Visiting Karimunjawa Marine Adventure in The Java Sea

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In Karimun Jawa Marine Adventure in The Java Sea, there is natural beauty and unique culture of the local community. There are many uniqueness, starting from the village (desa), sub-district (kecamatan), district (kabupaten) and provincial levels.

In Indonesia, each province has different and interesting characteristics. Each province has a different and unique culture and lifestyle.

Karimunjawa Islands or Karimunjava Islands is an archipelago of 27 islands in the Java Sea, Indonesia, approximately 80 kilometres northwest of Jepara.

They have a total land area of 78 km2. The main island is known as Karimun (2,700 ha), while the second-largest island is Kemujan (1,400 ha).

The archipelago consists predominantly of pre-Tertiary continental islands primarily of quartzites and shales covered by basaltic lava.

Geologically, the islands are part of Sundaland. The islands have extensive fringing and patchy coral reefs. The best time to visit the islands is during the dry season, generally from April to October.

Travelers to Central Java do not need to go far to enjoy marine life, above and below the sea. The Karimunjawa archipelago, located in the Java Sea, north of the capital city of Semarang, has everything to offer divers and backpackers who enjoy trekking and snorkeling along a pristine beach.

The Karimunjawa National Park (not to be confused with the Karimun Islands in Bintan, Riau) is one amongst seven marine national parks in Indonesia.

Taking only a four to five-hour trip from Semarang, you will be surrounded by natural beauty, so that you wish that you could stay there forever.

Separated from the larger Java Island, the marine conservation area is far from the hustle and bustle of the metropolis, although it floats geographically only 120 kilometers off the north coast of Semarang between Java and Kalimantan.

Such distance forms a natural fence from physical degradation and has made it culturally resilient from modern influences.

Karimunjawa was formally declared a Marine Protection Area in 1986 encompassing some 272,000 acres, with the largest part being sea.

Then on February 22, 1999, it was signed as the Karimunjawa National Park. The pristine beaches and seas are home to healthy coral reefs that scatter in an 80 kilometers wide area all the way to the coast of Jepara, a Central Java town, wellknown for its top-drawer furniture.

Two protected biota species here are the black coral (Antiphates sp.) and organ pipe coral (Tubipora musica). Others include the triton trumpet, the hornet helmet, and the pearly-chambered nautilus. Here are also hawksbill turtles, common green turtles, and on land are the red-breasted parakeet and other tropical bird species.

There are 27 islands in this national park, where only 5 are inhabited. Towns and villages are set on the island of Karimunjawa (the largest island), Kemujan, Nyamuk, Parang, and Genting.

By Kemujan island is the wreck of the Panamanian ship called the “Indono” that sank here in 1955 and is now habitat of coral and fish and a popular site for wreck diving.

Legend has it that the islands were sighted and discovered by a prominent cleric, known as sunan in Java. His name was Amir Hasan or known as Sunan Nyamplungan, son of Sunan Muria and nephew of Sunan Kudus, two of the nine most prominent clerics in the history of the spread of Islam on Java.

Being the closest marine national park from Central Java, Karimunjawa attracts those who wish to take in its natural beauty and learn about marine life.

As a marine national park, Karimunjawa is a mix of 5 different ecosystems. This can be a series of nature adventure for any visitor.

Coral reefs, sea grass and seaweed are those marine ecosystems next to the lush mangrove forest that splendidly reflect images on the rippling water surface.

As your boat cuts across the still water in the morning, you will see the warmth of early sunrays fall on the lowland tropical forest on the coast. They look fantastic.

The biodiversity found in Karimunjawa is wondrous; among the most significant are the 44 different species of mangroves, 11 species of sea grass, 9 species of sea weed, and 444 species of fish.

The coral itself has 176 different species that you likely want to see while snorkeling.

The government is taking good care of the preservation of nature and maintaining the condition of the forest.

The environment is also well maintained.


Visiting Karimunjawa Marine Adventure in The Java Sea, we will witness routine community activities in unique traditional cultures. And there are special dishes and food as part of culinary tours that are delicious and yummy.

Snorkeling is a definite activity you must do. The coral reefs are excellent to capture with your underwater camera.

The fringing reefs are among those patch reefs and barrier reefs. The colorful fish glide in large groups above the black corals and organ pipe corals, the two protected biota in Karimunjawa.

Trekking through the villages in Karimunjawa is an alternative. The locals are friendly as you can observe them working in the cultured sea grass patches.

The track is not limited to this height, as Karimunjawa’s highest point is at 506 meters above sea level. Trekking through the forest and finding yourself gazing on the 27 islands dotting the Java Sea is an extraordinary experience.

On land, there are deer, long-tailed macaques, white-belly sea eagles, and various species of birds. Trekking could be very fulfilling and a great outdoor experience.

Other unique and protected marine biota found here are the hornet helmet (Cassis cornuta), triton trumpet (Charonia tritonis).

Also chambered nautilus, green shell (Turbo marmoratus), and six species of clam. They are ideally observed as you plunge and dive down the base of the coral reefs.

Around the Kemujan Island, the wreck of a Panamanian ship that sank in 1955, the Indono, became a healthy platform for fish to grow and an excellent spot for wreck diving.

In other parts of the islands, surfing is possible, as well as sailing, water skiing, swimming, camping, and bird watching. Ask around in Kemujan and Bengkoang Island and people will tell you where are the best spots for each activity.

In this place there are also regular events or activities held every year, both national and international.


The journey to Karimunjawa Marine Adventure in The Java Sea is now very easy. We can enter through various modes of transportation.

Access to go to Karimunjawa Marine Adventure in The Java Sea:

Flights to Semarang are available from Jakarta, Denpasar Bali, and also from other cities. Karimunjawa itself has an airport in Kemujan Island, called the Dewadaru Airport.

Small aircraft land here although the flight schedule is still dominated by chartered flights from Semarang, Yogyakarta, or Bali.

Ferries serve the islands three times a week, either from Jepara or also Semarang, and speed boats are plenty and available on special request.

The condition of the infrastructure is getting better. Starting from highways, airports, trails, ports, bridges, stairs, even some places can be reached by toll roads.

We can visit by plane, car, ship, bus, motorcycle and bicycle. At some point, we can take the train. We can also walk freely.


In Karimunjawa Marine Adventure in The Java Sea, as technology getting better. We can easily find locations for mini markets, shops (warung kedai), Money Changer, ATMs, Bank BRI BCA BNI Mandiri, BTPN Bank Nagari BJB, supermarkets, and restaurants. So we will not starve or lack the necessary items.


  • Best time to visit the Park is between April to October.

If you are sick and need help, you can also visit clinics, drugstore pharmacies (apotek), practice doctors, hospitals, and health centers (puskesmas).

In this place we can also look for places of worship such as mosques, churches, and others.


Finding place to stay in Karimunjawa Marine Adventure in The Java Sea is very easy. We can stay at home stays, hotels, inns, hostels and other places.

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Experience and Reviews

There are already many visitors have visited Karimunjawa Marine Adventure in The Java Sea, there are many interesting stories that are told. Like feeling satisfied, happy, wanting to come again, sleep well, and almost no one is disappointed or complains to come here.

So, visitors will find out on how to find the best hotels, where is exactly located, why it is amazing, how much is the fare and rate, who are the people, whom to ask, and when is the best time to visit.

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That’s all the information we provided, hopefully useful.

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