Rabu, 04 November 2009

The Thousand Islands, a Sensational Maritime Tourism

The Thousand Islands, is a popular maritime tourist attraction in Jakarta. This 342 island archipelago offers millions of natural sites for domestic and foreign tourists. Beside diving to enjoy the beauty of the underwater flora and fauna, you could fish, paddle, or swim. This archipelago is situated only two hours journey from Jakarta and is  relatively inexpensive.
Each island has its own character. For instance, Puteri Island in the north of this archipelago has soft white sand, an underwater aquarium, and a mini zoological garden. This island is an ideal place for swimming, diving and other activities. Kotok island has natural sites with clean seawater.

Getting There

To reach the Thousand Islands, you can go to the Marina Ancol tourism site from Soekarno-Hatta airport, Jakarta. From there, use a speedboat. It will take about 20 minutes.

Getting Around

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“.

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To Do

Beautiful reefs offer a special diving sensation. This island is also known as a site for Elang Bondol (Brahminy Kite) conservation, which is the mascot of Jakarta province. Pramuka Island is the site for the The Thousand Island National Park.

You could see rare sea biota, turtle hatchlings, or the Hatchery Laboratory for Rare Sea Biota. You could also feed turtles and release hatchlings to the sea. On this island, you could also see a butterfly conservation site including the butterfly methamorphosis cycle.
Other islands frequently visited by divers include Peniki, Matahari, Gosonglaga, Kotok, Papa Theo, and Sepa islands omong others. These islands have cheap and expensive resorts, hotels and restaurants. Almost in all islands, you could enjoy the jet skis, banana boats, canoes, and even karaoke provided by many resorts.
Several types of flora and fauna frequently found in the Thousand Island include coral reefs, starfish, sand starfish, Betok fish (Anabas Testudineus Bloch) and onamental fish such as the Sargent Major fish among others.

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