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Pari Island Pictures....

Let the pictures speak...

Welcome To Pari Island

And the holiday begun... most of the beach pictures taken from the virgin beach with white powdery sand, kind of remind me the andaman beach sands.

White sandy nearly empty beach

hahah!! ohh my dirty minds!!

The entrance to village

famous landmark

Morning exploring @ Pari Island

View from one of fishing village

virgin beach sooo smooth

very clear water

virgin beach at Pari island

you could stroll on the water far away.. sand so soft

other part of virgin beach


Yessss... there's over 300 pictures i took from the island trip, its worth the time and money! but too bad the accommodation is quite limited and pretty basic as i mention on previous post...

I wish i could post more to show you how beautiful the island. Its not as over crowded as Pramuka island or other island in one thousand island. And i like it how people in here still work together to build this place tourism.

direction sign behind Pari Harbour

our ride back to Jakarta-on top deck! yeah!!

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One Thousand Island Jakarta--Great Escape to Beautiful Pari Island (Part 2: Less than 24 hour to do thing!)

........ when you're planning a trip, you actually already on the road for that trip....

My trip also was quite hectic. I had very short notice—a day before. And guess who need to arrange the whole thing? ME.

So, googling here and there I got so frustrated because there are so LESS information about how to get to these pretty islands. All I could get is the pictures of bunch young people jumping off the white sandy beach or lying down the beach lines, posed with bikinies, or other silly stuff. There are less complete information (not even govt) about these islands, how to get there, about the boats, about the ticket, accommodation and short of a brief information about what to expect on EVERY EACH OF THOSE PRETTY ISLANDS!! All I got the contact about travel or tours that accommodate package to the island and geezzz!! **frustrated**

Take a deep breath….

I pick Pari island, just made up my mind and start to focus on the particular island.

One thing I got for sure is… there’s less people went there compare to other island. The price is “still friendly” and I collect as much as I could get of the contact for the accommodation at the island.

I just got stuck by the image of this white sandy beach called “Perawan Beach” and I like how clean it looks like from the picture. I like the fact that there’s LIPI office there. I like the kind of holidays where I could learn about things while relaxing.

Next thing I conclude is, I could do this cheap way but I had to wake up early and race to Muara Angke (I never been there I am sure taxi driver will know… blue bird taxi driver will…. Right?? Errhh… ). Bad options, I could end up late because me or the driver don’t know where this harbor is!! And the holiday is off. Or I could wake up at 5.30am and just order taxi to ancol and pay lots more for less than one hour cozy ride with huge speedboat in aircond and I don’t need to squeeze my big ass and long legs with 99 other people (and God know what else).

I sound like very annoying, lazy, spoiled prick. Sorry… I do think the 2nd options more make sense for me (after long tiring Friday hectic at office). I DESERVE THIS!!!

I contact one of the website I got. This guy name is Munawar Salagau (his travel name Salagau). BB PIN296ac977 phone 085810335502/081314562800. I think he got the best price for the boat from Marina Ancol. He told me I had to pay full Rp 350,000,-/person for return trip to and from Pari Island.  (the official at the marina its around Rp 330.000,- and I could live with that extra, not total ripoff or anything). He also good guy who offer me to join his group that leave from Muara Angke, but I decline since I plan to go with the speedboat.

He gave me his bank account number and i did talk with him on the phone for sometimes (just to make sure). First I was in doubt, but anyway, I don’t have much time doing this juggling with my Friday work hectic. At afternoon I text him, it’s done. I heard before about people who fooled traveler who plan to go to one thousand island, it’s just not once I read this story. But, anyway… I just TRY to trust this time!!

He later gave me the contact person at the marina ancol Pak Deden his phone number 08161490938. I think to cut it shorter you could contact this person directly instead (but I don’t know if they had short of special arrangement). Pak Deden is the one who greet me at the Marina ancol pier, and get me the ticket and tag my bag. He also lists my name to the passenger list. All I did that time just sit down on a bench, while he was the one whos queue, and get everything done---nice!

