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Wisma Apung Karimunjawa
Reviewed September 18, 2013

One of the best place that I've ever stayed. Probably once we heard the name "Wisma/GuestHouse" is quite tricky. In the sense that, you might think that they would not be able to give a fancy five-star hotels service.

But for me, the service that they provide was even more than a five-star one! I made a booking through a phone call to the owner. Then she gave me every details and information for transportation which I think it was very much helpful.

Once we arrived, there's a driver who came and picked us up at the harbor with an old van.
Then he brought us to the edge and we had to cross with a small boat with a splendid view.
Wisma Apung is located above the sea. Not that far from the bay, but it's pretty much peaceful and quiet for you to relax.

We booked the room with the Air Conditioner and I guess, this is the only room type that is recommended if you're thinking to stay in here. It has 2 single bed with a simple bathroom and a deck behind with such a breathtaking view of a large crystal clear ocean which not that deep. So it was like your swimming pool with no end.

They provide breakfast-lunch-dinner served on the entrance (but without dining table) So you can sit on the chairs just in front of your hotel rooms. Or, they also have a floating dock where you can eat with a view of the ocean and the houses of the main island.

The food was extremely good. Of course it's homemade food. But I think that it's really worth the price. If I'm not mistaken, that day we booked the room with Air Conditioner, we paid Rp 200.000,- which is more or less only $20 or €18.

You don't need to worry about the transportation to explore the islands. As there are boats who goes everyday to Wisma Apung. By that, you can hire them according to your schedule. They will bring you around to spend your days from 1 island to another. You might need to ask about the facilities that they provide and the places that they will bring you. Based on their explanation, you can bargain with the price. Once you deal with the price, the next morning or that day, they will immediately pick you up precisely on time.

My experience was, first day, they picked us up at 8 in the morning. (So we had time to have breakfast). Then they brought us to 1 island called Cemara Island (if I'm not mistaken), we went for snorkeling there then we depart to another island. In between, we went snorkeling to the spot that they recommend us. And it was amazing! Crystal clear water with a beautiful coral reefs and colorful fishes! Amazing! Then we had lunch in another island, we explored the island, then we went snorkeling again in a different spot.

We went there for 3 days and 2 night. When we checked out, they will also take care of our transportation to the harbor. So really, it might not be a 5 star hotel, but the service made you feel like family.

It's like a bora-bora in Indonesia with a friendly budget! Magnificent!

Room Tip: The room with Air Conditioner is the only recommendation! Nothing else. NB: Please noted that they...
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  • Stayed: October 2012, traveled with friends
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4  Thank SPhan212
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Reviewed June 28, 2013

My friends and I spent 3 nights here, and we had a great time.
There are 3 types of rooms, and we used the one w/o AC with bathroom inside. Don't expect anything fancy, things are pretty modest here, but clean. The electricity is turned off during the day, but we didn't find it as a problem since we spent the day snorkeling. There is a lack of freshwater issue, due to its location. Before coming here, you might wanna practice to clean yourself thoroughly with little water.
Even so, there are other things that you might not find in other places. Located in the middle of the ocean making it superb. And don't forget the shark pool. Yes, they have a shark pool, that you can actually get into! Play with the fish, turtles, take pictures with the sharks and starfish.
My favorite part was the gazebo, where you can just sit and relax, enjoying the view while feeding the fish in the ocean.
If you wanna come to Karimun Jawa, I recommend staying here.

  • Stayed: June 2013, traveled with friends
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16  Thank ULine T
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Reviewed April 3, 2013 via mobile

Me and couple of friends were there from 1 - 3 April 2013 and felt like dreaming. Wisma apung built in the middle of ocean so you can see the turquise sea everywhere. let's Imagine that you have emerald garden and backyard in your home. I think, it is like local bora-bora, or maldives in cheap version. We arrived from Jepara to Karimun Java at 1 pm, it tooks 1,5-2 hours with Bahari Express ship, and so amazed with the sightseeing that Karimun Java gave. Then i was picked up by little boat to relax for a while inwisma apung. In there, we could see sharks, star fishes cared by the owner. Of course i could not resist to swam with sharks, it was adrenaline rush, felt like you take any kind of bungee jumping. Thing that i very enjoyed was laying in a floating dock, under the night sky, accompanied with stars and wait them fell down. It was spectacular memoirs!

The worker was friendly and helpful, they will sail us to the land if we need, only charge 10000 rupiahs per person round trip. The food was so so, i came from Jakarta, place with various food, so food in wisma apung is rate 3 from 5 stars. The room was small, simple but beautiful. I like the bathroom a lot. If you are traveler with minimum budget and looking for a peace, this place means heaven, but if you are suitcase traveler with animal party minded, then think twice or even more.

  • Stayed: March 2013
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7  Thank Menar87
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Reviewed February 7, 2013

I had a very good experience staying there. the view is breathtaking and the water is crystal clear. recommended for those who love peaceful moments
my room is without a/c but it was okay since the air is so fresh

  • Stayed: March 2012
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8  Thank rini_heryanti
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Reviewed December 19, 2012 via mobile

Beautiful view on water, very simple, bring your own towels n light blanket, awesome value, only 4 rooms with aircon, 17 rooms altogether, I would go again and again...the simple life. Everything included with snorkeling, transfers to hotel...if you just want to get away from the busy world and step back in time with a coral reef 3 steps from your front and back door, swim with sharks and beautiful people, Karimunjawa! My 6 and 10 year old children absolutely loved the adventure....

  • Stayed: August 2012
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9  Thank AnnieSchulz
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Reviewed July 22, 2012

Stayed there for one night only in May.. offers you unique experience staying above the crystal clear waters.. you could see lots of fish swimming the moment you open your room door.. there were no vacancy for the A/C rooms at that time so I had to take the non A/C room... the room was small and very basic.. don't even have beds, only mattress.. toilet a bit disappointing.. small and located at the back balcony.. main problem of the place is all the waste goes directly down to the sea.. so not environment friendly.. Another unique thing about the place is that it has a shark pool which allows visitors to swim with the sharks and turtles

  • Stayed: May 2012, traveled with friends
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8  Thank DanArif
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Reviewed December 5, 2016
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  • Stayed: May 2016, traveled as a couple
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4  Thank Jejak G
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Address: Jl. Ahmad Dahlan no. 5, Karimun Jawa, Indonesia
Location: Indonesia > Java > Central Java > Karimun Jawa
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