Pulau Seribu, Thousand Islands

About 2 weeks ago I had the chance to go to Pulau Seribu (Thousand Islands) nearby Jakarta to enjoy 3 days of refreshment – relaxing over freshly picked coconuts, suntanning and snorkeling on azure blue waters, fishing and exploring nearby islands. Great fun!

Pulau Seribu

I have to admit, I wasn’t expecting much as we head towards Pulau Seribu. Jakarta wasn’t exactly known for its cleanliness, and Pulau Seribu was simply an hour boat ride away. Surely its still too close for nature’s marine beauty to shine through and make good? This was reinforced as well with how our boat had to stop thrice on our way there to shake away the trashes that were stuck at the back of our machine.

I wasn’t too impressed either, once we reached the island where we were to stay. There were no sandy beaches, and the ocean side near the pier were filled with sea urchins, surely too dangerous a place for swimming.

Pulau Seribu

But the next day, I was pleasantly surprised to explore the surrounding islands. The name Thousand Islands were derived from the fact that there are so many small islands in the area, nowhere near a thousand, but quite a number. We went on our boat to fish, and we explored several sites for a few hours. After having quite a bounty (two baskets full of fishes and a small squid to boot as well), several of us decided to go for a swim in the open water, heading towards a nearby small island.

The corals near these smaller islands were very beautiful, and there are a variety of tiny fishes as well, noticeable only if you stay still for a moment and just float away. We spent the rest of the afternoon stranded in that small island, swimming and snorkeling, before our boat picked us back up. Back on the resort, we feasted on our bounty and rested the night away. The next day, we were eager to explore other islands, and this time we even ate fresh raw urchins right on site!

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About the Author. Nikolas Tjhin. A graphic and web designer in its previous incarnation, Nik’s journeyman career has seen him do work for various creative studios in Wisconsin, Minneapolis, Singapore and Jakarta. Now, he’s settled down for the time being and focusing his efforts as the editor of an Asia travel zine, Unearthing Asia.


9 Comments on "Pulau Seribu, Thousand Islands"

  1. Beth Whitman on Fri, 15th May 2009 3:27 pm 

    Your photos always make me jealous. I want to hop on a flight to the SE Asian tropics immediately!

  2. Nik on Fri, 15th May 2009 5:17 pm 

    Heya Beth, =) We can always switch places! Nepal and Tibet are HIGH on my list of places to visit!!

  3. Tim on Fri, 15th May 2009 5:23 pm 

    Seafood, Octopus, and gorgeuos landscapes! Whats not to love

  4. Lorraine on Fri, 15th May 2009 6:01 pm 

    That eye on the squid is pretty remarkable. Very interesting photographs!

  5. Nik on Fri, 15th May 2009 6:03 pm 

    Thanks Tim, Lorraine =) A few brave souls ate small parts of that squid raw.. they said it tasted sweet actually.. hmm.. and right after we caught him with our net it squirted black inks! Didn’t get the chance to capture that in a photo tho..

  6. Heather on her travels on Fri, 15th May 2009 7:16 pm 

    Those sea urchins are beautiful to look at when snorkling but not ideal in shallow water when you may tread on them

  7. marina villatoro on Fri, 15th May 2009 7:49 pm 

    What great pictures. I’m not a fan of dead sealife, but you definitely captured it well:)

    You know what’s funny, there is a thousand island strip on the border of New York and Canada. I was there, and when I first read your title and looked at the photos, I was like, this doesn’t look anything like that place, it must have changed over the past 15 years:)

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  8. Dominique on Sun, 17th May 2009 7:20 pm 

    I’ve had a lot of seafood, but I’ve yet to try sea urchin. Beautiful water views and fresh seafood…I’m with Tim. What’s not to love? :}

  9. Langit Biru Adventure on Thu, 3rd Jun 2010 8:15 am 

    Would like to visit P 1000 while you’re in Indonesia? we can help! Check our web, and just contact us! =D

    p.s: sea urchin is good….=D

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