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5 off-beat Things to do in Jakarta

Most people come to Jakarta as a gateway to visit other part of Indonesia, or for business. Beyond the airport and Jakarta’s skyscraper, here are 5 reasons why Jakarta might worth stay for few nights, or maybe for a weekend holiday.

Run the Sudirman-Thamrin Road

Pack your running shoes on your next trip, and get prepared to run at 12 lanes road at the heart of Jakarta’s Central Business District. Every Sunday morning from 6 am to 12 pm, 6 of the lane are closed for carbon fuel burning vehicle. This part of road becomes heaven from runners to cyclist.

Dubbed as car free day, the program is aimed to provide a place for the people, in the scarcity of open space in Jakarta. People jog, rent or bring their own bicycle with families and friends. This is really the perfect time to see Jakarta’s urban outside their business attire.

Island Holiday, the Local Way

Pulau Pramuka, the central administration district of Pulau Seribu, will offer you a unique way of island holiday close to Jakarta. It has a pristine beach qualified for Scuba Diving or snorkeling. It also has a turtle conservatory. And best of all, it is not packed by tourist!

The cheapest way is to take the public transport boat from Muara Karang Fish Market, a bit packed in between commuters for 2 hours trip to the island. Then explore the island by food, walking along the common housing in front of white sand beach. Or rent a boat for a snorkeling trip around the islands.

Relive the Colonial Time

Long before car and motorcycle roams Jakarta (then Batavia), people travel by horse and bicycle. It might be hard to find a horse in Jakarta nowadays, but fortunately, you can still relive that time by renting a bicycle, complete with the helmet

At Museum Fatahillah around 3 pm line up bicycle rental. It is not the modern bike, but we call it ”sepeda onthel”, a well preserved from Dutch time some 100 years ago, complete with the helmet. For a small fee, a guide will take you around the port of Sunda Kelapa, still sailed by Phinisi Boat from Kalimantan and Sulawesi, then to the lighthouse nearby. Don’t forget to pose as a Dutch’s Meneer for a photograph, to envy your friend back home.

Modern Art Performance

Teater Salihara, Taman Ismail Marzuki, and Gedung Kesenian Jakarta regularly host modern art performance in Jakarta. The art performance range from theater performance, poetry reading, or musical art

For schedule and booking, you can visit their website.

Taste the Rich Indonesian Food

From Sabang to Merauke, it will take a lot of time of traveling to taste the real Indonesian Ethnic food. Fortunately, as many people from across the country migrate to Jakarta, they bring with them their ethnic food recipe

These ethnic foods are available as the street food stall as well as in a restaurant in a shopping mall. For a start, try Seulawah (Jl. Bendungan Hilir No. 9, phone: 5708660), serving spicy Acehnese food, and Karebosi (Jl. Bulevar Kelapa Gading Blok TA2/38, phone: 4520990), serving an ethnic ribs soup from South Sulawesi.

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Kepulauan Seribu, North Jakarta

Kepulauan Seribu (Direct Translation: Thousand Island) is group of small islands located around 45km North of Jakarta/Banten. The actual count of the island is not that much, around 180+ islands. The islands experience various developments, from an urban to world class Hotel.

Almost all of the resorts provide full range of water activity, like banana boat or Jet Ski. The nearest resort is Bidadari Island, located around 30 minutes from Marina Ancol by Speed Boat. According to my own experience, it is quite an old resort, although they have a beautiful white-sands beach, the room is not too nice. The food is also standard.

If you do Scuba Diving, The northern islands is your best bet. The best for Scuba Diving is Sepa Island, which provides full range of scuba diving facility. It is located around 2 hours from Marina Ancol. They also try to grow some unique creature from other part of Indonesia in their house reef, so that you might find some creature you won’t find elsewhere on the islands. Unfortunately, their accommodation is not quite good, due to lack of freshwater on the island.

Other upmarket resort, which I fully recommend is in Matahari Island, still around 2 hours from Marina Ancol. They provide good food, the best I’ve been eating in the islands, and also nice room. With only 15-30 minutes to Sepa Island I would recommend staying overnight in this island. It is also close to Papa Theo Island, the location of the famous Papa Theo Wreck.

Another island I’ve been is Kotok Island. I haven’t stay overnight in this island, and the diving is also rated second compared to Sepa and Matahari Island.

If you would like to backpacking, Pramuka Island could be your choice. As the administrative center of Kepulauan Seribu, you can get a nice room there for a fraction of price of the resorts. There are also nice Scuba Diving Sites around there, and you can just rent the villager’s boat.

Other Kepulauan Seribu Information:
Wikipedia (Indonesian Language): http://id.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kepulauan_Seribu
Jakarta Government Website: http://www.jakarta.go.id/en/pemerintahan/kotamadya/kepseribu/
Kapal Selam Diving Club: http://www.kapalselam.org/dive_site/thousand_island_pulau_seribu/