As I've told you before, I went to Harapan Island with several colleagues to do a site survey for the Coral Reef Adoption program. Here are some pictures that we took during the trip.
A bit of background: Jakarta has five municipalities (Central Jakarta, East Jakarta, West Jakarta, North Jakarta and South Jakarta) and a regency (Kepulauan Seribu). Kepulauan Seribu regency is a chain of islands located to the north of Jakarta's coast, consisting of around 110 islands. Kepulauan Seribu means Thousands Islands.
Getting there: You can take the wooden boat ride from Muara Angke port or the fast boat from Marina Ancol port. As a person with terrible motion sickness and seasickness problem, I'd definitely recommend the Marina Ancol port.
Best time to visit: It's better to come on workdays because the island will be packed during weekends. Also, it's better to visit during the February-August because the waves will be higher and rougher after September.
Some of the homestays.
Accommodation: Don't expect fancy hotels. Most accommodations in the island are either homestay or hostel. There is no bed, mattresses are laid on the floor.
Things to Do: All kinds of water sports. Snorkeling, diving, swimming. Or you can do more island hopping:)
This bench in Bulat Island seems waiting for a couple to sit on it :).
Food and Drink: During our stay the homestay owners cook for us. There are small eateries near he port. We also found a fritter vendor near the port.
Yours truly in the middle of a mangrove patch.
Have you ever visited Kepulauan Seribu? Harapan Island is not the first island in Kepulauan Seribu regency that I visited. When I was in high school, I went to Rambut Island for nature and biodiversity observation. In 2012, I took my Advance diving certificate in Sepa Island. I'd love to complete the island hopping across Kepulauan Seribu's 100+ islands one day.