This marine national park is a chain of 27 islands, located to the north of central coast of Java. The two main islands of this national park are Karimunjawa Island and Kemujan Island. Some smaller ones are Menjangan Besar Island, and Menjangan Kecil Island. Apart from these, there are some very small islands which are not inhabited.
Karimunjawa and Kemujan Islands are almost identical, connected via a short bridge. Karimunjawa is comparatively larger and has more population also. Its beaches are covered in white sand and fringing reefs. There topography of this island is hilly, with the highest peak being 330m. Kemujan Island has lower elevation. Some parts of the coastline are marked by mangrove forests. The exotic white sand beaches of this island are preserved in the pristine state.
Flora and Fauna
Sea animals such as sharks, turtles and fishes inhibit the waters of this marine national park. On the land, one can see deer, snakes and many species of birds.
The climate in Karimunjawa Marin Park is tropical, with hot and dry summers (April to October) and wet and humid from December to March.
Flights can be boarded from Semarang for Kemujan Island. Karimunjawa can be reached by a ferry or speedboat from Jepara. The speedboat facility can also be availed from Semarang. However, travelling will be subjected to the weather and waves.
The best way to get around this marine park is by hiring a car or a motorbike. For going to nearby islands, boats are also available for renting.
Things to do
The best thing to do in Karimunjawa Marin Park is to revel in the beauty of its breathtaking views. Adventure enthusiasts can go for swimming, diving, snorkeling or hiking. Some tour operators also arrange for camping at the less or completely inhabited islands.
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