Thousand Islands
Thousand Islands
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Scattered through Jakarta Bay are the 1000 Islands, Palau Seribu. Known for great beaches, diving, and holiday travel, these make a great day trip or weekend getaway.
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Sie_Ferry
Jakarta, Jakarta Raya, Indonesia125 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2012 • Family
If you like quite and beautiful beach and you happen around in Jakarta, feel free to go there. Lots choice of islands which will make you happy.

HOW TO GO THERE;
There are 3 routes to take.
FIRST, by "Muara Angke Harbor". Its takes longer because of the slow Ferry boat, and cheaper($5-$10,depend on which island u want to go). No need to book, just go there before 7am. There are a lots of boats there waiting.
SECOND, by Pantai Tanjung Pasir, only takes 30 minutes to go to several island like Untung Jawa island(part of thousand island).
THIRD, by ANCOL dreamland. Its faster because of 4 machine speed boat. You need to book at least 3 days(a week to be safe) before your departure. To book, just go directly to Thousand Island office building in dermaga Ancol. You can get information about which island to go and the facilities on each island from the travel there. I highly recommend you to take this route if want to go to the north part of thousand island like Sepa Island, Putri Island, Kotok Island,etc.

Thousand island consist of 3 type of island:
FIRST, an inhabitants islands. An island where a local lives there. Untung Jawa island, Tidung Island, Pramuka Island, is the favorite for local tourists to go because its cheaper in transportation and accommodation (usually its a home stay around $40-$80 a day), and its nearer. The water is clean and blue color, u can see a lots of fish swimming around the island. But not the best island to go if you wish for a quite holiday.
SECOND, a non inhabitant islands like Monyet island, Nyamuk Island, Tidung kecil Island, Damar Island,etc. Not recommended to go there unless u want to experience how "Chuck Noland" lives like in the "Castaway" movie...
THIRD, a private island. Some of the islands like Putri Island, Sepa Island, Kotok Island, Macan Island, have a hotel for you to stay. A little bit expensive, but you'll get what you pay. It's worth the money. What a heaven there, quite place, not much people, beautiful beach, clear water, you can go swimming, snorkeling, diving, fishing just outside your hotel room. Just see the picture below.

TIPS:
- If you are a low budget traveler, just go to Muara Angke harbor. Pulau Pramuka and Pulau Tidung is the best islands for you to go.
- And if you have some money to spend, just go to Pulau Putri(lots of facilities), or chose Pulau Sepa, Pulau Kotok, and Pulau Macan for the natural islands. U need to book a week before you go, and its best to go there from Ancol Dreamland harbor. Snorkeling or diving equipment is provided there.
- Its best to avoid rainy season(Nov-Feb), you can't do anything if its rainy there. ^_^
Written February 27, 2013
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ecossegeo
Jakarta, Indonesia94 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2014
I have now stayed at 3 of the island resorts. So far this is the best. Good beach bungalows, excellent staff, food is fine, nice clean beaches, lovely pool, slightly pricey but you get what you pay for.a truly lovely island escape from the very busy Jakarta. Highly recommended.
Written July 31, 2014
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Randyhal
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2.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2013
Beach is dirty, insects in room, no hot water, no fishing, food is lousy, island is half deserted, facilities are bad, room service is not answering phonecalls, too expensive, not coming back for sure,
Written June 6, 2013
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aham28
Jakarta3 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
I was not expecting a good snorkling area so close to Jakarta. But when I went to Pulau Pramuka and its surrounding islands, they corals and the sea life there are quite good.

We started off in the morning to Muara Angke fish market. There's a boat that leaves to Pramuka at a mere cost of Rp. 30,000. The boat started at 7 am and reach the island at 9.30 am. Our host there was Pak Oji who arranges our whole stay. He finds us our accommodation at Rp. 350,000 for five people and a boat for Rp. 350,000 that can fit up to 10 people. The cost of snorkling gear rent was Rp. 30,000 for a whole day. I do recommend you to get the gear which includes the flippers because the area is full of Sea Urchins. If you do get stung, the best way is to pee on it. Rather crude, but it would be the most effective way to get rid of the pain.

Do go to the Keramba, fish farm, near Pramuka. Walk around there, as it provides really good idea of how the fish farming is done. The sunset there which sets on the nearby Pulau Panggang, is quite beautiful too. Although a bit expensive for the meal, what you can do is buy them fresh and have the locals in your accommodation cook them for you for some fee.

I have heard of people staying in the are for more than 3 days to snorkel and dive everyday. There are so many islands in this area that literally translated to Thousand Islands, that you would not be bored to travel around.

In Pulau Pramuka, there is a conservation place for sea tortoise, check them out too.

