As your plane slowly descends for its approach to Jakarta’s Soekarno-Hatta International Airport, you can see a large number of large and small islands dotting the sea in the Bay of Jakarta. These are known as the Thousand Islands, or Kepulauan Seribu (Seribu Archipelago). In fact they are a cluster of 76 coral islands with more appearing and disappearing with the tide.
Located 45 km north from the city, this part of Jakarta offers a huge change in pace and experience from the hustle and bustle of the city, but is near enough for residents and visitors to enjoy the exhilarating marine environment within just one day excursion. Here are diving, snorkeling and fishing opportunities, or just good for lazing in the sun with nothing to disturb one’s mind except the chirping of birds amidst the gentle lapping of the waves.
Some resorts in the Thousand Islands provide transportation for tourists. In addition, the government also provides speed boats called Transjakarta Lumba-Lumba and Transjakarta Kerapu.
To reach the Thousand Islands, you can go to the Jaya Ancol Marina from Soekarno-Hatta Airport. Boats leave daily from there and the journey takes between one to two hours.