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Jakarta Post

Affordable ride to Thousand Islands from Jakarta

Mon, December 23, 2019   /   05:36 pm
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    The Sabuk Nusantara 66 approaches the docks of Pulau Pramuka in Thousand Islands regency. The ferry stops at only three of the regency's islands, namely Untung Jawa, Pramuka and Kelapa. JP/Rosa Panggabean

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    Ferry attendants check passengers' data prior to boarding the ferry. JP/Rosa Panggabean

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    A ferry passenger views Jakarta's skyscrapers. JP/Rosa Panggabean

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    The Sabuk Nusantara 66 is part of the tol laut (sea toll) policy. JP/Rosa Panggabean

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    The ferry carries locals from Thousand Islands regency to Jakarta. JP/Rosa Panggabean

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    A passenger relaxes on the ferry while using his cell phone. JP/Rosa Panggabean

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    Beds are available for passengers to rest on the ferry ride to Thousand Islands regency. JP/Rosa Panggabean

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    Attendants help unload a motorcycle from the ferry at Pulau Pramuka docks. JP/Rosa Panggabean

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    The anchor is raised as the ferry leaves the port to continue its journey. JP/Rosa Panggabean

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Since 2017, the Sabuk Nusantara 66 ferry has been helping travelers reach the Thousand Islands regency from Jakarta.

The ferry operates three times a week, departing every Monday, Wednesday and Saturday at 8 a.m. from Sunda Kelapa Port. With tickets priced at Rp 15,000 (US$1.07) per person, it helps local residents and tourists travel to and from the capital easily and affordably.

Equipped with both seats and beds, the ferry can accommodate up to 150 passengers. It also boasts air conditioning and power sockets to allow travelers to charge their devices.

Compared to other ferries that carry passengers from Kaliadem Port or even Marina Ancol Jakarta Port, the ferry, operated by state-owned PT Pelayaran Nasional Indonesia (Pelni), requires four hours to arrive at Pramuka Island, the administrative center of the Thousand Islands. However price-wise it remains the cheapest mode of travel compared to other ships that also transport locals and tourists to the regency.

Though not perfect, the Sabuk Nusantara 66 still serves as a reliable alternative for locals residents of the Thousand Islands. Many tourists can also be found using its services to indulge in island hopping during their vacation, which helps boost the local economy. (kes)