» Indonesia: No, It Did Not Burn Down II – Java: Karimunjawa National Park
Indonesia: No, It Did Not Burn Down II – Java: Karimunjawa National Park
In our last article you learned more about Mt Muria, the holy mountain. We got there accidentally as we had different reasons why we traveled to Muria peninsula. There is a ferry on the northwestern coast (it departs from Jepara town) and it transports passengers to Karimunjawa National Park. We set aside two days because the ferry can cancel its trip due to huge waves. However, even two days extra were not enough.
We stayed 6 days in Jepara before we got on a ship. First couple of days large waves prevented them from setting sails. Therefore, increasing number of people concentrated at the port. We bought tickets for afternoon for the morning tickets were sold out already (you can buy them near the port at Express Bahari travel agency for 150 000 IDR – around 300 CZK). During long waiting somebody announced an engine malfunction on the ship when it sailed to Karimun island in the morning. It meant we had to return to the hotel.
We were told to be at 5 in the morning at the port to buy a cargo ship ticket on time (at a stall at the port). In the morning, however, we found out that no tourist (there were about 10 of them including us) had no chance to win the battle and we became even more desperate when we saw young people selling the tickets for twice the price back to tourists. But there were none that got into our hands. We were hopeless and angry. We got back to the hotel and planned what to do next at the breakfast (usually included). We either wanted to continue in our journey or continue in wasting time. Employees took notice of us as well as a man from the adjacent room and asked us why we were not sailing. The man, a friendly Indonesian, said he has some land on the islands. He picked up the phone, called the port and said to arrange for tickets for us. He accompanied us to the port and arranged VIP tickets for us to a ship that would sail there on the following day. We thanked him a lot. Then we rented a scooter to take a ride to Mt. Muria to find some peace. You know what is great about this place already.
We really reached Karimun on the following day (thanks to friendly locals). It was worth the waiting and all the problems. In case you intend to visit this island bear in mind that sometimes it may be difficult to get there. And the same problem was on our way back. They can just say: „Nor today or tomorrow a ship departs. We even don’t know when it will. You are on an island after all.“
I recommend you to take a lot of money from an ATM in Jepara. There is one ATM on Karimun (really just one!) but at the time of our visit it was out of order. To be honest, we found out an unpleasant thing – it does not accept VISA cards so don’t underestimate money because things can get difficult for you, as did in our case. Once again, locals were really helpful. An Indonesian family on holidays there lent us a considerable sum of money. They trusted us to return the money once we get back to Java. Once again we want to express our gratitude!
Karimunjawa National Park is an archipelago that consists of 27 islands. The largest island is Karimun, the only with mountains. Other mountains are covered by forests and it is really hard to access them. The most popular places at higher altitudes are Love Hill and Joko Tuwo Hill. It is really a tough problem to find a road there because every other road uphill ends up at cemetery or deep in the woods. Don’t worry, however, as the local inhabitants are friendly enough to help you with navigation. On the top of the hills you can enjoy views of the surrounding islands and blue mosaic around them. There is no better way to relax, monkeys having some good fun enhances the experience.
Along the west coast of this island the atmosphere resembles primitive villages. Otherwise the island is uninhabited. Locals are very nice. However, it is difficult to communicate with them because not many tourists arrive in the area, despite it is a true paradise. The islands are surrounded with beautiful sea underworld where colorful fish live. The landmass hosts fascinating nature which at many places runs into the sea as sand beaches. The views are marvelous. However, the sea contains a lot of waist. In my opinion, once a rich entrepreneur finds this place longing for beautiful hotels on beautiful beaches the islands will fall victim to this trend. On the other hand, the hills of Karimun can be better accessible.
Next week you can learn what other place we have seen.
GPS: 5°50'05.6"S 110°26'48.0"E
Text and photo: Martina Brožková
Bali is a small Indonesian island located between the islands of Java to the West and Lombok to the East, with capital of Denpasar. It is also the westernmost of the Lesser Sunda Islands and represents the biggest tourist destination for the entire Indonesia, famous for its traditional dance, music, painting, sculptures as well as applies arts.
It is almost impossible to go to Indonesia and avoid the masses of tourists today. Most tourists end up on the islands of Bali or Gili, some of them continue to the island of Lombok, Java or Sumatra. Would you like to avoid these places? Are you looking for a bigger adventure? Then go even further and discover the natural beauty of Flores Island and its Komodo National Park.
