10 Islands to Plunge into in Jakarta‘s Thousand Islands

A cluster of 110 islands usually referred to as the land of thousand islands, Jakarta has several small scattered tropical islands on its Bay. It is also known as “Kepulauan Seribu” which literally means Thousand Islands.

These 110 islands together make a District that surrounds the  Pulau Seribu National Marine Park in the Jakarta region. Pulau Seribu is the tranquil gateway to relaxation and recreation and just a short car drive from the main city of Jakarta.

Location: The chain of islands is located about 45 km north-northwest of Jakarta.

Coordinates:  5°42′S 106°35′E

Out of 110, here is the list of 10 best islands to plunge into in the Land of Thousand Island in Jakarta.

  1. Pulau Bidadari

Address: Untungjawa Island, South Kepulauan Seribu, Kepulauan Seribu Regency, Jakarta, Indonesia

Coordinates: 6.0358° S, 106.7469° E

Pulau Bihadari, the closest island from the Port of Marina Ancol is just a 30 minutes boat ride away. In the backdrop of the 17th century built, Fort Martello, rare trees like Black Wood trees, Sentigi trees, mangrove and more, and floating cottages, Pulau Bihadari makes one of the most enticing destinations for unwinding.

  1. Pulau Ayer

Address: Anyer, Jl. K.H. Samanhudi No. 47-49, Pulau Untung Jawa, Kabupaten Kepulauan Seribu, Daerah Khusus Ibukota Jakarta, Indonesia

Coordinates: 6.0045° S, 106.7816° E

The perfect gateway for family or group outings, the Pulau Ayer island is just 25 minutes from Maria Ancol. The resorts on this island offer two types of accommodation. Firstly, the floating cottages, and secondly, the land villas. The best part is it offers several amenities like arcade zone, restaurants, sports field, huge swimming pools, playground, and karaoke.

  1. Pulau Onrust

Address: Pulau Onrust, Jakarta, Indonesia

Coordinates: 6.0333° S, 106.7333° E

The historical Dutch fortress lays hidden in the small island of Onrust. It now serves as the Museum that highlights the remains of Dutch from the majestic times. Since 1800, this island has functioned as differently like sometimes a shipyard of the Dutch East India Company or at times a weather station, sometimes a Hajj quarantine or at times even functioned as a prison for notorious criminals. With the various roles functioned, this island has several traces of history. It is believed that the word Onrust came from the Dutch word unrest.

  1. Pulau Tidung

Address: South Kepulauan Seribu, Kepulauan Seribu Regency, Jakarta, Indonesia

Coordinates: 5.8032° S, 106.5238° E

Famous for its 800 meters Love bridge, also called Jembatan Cinta, Pulau Tidung is a beautiful destination for the weekend. The Love Bridge is a symbol of hope and believed that true love can be found along this path. It connects the small and the large Tidung. It is a great place to take a diving shot directly into the crystal clear ocean.

  1. Pulau Pari

Address: Pari Island, South Kepulauan Seribu, Kepulauan Seribu Regency, Jakarta, Indonesia

Coordinates: 5.8575° S, 106.6181° E

Pulau Pari, the most flourishing place in the Thousand Islands is located in the closest proximity to the Marina Ancol and yet fully maintains the island essence. The peaceful white beach and the small waves make Pulau Pari, a soothing destination to be in. If you are in this region, do not miss the magical sunrise or sunset points namely, Sun Hill or Bukit Matahari. You may also hop into the traditional fishing boat to island voyage.

  1. Pulau Pramuka

Address: Panggang Island, North Kepulauan Seribu, Kepulauan Seribu Regency, Jakarta, Indonesia

Coordinates: 5.7460° S, 106.6137° E

Located in the midpoint of Thousand Islands, Pulau Pramuka is the administrative center of Kepulauan Seribu. Pulau Pramuka is the nature reserve for Eretmochelys imbricate. These are the greenback turtles that are well-maintained, looked after, and sheltered in this natural home. You may also try underwater adventures to witness the colorful fishes and coral reefs in this island.

  1. Pulau Sepa

Address: Kepulauan Seribu Regency, Jakarta, Indonesia

Coordinates: 5.5763° S, 106.5819° E

Pulau Sepa is at one and a half hours distance from Marina Ancol’s Pier 19. It is 7 hectares wide with a mesmerizing shoreline. You may enjoy several water sports like snorkeling, jet skiing, diving, and banana boating, apart from simple sunbathing.

  1. Pulau Pelangi

Address: Kasu, Belakang Padang, Batam City, Riau Islands, Indonesia

Coordinates: 1.0531° N, 103.8147° E

Nestled amongst the coconut trees and shady greeneries all around, the Pulau Pelangi island is located at a distance of 70 km from the Marina Ancol. Enjoy the underwater garden in the submarine boat, Alaska or try out snorkeling in the crystal clear water, you will love it every bit.

  1. Pulau Macan

Address: Pulau Harapan, Kepulauan Seribu Utara, Kabupaten Kepulauan Seribu, Daerah Khusus Ibukota Jakarta 14540, Indonesia

Coordinates: 5.5984° S, 106.5498° E

Ideal for the honeymooners, the Pulau Macan island is an eco-tourism hub with lovely romantic huts, giving you a feel of the secluded island. You may enjoy watersports like canoeing, snorkeling, windsurfing, or diving. It is located at a distance of 1.5 hours from the Marina Ancol.

  1. Pulau Putri

Address: Harapan Island, North Kepulauan Seribu, Kepulauan Seribu Regency, Jakarta 14540, Indonesia

Coordinates: 5.5939° S, 106.5602° E

From glass bottom boats to watersports and more, Pulau Putri leaves you spoilt with a range of choices. It is the furthest island from the Jakarta city and takes around 3 hours from the Marina Ancol.

You get speed boats from Marina Ancol to reach all the islands. Ancol, itself has several attractions like Dufan theme parks, exhilarating rides, Atlantis Waterboom, and more. For island hopping, the resorts have boat renting facilities. Explore and enjoy!