Karimunjawa: The Most Wonderful Underwater World
Indonesia has a lot of wonderful diving spots and Karimunjawa is one of them. Karimunjawa Archipelago consist of 27 enchanting islands located on 45 miles Northwest of Jepara, it is about 107.225 ha total area of Karimunjawa Archipelago in territory, which split up with 100.105 ha of sea area and 7.120 ha of land area.
Known as Central Java’s Paradise, Karimunjawa has a lot of attractions to offer; starting from diving, swimming, sunbathing to walking across the mangrove forest. This place is home to natural beauty and various unique species like fish,birds and coral reefs. For those who want to learn how to dive from scratch, this place is the best place to start your diving lesson.
Most of the sea part of Karimunjawa is covered with coral reefs until 40 meter depth. The coral reefs here are stunning as Karimunjawa has 66 types of coral reefs and a type of endangered reef called Musik Reef (tubipora musica). Furthermore, for underwater world lovers, you can do snorkeling or diving to enjoy the amazing sea biodiversity in this wonderful place.
There are various tour packages you can choose to get to Karimunjawa. You can start your trip to Karimunjawa from the capital of Central Java, Semarang. You can reach Karimunjawa from Tanjung Mas port in Semarang by boat. It takes about 3,5 hours to get there.
There are some great attractions you must not miss while you are there. Here they are:
Two main islands, Karimunjawa and Kemujan are connected with the mangrove fields. Part of the forests are promoted to be ‘educational forest’ to promote environmental awareness among the locals.
Cemara Besar Island
Cemara is a pine tree, a kind of tree you also can find in Karimunjawa. You can get here by boat for snorkeling or diving (from the main island of Karimunjawa, it takes about one hour). Diving in Cemara Besar Island gives you the most unforgettable diving experience as you can enjoy the beauty of coral reefs. However, no underwater photography is allowed here, so make sure you really enjoy the picture of enchanting underwater world while diving in Cemara Besar Island.
The sparkling blue water really calms you down, no wonder people love diving in cemara Besar Island (and the sea near Cemara Besar Island).
Pulau Gundul (Bald Island)
The best place to escape from your routine. Acutally, this island is a training ground for navy and military and is lacking in vegetation.
Watch the best sunset
Go to the island of Tanjung Gelam, one of the islands in Karimunjawa, to watch one of the best sunsets on Earth. In addition, you can get to the dock of Karimunjawa island to get the sunset spots. However, because of the mountain location, it is a bit difficult to capture the best sunrise spot in Karimunjawa Island.
Cemara Kecil Island
Do you love challenges? Try to swim with sharks in Cemara Kecil Island. It is recommended that you go swimming in the morning as the tide is not that high. Are you afraid of being bitten? Relax, the guides say that the sharks are already benign.
Karimunjawa may not sound so popular and you may be wondering what that place can offer. However, if you love diving and snorkeling, you cannot miss this paradise on Earth for sure! You will not get enough exploring the natural beauty of all 27 paradise islands. Make sure you enjoy your holiday in Karimunjawa!