Monyet Island in Thousand Islands Regency, Jakarta
Damar Island is quite familiar to tourists. It is part of “Kepulauan Seribu”, after all. Here is the thing. There are Big and Small Damar. Commonly, travelers choose the big one for a vacation retreat. The thing is you can also enjoy a wonderful experience in Small Damar Island. Another name is Monyet Isle. Monyet means “Monkey”. No wonder, you may encounter some crab-eating macaques. Apart from those primates, many types of fishes are common there. It feels like an animal conservation. However, those monkeys live freely on the island.
In terms of nuance, Monyet Island emits a peaceful atmosphere. Thanks to its calm water and shady trees. For those who want to relax, the island can be a perfect place to visit. One thing, it lacks of a pier. Your boat should dock from afar. In the beach, there are several trees. Some of them have the color of green. The rest are brown. It feels like autumn! In the midst of the island, you can find a forest. It is the home of monkeys and other small creatures. Some of them are naughty, so you need to be prepared.
Exploring Monyet Island
The first thing to do is fishing. Monkey Island is a favorite fishing spot, especially among Jakarta people. There are various fishes, so you should catch one of all kinds. Still, the most popular one is mackerel. The island is unpopulated, so it gives a peaceful nuance. Isn’t it great for fishing? Some items you should have prepared are a fishing rod, baits, bottled water, an umbrella, a flexible chair, etc. The best part is there’s no fee at all. Visitors can fish freely! You only need to pay the boat fee to reach the island.
If you are visiting Monkey Island, make sure to enjoy fishing. The island isn’t only about sightseeing. It is because those coral fishes are available. You only need to find a good spot to catch them. When it comes to the best time to fish, it is before 2 pm. Why is that? The waves are quite strong at that time. As the result, it will be hard to catch those fishes. The peak is in afternoon, it seems impossible to find any fishes.
Another popular activity in Monkey Island is sailing. People in Jakarta often love to sail and visit nearby islands. “Kepulauan Seribu” is indeed an interesting destination. Damar Kecil Island is not an exception. You should talk to your tour agent, as they can arrange such trip for you. One thing, it is going to be an expensive journey. You will spend more than you may expect. Thus, make sure to prepare much money prior to visiting the island.
- Nyamuk Island
- Air Island
How to Get There
Monkey Island is easy to reach. You have two options, actually. First, you can depart from Muara Angke. The trip takes about 3-4 hours. It is considered a long trip indeed. No wonder, you are using a traditional boat. For a better and faster transportation, there is another option to reach Damar Kecil Island. It is in Marina Ancol. That means you are going to use a speedboat.
Where to Stay
- Ozone Hotel
- FM7 Resort