Karimunjawa’s beaches

Karimunjawa’s beaches

Sand and sea… and rubbish

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What’s an island trip without a day at the beach? Punctuating Karimunjawa’s surrounding mangrove forests lay slithers of sandy white bays accessed from signposted tracks off the main paved road. Some are well marked, others, well, you’ll just have to keep your eyes peeled.

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Sunset at Tanjung Gelam. Photo by: Sally Arnold.
Sunset at Tanjung Gelam. Photo: Sally Arnold

It’s possible to snorkel the clear waters of the shallow reef, but you’ll have to bring your own snorkelling gear which can be hired in town for around 40,000 rupiah per day. We’d suggest hiring a hammock too (around 25,000 rupiah per day). The beaches are fairly rubbish free, kept clean by the warung owners, however a couple of tourists we spoke to mentioned there was much plastic among the reef here, although that is probably dependant on which way the wind is blowing.

The most popular beach with Western tourists is Pantai Batu Topeng, the furthest north, a shady secluded bay with gentle lapping waves and a deeper patch of sand than the others. Low slung trees here are perfect for stringing up a hammock.

Beach warungs at Sunset Beach. Photo by: Sally Arnold.
Beach warungs at Sunset Beach. Photo: Sally Arnold

Moving south, Sunset Beach is popular for (obviously) sunset, although better view of the descending fireball can be seen from Tanjung Gelam. Sunset beach tends to attract young independent Indonesian tourists, with a couple of beachside swings set up for selfie shots.

The most southern of the three, Tanjung Gelam offers the longest stretch of sandy beach, and is by far the most popular with many more warungs, and daytripping boatloads arriving for sunset, however, it’s all relative—don’t expect the crowds of Kuta, Bali. It was mentioned that sometimes local folk collect a 2,000 rupiah “entry fee” to the beach, although that wasn’t our ... Travelfish members only (Full text is around 800 words.)

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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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Our top 4 other sights and activities in and around Karimunjawa Islands

Island hopping
Island hopping

Beautiful beaches, clear waters

Jungle Trekking
Jungle Trekking

Steep trek, rewarding views

Mangrove Trekking
Mangrove Trekking

Overpriced but important to visit

Karimunjawa’s Viewpoints
Karimunjawa’s Viewpoints

Cheesy selfie opportunities