Pramuka Island

This is the home base for your island’s tour, an island inhabited with approximately 200 families; Pramuka Island is the centre of Thousand Island’s administrative office and also the centre of the Thousand Islands Marine National Park.

There are two ways to reach Pramuka Island, one route is from the Muara Angke port (Jakartans know this place as a fish market) and the other one is from Marina, Ancol. It is preferable to depart from Marina, Ancol, because they use boats with more comfortable seating and more importantly, there is a greater sense of safety using their boats. To and from Pramuka Island from Ancol Marina, you will use port number 21. First, buy your ticket at the Marina locket (port 22) which will cost you Rp35,000 (about US$3.50) per person. The boat leaves daily from marina at 8am, and from Pramuka Island at 1pm.

Usually there is a semi-cruise ship called “Lumba-Lumba” (dolphin) that will take you from Marina to the Pramuka Island but while I was there, it was broken. I was told that if we use the “Lumba-Lumba” the journey takes about two and a half hours and you can enjoy the lovely scenery from the upper level. Slow but sure. Because of the broken “Lumba-Lumba”, I had to use the Kerapu. This is a speeding bullet! The “Lumba-Lumba’s” lumbering two and half hours is incomparable to the Kerapu’s record of only one hour. The Kerapu can accommodate up to 28 people, with two seats in each row. I strongly suggest sitting at the middle or back rows to prevent seasickness. Also, since the machine’s roar can give you headache and it is hopeless to have a conversation with your friends, spend the one hour journey resting your eyes and imagining all the excitement waiting for you just minutes away. After a fifteen minutes ride, take a peek outside at some of the front islands such as Ayer and Bidadari. The sight of these islands along with traditional fishermen boats swaying peacefully to the groove of ocean’s melody will surely be a scene to remember.
Upon arrival, I am certain you will not believe you are still in an area allied with Jakarta, the big metropolis. The inhabitants who call themselves the ‘Orang Pulau’ (Island’s people) don’t seem to be affected by the hustle and bustle of Jakarta in the least! They live calmly mostly as fishermen, governmental officers, and produce decorative coral reefs in environmentally-friendly ways for export commodities, mostly to Europe and Japan. Arriving at the port, you will be greeted by the locals with a smile. You will also see kids playing football and others just casually cycling around the area. The dock is quite large and can accommodate more than ten fishermen’s boats in which to rest their anchors.

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