Kepulauan Seribu: The Maldives of Indonesia

If you’re from Indonesia, you might already know about the exixtence of the Thousand Island, or as we call them Kepulauan Seribu or Pulau Seribu. But, for those of you who are less familiar, the Thousand Islands or Pulau Seribu are a chain of islands, big and small, to the north of Jakarta’s coast. It consists of a string of over 300 islands, stretching 45 km north into the Java Sea at West Jakarta Bay and, in fact, north of Banten Province.


Kepulauan Seribu is one of the most famous marine tourism sites in Indonesia with 342 reef platforms, 110 of them forming an island larger than half an acre. There may be as many as 700 individual reefs in the complex. Aside from the sea life, most coastal areas are surrounded by mangrove forest, where monitor lizards, golden ring snakes and reticulated pythons can be found.


Out of all 342 islands, only 36 of them can be used for recreational purposes because only 13 islands are fully developed, which 11 of them are homes to resorts and two islands are used as historical parks, 23 are privately owned, which means are not open to the public, and the rest of the islands are either uninhabited or are supporting a fishing village. So, pretty much like the Maldives, right?


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