Harapan Island and Kelapa Island are actually separated islands. Because they were really closed together and the people lived in both islands had a long time mutual relationships, the local people built a path to connect the two islands so that the two islands are now more become an island rather than two separated islands. Harapan Island and Kelapa Island are the main administrative islands in the north area of Thousand Islands (Kepulauan Seribu). Unlike the two other administrative Islands, Pramuka Island and Tidung Island, Harapan Island and Kelapa Island are relatively quiet. Most of all the travelers prefer going to Pramuka Island and Tidung Island than Harapan Island/Kelapa Island. Why?
It is not because these island are not worth to visit. Mostly, it is because people never know that there are another part of Thousand Island which have beautiful islands with white sands beaches. Limited information and advertisement might be the cause of this north part of Thousand Islands become not too popular. So, for those who love tranquility, this might be the best answer for your travel destination.
Harapan Island and Kelapa Island are located in the cluster of Thousand Islands. It needs 2 – 3,5 hours trip to the north of Jakarta to these island depending on which kind of transportation you use, by a cheapest yet slower regular boat or faster yet more expensive speedboat.
How to Get There:
Wherever the starting point you come from, you have to reach Jakarta first before continuing to go to Muara Angke or Marina Ancol to get a boat trip to Thousand Islands (Kepulauan Seribu). Remember that the boat is only available at 6-7 o’clock in the morning. The cost that you have to pay for the boat from Muara Angke to Tidung Island is Rp 35.000, while the cost of the boat from Marina Ancol (the fastest one) is Rp150.000.
After reaching Harapan Island and Kelapa Island, you can continue doing island hopping around the northern part of Thousand Islands, such as Kotok Island, Putri Island, Papa Theo Island, Perak Island, Bulat Island, Macan Island, Belanda Island, Bira Island, Panjang island, and many other islands. You can rent a boat costs Rp300.000/boat/day which has 10-15 persons of capacity to do so.
Harapan Island and Kelapa Island have several homestays and other facilities. For comparison, a homestay with 5 rooms costs around Rp 500.000/house/night. To save your money, you can share it with 5 – 25 persons. For your itinerary, you can ask Mr. Rambo (+6285921277879) to manage your trip, including boat rent, snorkel set, homestay, meals, etc. He is a great local guide there.
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