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Tidung Island: A Heavenly Destination

  • Mariani Dewi

    Contributor

Jakarta   /   Sun, August 14 2011   /  08:00 am

The bridge that connects Tidung Besar and Tidung Kecil Islands is picturesque, but need extra care and courage to cross.Crystal clear water, check. Clean sandy beach, check. Beautiful underwater world, check. Fresh air, check. Security, check. Fit for any budget, check. Tidung Island has almost every bit of paradise an island should have. It’s only that reaching there is rather challenging.The island is one of the hundred islands of Thousand Islands propping up from the Java Sea. It is merely some 20 kilometers north of Jakarta, making it a popular getaway for city dwellers.

As days always start early for islanders, it must start early for its eager visitors as well. The only ferry that connects the island and the city departs at 7 a.m. once a day.

“Please arrive by 6:30 a.m. sharp so that we won’t miss the boat,” the travel agent, from whom I bought a packag...