Boats From Jepara:
If you come by boat we recommend to get here from JEPARA. But first you should check the wave forecast !!! Here....
You should get a good 7 day forecast from Maritim BMKG about the conditions in the Java Sea. If there is some "dark-pink or even red waves" in the Java Sea and around Karimun Jawa, there will be definitely NO BOATS and no way to come to us.
FOR A COMPACT OVERVIEW ON "BOATS & PLANE" CLICK: .........here >click<
Boats: (..."SIGINJAI"- Ferry" or "Bahari Fast Boat")
"SIGINJAI"- Ferry: Jepara <-> Karimunjawa @ 6.45am / 4,5h
Jepara -> Karimunjawa: Monday, Wednesday, Friday PP (and back), Saturday
Karimunjawa -> Jepara: Tuesday, Thursday, Sunday @ 6.45am
For the "SIGINJAI"- Ferry, buy your tickets directly in the harbour of Jepara, on the day the boat leaves (Booking is usually not possible, but we might be able to help you (see below)* !!). Official Price starts from IDR 60.000 for "Economy Class". Be early (around 5.30am), especially in the high season !
Return- Tickets for the "SIGINJAI"- Ferry you must buy in Karimunjawa on the day the boat leaves !
"Express Boat Bahari 9c" (Fast-Boat): Jepara <-> Karimunjawa / 2,5h/ Official Price starting from IDR 150.000/ ticket.
Monday: Jepara -> Karimunjawa PP (and back)
Tuesday: Jepara -> Karimunjawa
Wdnsd: Karimunjawa -> Jepara
Friday: Jepara -> Karimunjawa
Saturday: Karimunjawa -> Jepara PP (and back)
Sunday: Karimunjawa -> Jepara
For FAST BOAT buy your tickets directly in the harbour or better try to contact their office !
Jepara Office "Express Bahari":
Phone: 0291 592 999 ( 8.00- 16.00 )
Fax: 0291 595 195
Address: Jl. AE. Suryano No.41 (around 500m away from the harbour !!!)
BOAT TICKETS: We can help you get your Boat Tickets !!!
Even it is in the interest of the Ayu Hotel, that guests are able to organise tickets themselves (therefore we try to give you complete instructions on how to do that), most of the times the officals can not help you with 'Boat Tickets'.
For a small agent- and handling fee of usually around IDR 25.000/ ticket on top of the ticket price we will be able to help you. By whatsapp +6281327490558 you will get in touch with "Eryl", owner of Ayuhotel. She will be able to organise you tickets for "Bahari 9c" for the amount of 15 USD/ ticket (Executive Class/ one way), including agent fee. And you will be asked to pay upfront via paypal.
"Siginjay Ferry" tickets* can also be organised. "Economy Class"- one way tickets will set you back 8 USD/ ticket and "VIP Tickets" are 10 USD/ ticket. Again, price aready including all fees and you will be asked to pay upfront via paypal !
EXTRA FEE: Be aware, that the authorities in Jepara will sell you some extra "Yellow Ticket" for the fee of IDR 25.000/person, when you are about to enter the boats leaving from Jepara. These have nothing to do with the ticket prices for the boats itself, but are based on a law and legal (to preserve Karimunjawa National Park) and therefore you simply have to pay if they show up with those tickets!
Tickets to go back from Karimunjawa, you can also buy/ organise yourself in Karimunjawa during your stay and they will still be available most of the times!
Spend a night in Jepara:
If you are planing to stay one or more nights in Jepara our top pick is
This property is rated for one of the best value in Jepara! The place is beautiful and the owners are very nice and will also take care of the transport to the harbour to get your boat!
You can also check out...
There are no taxis in Jepara! In the case you need to get around in Jepara or even further, we can recommend "Mr. Cab Driver" who speaks English quite well and offers a cool ride with aircon from A to B. He can also arrange a pickup in Semarang and bring you to Jepara. (HP +6281227447221)
From Singapore: (...take a plane to Semarang or Yogyakarta)
"Airfast Indonesia" (click) will fly SURABAYA to Karimunjawa (and back...). Prices a rather cheap and around IDR 350.000/person ! Online booking is NOT possible and since there is only 9 seats in the plane it is pretty hard to get a ticket, which can be usually only purchased directly at the airport of departure. We at Ayu Hotel are also not able to help you organise those tickets, at least in most cases.
Please keep in mind that the Airport in Karimunjawa is around 22km away from the city/ Ayu Hotel. At the airport are no taxis or other transportation awaialbel. A one way ride in a private car will set you back around IDR 400.000.
By "Kartini (Fast Boat)" from SEMARANG:
Price around IDR 150.000
Thursday: Semarang -> Karimunjawa (via Jepara)
Friday: Karimunjawa -> Semarang (via Jepara)
Saturday: Semarang -> Karimunjawa
Sunday: Karimunjawa -> Semarang
Office / Tickets:
Semarang, Dinas Perhubungan, Jl. Siliwangi 355–357;
phone: 024-704-000-10 or 024-760-4640
By car from SEMARANG TO JEPARA:
To go by car from Semarang to Jepara usually takes around 2-3 hours and you can choose between a couple of options..
Option One: Take a "Travel Service". That is small minibuses. The price from Semarang to Jepara is usually around IDR 60.000 and we can recommend "DAYTRANS". You can find the Semarang Office in "Jalan Jend Sudriman No.103 Karangau" or call: 024-7604192. Latley our guest also reported some good experience while using the UBER app.
Option Two: Take a bus at the "terminal bis" (Terboyo Bus Terminal) in Semarang. There are several buses every day that connect Semarang and Jepara. Cheapest way, but be aware of Pickpockets and other thieves !
Option Three: Take a taxi and arrange a price upfront (...usually around IDR 400.000). That really makes sense if you are more people and you can split costs and it is probably the easiest way to get from Semarang to Jepara. Again, ask to get directly to "pelabuhan Jepara" (harbor) if you are about to take the boat.
Your best bet is again to contact Daytrans at Jl MT. Haryono No.1 by phone (0274-385990) and make a reservation from Yogya to Jepara. There is a bus every day at 23.00 directly from the daytrans office in Yogya and it will bring you to the harbour in Jepara at around four o'clock the next morning, where you can catch a boat to Karimun Island. (Price around IDR 150.000/ person and here is a map to find their office >click< !!!)
DAYTRANS will also offer a shuttle bus from Jepara to Yogyakarta at 3pm every day. Their office is located at "Jalan Letjend No. 35, Jepara". To make an reservation call: 0291-3326868
In Yogyakarta you will also find a Authorised Money Changer, that will give you good rates on your foreign cash.
It is located next to the "Inna Garuda Hotel" at Jl. Mallioboro No. 60, Yogyakarta.
To Bromo and/or Bali
We will help you how to get there once you are at Ayu Hotel.
For everthing else....
Regarding travel in or around JAVA, you will find some good information on
Last not least...
Also, we suggest to our guest to buy an Indonesia Sim Card (Telkomsel or Simpati), which can be bought on pretty much every corner in Indonesia for next to nothing. Please directly ask the seller to activate the card (aktivasi sim) and buy IDR 20.000 credit (beli pulsa dua puluh Ribu Rupiah). With your Indonesian number we are able to support you on the way to us and once you are here (for example on a day out with a scooter that you can rent at Ayuhotel). Our phone number / whatsapp:+62 81 327 490 558