Bunga Jabe

Bunga Jabe

Desert Island huts

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Want to really get away from it all? Think lean-to bamboo, thatch and driftwood beach huts surrounded by coconut palms on your own strip of sand miles from anywhere, and you’ve got Bunga Jabe.

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Tucked away 18 kilometres by road north of the port, just to the east of the airport, you’ll need to arrange transport if you don’t want to be “stuck” at Bunga Jabe for every meal (though that could be a good thing too). The row of simple shacks are more akin to camping than a room, with crawl though doors and simple kapok-filled mattresses on the floor.

Big shack. : Sally Arnold.
Big shack. Photo: Sally Arnold

There’s no fan or air-con, however you can leave the roll bamboo door open to catch the sea breeze and you’re protected from the mozzies with a net. Although spartan, the huts are not as basic as a tent and are decked out with a light and power to juice up the devices. Outside, a couple of logs make stools and a table. Alternatively, a larger stilted hut sleeps four on the floor and offers a covered balcony, but you’ll still have to venture out to the share bathrooms.

You’ll want to pray for good weather as you’re not protected from the elements on the way to or in the basic shared bathroom facilities. Open-air bamboo cubicles conceal cold-water showers and bucket flush squat toilets while you contemplate the clouds or the stars.

Small shacks. : Sally Arnold.
Small shacks. Photo: Sally Arnold

Thatched pavilion’s dot the grounds and are juiced up with power and WiFi offering digital nomads an idyllic office with all day chilled tunes and coffee (or beer) on request. Otherwise, hammocks and beachside swings deliver the goods for the perfect beachfront chill locale.

Unfortunately the beach itself suffers from the bane of most of Karimunjawa’s (and Indonesia’s) beaches and was littered with plastic, but a daily clean up helps to alleviate the unhappy fact (please please don’t accept straws, plastic bags and plastic water bottles—it ends up here!).

Bunga Jabe light my fire. : Sally Arnold.
Bunga Jabe light my fire. Photo: Sally Arnold

At night, light up the fire pit for a beach bonfire (maybe you can convince your hosts to pick up some fresh fish from the market?), and then when the day is done, what’s not to love about the sound of gentle lapping waves lulling you to sleep? Bunga Jabe includes breakfast in the rate, but not transfers.

We love it, but be prepared for bare bones and sand between your toes. Closer to town, brand new Wawan Guesthouse opposite Amore Cafe was getting ready to open a couple of cute wooden rooms, not beachfront but with a beachy vibe and Waru Guesthouse just east of the port offers a bit of sand and sea with your basic mattress on the floor and share bathroom or for a little more comfort, consider Escape Beach Hotel.

Contact details for Bunga Jabe

Address: Pantai Bunga Jabe, Telaga, Karimunjawa
T: (0853) 2648 0858; (0813) 2626 2912;  
Email: bungajabebeach@gmail.com
Web: http://www.bungajabe.com
Coordinates (for GPS): 110º28'34.66" E, 5º47'51.87" S
See position in Apple or Google Maps: Apple Maps | Google Maps
Room rates: Under 150,000 Rp

Room rates

What we were quoted as a walk-in.

Dbl fan share bathroom
No fan
150,000 rupiah 150,000 rupiah

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Sally spent twelve years leading tourists around Indonesia and Malaysia where she collected a lot of stuff. She once carried a 40kg rug overland across Java. Her house has been described as a cross between a museum and a library. Fuelled by coffee, she can often be found riding her bike or petting stray cats. Sally believes travel is the key to world peace.

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