Diving & Island hopping – Private trip
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A diving tour in Karimunjawa is perfect for those who want to dive deep and find the tranquility of the Java sea. Karimunjawa is perfect for snorkeling as a lot of the reef is relatively shallow, however, to spot the shyer fish and other sea creatures, a deeper dive into the water is the way to do it. Besides the deep reefs and the beautiful sea life, Karimunjawa has a rich history hidden on the bottom of the surrounding sea. Multiple shipwrecks, both in shallow and deep water, make Karimunjawa the perfect dive destination for both beginners and more experienced divers.
Do you not have a diving license yet, but would you like to experience what it is like to dive to the sea bottom? Then a Fun Dive is perfect for you. Or would you like to get your diving license on the calm and beautiful waters of Karimunjawa? Then get your Padi here in Karimunjawa. Please contact us for more information.
|MEETING POINT||Karimunjawa Package office or the meeting point on Town Square in front of Wisma Karimunjawa.|
|MEETING TIME||We meet at 8:30.|
|RETURN LOCATION||Karimunjawa Village harbour.|
|RETURN TIME||Around sunset (17:00 – 18:00).|
A standard diving trip exists out of two dives, location depending on your experience, a visit to one of the islands to escape from the midday heat and enjoy a beautiful fish barbecue, and a second stop to another island, beach, or a mesmerizing place like a sandbank. If you want to add an extra dive this is also possible, one dive from around 45 minutes (depending on your oxygen usages). This type of tour requires you to have a PADI registered diving license which will be checked before departure.
To be considerate of the citizens of Karimunjawa, we urge you to wear clothes that cover your body before and after the tour. Please don’t walk through the village in only swimwear. Besides that, we encourage our guest to wear a shirt while snorkeling over the reef, not only to protect your own skin, but also to reduce the amount of sunscreen in the water as this is proven to be extremely harmful for the reef.
Karimunjawa style fisher boat, captain & gasoline.
Parking cost at the island & harbour entrance.
Fresh fish BBQ on the beach, with coconuts, snacks & drinking water.
Underwater camera & a copy of the pictures to your USB or memory card.
Diving gear & life jacket.
Entrance ticket for the shark pool or turtle sanctuary when visiting either of these places during your shared island tour. However, if you want to release baby turtles, this isn’t included in the price.
The dive trip includes a barbecue on the beach during which the crew will prepare and serve fresh fish, vegetables, rice, egg/tempe/tofu, traditional crackers (Krupuk), water and fruit. During the private tour, you will also get a fresh coconut, extra fruit and snacks.
A standard diving trip exists out of two dives, location depending on your experience, a visit to one of the islands to escape from the midday heat and enjoy a beautiful fish barbecue, and a second stop to another island, beach, or a mesmerizing place like a sandbank. If you want to add an extra dive (max 3 diver per day) this is also possible, one dive from around 45 minutes (depending on your oxygen usages). This type of tour requires you to have a PADI registered diving license which will be checked before departure.
The price for this tour is based on a minimal of two participants. If you want to book for one person only, or are looking for a dive buddy please contact us directly. We can try to match you with another traveler who likes to go diving or you can bring someone on the boat who likes to go snorkeling while you are exploring the deep waters. Many spots are perfect for both snorkeling and diving and the captain of the boat can accompany your friend while the guide follows you to the deeper waters.
National park entrance fee.
For this trip you are required to pay entrance to Karimunjawa National Park. You have already purchased this ticket in the Karimunjawa harbour, make sure to bring it with you. For more information about the National Park fee, please check our FAQ-page.
For your trip, we recommend bringing the following.
> A towel & dry clothing.
> Reusable water bottle & snacks for in between swimming.
> A shirt to swim in (if you are going snorkeling).
> Some money to buy a drink/snack and to tip your guide/crew.
> Sunscreen (high factor and reef-safe recommended).
We encourage our guest to wear a shirt while snorkeling over the reef, not only to protect your own skin, but also to reduce the amount of sunscreen in the water as this is proven to be extremely harmful for the reef.
Yes this is no problem. However, to be considerate of the citizens of Karimunjawa, we urge you to wear clothes while leaving or returning from the tour or the beach. Please don’t walk through the village in only swimwear or in your bikini top.
Digital payment in advance is required to complete a booking for services booked before arriving in Karimunjawa. This is to prevent guest from booking but not collecting their booking, as we do have to pay our partners for the reservation. If you would like to pay the rest of your payment in Karimunjawa by cash or pay travel services booked at our office by cash.
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.
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.
Most travelers 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.
The best period for travelling to Karimunjawa is from the end of February until the beginning of December. Outside this period the boats can be a little bit unreliable because of the raining season. For more information about Karimunjawa’s travel period send us an email with your considered arrival dates and let us know if you have any concerns. We will give you a fair picture of risks and weather conditions.
