Karimunjawa Island Boat Transfer 🛥️

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Karimunjawa Island Boat Transfer

Karimunjawa Island Boat Transfer 🛥️

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Nestled in Indonesia’s Java Sea, Karimunjawa mesmerizes with its pristine beauty, boasting a collection of 27 islands adorned with white sandy beaches and thriving coral reefs. This a haven for nature enthusiasts, as the archipelago hosts a rich diversity of marine life, providing exceptional snorkeling and diving opportunities.

There are two ways to reach this hidden gem: either the ferry services from Jepara or chartered flights from Semarang. In this article we explore the available boat transfers.



Slow Boats and Fast Boats

There are variety of Karimunjawa island boat transfer options.

Most boats travel to and from Jepara, but depending on the day of the week you can also get transits to and from Semarang and Kendal (which is not too far from Semarang).

However, you need to check the latest schedules. Not all boats travel every day to every location, and some days you may have just the one boat with a limited passenger capacity.

Hotel Options in Jepara

Karimunjawa Island Boat Transfer

Karimunjawa island boat transfer

From Jepara there are a number of slow boats and one fast boat. The slow boats take 6 hours and travel almost every day. The fast boats take only 2 hours, but travel less frequently.

Jepara to Karimunjawa by Boat

Since we were travelling on a Friday, we were able to take the fast boat from Jepara, for IDR 200,000 (€15) per person, one-way.

The boat was comfortable enough, with a movie showing. However, make sure you wrap up well since the air conditioning is set to freezing.

Fast boat to Kendal

Fast boat to Kendal

The boat leaves Jepara at 9am, arriving in Karimunjawa around 11am.

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.

Karimunjawa to Kendal by Boat

For our return from Karimunjawa to the mainland, we took the Sunday 12 o’clock noon fast boat to Kendal.

One-way VIP tickets cost IDR 175,000 (€12). The journey lasts 2½ hours and includes a movie, staff-karaoke and a snack  😉

Karimunjawa Island Boat Transfer

Karimunjawa island boat transfer – Enjoy the show!

2 hours before our departure from the island the sky darkened and the storm clouds rolled in. However, we were told that it takes 3 metre-high waves to stop the boats from running.

Still, this is a factor to bear in mind when planning your return – especially if you have a flight to catch.

On arrival at the port in Kendal, you should find a minibus waiting to take you into the center of Semarang – actually they will drop you off anywhere you want along the way.

Karimunjawa Island Boat Transfer

When you arrive, the bus will be waiting for you…

Check here for up-to-date boat schedules.

Other Options to/from Karimunjawa

At certain times of the year you can fly in a small aircraft from Semarang to the tiny airport in the north of Karimunjawa. The flight time is just 30 minutes. You can also fly to Karimunjawa from Surabaya: Flight duration is 1 hour and 10 minutes.

Hotel Options in Karimunjawa

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