You can contact Pak Oji to arrange things for you at +62 81315894431. I am not sure whether he speaks English, but you can sms him and he probably can have it translated. Enjoy your stay there
Written March 25, 2010
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Laszlo P
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3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2017 • Solo
Pulau Sepa – Sepa Island day trip

As a foreigner living in Indonesia I was keen to explorer Thousand Islands and find another way to break the busy city life. I was reading reviews when planning this trip just to get the basics and after many weeks I was still clueless. Is it a paradise worth a visit? Is it safe to take my family with 2 young child? Instead I decided to give it a go just by myself on a beautiful Saturday in the middle of Ramadan (June). So here is my take:

The trip:

For a day trip there is no advanced booking required. Just go to Ancol Marina and purchase your ticket before departure. Good to give some time so be there at 7 am as some boats are living 7:30 some at 8:00 depends on the destination. There are quite a few vessels operated by mainly one company judging from the uniforms. It seemed to me that they are flexible to accommodate passengers on demand by deciding which size of vessel to use or even add another boat if necessary. The boat departed from the island back to Ancol at 2 pm. I purchased a day trip to Sepa island for 890,000 IDR including lunch, kayak rental and tax. There was nothing more to pay on the island so there was other cost.

It was a 90 mins trip directly to the island with no other stops. Other than a technical stop when we hit some debris and the motor and the propeller had to be checked. This happened on the way back too and I must say that this is the number one hazard and the captain worked hard to avoid this objects floating in the water. After an hour into the trip the water started to look blue but floating plastic can be spotted anywhere...a constant reminder of the megacity.

Sepa island:

Such a natural beauty. Surrounded by other tiny islands this is truly an exotic place. Sits on top of a coral reef torques colour, white sand. You could easily just walk around the island in less than an hour however the northern part is not accessible on foot. Instead I took the rental kayak and pedalled around in the knee deep water (there is no sudden drop or deep water if you stay within approx. 100m of shore). Kayaks are stable, heavy built and OK for beginners.

Snorkeling is another option and you see some sea life. Especially one type of fish, a little cheeky bugger who is not afraid of human and keen to nibble your toe. There are sign out to be aware of stone fish and sea urchin. I have seen sea urchin also a small sting ray while paddling on the other side of the island. Locals told me that the main beach area is safe. Diving seems to be popular too with instructor and another boat taking people to the dive spots. I have not tried as I’m not into this stuff anymore.

The island operates as a resort having approx. 20 bungalows almost all are beachfront.

Cons:

While it is undoubtable a great change from the ever busy Jakarta what I just could not get out of my head is the pollution. Even on this island approx. 70 km off shore floating plastic bottle is a usual sight. The beach area is cleaned but when you reach the end of the maintained area you see it. It would take less than a day to clean this up and make spotless. One occasion during lunch time a huge (several m2) plastics rug floated across the shallow torques water. Having several staff seating there smoking yet no one even bother to do something about it. Just wait until it floats away and tangle up in the pier.
These islands are not connected to any electricity grid so electricity comes from a diesel generator usually hidden on the other side of the island. However you can hear to humming noise of the generator all the time. This is the price of having AC in those bungalows.

The end.

Written June 18, 2017
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Stephen Lee M
Jakarta1 contribution
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2012 • Friends
Generally Thousand Islands are lovely and have fantastic snorkeling venues with delightful food and hospitality. One guide, "Bang Tobing" on Pramuka I have had a nasty experience with. He regularly changed prices for trips, demanding more money once those traveling with me had arrived on the island, sometimes failing to provide meals previously paid for. On two separate occasions two women complained of sexual harassment from him. I'd be careful, if someone going by the name of "Bung Tobing" offers snorkeling, boat guide, accommodation or meal services, please be very careful. He does not deserve your respect, time or money. Better to find an alternative.
Written October 17, 2013
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LeisureSeeker
Jakarta, Indonesia136 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2011 • Friends
some islands are owned by resorts for the upmarket travellers with full facilities. the other islands are perkampungan/villages.. where the people live from fishings. for budget travelles you can stay in villagers homestays. many of these homestays are airconditioned. try to go there in the weekdays.. cause weekends are full and packed with people.

in pramuka, i can recommend you villa delima and dolphin. villa delima has a great view of the harbour and dolphin has better calm seaview with a very very cheap budget resto. you can eat, 2 fishes, rice, veggies, fruits and sweetened cold ice tea for only Rp25,000 only! that's only $3 per person. in the afternoon, in the backside of the island, you can walk on the sea quite far when it becomes shallow. pramuka also has turtle conservatory opens for public everyday. the electricity is only available from 6pm-6am. you can go to pulau panggang just accross the island by water ojek(public boat) about rp20,000($2.5) to panggang island to see the fisherman villages.

