Boats ! (From Jepara and Semarang):
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.
HERE ARE THE BOATS...(IMPORTANT: The schedules below may change any time !!! Please contact the boat company for details and the latest schedule.)
"SIGINJAI"- Ferry: Jepara <-> Karimunjawa @ 6.45am / 4,5h
Jepara @ 6.45am -> Karimunjawa: Monday, Wednesday, Thursday PP* and Friday PP* (PP* = come and go back/ same day), Saturday
Karimunjawa @ 6.45am -> Jepara: Tuesday, Sunday
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 around IDR 95.000 for "Economy Class". Be early (around 5.00am), 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" (Fast-Boat): Jepara <-> Karimunjawa / 2,5h/ Official Price starting around IDR 170.000/ ticket.
For the FAST BOAT it is recommended to pre- order the tickets. For a precise schedule and prices, please contact us by whatsapp (number below) or check their website:
or contact the office.
Jepara Office "Express Bahari":
Phone: 0813-50679768 or 0823-26260343
Semarang Office "Express Bahari":
Phone: 0813-50679767 or 0859-50424411
"PELNI BOAT"- From SEMARANG there is also the "PELNI boat" departing on Friday night and go back on Sundays. For information, please visit their website: https://www.pelni.co.id
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 time!
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 typically 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.
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. Or again, use GRAB (click).
Spend a night in Jepara:
If you are planing to stay one or more nights in Jepara, we received good feedbacks for...
- "SYAILENDRA HOTEL"
- "GECHO INN"
- "JEPARA MARINA BEACH BUNGALOWS"
- "THE SRIYA"
Flights from Semarang:
-Wings Air- will fly you to/ from Karimunjawa in around 40 min. Bookings can be made via Traveloka, and it is usually the best option, especially for foreigners, since you can use your credit card!
...or visit their website:
They also provide a call center:
(+ 62 80) 4177 8899
(+ 62 21) 6379 8000
IMPORTANT: Please keep in mind that the Airport in Karimunjawa is around 22 km away from the city/ Ayu Hotel. At the airport are no taxis or other transportation available, at least until now. A one way ride in a private car will set you back around IDR 300.000.
From Singapore: (...take a plane to Semarang or Yogyakarta)
Your best bet is again to contact Daytrans by phone (0274-385990) or even better go straight to their office at Jl MT. Haryono No. 1 , and make a reservation from Yogya to Jepara. Or here is some more information:
There is a bus every day at 23.00 directly from the daytrans office in Yogya and it will bring you to the harbor 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.)
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 reservations, call: 0291-3326868
In Yogyakarta you will also find a Authorized 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.
Get around on Java Island...
Lately, our guest reported some good experience while using the web-based "Grab Taxi" service to get from A to B on Java Island. For the app press here: GRAB (click).
To Bromo and/or Bali:
We will help you how to get there once you are at Ayu Hotel.
For everything else....
Regarding travel in or around JAVA, you will find some good information on the JAWA TRAVEL FORUM >click<