For the accommodation in Pari island I read from lots of website, there’s not much accommodation there. And you can’t rent a room.. Basically just the same if you want to rent it for 6 peoples or 2 peoples or 10 peoples. The price PER HOUSE is Rp 600,000,- for one that had air conditioner. Again, I had not much choice as I had less time to browse. This is a huge note for all of you who want to travel to this island, plan a head, at least a week before. Also the more people you go with it would be cheaper because you divide the price with more people!

There are plenty basic to nice accommodation. Those who plan earlier usually could pick the nicer place closer to harbor or to the nice beach—Perawan Beach.

My contact for the accommodation is  Pak Arman his phone number is 085882588844 and BB pin is 29F7E232. I only pay for down payment Rp 200.000,- and pay the rest when I arrive. I found him a very nice guy later. He also gives the local guide number Aris 081511864428. Aris is the one who take me to the accommodation and made sure I got things I need. But later I met with Pak Arman when I was thinking I want to go snorkel.

Next time if I went to Pari I will ask him to book something closer to the pier or on the east part of the island where there’s very nice homestay near the comm. Tower. It does look very brand new and the view is straight to the ocean… nice….

To be continued....

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One Thousand Island Jakarta--Great Escape to Beautiful Pari Island (Part 1: Preparation)

There’s lesson on every trip I take. This one teaches me to leave trails as LESS as possible, why? Because I swimming with plastic bottles and food Styrofoam is sucks, and I love Indonesia very much, just simple as that!!

On Saturday morning I woke up much earlier than I used to. Its weekend! But I had a pretty much great agenda: GOING TO PARI ISLAND.

One Thousand Island

Pari Island is one of island among 110 of tiny islands (despite of the name) in One Thousand Island region and still part of Jakarta. There were lots of spots for snorkels—hidden white sandy/stranded beaches among this islands. Some islands in here belong to private/read—rich Indonesian. Some open for public and become favorite escape from Jakarta citizen. Its good for day trip or for weekend trip, for family, couples retreat, or just to hang out with friends. The whole trip depends on how much you want to spent and whats your comfortable limit is.

Most of beautiful island (read CLEAN and PURE) is conservation area either for animals like turtles or the famous Bondol eagles (Jakarta mascot) or for the mangrove. These islands had no accommodations. If you’re good enough, you could find some contact that will provide chance to do camping on beach for this islands. Just have to remember TO LEAVE TRACE AS LESS AS POSSIBLE, leave the island as when you first landed, do not trash or litter!! Some private islands even offer homestay for public, but as I said---if you know the right person….

According to Detik travel, some of the most beautiful island in one thousand islands is:

  1. Semak Daun Island. Expat often call it with pulau “smack down”. Just for campsite (tips for the island guard around Rp 50,000,-), no accommodation or facilities. Its one of conservation Island for penyu sisik (Eretmochelys imbricata) and penyu hijau (green turtle/Chelonia mydas). You could use the local fisherman boats to get to this island from Pramuka island
  2. Sepa Island. Paradise for divers, place for those who had the PADI open water certificate practice their new skills. It’s under PT Sepa Paradise management. Also Conservation Island for penyu sisik (Eretmochelys imbricata) and penyu hijau (green turtle/Chelonia mydas) also not much facilities in here, the water in the toilets using the brackish water (air payau)
  3. Air Island In english it means water island. It’s a private island, beautiful with beautiful corals, white sandy beach and crystal clear water. The island actually one land but the owner then dig the island and it’s divided by water. One part stay private the other part could be visited by public (resort). It had the best facility compare to other island (read more expensive). You could reach it from pulau Pramuka or pulau Tidung.
  4. Karang Congkak Island No electricity, no accommodation/villager house, camping only. Good for snorkel and diving (Poso wreck dive site). Its 3 hours boat ride from Muara Angke. Its home/conservation island for Bondol Eagles—the Jakarta mascot.
  5. Kotok Island Took 90 minutes boat from Marina Ancol. Also home conservation for Bondol Eagles. Unique thing about this island?? The tree house!! You could rent the tree house as well.

The exact location for Pari Island is in coordinate: 6°0′14″LU 106°46′44″BT. The island name “Pari” is from “stingray” because the island looks like stingray fish.

Why Pari?

