, maybe it will make you more interested to come here 🙂

      July 29, 2011 at 7:58 am

  3. wendapregiwa

    what a beautiful place.. good shoot jeeee , I wish I can go there as soon as 🙂

    July 30, 2011 at 12:02 pm

  4. A returning visit here. Beautiful pics. Karimun Jawa islands are the top on my list for my next visit to Indonesia. Thanks for sharing and very well done!

    Do you mind sharing the aperture and focal length used at the third and last pic? I love the fading tone of the golden hour you captured there.

    August 11, 2011 at 7:55 pm

    • Great, you’ll never regret coming to Karimunjawa! Now Karimunjawa more amazing than when I went there. My friends said more water play facilities. Maybe this holiday I’ll go to Karimunjawa again. And here is for exif data:
      Third picture:
      Shutter speed: 1/400,
      F-stop: f/14,
      ISO: 100,
      Focal length: 55.

      Last Picture:
      Shutter speed: 1/2,
      F-stop: f/22,
      ISO: 100,
      Focal length: 32

      Thanks Lorraine for your feedback, I can’t wait for your pictures and story in Karimunjawa 🙂

      August 11, 2011 at 8:27 pm

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