This time we are heading to the Sumatran jungle. Along the way we stop for lunch, the food is great in Indonesia.
Today you will visit the town of Berastagi and climb the Sibayak volcano. Buses called Murni Expres leave from Medan.
We start our journey through western Malaysia a bit unusually, by going for three nights to the Indonesian city of Medan in North Sumatra. From the airport located in the Malaysian capital Kuala Lumpur several times a day, the low-cost airline Air Asia flies, and in less than an hour you can reach Medan (specifically Kualanamu Airport). It is the largest Sumatran city, the fifth most populous city in Indonesia.
After several hours of trekking in the damp jungle, you will hear a rust, raise your head, and there is an orange furry creature swinging from the liana to the liana. The feeling of pure excitement when you see the orangutan in your natural environment. Orangutan? Yes, orangutan. You do not have to go to the zoo anymore, just connect your visit to the famous Bali with the little village of Ketambe in the middle of the dense forest on the Indonesian island of Sumatra.
The huge crater lake, the largest in the world, is created by a massive volcanic eruption that occurred more than 100,000 years ago. The volcano subsequently collapsed, and over the next few years, the crater filled with water, creating the world's largest volcanic lake, Lake Toba. In the middle of the lake rises the green island of Samosir, whose shores are surrounded by mountain peaks and forests.
We are still on our day-long trip on Bali. We leave Singaraja town in the island’s north. Our next goal is the area surrounding Batur volcano.
We start our month long trip across Indonesia in its capital city of Jakarta (Java island). We did our best to leave it as soon as possible. Our first stop was on Muria peninsula, central Java (it runs into the Java Sea in the north).
Early climb up the summit is done, successfully. We are on our second day in Rinjani territory. Even though we were sick and tired of walking we had to leave Sembalun Crater Rim and continue further on. The night at Anak lake was upon us.
Welcome back! We continue in our trip across Indonesia. Now we are below the summit of Rinjani (we are at about 2350 meters). Rinjani is Indonesia’s second highest mountain. The night is upon us as well as the very climb to the summit (3726 m).
The trip to Rinjani is already arranged for us. Next part of our Indonesian adventure can therefore being! There is one main route (if not the only one) for getting up and back down. This trail goes from Senar to Sembalun. The trip’s length could be either 2,3 or 4 days long.
Rinjani volcano is the dominant sight on the Lombok peninsula. This second highest mountain in Indonesia is located at the altitude of 3726 meters. This one is a too much of temptation for any mountaineer.
We left Java for Bali. It is very different from other 17 thousand Indonesian islands. Many holidaymakers chose it as the place for vacation. Nature on the island is diverse and there are many contrasts. The atmosphere is wonderful and extraordinary. But to get such impressions we had to travel across the island first. We intended to travel through and through the central highlands. This would allow us to learn about the terrain and decide on which volcano to climb. Our route ran from the south to the north and back to the south in the tot al length of 200 kilometers (13 hours of ride on a scooter).
It is night. We are on the edge of Ijen volcano which is famous for its blue flames. To see everything from up close we descended down the crater. Then we saw the first bearer. It was a slim man having a bamboo bar on his shoulder. On both ends there were two baskets filled up with sulfur rocks. We got out of his way. And he passed buy us. While we were descending, the smell of sulfur was increasing in its intensity.
We had seen many places on Java. Ijen volcano is, however, something entirely different. Sulfur miners work in harsh conditions here. Tourists pay entrance fee to see this unique thing. Blue flames, another symbol of the volcano, flicker behind the miners. This is the last spot on Java we saw before departing for Bali on the east.
We almost freezed on Penanjakan platform. We enjoyed the view over volcanic terrain and were on our way in jeep back to Tengger’s crater flat bedrock. Then we go afoot (under great volcanic conditions) to Bromo’s edge. The volcano is still active.
Trip to Bromo volcano in Bromo Tengger Semer National Park is probable one of the best travel experiences in Indonesia. The trip is highly organized and most touristic. Despite it is very expensive you will long remember it as a wonderful experience.
We stand on the edge of a caldera in Lombok’s north. We are in Crater Rim Senar camp. Ahead is a strenuous descend to Senaru village. It is not steep yet long (21 kilometers) and it goes through living breathing rain forest.
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