Places of Interest in Karimunjawa, Java Island

Karimunjawa is and island chain stretching in a northwesterly
direction 83 km from Jepara. Central Java. This archipelago is a cluster
of 27 islands in the java sea. Only seven of the islands are inhabited.
The reefs are a mixture of fringing, barrier, and patch with bottom
depths ranging from 15 to 40 meters. The name of Karimunjawa is taken
from Javanese language 'Kremun kremun saking tanah Jawi' addressed by
one of Wali Songo (the Nine Saints who had introduced Islam in Java) to
describe how far this mini archipelago from Java, to be exact from
Semarang and Jepara. Stands from 27 islands, this mini archipelago
became marine national park and it's like a treasure for those who love
marine life. Here can be found protected coral reefs (very colorful
plateaus and plains in deep and shallow waters), secluded and tranquil
white beaches, pelican and hornbill, sea grass and kinds of sea
creatures, from crabs, anchovy, starfish, sharks, stingray, jellyfish,
red snappers, etc.


The Marine National Park Karimun Jawa is 110,000 ha and lies 90
km north east of Jepara in Central Java. We will find mangrove forest
and beach forest. The park is named after the largest island Karimun
Jawa. The vegetation consists mainly of mangrove and beach forest,
although there is some lowland rain forest on Karimun Jawa. Most of the
islands are surrounded by sandy beaches and fringing coral reefs. Fresh
water is confined to a few small wells and forest streams on Karimun
Jawa. A number of endemic animals live on the island while on the
beaches sea turtles lay their eggs. The average tidal range is 92 cm.


The archipelagic Karimunjawa, thought not as known the Marine
reserves near Ambon and Manado, has unexpectedly good beaches, reefs and
lovely sea scopes. Corals seem to blossom in to gardens, with an
Amazing variety of form and color fishers and marine plants. It lies 90
km away from Jepara and can reached by "KM. Adison I & KM Kota Ukir"
boat, the only ferryboat connecting Karimunjawa and Jepara. The resort
offers stunning dives and snorkeling trips for all sorts of divers from
novice to experience. Fringing reefs, atolls, wrecks and an excellent
variety of different species make diving in Karimunjawa an unforgettable
adventure.

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