Photo: Walk the jungle, earn the view.

Jungle Trekking

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As well as a beautiful marine park, Karimunjawa is blessed with lush forested mountains ideal for a bit of trekking.





As the paths are mostly unmarked, you’d be wise to employ a guide to show you the way—we arranged our trekking guide though The Happinezz guesthouse for 300,000 rupiah (the price drops to 225,000 per person for two, and less for more). Our guide, Tomo, didn’t speak English, but you can request an English speaking guide, he was however, excellent.

Jungle meets the ocean. Photo taken in or around Jungle Trekking, Karimunjawa Islands, Indonesia by Sally Arnold.

Jungle meets the ocean. Photo: Sally Arnold

We trekked up the lower of Karimunjawa’s two larger peaks on the western side of the island, not high, but a very steep path to about 250 metres above sea level, through secondary forest. As we climbed higher, we could catch glimpses of extraordinary beauty of the coral reefs and islands of the archipelago through the trees. Some sections were so steep we needed to use our hands and vines to pull ourselves up. Although the path was dry, it would be very muddy and slippery if there had been a bit of rain.

It took about two hours at a very leisurely pace to reach the summit and a stupendous view was our reward. To our delight, our guide had carried a number of tiny saplings in his bag to plant, and proudly showed us several larger ones he had planted on previous trips. He explained that the forest here is mostly new, had only been declared a national park in recent years and previously had been logged to almost bare—he was keen to help reforest.

A lush interior. Photo taken in or around Jungle Trekking, Karimunjawa Islands, Indonesia by Sally Arnold.

A lush interior. Photo: Sally Arnold

For the trip down we followed a different path on the other side of the hill, stopping for a break as our guide climbed a coconut tree to gather refreshments. A troupe of macaques scuttled through the trees, but they were very shy and quick. Our guide mentioned he sometimes sees deer here too. We also heard stories in the village of monkeys “as big as a man”—the Karimunjawa ... please log in to read the rest of this story.


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