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Jakarta Post

Better transportation brings winds of change to Karimunjawa

  • Stefanno Reinard Sulaiman

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Fri, August 10 2018   /  02:50 am

Major transportation upgrades in the last decade have seen Central Java’s Karimunjawa Islands transform from a secluded archipelago to a tourist favorite.After more frequent ferry services were provided by the government and private operators in 2009, locals have seen their seen their fortunes change, as more and more tourists begin visiting.Karimunjawa is a district only 9,000 people in Central Java that consists of 27 small islands in the Java Sea. The district can be reached by sea and air from Jepara and Semarang. One local, 31-year-old Koceng, who is a fisherman-cum-tour guide, said that before 2009, only two ferries traveled to and from the islands.One was a private express ferry from Semarang that had a capacity of 200 people and departed twice a week. The other was a state-operated ferry that traveled three times a week from Jepara and could carry 350 people. The ferries were a...