Sempu Island Travel Guide

Sempu Island
Sempu Island Lagoon

Sempu Island is a small island located in the south of Java Island.  Actually, This island is a nature reserve to protect endemic flora and fauna. Recently, this island has become most favourite destination in Java, Indonesia because of its beauty. Tourist must have a permission from the forestry officer near the island to enter the island because this island status is still a natural reserve.

Segara Anak Lagoon

The most popular spot in this island is Segara Anak Lagoon. This lagoon has soft white sands and crystal clear water. We have to walk about an hour through the forest to reach this lagoon from starting point at Semut Bay. No  block paving so that we have to walk on the ground that sometimes become a mud when there is a rain.

Segara Anak Lagoon Sempu Island
Segara Anak Lagoon in Sempu Island

Sempu Island Location

Sempu Island is located on the south of Sendang Biru Beach, Malang Regency, East Java Province, Indonesia. It is 65 Km from the nearest city, Malang City. From Bantur, You should go to Sendang Biru Beach  (or Pantai Sendang Biru in Bahasa Indonesia) to reach the island.

Coordinate: 112° 40’45”- 112° 42′ 45″ East longitude and 8° 27 ’24’ – 8° 24′ 54″ South latitude

You have to get Malang City first before you go to Sempu Island. There are several flights from Jakarta to Malang City. You can also reach this city by bus or train from Jakarta, Surabaya, Solo, Jogja, and other cities.

How To Get There

Rent a car or motorcyle in Malang City because there is a lack of mass/public transportation from Malang City to Sendang Biru Beach/Sempu Island. Rent car cost in Malang City is about Rp325.000-375.000/24hours include the driver exclude the gasoline. From Sendang Biru Beach, you have to get a permission from the forestry officer first before taking a traditional boat to cross the strait to reach Sempu Island. This boat costs Rp100.000/boat which has maximum 15 person capacity on a boat.

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Sempu Island Map

Here is Sempu Island map from Malang City, East Java, Indonesia.

Sempu Island Map
Sempu Island Map (credit to

Sempu Island Pictures Gallery