Karimunjawa Coral Reef Dive

Karimunjawa Island, which located about 40 km northwest of Jepara in Central Java, is a beautiful archipelago in Java Sea. Jepara, a historical city, located 83 km away from Semarang, the capital of Central Java. Within the clusters of 27 islands, Karimunjawa is known for its amazing fringing coral reefs, diving sites, and sandy beaches. The reefs are a mixture of fringing, barrier, and patch with bottom depths ranging from 15 to 40 meters.

Karimunjawa is an island chain stretching in a north Semarang direction 45 mile from Semarang Central Java. Semarang can be reached by 3 hours drive from Yogjakarta. This archipelago is a cluster of 27 island in the java sea. The reefs are a mixture of fringing, barrier, and patch with bottom depths ranging from 15 to 40 meters.

There are nice resorts on 5 inhabited islands offering diving facilities. Visitors can reach Karimunjawa by plane from Semarang, the provincial capital of Central Java. It takes about 30 minutes flight to reach the islands from Semarang. Visitors can also reach Karimunjawa by speed boat from Semarang or Jepara in 3 hours. The best time to visit the Karimunjawa islands is from April through November.
  • For those who have that adventurous streak in them, Karimunjawa Islands can be an exciting destination. The wreck diving at the island of Batu Kunci, Karang Kapal, Karang Ketel and Batulawang can be a thrilling sport.
  • Wreck diving is a type of recreational diving where shipwrecks are explored. Although most wreck dive sites are at shipwrecks, there is an increasing trend to install retired ships to create artificial dive sites.
  • Till date, Karimunjawa islands have 12 dive sites.
  • Most of the diving is done on the fringing reefs around the islands, as well as on the submerged reefs and shipwrecks.
  • All the sites are located to the west of the main island.
  • Five of the 27 islands are domestically inhabited and together with 22 others form the four major zones.
  • The first zone is the main sanctuary area and is out of bounds to all.
  • The second zone is the wilderness area open to limited tourism.
  • The third zone is the utilization area while the fourth zone is the buffer zone.
  • The information staffs are known for their helpful and co-operative assistance. Expect to get a very pleasant welcome as you enter.
  • The main attraction at Karimunjawa Islands is the exciting range of flora and fauna above and below the water.
  • The reefs hold as many as 35 types of hard corals, sponges, gorgonian, soft and red corals and an amazing 240 plus variety of fish.


Karimun Jawa is an island located in Jepara city, Central Java, Indonesia.
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