The Jakarta Post
A wharf at Pramuka Island, Thousand Islands regency, Jakarta. (Wikimedia Commons/Amelia Samulo)
Tourist activities in Jakarta's Thousand Islands regency are still running as normal, unaffected by the recent oil leak from state energy giant Pertamina’s Offshore North West Java (ONWJ) Block.
Previously, the oil leak was reported to have contaminated seven islands in the regency and caused several of its beach tourist attractions to close.
When contacted by The Jakarta Post on Thursday afternoon, representatives of three local travel agencies, namely Nusa Tour, Maritim Tours and Indonusa Tour & Travel, stated that tourist activities in the area were running as usual.
"[The situation] is safe. [I recently] snorkeled and didn't find any contamination," said Rama from Indonusa Tour & Travel via messaging service.
As reported by kompas.com on Friday, Thousand Islands Regent Husein Murad said the oil spill had contaminated seven islands in the regency, namely Untung Jawa Island, Bidadari Island, Ayer Island, Rambut Island, Bokor Island, Damar Island and Lancang Island.
"The islands closest to Jakarta [are the ones most affected by the oil spill]. You cannot snorkel or do other watersports activities there," said Rama.
However, Rama said tourist business in the Thousand Islands regency itself was unaffected.
"We have seen no decrease in the number of tourists coming, nor in the number of activities conducted on the islands. There have been no complaints from visitors either," he added.