Off the coast of North Jakarta lies a group of over 100 islands referred to as the Thousand Islands or Kepulauan Seribu. Holding a small population of 13,000 inhabitants, the islands are one of the top tourist destinations in this part of Jakarta. People go here to enjoy the pristine beaches and to marvel at the beautiful underwater scenes through snorkeling and diving. Most of the islands are owned by private individuals and have been converted into resorts, although some remain virgin and uninhabited.
Forty-four of the Kepulauan Seribu are part of the Thousand Islands National Park. Two of these – Panjaliran Timur and Panjaliran Barat – are not open to visitors. These areas are protected because they are sea turtle conservation sites. [Read more…]