This was our second trip with Remote Lands... On Java, our guide was excellent and we loved being the only people at Borobudur after the monument closed to the public.
The Karimunjawa archipelago is a national marine park that consists of 27 islands, lying just off the coast of Indonesia's Central Java. It's said to have been originally settled by the son of a Muslim Saint, who was responsible for introducing Islam to the island of Java.
The two main islands in the chain are Karimunjawa and Kemujan, the former being the larger and more populous of the two, with a hilly landscape that has peaks as high as 1,083 feet. Kemujan island is known as Karimunjawa's twin, with a short bridge connecting the two islands. Kemujan island has its own sealed airstrip, just under 3,000 feet.
Menjawakan island is another of the islands in the archipelago, which contains one of the largest lagoons in the area. This green, private, tropical paradise is home to only one hotel: Kura Kura Resort.
The beaches in this archipelago are immaculate, with fine, white, powdery sand, and many are fringed with vibrant coral reefs. Turtles, sharks, and fish are common sites in the areaĂŻÂżÂ˝s pristine waters as well, while friendly birds and deer make up much of the islandsĂŻÂżÂ˝ wildlife, roaming amongst the plethora of majestic coconut trees growing on the islands.
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The pristine ocean surrounding these areas is full of vibrant sea life and colorful corals. Courses are available for all levels of divers, and snorkeling equipment is readily available.
It’s not uncommon to spot dolphins on a cruise through this beautiful archipelago. Boat journeys can be arranged for groups or more intimate private occasions. Sunset cruises are particularly popular.
The islands were frequented by the area’s turtles, in the past, for use as a hatching ground. For a while, the turtles disappeared, but now some resorts in the area are working towards encouraging their return, providing sanctuaries where they can come to safely hatch their eggs.
Explore the wilds of Indonesian Borneo on this exciting 10-day adventure. You’ll traipse through lush mangroves and rainforests, spotting remarkable animals, including the elusive orangutan, along the way. You’ll also have a chance to dive and relax at the luxury beachside Kura Kura Resort and visit a turtle sanctuary.
Located in the stunning Karimunjawa archipelago, amongst pristine waters and powdery white sand, Kura Kura is alone on its own exclusive island, Menjawakan. The hotel underwent a serious makeover a few years back, and is now even more splendid and fabulous than ever, featuring well-appointed cottages and villas that provide guests with incredible panoramas of the surrounding coastal scene. The restaurant serves up fresh, succulent seafood straight out of the waters that lap onto the tropical shores. Guests who enjoy sunset cruises and snorkeling with vibrant sea life will be in their own personal heaven here.