By: Rosette Obedoza
Pulau Seribu off the coast of Jakarta is a chain of populated islands and well known among the locals for weekend gateways and team building activities, but not so much for foreign visitors whose idea of an Indonesian vacation is commonly limited to Bali…don’t get me started on this! While our family love Bali, Indonesia has so much to offer with its 17,000 islands. Here at CWT, our goal is to explore as much as we can to highlight the other Indonesian islands and feature the diversity of cultures, culinary offerings and more!
Let’s dive in to our second weekend getaway from Jakarta. First stop Ancol Jetty. You must come early before 8am to get a ticket and wait at the cafe until your ferry is ready. The ferry ride takes about an hour to reach Pari Island or Pulau Pari, one of the many islands of Pulau Seribu. If you wish to stay overnight, there are plenty of inns and homestay it seems like, though we did not see any hotel chains in the island. Best tip is plan prior to your trip. The island of Pari is just about few kilometers in length, you can rent a bicycle and cover the whole length of Pulau Pari!
There are two main beaches in the island. The one we stayed at is well maintained with a boat rental service to check out the nearby mangrove. You may also arrange for half-day trip to nearby dive and snorkeling sites. For the more adventurous scuba divers, a shipwreck dive site is available for exploration. Our group pre-arranged lunch with one of the local restaurants or Warungs. Food is cheap and fresh. Grilled seafood “Catch of the Day” supplemented with a hearty spread of side dishes hit the spot for a mid-day break.
Book and explore Pulau Seribu packages and round trip ferry rides from Ancol Marina pier
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