Location: Ujungbatu, Jepara District, Central Java.
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Talking about Jepara, of course, you will remember the tragedy of the sinking of KM Johnson at Perta Lomban on August 16, 2013 ago.
This ship accident was the first time that Jepara was sad and traumatized. Even though at that time Lomban tourism was the mainstay of this city.
As a result, tourist interest has dropped dramatically, most of them feel afraid if they cross and the boat they are on capsizes and then sinks.
Not only tourists, fishermen are also absent from fishing. Until now this incident still leaves a mystery unsolved.
It took a long time to revive the passion of tourists, which is why the local government has succeeded in attracting tourists again through incredibly beautiful tourist destinations.
So, if all this time Jepara is known as Karimunjawa which is very beautiful and charming, it still exists pearl Another equally beautiful name is Pulau Panjang.
The island is located in the Ujung Batu Village, Jepara District, Central Java.
Panjang Island is directly adjacent to the Java Sea to the east while the south and west is bordered by Jepara and to the north it is bordered by Karimunjawa.
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Unlike Karimunjawa, which is widely known, Pulau Panjang has yet to hear an echo so that not many tourists come to just enjoy its natural beauty.
No wonder that Pulau Panjang is still known as Virgin Island and one of the hidden paradises with panoramic views so breathtaking.
History of Pulau Panjang in Jepara City
Before tasting the paradise on earth that is served on Panjang Island, it’s good to know a little about the history of this island.
Panjang Island was discovered by a Sheikh named Abu Bakr Bin Yahya Ba’alawy. He is known as a propagator of Islam, especially in Jepara.
Not surprisingly, after the death of Sheikh Abu Bakr bin Yahya Ba’alawy was buried on Panjang Island.
Because of the large number of people who come for pilgrimages, the tomb area is equipped with a mosque, a pavilion and a bathroom.
This is done so that pilgrims will be more comfortable and special when praying for the deceased.
The beauty of Panjang Island
Being on Panjang Island, you will feel a different sensation. The air is so clean, the atmosphere is very beautiful.
Understandably, on this island there are tropical forests that are not that big, but are overgrown by dense and shady trees.
There are many types of trees planted here, but the ones that dominate the most are the randu, tamarind, dadap and hundreds of year old pine trees in the east.
This area is also suitable for night exploration to enjoy the natural atmosphere that is so quiet and lonely.
You could say this area is suitable for you lovers tracking and challenges. The terrain is not heavy so it is safe for beginners, plus it is paving block which makes it easier for tourists.
You will not feel hours of time when you are busy exploring the beauty of Panjang Island.
Panjang Island also has a beach with beautiful and soft white sand when stepped on.
The waves rolled casually as if they were lazy to reach the shoreline. Here you can play water with satisfaction and can even swim because the waves are friendly.
Not only that, there are other activities that are no less fun to be sure to play watersport like diving as well snorkeling. If you are bored, you can play by canoe to enjoy the beauty of the beach on Pulau Panjang.
Here you don’t have to worry about your skin getting sunburned because there are lots of shady trees standing strong to take shelter.
Not only that, there is also a simple rest area with tiled roofs with wooden chairs that are quite comfortable to use.
The water is so clear that you can see the enchanting underwater world from above.
Even though you don’t dive, you can also see the beauty of the coral reefs which are excellent in this place.
If you are bored, you can lie back and enjoy the natural scenery, accompanied by the waves and the breeze. The cool air contrasts with the scorching sun.
Look at the beauty along the coast where there are shade trees whose roots drop into the sea.
It is so beautiful that even so many tourists who deliberately take photos here to share on their social media pages such as facebook, twitter and Instagram.
Wait until the sun goes down because this moment is very special. The color that glowed golden in the sky was very beautiful. It feels like you are no longer setting foot on the ground.
With the tomb of Sheikh Abu Bakan bin Yahya Ba’alawy you can also do religious tourism.
It would be better to come to visit when the month of Muharam arrives because the atmosphere is so crowded with pilgrims from various regions both around Jepara and outside the city such as from Bandung, Serang Banten, Thousand Islands and also Bogor.
There are even pilgrims who come from outside the island of Java such as groups from Pasaman, Batam, Lampung and East Kalimantan.
Unfortunately, the beauty of Panjang Island is incomplete because there are no qualified public facilities such as lodging or hotels.
Thus, tourists who want to spend more time on this island must bite their fingers because they cannot spend the night.
However, if you really want to spend the whole night in this place tourists are also allowed to roll out tents. Great fun doing camping in open space, at one with nature.