During the year the average temperature in Karimunjawa lies between 26 until 30 degrees Celsius. The minimum temperature in Karimunjawa is around 22 degrees Celsius and the maximum 34 degrees Celsius. For more information about the current weather in Karimunjawa try weather sites. However, do keep in mind that on an island in the middle of the sea, weather does tend to be a bit unpredictable.
You can make an international payment by direct transfer or through the payment service TransferWise. TransferWise is similar to PayPal but cheaper and faster. This makes it possible for us to take last minute orders as we have to wait until we receive the payment before we can reserve the booking.
A direct bank transfer is also possible if your booking is not last minute, you have an Indonesian bank account or your booking is not in high demand. On the booking invoice you will find our bank information.
Yes, for most of our tours and services we offer a deposit payment option of 50%. After checking the availability of your booking request we will send you an email with the required down payment.
Some of our service require a full payment instead of a deposit payment. This applies to our travel, tour and ticket services as we have to pay our partners a full-payment to reserve your booking.
A big part of Karimunjawa island, both on land and in the sea, is protected by the National Park. Therefore, since 2020, all tourist entering the island are obligated to pay a fee. For Indonesian guest this is Rp. 7.500. For foreigners without a Kitas/Itas this is Rp. 150,000. This fee needs to be paid upon arrival in the harbour and is not included in the services you ordered with us. However, we can take are of this for you and add this on to your bill on request. Please let us know if this is the case. For more information, please check the local park rangers Instagram.
The Karimunjawa Package office is currently located at our restaurant called Basa-basi Karimunjawa. Due to Covid-19 cuts we currently don’t have any office in town, but hope to open one again soon. Do you want to hop by the office, please feel free anytime because our doors are always open. Also, feel free to contact us via WhatsApp our email to request information if you don’t have the transportation to come by the office.
The most convenient and most easy way how to get to Karimunjawa is to travel from Jepara. From Jepara boats departure almost daily (except from Thursdays and Sundays). There are two different boats that sail from Jepara. The fast boat called the Bahari Express and the slow boat called the Siginjai. The fast boat takes 2 hours from Jepara harbour to Karimunjawa. The slow boat has a journey of 5 hours.
Are there other ways how to get to Karimunjawa?
Yes there are other ways. Since the end of 2016 there is a fast boat from Kendal available. Kendal is at a closer distance to Semarang. At the moment the boat only departs 2 days a week from Kendal. Unfortunately we are not yet able to arrange tickets for this boat. If you wish to travel from Kendal tickets have to be bought in the harbour before departure of the boat.
Another option is to fly from Surabaya with Airfast. The plain has a capacity of 12 seats only. Tickets can be bought at the ticket counter of Airfast in Surabaya only. At the moment the Airfast plain from Semarang is no longer flying.
The Kura Kura Resort has a flight available from the beginning of May until the end of October. The flight departs on Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday and goes from Semarang airport. Guest of the Kura Kura Resort have the first option for the seats. When there are still seats available ‘no guests’ of Kura Kura Resort are also allowed to book the flight. The rate of the flight is around USD 210,- per person for one way.
You can contact us directly. We can see if we are able to organize something for you on your preferred booking date. In some cases we made periods not bookable because the prices are different. For example car transport during and after Idul Fitri has different prices. In case you still interested to book this service you can contact us directly. We will send you an offer according to your travel period.
After we receive the request for a new trip or service, our team will check the availability. When all is available we will send you a payment request so you can confirm the booking. If the requested date isn’t available, our team will get back to you about alternative travel dates.
After receiving the payment, we can order the trip or service for you and send you all the information you need by email.
When your booking includes boat tickets we will first try to find a suitable solution. Available solutions will depend on the weather conditions (does it look like the boat will be able to depart the next day?). We will contact you and discuss options case to case. When you decide to take the next available boat we will make the arrangements for you. In case you decide the boat solutions are not suitable for you we will refund your booking. We will refund the total payment except of an amount of USD 3,- per person. This amount is needed to cover the costs of delivered services.
When you not booked boat tickets with us
In case you booked only a tour, car services or rentals without boat tickets and you have to cancel these because you could not come to Karimunjawa we will check the boat cancellations. If this is indeed the case we will refund your payment. e will refund the total payment except of an amount of USD 3,- per person. This amount is needed to cover the costs of delivered services.
In order to book the fast boat tickets our team needs a copy of the passports or KTP of all travellers, in addition the KITAS/ITAS from expat travellers who live in Indonesia. Without a copy of the passports or KTP we aren’t able to book you a ticket due to the insurance restrictions from the boat company. Therefore with your deposit payment we ask to receive these documents.
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