Be prepared for basic homestay accommodation in Karimunjawa unless you want to pay a lot of money in one of the bigger hotels with no other visitors. Almost all the accommodation is located in the southerly town of Karimunjawa, although it is possible to arrange overnight homestay accommodation on inhabited outlying islands such as Pulau Nyamuk.
This tidy little homestay-cum-guesthouse on the road to the ferry port houses clean midrange rooms which sport air-con, Western toilet and spring beds. In addition, they offer a range of packages for guests to choose from suiting a range of budgets and including activities such as diving and snorkelling (they can include meals). This place is often fully booked in advance via the internet as it's... Read our full review of Duta Karimun.
One of the first places you spot when looking for accommodation along the road from the ferry port is Puri Karimun. Amazingly, it is also one of the few places that feels less like a homestay and more like a budget guesthouse. Accordingly, prices here are a little higher than some other places in town, but facilities such as a private bathroom are included in the price. It's a newer looking place... Read our full review of Puri Karimun.
At Srikandi you will be staying in the house of a local family. It's a homestay in every sense of the word, but the owners have done a good job of setting up the rooms in this house so that guests retain privacy. Each of the rooms has a double bed and a fan to agitate the stifling heat of the day and bathrooms are shared with other guests, although this place is often empty outside of June/July... Read our full review of Srikandi Homestay.
Blue Laguna is another guesthouse that tries to raise the bar above the plethora of homestays in town and it does so with aplomb. For your money you get icy cold air-con (at night only), TV with Asian channels and a Western toilet with shower. It's a smart looking place despite a few stains on the paintwork and will suit flashpackers perfectly. It's on the left as you head up the road from the... Read our full review of Blue Laguna Inn.
Mulya Indah is like many of the other homestays in town in that it has clean, well-presented rooms with a bed and a fan and that's about it. The squat toilet bak mandi bathrooms are shared with other guests, but are very clean. The balcony on the upper floor catches the afternoon breeze nicely and is a great place to relax given that the rooms are predictably hot during the heat of the day when... Read our full review of Homestay Mulya Indah.
For a place that has obviously had so much investment in it, it was surprising to see this place utterly empty. Not a single guest. That's probably due to the incredibly steep prices and the fact that rooms aren't as spotless as they should be for the price range. The communal areas are spectacular with a mass of wood enticing visitors to while away the hours on the outdoor deck taking in the... Read our full review of Nirvana Laut Resort.
The dozy staff here are a little unprepared for guests outside of the high season probably due to how infrequently they arrive. The location of Karimunjawa Inn is up the hill behind the port and this out of the way location also contributes to the lack of guests. Rooms here are old school with the cheapest options containing a fan and squat toilet and the most expensive containing air-con and... Read our full review of Karimunjawa Inn.