Pulau Bidadari, Jakarta

A popular destination for locals and expats alike lies only kilometres from the polluted harbour of Jakarta. Pulau Seribu (Thousand Islands), a string of islands in Teluk Jakarta (Jakarta Bay), is the perfect respite for those stuck in the capital too long.

No matter what the misleading name, you will find entirely 130 islands within the group, and also these, 37 are used for commercial purposes. Pulau Pramuka is the group’s district centre, most people live on Pulau Kelapa, which is certainly about 15km north of Jakarta. Close to Pulau Kelapa, Pulau Panjan is the only airstrip in the islands.

Many accessible islands are already developed into resorts with bungalows plus water sports. Most of these are pricey by Indonesian standards and cost high weekend supplements. The fact that said, they greatly have white-sand beaches and quiet, clear seas (aside from the islands close to the mainland).

This resorts now have offices in Jakarta or at the Ancol Marina (Taman Impian Jaya Ancol) for bookings. And also booking through their respective offices, you can take reservations from the Jakarta Visitor Information Office, allowing for better comparisons.

Getting There & Around
The resorts already have daily speedboats from Jakarta’s Ancol Marina for visitors and day tourists, mostly departing among 8am and 11am and coming back among 2pm and 5pm, with additional services on weekends. Some are just a 20-minute trip away, however the farthest islands take around two hours to reach. Return day-trip prices to the resorts with lunch include Pulau Bidadari (240,000Rp), Pulau Ayer (314,000Rp), Pulau Sepa (618,000Rp) and Pulau Kotok (850,000Rp). Gray Line has also day trips to the islands. Locals will ferry you from one island to another location (but this could be pricey). Most islands are small enough to simply explore by walking. 

Pulau Bidadari
Is nearest resort island and is popular with Jakarta residents for day trips. Its one of the least interesting resorts, but you can use it to go to other islands like Pulau Kahyangan, Pulau Kelor (which has the wrecks of the old Dutch fort), or Pulau Onrust (where the remains of the 18th-century shipyard can be explored). Boats could be hired for your short trip from Pulau Bidadari for 50,000Rp per hour.

The island’s resort (per person incl full board from 454,000Rp) includes a various simple cottages and sports facilities, and can be booked at Ancol Marina. 

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