Karimunjawa, home of outnumbers reef fish and corals.
The remote archipelago of Karimunjawa, a marine national park, consists of 27 tiny coral-fringed islands in the middle of Java Sea. These islands are an off-the-map spot with a population of about 10,000, many of whom still make a living from fishing and cultivating seaweed.
Most of the islands have sublime white-sand beaches with turquoise sea. The heavenly time is when the sun went down in glorious shades of pink and red. And the reason why swimming and dive in here so wonderful is the variety of coral life within the park. There are nearly 250 species of reef fish and 100 species of coral that thrive in the waters around Karimunjawa.
The archipelago is divided into zones to protect the rich ecosystem. Zone One is completely out of bounds to all except national park rangers, with other areas set aside for sustainable tourism.
The main island, Pulau Karimunjawa, is home to most of the archipelago’s facilities. Fishing, tourism and seaweed cultivation are the main livelihoods. This is also the site of the islands’ only real town, Karimunjawa, and, despite widespread mangroves, a couple of good beaches. An airstrip is located on adjacent Pulau Kemujan.
High season in Karimunjawa is from May through October. During the rainy season, winds and waves make it difficult, and in some cases impossible, to travel to the islands.