Pulau Tidung is located relatively close to the capital city of Jakarta, that you wouldn’t have to spend unnecessary time just trying to get there. Tidung offers secluded beaches, starry nights and an amiable community. Pulau Tidung is divided into two islands, which are Pulau Tidung Besar and Pulau Tidung Kecil. It is only about 200 meter wide and 5 kilometer long, and is home to about 4,000 inhabitants.
The slim width of the land gives Tidung an interestingly unique shape. A sliver of an island, split by a single, small road with nothing to your left or right but beautiful stretches of sandy, white beaches and clear blue waters surrounding the entire coast of the island. Tidung waters are quite shallow, and almost overgrown with coral reefs which are in excellent condition and are teeming with a colourful collection of tropical fish and exotic sea creatures.
Tidung is not as developed as some of the other islands in the district, meaning that it is less commercial and noticeably cheaper. Tourism on Tidung island prides itself in being extremely community-based and is operated solely by the locals of the island with people’s homes that have been decorated and air-conditioned and transformed into a sort of homestay with a simple, clean and comfortable rooms. he smaller Tidung Island is for the most part, a breeding area for mangroves. The mangroves are planted once a year, and in time are destined to be part of a “mangrove tour.”
Tidung is about a 3-hour ride away from Muara Angke, the port in North Jakarta via a slower, wooden boat or ferry. The ferry departs from Muara Angke to Tidung only once a day at 7:00 am, so make sure you wake up early enough to get there on time! Alternatively, you can catch a speed boat from Ancol Marina Harbor, in which case Tidung would be just 1.5 hours away. Lodgings and amenities are found on the main island of Tidung Besar, while the smaller island is almost uninhabited and is mostly mangrove forest.