The Underwater Garden of Menjangan Kecil Island
The Karimunjawa Marine Park in Central Java is home to many amazing underwater sceneries. One of the favorite dive spot in this area is the Menjangan Kecil Island. This gorgeous island that is located about 15 minutes to the South of Karimunjawa is often visited by people who docked not only to take a quick rest and have lunch, but also to enjoy its beautiful underwater view.
To reach the Menjangan Kecil Island in Karimunjawa, visitors may have to have a little patience because of the limited transportation. You can depart to Karimunjawa by taking a ferry from the Muria ferry port in Jepara. Unfortunately, as the ship is only available on certain days only, it is best that you find out first about the schedule of the ship, then depart to Karimunjawa. It might take quite a long time using the ferry, which might take more than 2 hours. While the time spent on the road is quite long, all of it will be rewarded as soon as you arrive on the Menjangan Kecil Island. Taking the air transportation is probably the fastest way to access Karimunjawa. You can take a private air charter serviced by Kura Kura, the only air charter operator flying to Karimunjawa Islands. Of course this service will be more expensive than taking a boat but you will only need 30 minutes to reach the islands with the minimum charter time of 2 hours. After you reach karimunjawa, you can easily reach Menjangan Kecil Island by boat.
Long beach dotted with white sand greets you once you have reached the island. Try grilling your own fish over a campfire made with makeshift tree branches, which provide unique sensation and pleasure of its own. Menjangan Kecil Island also offers a nice change away from the hustle and bustle of life in the city, where tweeting birds and refreshing breeze of wind enhancing the serene and tranquil atmosphere of the island. If you are interested in camping, there are several spots in this island that is especially provided as camping area for those who want to momentarily disappear from civilization and enjoy sleeping with nature.
Diving in Menjangan Kecil Island is one of the popular activities in Karimunjawa. With calm and warm sea as its specialties, snorkeling around the underwater vista of Menjangan Kecil is something that must be experienced. Although the snorkeling spots located quite far from the shoreline to a depth of about 2 to 5 feet, you will be rewarded when you discover the scenic underwater palace of Menjangan Kecil. By simply diving into the depth of 20 meters, you can enjoy the coral reef that is both alive and colorful. The view is just like an underwater garden, where leaves-shaped coral reefs are blooming with beautiful color of white, yellow and golden. Even more exciting, the famous clown fish, or more popularly known as the nemo fish, will be your loyal and constant companion while diving. If you are observant, you can also find black mussels that further beautify the underwater view of Menjangan Kecil behind the rocks. There is also a wooden ship wreck covered by soft corals and inhabited by various sea lives. The Schooling of Snapper and Fusiliers are the main highlight of this dive site and you can also often seen Octopus in the months of March and April.