We travelled to Jepara from Semarang in order to take the Karimunjawa fast boat north to Karimunjawa island.
Since the fast boat leaves at 9am, we arrived in Jepara the day before and booked ourselves into the Samudra Hotel, close to the port.
On the morning of our departure, we were advised to get to the port around an hour before departure. We had pre-booked our tickets at the TIC (Tourist Information Center) in Semarang (IDR 200,000 per person, one-way). The tickets were waiting for us at the port office.
This would be the 2nd boat departure from Jepara that morning. The much larger slow boat to Karimunjawa had already left 2 hours earlier.
Before boarding the boat, we were required to pay an ‘eco’ tax of IDR 50,000 (€4) per person. I suspect this tax is only applied to foreign tourists, but if you’re on a strict budget it’s worth taking into account.
Karimunjawa Fast Boat
The boat left Jepara on time at 9am. We understood the journey to Karimunjawa would take around 2 hours, arriving at Karimun port around 11am.
The seating area inside the boat was comfortable enough, with a movie showing. However, make sure you wrap up since the air conditioning is set to freezing.
There are 2 classes of seating on the boat. We just took the standard class which was fine. You can pay a little more for the VIP seating upstairs, but there’s not much difference other than a small snack, fewer people and a karaoke machine (if you’re in the mood).
We overtook the slow boat around half an hour before we arrived at Karimunjawa. On arrival, we were keen to get out into the warm air and take our bearings. We had already booked our first night at the Waru Guesthouse, which according to our rough map was very close to the port.
After checking in we would have a whole island to discover, and just 9 days to do it…
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