By far the most popular activity to engage in when coming to the Karimunjawa Islands is island hopping.
Hiring a boat from a fisherman and heading out to the islands to explore, snorkel and take photos of the magnificent beaches and crystal clear water is a fantastic experience. The outlying islands really are incredible and there is some great snorkelling and diving to be had, but be aware that many of the reefs suffer from coral bleaching, meaning of course that much of their colour has disappeared.
The fish are still present, however, and their colour and diversity is quite wonderful. Popular islands to visit include Cemara Besar and Kecil, Menjangan Besar and Kecil as well as Pulau Geleang and Pulau Burung, where white-bellied sea eagles can be spotted.
Boats can be hired through your guesthouse or at the dock directly for 300,000 rupiah for a five-hour journey to a few of these islands. The prices are totally flexible and you may end up paying more or less depending on a range of factors including whether it’s peak season and how many passengers you wish to transport.
Snorkelling gear can usually be organised by the boat captain for an additional 30,000 rupiah per person.
By Adam Poskitt
Last updated on 23rd August, 2015.