Explore Thousand islands of Indonesia

Why Thousand islands?

If you think Jakarta Bay can only be seen from afar, you should take a boat ride to KepulauanSeribu! Looking for a weekend vibe that´s not like any other? An hour trip from Marina Ancolwill take you to a lovely place to unwind at the exotic Thousand Islands (No, it´s not a salad dressing). Thousand Islands offers exciting activities to rest and relax. Dive your way to the underwater and admire the pretty fishes. Or, pamper your inner adventure with sports activities featured in some of the islands.

As we can't cover all 110 islands we focus on the five most attractive islands and give you all information you need to know, to make your trip to the national marine park unforgetable.

Ayer island

Ayer island is a resort island famous for its floating cottage and is a perfect holiday getaway for family, couples and groups. The cluster is designed with a blend of modern and nature concepts. With 4-star hotel standards, Ayer boasts overwater rooms allowing you to dip into the turquoise sea anytime you want.

Where is it and how to get there?

Like any other clusters of thousand islands, pulau Ayer is 15 km distance from Kaliadem, MuaraAngke. Or, you can go from Taman Impian Jaya Ancol, but you need to pay entrance fee to enter the venue and head to the Marina port. It takes 25 to 30 minutes of speedboat ride to reach the island. You can plan your trip on your own or booking from a travel agent that lets you have the convenient of planning everything hassle-free.

What to see and do?

  • Watersports
    You can rent a canoe, speedboat or jetski to explore the neighboring islands or ride a banana boat around the beach coastline. There are also group activities available like outbounds and arcade zones.
  • Leisure walk
    Taking a leisurely stroll around the cottage is one of the best recreational activities you can do in the island. The view gets more incredible during the sunset. For those who love to jog, Ayer provides a jogging and cycling track that offers incredible sceneries.
  • Fishing
    Some visitors are going to Ayer on day trip just to find a nice spot to fish. They intentionally come and enjoy the sensation of fishing. If you stay at the resort, you can experience night fishing right from your cottage.
  • Snorkeling and Diving
    Due to the proximity to Jakarta city, snorkeling and diving may not be the best thing to do as the water visibility is not too clear and you need to watch out for the boats that come and go. However, these are still doable.
  • Superb eating
    Whether you´re staying at the resort or not, you are welcome to dine in the wooden deck restaurant and taste some of their delicious menus, from grill seafoods platter to local cuisines.

Where to stay?

Touring around Pulau Ayer can be done on a day trip but the dreamy overwater cottage is undeniably a bucket list experience. PulauAyer resort cottageis idyllic for honeymooners or family with kids. Once you reach the dock, the atmosphere gets so inducing that you can´t wait to have fun. There´s also an affordable choice of rooms in case you´re traveling on a budget that starts from IDR 900,000. Each room is filled with hotel standard facilities – AC, refrigerator, hot and cool shower. The resort also provides packages that offers full board services including boat transfer, and buffet meals.

Bidahari island

Don’t mistaken this Bidadari with the one in Labuan Bajo. Bidadari island is part of thousands island cluster that features iconic cottages, wonderful nature sceneries and a historic fort. Bidadari was previously named PulauSakit (Sick Island) due to the leper colony. Not long after, the Dutch made it Batavia´s first line of defense against marauders. Fast forward, Taman Impian Jaya Ancol has transformed the area into a beautiful and positive vibe of a modern getaway. Bidadari literally means Angel and the island lives up to its name. The angelic destination gives you a great break from the noisy Jakarta. It´s almost like you´re casted out from an urban living, to a traditional village with less air pollution and no skyscraper to block your view of an exotic sunset.

Where is it and how to get there?

The most common way to reach the stunning beach is by taking a traditional boat ride at an affordable price. There are also, speedboats to make your trip a lot quicker from MuaraAngkeand even quicker from Marina Ancol, it takes 30 minutes. All boats go back and forth during the day but be sure to arrive earlier than the others to secure your seat.

What to see and do?

