Saturday, December 8, 2012

The Pearl of Jakarta, a Thousand Islands

     Undeniably, the Internet's role in this modern era makes information about travel flow so fast. From time to time I visited a Thousand Islands, the number of tourists visiting this islands on the rise and become crowded. The increase can also be offset by the developing of facilities and good transportation. It was answered by the provincial administration of DKI Jakarta in early 2012 to inaugurated a new Muara Angke Port Ships, and we wish in the future the number of ships will increase in order to meet the transportation needs of the tourists so that each vessel departing passengers can meet safety standards according to capacity. With the presence of this new port of course makes the condition more comfortable than the previous which was merged with the fishing boats dock.
     From the Muara Angke Port Ships there are many destinations among other things destination to Pulau  Tidung (Tidung island), Pulau Pramuka (Pramuka Island), Pulau Untung Jawa (Untung Jawa Island) and Pulau Kelapa or Pulau Harapan. For destination to Pulau Tidung and Pulau Pramuka its cost 30,000 rupiah one way, and for destination to Pulau Kelapa or Pulau Harapan its cost around 35.000 rupiah with a long travel approximately 3 to 4 hours depending on weather conditions at sea.
   Just because the name is a Thousand Islands, it does not mean the number of islands in the archipelago is a thousand, because many islands are abraded and gradually disappear gradually sinking due to rising sea levels. Based on the number of islands in the Thousand Islands regency administration to 110 islands.

     If you visit Pulau Tidung, there is a bridge called the “Jembatan Cinta” or Bridge of Love which is the most popular destination in this islands. And then you can getting around the island by ridding the bicycle. You can hired the bicyle in place of lodging near from your homestay. Meanwhile, for Pulau Pramuka you can visit the hawksbill turtle breeding and Nusa Resto Floating Restaurant that serves delicious seafood dishes, fresh from the sea!

    For the snorkeling spots, you can rent a small boat or a fishing boat and ask to go to dive spots around Pulau Pramuka among other thing Pulau Aer, Pulau Kotok, Pulau Gosong, Pulau Semak Daun, Pulau Panggang, Pulau Karya and other islands depending on your time availability. If you traveling with group it will be less costly because you can share the cost for hiring boat. For snorkeling equipment if you didn’t bring your own or you didn’t have, there are a many places that provide rental equipment  for 1 set complete with life vest costs approximately 30.000 Rupiah. For the cost of homestays the estimate between 300,000 to 600,000 Rupiah depending on the facilities therein.

     If you want to visit non mainstream destination, you can choose Pulau Kelapa for your Destination which is located further north in this thousand islands. When I came here I was lucky enough to see turtles and dolphins were swimming around me while snorkeling. For snorkeling area or diving spot you can choose Pulau Panjang, Pulau Pandan, Pulau Harapan, Pulau Melinjo, Pulau Bira, Pulau Sepa, Pulau Putri, Pulau Matahari, Pulau Lumba Lumba, Pulau Atol, Pulau Belanda and the other islands.

     The ideal time to visit each destination at least 2 days 1 night. Camping is a great sport and can be enjoyed by an entire group of people or just by yourself. It gives you the sense of freedom to feel the nature surrounds you. If you have planning to camping in a Thousand Islands, you can choose Pulau Semak Daun or Pulau Perak as destination.

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