Need a break from city life? Pulau Seribu (Thousand Islands) is perfect for a day trip or weekend getaway. Just a stone’s throw away from bustling Jakarta, you’ll be treated to palm-fringed islands, white sandy beaches, and clear blue waters.
Whether you’re seeking an adventurous experience, a quick getaway with your besties, or an intimate encounter with Mother Nature, Pulau Seribu is a wallet-friendly option for a quick break from the city. Admittedly, not all islands are created equal, so lucky for you, we filtered out the spots actually worth going to. Ahead, the Thousand Islands resorts to consider for your next trip. Off we go!
Historically one of the private getaways of the King of the Thousand Islands, Pulau Ayer is also one of the closest islands to the port of Marina Ancol at just a 20-minute boat ride away. Their famous floating villas are wallet-friendly – just imagine, you get a full board at less than IDR 1,000,000 per head! Besides sun and sea, there are also loads of fun activities on the island, as you can bike your way around the beaches, and try your hand at water sports like banana boat, jet ski, canoeing and fishing.
How to get there: Book directly at Pulau Ayer.
If you want to island hop the Thousand Islands, Pulau Harapan is great, wallet-friendly place to make your base. Once you’ve set up, you can easily take boats to nearby uninhabited lands like Pulau Kayu Angin Bira, Pulau Ayu Angin Genteng and Pulau Bulat – all reached after a short boat ride away.
How to get there: Join an open trip, available on Bobobobo.
Pulau H (H Island)
Referred to as the mini-Maldives of Indonesia, Pulau H is a formerly private luxury resort with stunning sandy beaches and row of luxurious villas. The name comes from the first letter of the island’s owner, Hengky Setiawan, who finally opened this slice of paradise to public in 2012. Spend your days lounging about on cosy hammocks strewn here and there, or if you fancy a little bit of adventure, take a ride around the island with jet-ski or golf car provided by the resort. Afterwards? Get stuffed with lavish dinner, enjoyed al fresco, of course!
How to get there: You need to know someone with an in as they are quite selective with visitors.
Even though Pulau Sepa is situated just a 2-hour boat ride away from the Ancol Marina, you’ll soon feel like you’re worlds away from Jakarta. The vivid blue sea surrounding the island meets gorgeous white sand where the best tropical vibes come to life. You’ll even get a little touch of wildlife with chirping birds and a couple of lizards that tend to stroll around the island. It’s also said that Sepa has the greatest under sea view of natural coral reef formations compared to other islands in the Thousand Islands.
How to get there: Book directly at Pulau Sepa.
Pulau Macan (Tiger Island)
Tiger Island Village and Eco Resort is just the place to relax and rejuvenate over the weekend. The stunning beachside retreat is only 1.5 hours by speedboat. Accommodation is simple but decent, and you’ll be in for some hearty homecooked meals and great company. The resort offers a great deck overlooking the crystal clear water so pick up a book or just daydream the weekend away. For something a little more strenuous, put on your fins and snorkel and explore the underwater world. Top off your day with a stunning sunset over the Java Sea, best viewed from the resort’s sunset hut.
How to get there: Book directly at Pulau Macan.
Taking a one day trip in Pulau Onrust means bringing many interesting pages on history book about Jakarta to life. You can’t stay on the island, however it is home to archaeological remains from the Dutch colonial period – perfect for when you want to take a break from anything touristy and enjoy the different shade of the city. Sail back home with more knowledge about the city and more pictures in front of the historical debris on site.
How to get there: If you’re staying at Pulau Bidadari, you can arrange a speed boat here.
Just a mere 30 minutes by speedboat and you’ll find yourself on Pulau Bidadari. Its close proximity to Jakarta makes it ideal for a day trip. Once you arrive, find yourself the perfect spot to soak in the sun and enjoy the view of the city skyline from a different angle. Note: Ferries leave from Marina Ancol at 11am and return from Bidadari at 6pm. Your ticket includes return ferry ride and lunch (simple Indonesian fare, buffet style). We recommend packing a picnic and bringing your own drinks.
How to get there: Book a package through Sheila Tour.