I did once tell people that I prefer to Pari because there’s so many people goes to Pramuka or Tidung. I would choose Sepa island or second choice Pari island. I don’t need to see crowded island, just nice and relaxing island. I know there are things that I would sacrifice for this. Well developed island like Pramuka (as the center of one thousand islands government) had more choice of accommodations and activities. The facilities are much better compare to Pari. CLEAN white sandy beach… and it’s not so crowded—that’s all I ask-so Pari it is.

Sepa had further distance from Jakarta while Pari is much closer. Both had their good and bad(s). Both had the same white sandy beach and crystal clear sea. The islands near these islands also worth to explore too. But for the time being I shall enjoy Pari first.

There are 3 different places where you could find boat to Pari Island from Jakarta. First from the old, smelly Muara Angke harbor, from Kali Adem harbor (newest harbor) and you could go from Marina Ancol pier 6 harbors for more “stylish” comfortable (and yet most pricey way).

Overall boat route map from 3 different harbor

Muara Angke is the most “famous” around people who used to go to one thousand islands. It’s where most of fisherman boats from and to the one thousand islands comes and goes. The main destinations from majority boats in here are Untung Jawa island, Kelapa Island, Harapan Island, Tidung Island, Panggang Island and Pari Island. The ticket from here would be the cheapest, as its just traditional wooden boat (and took much longer trip from here) it’s around Rp 30,000,-/person per single trip. You had to wake up very early and the boat will LEAVE at 7am.

traditional wooden boat at Muara Angke Harbor

Mostly people already queue at the ticketing at 6am. There are hundreds of people there in early morning. One boat will be flocked with over 100 people as well. It’s not that very comfortable and also it took around 2-3 hours to the most favorite island destinations. Also because i never use this boat i am not so sure if they had life vest for the passenger (doubt it) since they don't even have passenger manifest etc for safety reason (ugghhh!!!)

Muara Angke hectic boat departures on weekend
(picture takes from blog Wirawan Prasetyo)

When you got here make sure you ask MANY TIMES before you get to the boat about the boat destination. It’s a hectic busy harbor with lines of boats. Usually the best way is to take the boats at the end of the row so you could find a best spot to sit down inside the boat, and its better near window (some people does have baaddd sea sick!!) and you will be gather with almost 100 people in one boat. At least you will have fresh air near the window and the view (quite boring for 2-3 hours boat ride).

not for one with long legs and big butts??
(picture taken from blog Irwanah)

Asking part is important, once again. Would be a little bit funny when you’re planning to go to Pramuka Island but end up in Sepa Island!!  Waste of time and waste of money— and it’s a holiday mood killer! So asks anyway—won’t hurt that much!

Kali Adem operated since early December 2011 after 8 years on and off project. It’s not reall far from Muara Angke. This harbor now becomes favorite options for those who bring vehicles because it had secure parking space. There’s only two motor boats depart from this harbor; first one is KM Lumba-lumba depart at 7am. And another boat is KM Krapu depart twice at 7 am and 1pm.

Kali Adem harbor front gate-yes it said muara angke, its the "new" muara angke harbor :D

Both boat had fare range depended on the destination from Rp 40.000 until 50.000 excluded Rp 2000 for insurance. Its more pricey than the wooden boat from Muara Angke, but at least the boats from here more comfortable and slightly more faster than one from Muara Angke (beside the better parking options of course).

Kali Adem Pier with faster boat

KM Lumba-lumba destination from;
·         Lintasan 1 is: KaliAdem – P.Untung Jawa – P.Pramuka – P. Tidung (PP)
·         Lintasan 2: Kali Adem – P.Untung Jawa – P. Tidung (PP)

Faster boat, still no AC but at least you could have a seat!
(Taken from tidungholiday blog)

KM Krapu destination from;
·         Lintasan 1: M. Angke – P. Untung Jawa – P. Pramuka – P. Kelapa (PP)
·         Lintasan 2: M. Angke – P. Untung Jawa – P. Pari – P. Pramuka – P. Kelapa (PP)
·         Lintasan 3: M. Angke – P. Untung Jawa – P. Lancang – P. Payung – P. Tidung (PP)
·         Lintasan 4: M. Angke – P. Untung Jawa – P. Lancang – P. Pari – P. Pramuka (PP)

How to get to Muara Angke?