  • Island hopping
    Feel the ocean spirit as you cruise around the island and explore the neighboring areas such as Onrust, Khayangan and Kelor with a traditional boat.
  • Sunbathing
    Sunbathing and swimming are the most popular activities in Bidadari during summer. The resort provides pool chairs for sunbathing or reading time. You might also want to bring your floaties with you.
  • Watersports
    The beach and the sea are often fully packed with visitors. Bidadari offers Bali beach-like adventures from snorkeling, canoeing, jet skiing to banana boat riding.
  • Mortello Fort
    The remnants of Mortello fort can still be witnessed today. It was built during the Dutch colonialism in the 17th century to protect and watch over Onrust island. It was badly damaged after Krakatoa mountain explosion Today, the landmark is a famous site for pre-wedding photoshoots!
  • Photo hunting
    Bidadari is absolutely photogenic in many angles, and Instagramable too!
  • Fresh seafoods
    The coastal nuance is a perfect setting to enjoy fresh fish and other catches prepared deliciously from the hot smoking grill.

Where to stay?

Bidadari island is a more upscale option compared to the other clusters in thousand islands. After being renovated some time ago, Bidadari resortis now packed with full amenities and facilities with over 40 cottages to choose from. These cottages are attractively designed in Colonial, Betawi and Chinatown styles – making the balcony pretty much Instagenic! The resort starts from IDR 1,000,000 which includes 3 times meal, snack, and round trip boat. Like every other prominent hotels, the eco resort has everything you need from mosque, meeting room, restaurant, volley court, table tennis court to basketball court. Bidadari island usually gets crowded with groups of visitors who attend corporate events in the resort during the weekends. It is recommended to contact the hotel first and arrange your stay long before deciding to travel there. The island gets wet and inconvenient on rainy season. Be sure to check on the weather.

Macan island

A quick getaway from concrete jungle Jakarta is what every urban dweller needs. PulauMacan is that friendly tropical neighborhood, 2 hours boat ride from the city. Thanks to social media, the beauty of Macan island hadn’t been discovered since 3 years ago. Visitors are limited to 40 persons per day as it is a private resort, which makes it feels almost like your private island. From here, you can explore the nearby islands or simply open your favorite book and relax!

Where is it and how to get there?

Macan Island is part of Kepulauan Seribu. The journey begins when you reach Ancol. Head to Marina pier 17 and take a boat ride that costs IDR 45,000 to 85,000. It takes around 1.5 to 2 hours, so a day trip tour is likely possible. Or, you can book a private boatfrom the resort and have them arrange the schedule for you.

What to see and do?

  • Snorkeling and island hopping
    Island hopping is the most favorite activity to do in Macan Island. With a few remote islands nearby, you can hop on your boat and prepare yourself to enjoy the bustling and colorful life under water. The water is crystal clear you can see fishes swimming by the corals even with naked eyes. There´s no need to bring goggles or fins because everything can be rented on the site.
  • Lazying on in an open air hut
    Macan Island is an eco village concept accommodation, where you can cozy up in one of the huts. An open air hut has a great view of the ocean and is perfect to spend your afternoon enjoying the spectacular sunset.
  • Seafood feast
    Of course, tasting that fresh seafood is a must. The restaurant provides delectable courses in a private setting or in the communal area. Grilled fish with dark soy sauce and piquant sambal matah, with the ocean as the backdrop? Bon appetit!
  • Coral planting
    Children can conveniently enjoy their stay as there are many activities to do including coral planting. You can learn how natural coral reef grow and contribute in a fun way to help create shelters for our ecosystem.
  • Kayaking
    As time moves very slow in Macan island, you might start to paddle up your boat and see where it takes you. Kayaking or canoeing has never been this fun. The clear blue ocean lets you peep into the deep without having to get down from your boat. But who can resist dipping their feet?
  • Trekking
    The uninhabited island has exotic pathways for you to trek. It will be an easy journey and you won´t get lost!

Where to stay?

The only accommodation available in the island is Tiger Islands Village and Eco Resort with huts, cabins and tents to choose from. The cheapest room is the island Tent that costs about IDR 2,000,000 per pax. But don’t imagine a humble camp – these tents have a full facilities of a hotel. A bed and a clean sheet on top of it. The cabin type lets you have your own comfy bed with shared bathroom but if you come in group, you can book one of the huts that accommodates up to 5 persons. The resort has some souvenir shops and a small convenient market in case you want some snacks or are looking for soap and shampoo. There´s a reading area and a food court complete with billiard table and other entertainment facilities. There is no ATM center in Macan island. We suggest you bring some cash before arriving.

Pari island

Pari island is one of the majestic Thousand islands but unlike Macan island, Pari has a more humble nuance due to the fact that it is a tourism village run by the locals. This particular destination is ideal for backpackers. Whether you´re here for a day trip or two, the sweet escape offers a great unforgettable experience.

