Review : Wisma Apung, Karimunjawa

Karimunjawa, an exotic island off the coast of Semarang. When I was in Karimunjawa mid this year, I choose to spend the night at Wisma Apung. What makes Wisma Apung different from other hotels in Karimunjawa is it’s a floating hotel.

wisma-apung-1

wisma-apung-2the place

Location

Located in the middle of the sea and it is surrounded by crystal clear waters. It is built in the calm waters in between the Menjangan Besar and Menjangan Kecil Island so it is safe from strong currents. In order to get in and out of there, a 5 minute boat ride is needed from the main island.

wisma-apung-3the rooms from the outside

wisma-apung-6view from back of the room

Room

The rooms here are very basic and small. There are only 4 A/C rooms available, the others are non-A/C rooms. Inside the rooms, you will only get a mattress, a plug point, a small table, a mirror and that’s it. Bathrooms are attached but it is very-very basic, just like a village house but cleanliness is still acceptable. The main thing that I do not agree about this place is the waste from the toilets going straight down to the sea.

wisma-apung-4very basic room

wisma-apung-5toilet is very small

Facilities

The main attraction of the place is it has a shark pool. There’s a few reef shark, a turtle, starfish and a few more fishes in the pool. Visitors are allowed to swim inside the shark pool. A small convenience store is available for guests to buy some chips or canned drinks. A boat service is available to take you to the main island during your stay and it only cost a small fee. The food served for dinner and breakfast was also delicious.

wisma-apung-7dinner served by them

wisma-apung-9the shark pool!

wisma-apung-10dare to swim with the sharks?

Staffs

The staff there doesn’t talk much during our stay there. One of them did helped us to get to the main island during the night to buy some souvenirs. They don’t speak perfect english but it’s enough to steer u during your visit there.

Overall

It’s a unique experience having to stay at a place like this. Rooms are very limited so make sure you book early. Go if you want a unique experience, stay away if you are looking for fancy and nice place to stay.

Contact for Wisma Apung Karimunjawa

Email Address : wismaapung@yahoo.co.id

**Also do check out my post on Karimunjawa here

Location

GPS Coordinate : -5.879677,110.42667

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13 Responses so far.

  1. Harus terjah ni. sangat menarikkk dowh! air laut sgt crystal clear! awesome!

  2. Jeff says:

    Haha, I’m actually interested in going to Karimunjawa next year for a day. Is it enough, to spend just a day on the island?

  3. Chawanna says:

    weh shark pool itu sangat inzal okeh! toilet nampak kecik, tapi cam bersih je..ye ke? Ah serius cantik!

  4. Wah saya pun sudah pergi bulan November 2012 haritu. Sambut raya ke-2 dekat sana. Dari Jogja naik bas 5 jam ke jeti Semarang, then naik feri yang sangat sangat menduga tekak dan mental selama 6 jam. Naik feri pukul 8AM, sampai dalam pukul 230PM. Saya pergi
    berdua dengan rakan, guna Pakej Beckpackers under Group Karimunjawa Backpakers, duduk dekat homestay, dengan backpackers yang lain. Facilitis include makan 3 kali sehari, snorkeling 3 tempat, dan melawat 6 pulau yang ada dekat keliling situ, orang2nya ramah tamah. Tenang je tinggal dekat sana. Giler jernih air laut sana. Sangat berbaloi untuk beckpackers. Duduk sana 3 hari 2 malam dekat sana. Total semua belanja start naik bas sampai balik naik feri cepat adalah RP900 ribu. Sangat berbaloi! Btw thanks for sharing this post, terkenang pulak tempat tu. eheh

  5. Here says:

    Wow the water looked so clear! Dont have tours to that location right?

    cant find any other information online!

  6. Zhaf says:

    awak yg dah pegi wisma apung ni, dorg provide towel tak?
    klo tak provide, nak bwk siap2 dari sini.

    Thanks!

  7. mass fattah says:

    terima kasih untuk artikel anda, dengan artikel anda, karimunjawa bisa lebih dikenal oleh seluruh orang di dunia.
    saya berasal dari karimunjawa, indonesia dan bangga akan hal itu.


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