Overview of Karimun Jawa
Java as the most dense Island in Indonesia has many things to offer for worldwide travelers and one of many tourist destinations which is very interesting to visit is Karimun Jawa (Karimun Java). This small group of islands can be found near Java Island, exactly at North of Central Java Province.
The name of Karimun Jawa was given by Sunan Muria (A moslem spiritual leader of Javanese people who live among society and evoke Islam in Java Island). At the first time, the name was “Keremun” (in javanese) which means Blurry. People who stand at the North coast line of Java can see the Island (altough it is blurry) and that is origin of the name. Hundred years from the era of Sunan Muria, people of Java still holds the name but they simplified the name into Karimun Jawa.
Karimun Jawa consists of many beautiful islands and surely you need to stay there more than a day to explore all of the excitements. The main islands of Karimun Jawa are, Pulau Karimun Jawa (The welcome spot for tourists), Pulau Menjangan (Deer Island), Pulau Kura – Kura (Turtle Island), Pulau Cemara, Pulau Nyamuk (Mosquito Island), Genting Island and Kemujan Island. Each of those islands has unique spots either for underwater adventure or beach adventure.
Adventure and Leisure at Karimun Jawa
Once you arrived at Karimun Jawa you will be amazed of your surroundings. At the first time i was doubt that there is such place near Java Island but when you touch the white sand and see the underwater scenery then you will realize that Karimun Jawa is equal to other tourist destination in Indonesia such as Bali and Lombok.
For underwater adventure fans, there is snorkeling activity which simply can refresh your mind. Beautiful coral reefs and thousand of coral fishes will give you mood booster and you will ask for more challenging underwater adventure. Finish with snorkeling, you can try to feed up the Blacktip Reef Shark that live in shallow water. Although the adult Blacktip Reef Sharks only can grow up to 1.6 meters but they are sharks and don’t play any tricks with sharks (just take it easy and follow the instruction from the sharks trainer). This Shark feed challenge will pump your adrenaline and guess what, many tourists like this activity even they ask more at the next day. Besides underwater adventure, there are also other activities such as fishing, trekking and touring around the island to learn about local culture or historical point of Karimun Jawa.
Exhausted with those activities, you can take a break at the beach or you can stay at the guesthouse to have meals. Done with delicious dishes (ala Karimun Jawa) then you can continue exploring the island either by foot or bicycle. While exploring the island, you can visit many souvenir stores and traditional food stalls which open until late night. If you want to held a party, then you should ask for permition from the local people. Don’t forget to keep the area clean and you will be respected (by local people) when you leave the island.
How to reach Karimun Jawa
Actually there are many ways to go to Karimun Jawa but the common route is from Jepara and Semarang (Central Java). Each of those cities has reguler ship route to Karimun Jawa. There is also airplane route to Karimun Jawa but it is only available for certain condition. You will take off from Semarang with small plane and landed at private airport in Turtle Island. The trip to Karimun Jawa will take times about 7-8 hours (5 hours land trip and 3 hours sea trip) from Jogjakarta. Well, it is a long trip but you will not regret once you arrived at Karimun Jawa.
If you have plans to visit Karimun Jawa, you can check the tour packages which offered by visitingjava. Hope someday you can visit Indonesia and explore the hidden paradise in North Java, Karimun Jawa.
By Amar Pujo Wicaksono
(Contributor at visitingjava.com)