Immerse in the beauty of Jakarta’s Thousand Islands.
Charter a private boat or take a ferry to the gorgeous Kepulauan Seribu, Charter a private boat or take a ferry to the gorgeous Kepulauan Seribu, or Thousand Islands, from Indonesia’s most populous city. Depending on how and where you go, you’ll reach this chain of pulau-pulau (islands) in a half hour to three hours from Marina Ancol ferry port – and it’s totally worth the trip! Plan a day trip or stay overnight on one (or more) of these 8 awe-inspiring isles.
Pulau Bidadari, also known as the Island of Angels, is a popular day trip destination. Its marvellous blue waters, collection of rare trees and historic sites like Fort Martello make this a must-visit. Take a 30-minute boat ride from the ferry port to get here.
(Untungjawa Island, South Kepulauan Seribu,
Kepulauan Seribu Regency, Jakarta,
Visit Pulau Macan (Tiger Island) for a romantic getaway. Find private huts overlooking the ocean at Pulau Macan Eco Village & Resort.
Located 1.5 hours away from Marina Ancol, this island offers exciting watersports such as canoeing, windsurfing, snorkeling and living.
(Jl. Fatmawati, no. 39,
Dutamas Fatmawati Blok A2, Cipete Utara,
Kebayoran Baru, www.pulaumacan.com)
For an exciting time at sea, head to Pulau Putri. Get on a glass-bottom boat, or snorkel and swim with the plentiful sea life. Don’t want to get wet? Walk through the island’s famous glass-tunnel aquarium instead. As it’s the furthest island from the city of Jakarta, it takes a two- to three-hour boat ride to reach from Marina Ancol ferry port.
(Jl. Sultan Agung, No. 21, Jakarta Selatan, 12980, www.putriisland.com)
This island’s Perawan Beach, Bukit Matahari Harbor and Pasir Kresek Beach are best for some peace and tranquility. Rent a bike and head to the hidden Virgin Sands, known for its unspoilt charm. Don’t miss the Sun Hill, or Bukit Matahari, to see a stunning sunrise or sunset – you choose!
(Pulau Pari Kepulauan Seribu, 14520, DKI Jakarta, www.tourpulaupari.com)
Take a historic day trip to Pulau Onrust. A small island, it hides a historic Dutch fortress and other remains from colonial times, which function as a museum.
Located in the middle of a cluster of islands, Pulau Pramuka is the most inhabited island of them all. Despite that, it’s still secluded from city life, with plenty of untouched nature to enjoy. Home to Indonesia’s greenback turtle conservation efforts, you can watch the turtles take their first steps out to the sea here.
(Panggang Island, North Kepulauan Seribu, Kepulauan Regency, Jakarta, www.wisatapulaupramuka.co)
Located just 25 minutes from Marina Ancol, Pulau Ayer is a favorite destination for families and group trips. At Pulau Ayer Resort & Cottages, you can choose to stay either in floating cottages on the sea or in traditional villas and huts on land. Try your hand at water sports like taking out a banana boat, jetski or canoe. There’s also arcade games and billiards available for play inland. (www.pulauayer.com)
Get your cameras ready!
Pulau Tidung’s famous Love Bridge (or Jembatan Cinta), an 800-metre bridge connecting two smaller islands, is perfect for scenic snapshots as well as couple-y selfies. You can rent bikes to cycle around and interact with warmhearted locals in their open homes.
By Mizah Salik, The Finder Issue 298, May 2019
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