Where is it and how to get there?

Pari island is the closest one to Jakarta. There are two ways you can reach Pari. First, all you need to do is take Taxi, online transportation or bus to MuaraAngke in Kaliadem port. Public ferries and traditional boats take 2 hours to reach Pari and it costs IDR 45,000. However, they have no fix schedule so add a little buffer time to your schedule. Don’t like that idea? You still have a second, more expensive choice if you board from Marina, Ancol. The fast boat costs IDR 125,000 per person (excluding Ancol entrance fee) and the trip normally lasts an hour but please note that this is also a public transportation that might make a few stops on the other islands to take passengers as it carries 180 persons maximum. Consider this as a mini tour around the archipelago!

What to see and do?

  • Snorkeling
    The calm sea has an inviting atmosphere. During the day, tourists would flock the beach. This is the perfect time to snorkel and have the best underwater adventure. With the excellent water visibility, the biodiversity in Pari island is amazing!
  • Biking
    Rent a bike and circle the island for the whole day (IDR 20,000 per 24 hours). This could be your transport to anywhere within the island.
  • Leisure walk
    It´s pretty convenient to walk around. During low tide, you can even cross the sea to the neighboring islands, such as Star beach and Virgin beach.
  • Taste the local food
    From squid pickles to breadfruit chips – some of the unfamiliar foods that surprisingly taste good! Some warungs offer local cuisines such as Gado-Gado, Ketoprak, Fried chicken and Indonesia´s famous instant noodle, Indomie. Some dots of cart by the beach sell traditional snacks, too. The taste aren´t special but you are free to bring food from home.
  • Sunset watching
    In case you miss the sunsets lately, the unspoiled beach has breathtaking kaleidoscopic sunset. This is one of the most favorite things to do in Pari island.
  • Camping
    At night, the beach turns to a camp ground. Local visitors would camp on rented tents. Each tent costs about IDR 100,000 and each person is charged IDR 35,000.

Where to stay?

Pari island is one of the most affordable vacations in Pulau Seribu. Most of the accommodations are provided by the locals. So don’t be surprised when your hostel is a room in their home. The cheapest homestay is around IDR 200,000 but nothing goes above IDR 600,000. Sadly, Pari Island does not have any ATM center. So bring extra cash with you.

We marked the guest houses and homestay in the map below. By clicking directly on the marker you can check the availability and rates and also directly book your stay.

Semak Daun island

Semak Daun is another nautical getaway in a cluster of thousand islands. The remote area isn’t as widely popular as its neighborhoods due to lack of hospitality services, but it is still an attractive island for those who seeks true tranquility and untouched beauty. Nature enthusiasts find it perfect for camping spot.

Where is it and how to get there?

All of the thousand islands clusters can be reached from MuaraAngke, North Jakarta or Marina, Ancol. The boat moves like a snail, slowly, and makes a stop at Pramuka island after 2.5 hour trip, before continuing to SemakDaun. That´s 3-hour trip in total.

What to see and do?

  • Snorkeling
    Visitors can start the day with snorkeling in this tropical water and spot familiar fishes down there.
  • Fishing
    Fishing is one of the possible activitiesin SemakDaun as the water is relatively calm. Early in the morning or in the afternoon, locals gather on the dock to fish while enjoying the breathtaking scenery. You can also bring your rod and hire a boat to get to the middle of the ocean and try your luck with the hook.
  • Island hopping
    Not far from SemakDaun island, a hawksbill turtle conservation nestled in Pramuka island. Kids (and adults) would definitely find this place interesting as it showcases rare creature. Visitors can also learn the effort to preserve this critically endangered animal.
  • Sunrise watching
    This particular activity can only be done if you stay at SemakDaun. Most visitors would wait for the glorious sunrise view at the dock.

Where to stay?

Semak Daun hasn’t yet been developed. At night, the strip of its beach is a place where groups of backpackers build tents and camp in, or play at the beach before waking up early to watch sunrise at the dock on the next day. It´s best to have fun near your tent to make sure that your valuable stuffs are safe.It gets pretty dark at night since there´s no proper lighting at the beach so it´s recommended to do a day trip tour and stay on a more developed area like Macan or Pari island. For a more convenient stay at SemakDaun, you can book a tour through various travel agents where they can arrange the pickup and prepare your needs.

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