Do you know, if you get bored stay in Jakarta after a full week working, you can plan your escape to see the beach? Yes, we have beaches that quite near from Jakarta. It takes 3-4 hours by boat from Muara Angke Harbor. The Island named Thousand Islands (Pulau Seribu). As its name, the Islands have so many small Islands in one area. It’s a good idea for you who want to do a short trip with lots of fun.
There is many local tourist that able to plan your trip to this Island. Usually they do the tour on the weekend. The choice of package also contains with so many options. For me, I chose Harapan Island for my destination and I paid Rp. 385.000/person/for 2 days and 1 night, including meals, homestay, boat trip and entry ticket to some place. A good deal!
We were going from Muara Angke harbor at 7 am with a big boat that contains loads of passenger. A little bit sad and disappointed for me as a Jakartarians (as Paris called themselves Parisians), when I saw the way to the harbor is so dirty. Very dirty. Muara Angke is a fish market, once it rains, don’t expect you can step successful with your clean shoes. I heard there is also another spot for departing to Thousand Island, one is in Marina Bay, which you need to pay Rp. 350.000/person/boat/return. And the other one from Ancol, quite same condition with Muara Angke harbor.
We took a rooftop side for our place to sit the whole journey. It was not only us that decide rooftop is the best position because you can see the beautiful view along the way, some people also sit together with us. As you may guess, in the beginning, it was so fun and interesting, but when the time reaching at 10 am, Sun started to burn us with it’s heat. Omg! We tried to cover our face and body as much as we can. Hahhaa.
The boat dropped some passengers in Pramuka Island first before continue heading to Harapan Island.
We finally arrived in our home stay at 11 am. Was so impress by how the homestay owner already prepared for our lunch and cold orange syrup. Yummy! We took our lunch, relaxing, and get ready to do the snorkeling.
First stop we were snorkeling in Kayu Angin Genteng Island then continue to Bintang Island and make a stop in Gusung Island. A small picturesque Island. After 2 spots of snorkeling, we haven’t tired yet so the boat captain brought us to Macan Island, which for me is the best spot to snorkeling comparing to the first two places. You can see so many beautiful coral reefs and fishes here. I also saw big squid, purple sea star and two kind of rare sea animals, that I don’t know the name, but a friend of mine, who is a diver told me, the animals are rare.
We were closing our day by enjoying sunset in Kayu Angin Bira Island. The sunset was so epic and such like a full circle.
After satisfied with our one-day trip, we went back to our homestay, lack of energy and very sleepy. It was be so good for us, the homestay owner, again, already prepared our dinner. While some take shower, some people can’t stand on their hungry belly so they took the meals first. Actually, we also had a free barbeque time, we can grill fishes and squid and enjoy the night. But, because of very tiring activities for the whole day, some of my friends already felt asleep when the fish being grilled. Luckily, the homestay owner packed it and let us still able to eat the grilled fishes in the morning.
Awoke by the alarm at 7 am, we were getting ready to go to another spot. This time we will visit the Bulat Island, an island owned by our former President, Mr. Soeharto. Unfortunately this island is less well maintained, we can see from the old building and old atmosphere surrounding. There were so many big trees plant on the island, make it feels cold, but the park is not well maintained. The last time someone came is 3 years ago, even I heard from pak Wawi, our boat captain that the guest house is rented here.
Continue to our schedule, we went to a turtle breeding in Kelapa Dua Island, it’s so funny to see the baby turtle and touch the adult turtle with our hands, feeling their heart pulse with my fingers. The breeder is officially from Government. They make sure the turtle is being feed according to their growth time. After they grow up, they will release back to the sea. In this place, they also plant the mangroove. Mangroove is having an important role to avoiding the coastal erosion for the island.
\Exactly after lunch time, we were packing our stuff and ready go back to Jakarta. If on our departing we chose the rooftop, now we choose inside of the boat because we think we want to sleep without sun on our head. But I think, it’s more nice to sit on the rooftop. I can’t breathe well and the place is so crowded with loads of people eating, talking and finally sleep plus snoring. The shaking of the water also make some people can’t stand of the seasick.
After 3 hours crossing the sea, finally we arrived back to Muara Angke Harbor and had a sore body but indeed we were so happy! Travelling always make us happy, isn’t it? 🙂