Marina Ancol Harbor is inside the theme park in Ancol in Jakarta bay area. This is where Jakarta rich and famous “parks” their personal boats. There’s also several boats belong to Police dept, and I saw one with Metrotv (local tv station) logos on it.

Type of boat depart from Marina Ancol--hmmm

Seating inside the boat

You could access the harbor from 3 different access:
  • Main Ancol Theme Park Gate. You could access this from Gunung Sahari street, outer ring road toll, stop at Ancol. From Dufan-turn left and drive along with the canal until you see pier #6. This gate open 24hours.
  • Ancol East Gate; good if you’re from Kemayoran direction—this gate open 24hours
  • Ancol west gate/pluit. This gate only open after 07.30am. This gate located next to marina.
The pier or “dermaga” used for pulau seribu/one thousand island is on pier #6. You could buy your ticket for the boat on this pier. There’s regular ticket and also you could rent the boat with ranging from 1.2 to 7 million per boat (even more) depends on the size and the facility of the boat also the destinations per trip. The harbor on weekend full of people who want to spent their weekend on one thousand island.

The details about Marina Harbour:
  1. Dermaga Marina Ancol Pier No 05 : This pier used for boats to Alam Kotok Island. The boat leave at 8am
  2. Dermaga Marina Ancol Pier No 06 : This pier used for boats that goes to one thousand islands islands, the private/resort or the non resort island. The boats here leave based on the passenger bookings. Boat leave at 7.30am—therefore you had to be there before 7am (boarding time)
  3. Dermaga Marina Ancol Pier No. 09 : This pier used for boats goes to Putri Island Resort. The boats leave also at 8am
  4. Dermaga Marina Ancol Pier No. 16  This pier used for the boats that leave to Ayer island resort. The boats leave at 9am
  5. Dermaga Marina Ancol Pier No. 17 this pier used for boats that goes to Bidadari Island Resort. The boat leaves at 11am (but still you need to be there 30 minutes before for boarding)
  6. Dermaga Marina Ancol Pier No. 19 : this pier used for boats that goes to Sepa Island Resort
  7. Dermaga Marina Ancol Pier  No. 22 – 23 this pier used for boats that goes to Pantara island resort
It’s the most comfortable harbor compare to other harbor. But it’s still bit crazy as well. You could buy your own ticket directly there with cheaper/normal price or you could contact a bookie to buy it for you so you don’t need to stand up on queue in early morning (which is I did last time). The ticket won’t be that much different and you could showed up a bit later---just remember the boarding time is 30 minutes before the boat scheduled to leave!! be continue....

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Merpati Airlines Promotion for 2014! yay!

Ok, take a deep breathe, i was just woke up and want to check flights for my next holiday when i saw all of this madness promotions for flights---aaarrghhhh!!! my travel addiction kick in!!

Merpati also become one of my fave when talking about Bali, or east of Indonesia, they offer cheap fare and sometimes VERY GOOD promotion like they had now. Please go to Merpati website for details!

Promo name for Merpati is Terbang Meriah 51.000,- the fare start from that numbers and the booking period is 01-03 Sept 2013 (yesss go get it!!) and flight period is start from Jan 10 until March 31 2014 (yess you knew the public holiday dates already!!!).

I think i will have some fabulous 2014 in terms of holidays... enjoy guys!!

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Citlink Promotion! **Rp 55.000,-** get yourself some coffee people!!

Long time not posting some promotion from airlines, now i will post you some domestic airlines with promotion fare. Its from CITILINK!

One of my fave airline these day!

This airline from last year already become my fave domestic airlines--especially since Airasia mostly these days ONLY boasting for cheap fare--BUT-- no its just not cheap, almost the same like other airlines fare and sometimes even more expensive than local flights so NO, i wont bother to click Airasia to check **full of disappointment**

So check your remaining vacation days and the 2014 public holidays calendar, and book the flights!! make your holidays HAPPENED!! **btw its quite late night to book the flight, but if you really want to make it happened in CHEAP way.. there always be sacrifices you should made--go get that coffee.. and stay awake from 22.00 to 3 am!!**

Happy booking!!

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