Karimunjawa Island is one part of the 28 islands of the Karimunjawa Archipelago, in the Java Sea, which is included in Jepara Regency, Central Java. With a land area of ± 1,500 hectares and waters of ± 110,000 hectares, Karimunjawa is now developed into a marine park tourism charm that is starting to be loved by local and foreign tourists.
Friends of Indonesian Tourism GPS, maybe you need a few days (between 5 to 7 days) to stay in Jepara, besides the Mangrove Forest, there is a tourist attraction that is no less interesting, Snorkeling in Karimunjawa Marine National Park and also Historical Tour in Japan. Until you get 3 attractions in one location, the city of Jepara, great khan!
The Mangrove Forest in Karimunjawa itself is located not far from the main ship pier. The distance is only about 2 Km and can be reached by motorbike or on foot. The ticket price is set at IDR 2,500 for local tourists and IDR 20,000 for foreign tourists. That said, the ticket price for local tourists is very cheap! Entrance tickets can be purchased at the entrance counter of the Mangrove forest area.
This mangrove forest (mangroves), covers an area of 10.5 hectares. Natural mangrove forests are located on the island of Karimun Java and Kemojan island which are the two largest islands of the Karimunjawa archipelago.
This trekking tour is open every day from 08.00 to 17.00 WIB. You will walk through the Mangrove forest through a trekking path of wooden planks that winds for 2 km. This winding route will take you through the beauty of this mangrove forest.
From the lush mangroves, we can see that there are about 45 species of Mangrove species that belong to 25 families. One of the rare types of mangrove is Scyphiphora hydrophyllacea or its local name is Sitting. While the other groves are dominated by the species Exoccaria agallocha or known by the local name Betah.
For those of you who are interested in visiting there, it is recommended to come during the dry season or during the rainy season April to October. Because, the weather is sunny and there will be no naughty mosquitoes that interfere with trekking trips in the mangrove forest. Also, don’t forget to bring drinking water so you don’t get dehydrated during trekking!
The plan is that this mangrove forest area in Karimunjawa will be used as a center for world mangrove studies. Tourists who visit are also allowed to participate in reforesting the Karimunjawa beach and mangrove forests.
The most commonly used transportation to Karimunjawa island is by sea. Marine ships usually operate from the Port of Tanjung Mas, Semarang and the Port of Kartini, Jepara.
From Tanjung Mas Port, Semarang, there is KMC Kartini I, a fast motorboat that departs every Saturday and returns from Karimunjawa every Sunday. The normal travel time for KMC Kartini I is approximately 3 hours.
Meanwhile, from the Port of Kartini Jepara, there are 3 public ferry boats, namely the Express Bahari Cantika fast boat, the Express 2C fast boat and the KMP Muria ferry. Fast boats from Kartini Harbor take about 2 hours, while KMP Muria takes +/- 6 hours of sailing.
It should be noted that the KMP MURIA ship schedule from the port of Jepara to Karimunjawa usually departs every Tuesday, Wednesday, and Saturday. As for the fast boats departing every Monday, Tuesday, Friday, and Saturday. This schedule can change according to the weather or the height of the waves in the Java Sea. If there is a high wave, the transportation agency at the port will not give permission to sail, and the ship’s departure schedule will change according to changes in the weather. Especially for KMP Muria from the Port of Jepara, it can be used to transport cars and motorbikes to be crossed to Karimunjawa.