Exploring Underwater Of Pari Island

“Pari island’s western coasts include five smaller islands, namely: Gudus Island (Pulau Gudus), Middle Island (Pulau Tengah), Beautiful Bird Island (Pulau Burung Indah), Partnership Island (Pulau Kongsi) and Rat Island (Pulau Tikus).

The island-clustered lagoon that promises panoramic views is best explored by snorkeling or simply walking along the coasts of clean, white sandy beaches.”

One of the many little spots of paradise just a stone’s throw away from the bustling metropolitan capital, Jakarta, Pari Island is quite different from the more popular islands of  Pramuka and Tidung. Although not as popular a tourist destination, to a small community of “executive fishermen” it is one of the best fishing spots in the Thousand islands, otherwise known as Pulau Seribu. Tourists are sparse here, so if tranquility & peace is what you seek, you can be sure to find it here.

Pari island, Thousand islands
Pari island, Thousand islands (Source : brennenleigh.com)

You will never tire of the beach sceneries on Pari Island. Swimming, diving or even snorkeling to catch a glimpse of the pretty coral beneath the warm waters is not to be missed. Make your way to Pantai Pasir Perawan (or Virgin Beach, so named because the early pioneers here had to work very hard to open the route to get there the first time) and feel the warm white sand between your toes. Here the sea breeze blows warmly and sends mild waves along the shores for children and even grown-ups to have plenty of fun!

The virgin beach, Pari island
The virgin beach, Pari island (Source : ayobis.wordpress.com)

Volleyball and futsal fields are available on the beach including a bamboo shelter with seats, a rowboat for paddling along the coast, and rubber tubes to play with in the water. At sunset, enjoy ice-cold coconut water as the warm evening sea breeze caresses and refreshes you : a sure remedy for stress and a tired mind.

Soft white sand, lovely breeze, calm waves and gentle ripples will all make you want to linger a little longer to more fully partake of the beauty of this beach.

Have fun cycling along the scenic coasts, exchanging smiles with the islanders as you ride by. The population on Pari Island however, is less dense compared with Pramuka and Tidung Islands, and the environment pleasantly clean and tidy.

Besides the beaches and exploring underwater, you can also learn about and participate in seaweed cultivation. At the southern tip and to the west lies the Indonesian Institute of Sciences’ Oceanographic Development Centre (LIPI, Lembaga Ilmu Pengetahuan Indonesia). Here you may plant mangrove or ketapang trees, or explore the LIPI-owned laboratory for underwater research and marine life such as sharks, rayfish, seaweed and other varieties of animal and plant species found in the waters of Pari Island and its surroundings. Seaweed is the main commodity that is successfully cultivated in the waters around Pari Island today.

How the Island got its name:

The first family who fled Tangerang to escape forced labour for the Colonial Dutch, arrived on this remote uninhabited island and saw a large number of ray fish in the waters and thus, named their new home Pulau Pari or Rayfish Island.

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There are no hotels or resorts available. The homes of the island residents (homestay) is the only option here. There is electricity on the island now.

Pari Island’s main beach might not be flattering. But try the “Virgin Beach” (Pantai Pasir Perawan) for the sunrise and water fun.

BBQ on the beach on a breezy night is unforgettable. Other water activities you will want to schedule are : Snorkeling, playing on the long sandy beach, fishing, sightseeing by bicycle, see crab and coral rehabilitation, and seaweed cultivation. Snorkeling is allowed only near the dock — and even there the waves are quite big for this particular activity. Here, diving may be a better option.


Pari Island is not very large. Exploration may take about an hour or so. The road on the island is a neat and clean blend of rock and sand blocks. To get around, rent a bicycle from a vendor on the roadside for just  Rp 15,000 per hour or Rp 30,000  for the day.


Catch an International Flight to Jakarta’s Soekarno-Hatta International Airport from any city around the world.

From Jakarta to Pari Island in the Thousand Islands Archipelago, there are 3 ports of departure by sea to choose from :

  1. The shortest boat ride is from Muara Saban Cituis Port, Tangerang, with a travel time of approximately 1 to 1 ½ hours
  2. The longest boat ride is from Muara Angke Port by a wooden fishing boat with a capacity of 100 to 120 people, and takes about 1 ½ or 2 hours of travel. A Return Ticket costs about Rp. 60,000 to 70,000, –  Be there by 6:00a.m. to catch the first boat. The address: Muara Angke Port, Mandala Bahari Street, Pluit, Penjaringan, North Jakarta.
  3. There are only 2 departures from Marina Jaya, Ancol – at  08.00am and 12 noon. And returns at 14.00pm from Pari island. Sea Leader Marine Luxury Yacht charter provides rental in the Thousand Islands’ Marine National Park. Contact his office at Marina Port, Ancol.


Remember to bring mosquito repellent.

If you are someone who enjoys the outdoors like fishing, photography and nature, or just a secluded, relaxing and quiet atmosphere, then Pari Island is the place for you.

There are regulations that prohibit garbage entering the island from outside. Visitors to Pari Island are required to take with them any garbage accumulated during their visit here!  So be sure to bring with you a garbage bag or bags large enough to hold any default garbage.


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