Pulau Tengah in the Java Sea

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Pulau Tengah, or Middle Island as it translates to, is another must visit spot when touring the Karimunjawa archipelago, located off the northern coast of Central Java.  

Measuring only approximately 4 hectares, Tengah Island is a small island. But what it lacks in size, it more than makes up for in exquisite and natural beauty both on land and underwater. Karimunjawa, which literally means “a stone’s throw from Java,” consists of 27 small islands located in the Java Sea, just off the coast of Semarang, Central Java.

Tengah Island is a fairly flat island, with the entire expanse of its tiny landmass covered in sandy white beaches, strewn with chunks of coral and dotted with coconut trees and sea pines. Bright blue waters enclose the island, filled with table corals and brain corals and visible beneath the surface even at a depth of 10 meters.

Compared to the other small islands in the Karimunjawa island chain, Tengah island is more complete with facilities, accommodations , and snorkeling and diving gear, making it an excellent choice for group excursions, family holidays, or even just for regular beach lovers. A long, wooden pier extends out to sea, allowing fishing boats to dock on the island. Tengah Island is owned by PT. Raja Besi, a steel company, and run by a married couple who are the guardians and caretakers of the island.


To Eat, To Stay, To Do

Accommodations on Tengah Island include two resorts, built in the shade of palm trees, both of which are simple, yet nice, although many prefer to stay on the larger and more complete Karimunjawa Island. As Tengah Island is one of the more remote islands, it is possible to just walk in and find a room on the spot.Here are some of the hotels and resorts located on Karimunjawa Island itself.

Karimunjawa Inn is located in Bukit Kapuran, approximately 500 meters from the beach, and ideal for those who desire peace and seclusion. The spacious rooms  come complete with color cable television, air conditioning, daily cleaning, mineral water and toiletries, while the additional facilities include jet ski rentals, glass bottom boats, a restaurant, motorbike and bicycle rentals, snorkeling equipment, tour packages and laundry service.Karimunjawa InnJalan Kapuran Karimunjawa, Central JavaPhone: 62- 297 – 312253Email: info@karimunjawainn.comWebsite: www.karimunjawainn.comBlue Laguna Inn is situated conveniently on the beach with rooms complete with air-conditioning, TV and private bathrooms. Rates start at 225,000 Rupiah per night including breakfast for two.Blue Laguna InnJln. Dermaga Baru KarimunjawaPhone: 62 - 297 – 312251Mobile: 08122821282           087733726133Email    : bluelagunainn@ymail.comWebsite: www.bluelagunainn.comFor a more extensive list of hotels in Karimunjawa:http://www.wisatakarimunjawa.web.id/Or for a list of cheaper, homestay-like accommodations:http://www.central-java-tourism.com/


The best time to visit is during the hot season between May and August.

Maintain the pollution-free environment of Tengah Island by not littering, but disposing of your trash properly in the proper place.

Remember to bring any needed medical supplies.

Enjoy your stay!

Getting There and Around

Get There

To get to Tengah Island, first fly to Semarang in Central Java. Achmad Yani Airport in Semarang is internationally accessible from Singapore via Batavia Air, and Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia via Air Asia. Garuda Indonesia flies daily from Jakarta to Semarang. Other Domestic flights are also available from Jakarta, Surabaya, Denpasar, Bandung, Banjarmasin, and other smaller cities around Indonesia. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Achmad_Yani_International_Airport)

You can also take the train to Semarang from Jakarta, Surabaya or Bandung.

From Semarang, head to Jepara, the seaport, after which you must catch a ferry to the main Karimunjawa Island: Karimunjawa. Once in Karimunjawa, you must catch another smaller boat for a 1 ½ hour trip to Tengah Island.

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