While lying down try to hear and feel the sound of nature at night with the stars scattered in the sky decorated with crashing waves that break the silence.
If you are with friends, try to brighten up the atmosphere by playing the guitar while singing or dancing around the campfire which warms the body from the cold of the wind.
Spend your evening partying barbeques while waiting for the sun to appear on the eastern horizon.
Don’t miss this moment because its beauty is so amazing, it makes you chuckle.
Although there are no inns, you don’t need to worry because there are public toilets that can be used to clean yourself.
There are also mosques and cafeteria and blessed water, which is said to be believed to bring health and safety according to myth.
In addition, there are grave guards so that you are not really alone when visiting Panjang Island.
However, when you set foot here, you must be able to maintain ethics by not littering so that the beauty and cleanliness of Panjang Island is maintained.
Don’t let the natural wealth given by God the deer in the hands of irresponsible humans.
It would be better as long as your camping is completely off the hook gadget, the sensation must have felt as if it really were back to nature.
Just enjoy the day without gadget and the little things. Feel the sensation of going back to the time before technology mastered aspects of human life and made everything easy.
Route to the location
Panjang Island is actually located about 2.5 km away from West Kartini Beach. If from the city of Semarang the distance traveled is 75.8 km.
The location is also easy to access and find because to reach Panjang Island you have to cross through Kartini Beach, Prawean Beach or Bandengan Beach.
The routes that you can take to get to Panjang Island are as follows:
Route to Kartini Beach from Jepara Bus Terminal: Southeast direction-Jalan MT Haryono-Turn Right-Turn Right onto Jalan A. E Suryani-Straight-Turn Left-Jalan Pelabuhan Kartini-Turn Left-Pantai Jepara.
Route to Bandengan Beach from Jepara Bus Terminal: Northwest direction – Jepara Bird Market Street – Turn Right – Stay on Jalan Pasar Burung Jepara – Turn left to Jalan Cik Lanang – Turn right onto Jalan CT Winarso-alan continue to Jembaran Cinta – Turn left to Jalan Tirto Samudro – Pantai Bandengan.
Meanwhile, for those of you who come from outside the city, there are several routes that can be used to arrive in Jepara, including:
Route from Semarang: Jalan Durian Barat-Jalan Soldier Students-Jalan Toll Tanjungmas-Srondol-Jalan Kudus-Semarang-Jalan Raya Tuban-Semarang-Jalan Raya Dema-Wlasi-Jalan Raya Wongga-Jalan Demak-Wongga-Jalan Jepara-Kudus-Jepara.
Routes from Yogyakarta: Hayam Wuruk Street – Pakungingratan Street – Magelang-Purworejo Street – Semarang-Yogyakarta Street – Yogyakarta-Magelang Street in Sendangadi – Magelang Street – Candimulyo Street – Magelang-Kopeng Street – Salatiga Street – Salatiga South Ring Road.
Then continue on to the Ungaran-Bawen Toll Road – Tembalang-Ungaran Toll Road – Tanjungmas-Srondol Toll Road – Kudus-Semarang Road – Demak-Welah Highway – Wagian Highway – Jepara.
Route from Serang Banten: Jalan Raya Mancak – Jalan Takari – Jalan Pantura – Jalan Merak-Jakarta – Tangerang-Merak Toll Road – Jakarta-Cikampek Toll Road – Cikopo-Palimanan Toll Road – Jalan Gajah Mada – Jalan Pantura – Jepara.
Before entering Panjang Island, you have to pay a retribution fee of 13,000 rupiah per person if you depart from the Kartini Beach Pier.
It’s different if you depart from the Bandengan Beach Pier, you only need to pay 10 thousand rupiahs, but unfortunately each visitor is only given 1 hour.
Each wooden ship can carry about 10 to 15 people. The travel time is short, only 15 minutes.
Meanwhile, for those of you who have more funds and come in groups, you can rent a fishing boat.
The average rental fee is 100 to 200 thousand rupiah depending on the agreement. Also prepare a map or floor plan and a compass to make your trip easier.
Price of admission
The entrance fee to Panjang Island is only 5000 rupiah per person. Friendly prices to enjoy incomparable beauty.
If you have enough funds, there is nothing wrong with traveling to Pulau Panjang, which is in Bangka, to see how turtles lay their eggs.
With the beauty of tourist destinations in Indonesia from Sabang to Merauke, it is hoped that it will be able to attract tourists in Southeast Asia, especially to surpass Thalaind, who is still in the top position in 2020.