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					                               KARIMUN JAWA ISLANDS

Karimunjawa is and island chain stretching in a northwesternly direction 83 km from
Jepara. Central Java. This archipelago is a cluster of 27 island in the java sea. The
reefs are a mixture of fringing, barrier, and patch with bottom depths ranging from 15 to
40 meters.

Five of these islands are domestically inhabited and together with 22 others from the
four major zones; Zone I is the core sanctuary area and is out of bounds to all, Zone 2
is the wilderness area open to limited tourism, Zone 3 is the utilization area, Zone 4 is
the buffer zone.

For visitor to the Park, expect a very pleasant
welcome by the information staff, and an
exciting range of flora and fauna to discover
both above and below the water.The reefs
harboring 35 types of hard corals, sponges,
gorgonian, soft and red corals and an
amazing 240 plus variety of fish.

A special bonus for the interpid is wreck
diving at the island of Batu Kunci, Karang Kapal, Karang Ketel, and Batulawang. Best
time for weather is April to November with the rainy season peaking between December
and February.

Up to this date Karimunjawa has 12 dive sites. Most of the diving is done on the fringing
reefs around the islands, as well as submerged reefs, and shipwrecks. The sites are all
to the west of the main island

                               Facilities
                               The dive resorts is situated on the uninhabited island of
                               Menyawakan, measuring 19 hectares, in the Karimun
                               Jawa archipelago. By speed boat transfer from Jepara to
                               the resort about two and a half hours one-way or from
                               Semarang about 3 hours. With 5 VIP bungalows and 5
                               two room deluxe cottages, 15 rooms in all, and the resort
                               is very luxurious.