Monday, August 25, 2014

Hopping To Harapan Island, Kepulauan Seribu Regency

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.

Wooden boats in Harapan Island. Photo by JHP

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.

The fast boats we're using to reach Harapan Island. Photo by JHP

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.  

Boat-makers at work.

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.

Cellphone signal: As a user of Indosat and Smartfren and the signal avoider, I can happily report that the signal is not well-received there. I really had a pleasant stay sans mind distraction.

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.

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