Saturday, September 11, 2010

A journey to Karimunjawa Island

Karimunjawa (Caribbean Van Java Island) is an archipelago of 27 islands in the Java Sea, Indonesia, approximately 80 kilometres northwest of Jepara. The islands' name means 'a stone's throw from Java' in Javanese. The main island is also known as Karimun (2,700 ha). The second largest island is Kemujan (1,400 ha). The islands' population is 6,632 (as of 1997) who inhabit 7 of the islands, and they have a total land area of 78 km2.

Historically, apart from use as a pirate base, the islands are believed to have been uninhabited until a penal settlement was established during the British occupation of Java in the early seventeenth century. The settlement was abandoned by the Dutch during the Java War (1825–1830), but the former convicts remained as settlers. Cotton plantations set up during the convict period became a major source of income, as did goldsmithing.


This video is my first journey to Karimunjawa Island documentation on January 29, 2010 until February 3, 2010. In this journey, I was accompanied by my friends from the Telkom Institute of Technology, including Icung, Kimpai, Apip, Angga, Banar, Njum, Barkah, Asuy, Anie, Wenny, Sari, Obenq, Nisa, Amel, etc.

I and my friends spent three days on Karimun Island. I spent the first day with a stroll on Karimun Island, climb observers tower who were there and swim in one of the resorts there. The second day I headed over to the floating homestead which is none other than captive sharks and swim with the sharks, after that we are snorkeling and playing on the island which is a vast stretch of white sand once. The third day we are snorkeling in the islands around Karimun Island and after that We tried fishing, catching, and shooting fish with a Harpoon. We cook our catch, then we eat our food, it's delicious!.

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