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Mangrove Trekking

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Surrounding the islands of Kurimunjawa where there’s not white sandy beaches, there’s mangrove forests which is excellent, as these ecosystems are important to the health of our planet.





Indonesia is home to one quarter of the world’s mangroves, but unfortunately they are disappearing fast. Within the Kurimunjawa National Park a protected mangrove area offers trekking along raised boardwalks deep into the forest. We were discouraged several times by locals warning that “it’s too expensive for foreigners”, and while we agree that yes the entry fee is way overpriced and that the huge discrepancy between what Indonesians pay and what foreigners pay is outrageous, we still think it’s important to support.

Enjoy the views. Photo taken in or around Mangrove Trekking, Karimunjawa Islands, Indonesia by Sally Arnold.

Enjoy the views. Photo: Sally Arnold

The more foreign tourists who are seen to visit mangrove forests, the more the Indonesian government (and locals) are able to see their value and perhaps we can at least slow their destruction. So we say, suck up the cost, think of it as a donation to the world’s environmental future, go and enjoy! However make sure you are issued a printed ticket for your visit and don’t accept a discounted price (and no ticket issued), as these huge price differences are very tempting for corruption.

The trekking area is about 12 kilometres north from the town, so you’ll need to arrange some sort of transport (only ride a bicycle if you’re very fit—it’s hilly!) and the entrance is easily spotted with a large gateway and signage. Wear long clothing, smother yourself in mosquito repellent, and bring ... please log in to read the rest of this story.


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Mangrove Trekking
13km from Karimunjawa
Mo-Fr 08:00–17:00. Closed Fridays between 11:30 and 13:30.
Admission: Entry fee for foreigners on weekdays is: 155,000 rupiah, and weekends and holidays: 230,000 rupiah. For Indonesians, weekdays: 10,000 rupiah and weekends and holidays: 12,500 rupiah.

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