pulau tidung also has alot of homestays with aircon. and the main attraction is the bridge of love.. just okay for me.

from these two islands, rent a boat rp300,000 (about $40), to visit islands like,
-pulau semak daun (good for snorkeling with a smooth white sand beach)
-pulau air (best to see corals in pulau seribu with a mild current round the years)
-pulau gosong/dibalik layar (land of very beautiful white sandy beaches and very good corals and fishes.the unique is that the land appears only when the sea water is shallow)
-pulau harapan, and many other islands (since pulau seribu means thousands islands)

place to eat, got floating resto named nusa keramba... nice and fresh seafood. also there are very cheap local warung serve local culinary for budget travellers.

for the upmarket travellers u can go to kotok island, ayer island, sepa island, umang island, and bidadari islands.. everything is about luxury holiday.

to get there from jakarta: marina harbor, ancol with speed boat about rp200,000 one way and rp400,000 return. be there before 7.30 am in the morning. 1.15-1.30hrs journey.
or you can go by public boat ferry (traditional boats) very packed with people. also be there early in the morning before 7am. pay rp30,000 for one way. 2.5hrs-3hrs ride (serve only to go to the villages islands)

nice place to go and relaxing! bring enough cash with u, they dont have any atm machine and money changer here.
Written July 10, 2011
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abin joy
Vasai, India51 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2018 • Friends
It was difficult to gather information as even locals hardly know about the place. Went for a one day tour
1. Transportation- if u haven't booked a package before hand no big deal. Just reach marina ancol by 7am. There are several tours n travels. Go in anyone of those and ask for sepa island. The boat will leave at 8am sharp. In case u have booked the ticket beforehand make sure u reach there on time. The transportion should cost you around 850000 - 950000. Make sure u bargain the final price. It take 90 to 120 mins depending on weather to reach ancol.

Sepa island- beautiful paradise, worth travelling for 2 hours in boat. White sand , clean waters. Beautiful scenery. Once in this place u would feel everything suddenly so quiet. So peaceful.
But the real beauty lies underneath the water. Make sure u do snorkeling or diving. A experience u would remember for lifetime.

Tips.1. If booking on same day, make sure if the dive instructor has no prior bookings. Or else u would miss the chance to dive.
2. Ask the driver to go through main theme park entrance or else u would pay the charge for the taxi as well.
Entry fee is 25,000 pp
For car is 25000
3. Take a underwater camera if possible
Written July 12, 2018
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Edward M
Toronto, Canada167 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2014 • Friends
We took a trip to Sepa for a day trip which was an absolutely beautiful island. Really small island, not crowded, and amazing beaches and water. I didn't have any regrets picking this island.

Now some really good tips going here...

1. Boats! We were told it would be a speed boat. When we arrived they wanted to put us in the equivalent of a water bus. We were with a local and she wouldn't have it and when we pushed they moved us to the boat closer to what they sold us on, but it still wasn't the same. I would recommend seeing the boats in the pier to make sure you know boats they are selling you on.

2. Sepa is a small island with a lot of trees. In the morning the beach has some sun. By the time the afternoon rolls around the beach is in the shade. Based on what you want (sun or no sun) this can be a positive or negative. For me I sunbathed in the morning then went into the water in the afternoon where the sun still shined.

3. Rule of thumb, the further you go the less people are on the island. The boat does stop on the way with some tours so the people that are on the boat are not all going to the island you may be going to.
Written August 2, 2014
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Graham A
London, UK354 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2015 • Couples
If you live or work in Jakarta then you're probably stuck with this as one of limited options, but if you're a tourist then please go to Bali or re-book somewhere cheaper like the Philippines. I took a tour with Skycity tours to Sepa Island (one of the 130 "Thousand Islands") and it counts as one of the worst tour experiences of my life. I paid through the nose and was bought a ticket on a regular commuter ferry, with no tour guide, estimated time from Jakarta to Sepa 90 minutes. 150 minutes sat on the back of a fully loaded speedboat deafened by the engines and six stops later we arrived at Sepa. The water is generally filthy but does get cleaner the farther you get from Jakarta. At Sepa Island it is still poor quality compared with what you would expect on a tropical island. The fish are also quite aggressive if you get too close to them while snorkeling. Are Filipino fish friendlier than Indonesian ones? I think so. The facilities were very basic and the lunch included in the tour was inedible to humans although the stray cats and flies seemed to enjoy it. Thanks to God that the island can still be counted as beautiful and is far nicer than an afternoon stuck in the Jakarta traffic. A couple of hours later it was time to join the regular ferry back to Jakarta. Never again. I've managed to get the tour company to refund me half the money I paid. Their name again: Skycity Tours - avoid like the plague.
Written December 13, 2015
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