Well Karimunjawa is pretty and all, and it goes without saying that visiting in the less crowded rainy season may net you a bargain or two.
But in Karimunjawa it may not always be the case. In the December-February period every year (this year included) the weather will not be the most pleasant. Every year there will be news of people getting stuck in the island longer than they intend to because of the high seas. When the waves are too high, ships from both Semarang and Jepara may stop operating altogether. So, it is prudent to check the weather and the sea's status with the ship operator periodically. In the past, foreign and domestic tourists alike have experienced these woes, forced to stay in the islands a few days to two weeks longer than intended. I, too, have experienced this to a lesser scale last year, when my fast boat trip from Semarang was cancelled on the day itself. Lucky me it happened before I set foot on the islands.
|The simple 'terminal' at Karimunjawa|
|Dewadaru Airport Runway|
That is until a scheduled flight gets into the Dewadaru airstrip more regularly. But will this be good or bad for the delicate environment in Karimunjawa? Will hoardes of tourists visit (and maybe ruin) it? That would be another story to ponder..