Tourist information about Karimunjawa can be confusing. Online you can find a lot, but not all the information is correct or up-to-date. On this page, you will find all the information you need to know, up-to-date before traveling to Karimunjawa.
ATM – Is there an ATM on the island?
There is a BRI bank in Karimunjawa with two ATM-machines. However, we always advise bringing at least two million in cash to the island because the ATM isn’t always working as it should.
The holiday season – When is the high season in Karimunjawa?
Most travellers like to visit Karimunjawa during its dry months, starting from April until October (no rain or occasional rain). These are the busiest months on the island with June, July, August and September as the peak months. Especially at the weekend, it can be very busy because of the locals who visit Karimunjawa for the weekend.
Transport from or to Semarang
Every day multiple minibusses depart from Semarang to Jepara. A minibus is a large van for twelve to fifteen people, has a nice comfort level but is still affordable. Often also used by local people. We recommend using either DayTrans, Kencana or Alloy Travel, all of them ask around Rp. 50,000/person to get from Semarang to Jepara (or the other way around). They have an office in Semarang and Jepara, from where you get on and of the minibus. You can request them to pick you up at your homestay or hotel in Semarang and drop you to the harbour, homestay or hotel in Jepara. Most of the time is possible for an extra Rp. 20,000/person. You can call them directly for information about the price, schedule, and availability or come to their office and buy your ticket just before departure (Kencana and Alloy departure almost every full hour).
Our agency offers private transport from and to Semarang, furthermore, we offer shared tourist transport from Jepara to Semarang (not the other way around). Check all our transport options here.
Weather – When is the best weather to visit Karimunjawa?
Karimunjawa has the most rain during the months of January and February, however, it’s a bit different every year. In November, December and March it can still rain a lot. These months the island is beautifully green and quiet, perfect for the more adventures and flexible traveller.
Transport to and from Jepara
Travel from Yogyakarta to Jepara
If you book a package via us we are able to help you with transport from Yogyakarta. The price is Rp. 150.000 per person for one way. You will be picked up in the evening at your homestay or hotel around 23.00 pm. The next morning you arrive in Jepara harbour around 05.00 am. Here you can wait for your tickets and the departing of the boat. We are also able to organize the transport for you without combination with a package. Just send us an email / sms or WhatsApp when you need help.
Bus service Joglosemar
You can also make use of the bus service Joglosemar. With this company you can travel from Yogyakarta to Semarang. They have a view stops in Semarang. You have to get off at Semarang Tic Jateng at the Jalan Permuda 147. This is the same place as where the Central Java Minibus departs to Jepara. For more information you can visit their website.
Travel from Malang or Surabaya to Jepara
We can help you with a Minibus Service from Malang to Jepara. There is only a minimum of 10 people. If you are with a group of 10 people, please contact us for the options.
If your group is smaller we can also help with private car options. Please contact us for current prices and more information.
Do I have to book a package or boat tickets when I want to go to Karimunjawa?
No you don’t have to book a package or boat tickets. Karimunjawa is also open for backpackers and tickets can be bought at the locket as well. In low season you probably will be fine to come without booked boat tickets (not on public holidays). What are the reasons to book a package or boat tickets than? With booking a package, you will have a well arranged holiday and you can be sure you will make the most out of your time in Karimunjawa. Also it is relaxed to know that everything is been taken care off and you not have to worry about anything. With booking a package or boat tickets you are sure you have a boat ticket for your departure date and when something changes for the boat schedule you are the first to know.
The package sounds good but I want to decide myself when and what I eat, is that possible?
We can offer our packages without some meals. For example we can offer you the package without dinner. We can give you discount on your package for this. See for more information also the ‘tab’ services under all our packages. Lunch is often included in the daily trips and when you stay in a hotel or resort the breakfast is already included there. If you not want to make use of these meals we can not give you any discount. If you stay in a Homestay accommodation we can give you discount if you not want to make use of the breakfast. For more information you can contact us.
Do I have to make boat ticket reservations?
You don’t have to make boat ticket reservations in low season. If you are early enough in the harbour you will probably be able to buy a ticket here. In some periods like high season (June, July, August, September) and during public holidays the boats can be already fully booked. To avoid disappointment we recommend you to book a package in this period.
Why do I have to send you a copy of my passport, ktp (Indonesian) or identity card?
At the moment the harbour police are strict about passport and ticket control in the harbour. The name on your fast boat ticket has to be the same as on your passport, ktp or identity card. If this is not the same you may end up paying extra money. Besides this we have to show the copy of your cards in order to book the tickets up front. This rule they made to prevent agencies from buying tickets with wrong names for the busy periods and avoid black market tickets on the day of departure.
I have problems making a deposit by transaction. Can I book without deposit?
If you have any difficulties you can contact us so we can discuss the options.