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Pulau Pramuka is a beautiful island in the middle of the Thousand Islands Marine National Park in the Bay of Jakarta located further off into the Java Sea. This cluster includes Pulau Tidung, Pulau Bidadari, Pulau Ayer and others. Pramuka also acts as the central administration for the whole Thousand Islands District. It has an area of approximately 9 acres and is part of Keluruhan Pulau Panggang, North Thousand Islands District, Jakarta Province.
The sea around Pulau Pramuka is ideal for snorkeling or scuba diving because the water is extremely clear and calm. This area also sports a spectacular coral reef, surrounded by a large variety of colorful fish swimming freely among the coral. In addition to coral reefs, the beaches of this island have long stretches of pearly white sand and a turquoise sea that will have you planning your next visit at first sight!
Another sight you won’t want to miss is the Hawksbill turtle (Eretmochelys imbricate). This rare species is bred and cared for in a natural environment, designed specifically to meet their special needs. Save a day to visit these interesting animals.
The community of Pulau Pramuka are very friendly and hospitable people and will welcome you with warmth into their homes and neighborhoods. They are very glad to offer assistance and go out of their way to make your visit enjoyable and comfortable. You will be greeted with friendly smiles (and of course, stares) at every turn.
Pulau Pramuka is very well inhabited, mostly by fishermen. Their lives are fairly well off, and most of the houses here are very reasonable. It is the most populated island in the Thousand Islands Marine National Park, composed of various ethnic communities, namely: the Betawi from Jakarta, the Bugis from South Sulawesi, Banten from West Java, and Madura from East Java.
As the central administration for the Thousand Islands, Pulau Pramuka is fully facilitated. Available on the island are hotels, restaurants, hospitals, mosques, sports fields, and entertainment centers.
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Pulau Pramuka can be reached from Marina Ancol or Muara Angke Pier.
From Muara Angka Port you can take a traditional motorized, wooden speed boat. It will take apporoximately 2 1/2 hours to reach Pulau Pramuka. These boats have a capacity for 50 people, and depart daily at 07:00 from Muara Angke and 13:00 returning from Pulau Pramuka. The cost per person is Rp35,000. Some boat owners offer complete insurance services as well. Children under 3 years old are exempt from charge and children 4 years and above will be charged the normal price. As there is no ticket booth, you simply board the boat and ticket fees will be collected on the way. During the holiday or weekend, you are advised to come 30 minutes before departure time because it is usually very busy as it is a first come first served situation.
Another more exclusive option is to go by chartered speedboat from Ancol Marina with departure times flexible to suit the customer’s schedule. You can try Radja Express, which is known as being the fastest. This ride is approximately 1- 1 1/2 hours, depending on the weather and the boat. The ship capacity varies from 15-20 passengers.