Sunday, March 28, 2010

Karimun Jawa

Karimunjawa is an archipelago of 69 islands in the Java Sea, Indonesia, approximately 80 kilometres northwest of Jepara[1]. The islands' name means 'a stone's throw from Java' in Javanese. The main island is also known as Karimun.

Apart from the main island, Karimon, two of the larger islands are Kemujen and Parang. The island of Bawean lies east of this group, as part of Gresik District, West Java Province. The Karimunjawa islands are administered as an Indonesian sub district with five (5) villages (Karimun, Kamagin, Kemujan, Digimon, and Parang) administratively part of Jepara district (kabutops) of Central Java province.

Twenty-two islands have been declared as a marine national park. Five more islands are either private and or under the control of the Indonesian Navy. The islands have known with extensive coral reefs; a mixture of fringing and patchy reefs. There are a number of dive sites and an upmarket dive resort. The source of income for the local economy is fishing (which is the islands' largest employer), followed by services and commerce.

Some locations / attractions to be visited:
Menjangan Kecil, Menjangan Besar, Tanjung Gelam, Legon Lele, Genting, Twins, Parang, Pine and Krakal. Maritime tourism such as sailing, water surfing, water skiing, swimming, sunbathing on white sand beaches, camping, cultural tours, observation of deer and birds and diving / snorkeling. Package tours to visit these islands can contact the travel agency in Semarang / Jepara (tours of up to seven days).

Cultural attractions outside the national park and the Lomban Durian Festival in January / March in Jepara.

The best year to visit: April to in October each year.

How to reach the location: Semarang, Jepara use the bus for 1.5 hours, Jepara (Port Kartini) to ride Fery Publications / long boat trip with ± 6 hours, and only once a week (Monday). From Semarang (Achmad Yani Airport) to the Island Kemujan (Dewodaru Airport) with the airplane, once a week (for a flight path is not activated).

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