Pulau Perak – Silver Island: Cheap, Charming and Close

A lot of tourists visiting Pulau Perak just to catch the sunset

A lot of tourists visiting Pulau Perak just to catch the sunset

Actually it shouldn’t be translated in letter lux way since the name of the travel object to be shared in this post is Pulau Perak (Pulau = Island; Perak = Silver). I was invited by a group of friends from Aku Cinta Indonesia program class 2011 to join the one night trip. Since I haven’t had a vacation for a while, I join them without too much consideration. 21 September 2013 was the date of our journey to one of the most amazing island near Jakarta.

Pulau Perak is included in Kepulauan Seribu. First, we should go by public wood boat (called Harapan Express) from Muara Angke, North Jakarta to Pulau Harapan for 3 hours with a regular tariff of Rp 40.000/passenger. Upon arrival at Pulau Harapan dock, it’d be better to use a ‘becak’ for Rp 15.000/2 persons/way to Pulau Kelapa since the distance is fairly far (20 minutes walk).

Our voyage to Pulau Perak using a small wood motor boat

Our voyage to Pulau Perak using a small wood motor boat

From Pulau Kelapa, we have to charter a 15-capacity wood motor boat to continue the voyage to Pulau Perak for approx. an hour. We chartered it from a local guide, named Pak Bob (087781660853). The charter costed us Rp 350.000/day. Prior to sailing, we served a decent lunch at his house for Rp 25.000/person.

The Camp

The Camp

It is a non-accomodation small island therefore to stay overnight, a proper camp should be build. If you want to build a camp, don’t forget to pay a retribution to the island keeper a sum of Rp 150.000/group.

There is no bathroom nor toilet available there. Nevertheless, we could still take a basic rinse at a well inside the island. Beware of the slippery footpath and the black out darkness (no lighting at all at night).

Warungs which sell instant noodle, fresh coconut and fried banana

Warungs which sell instant noodle, fresh coconut and fried banana

Beside admiring the beauty of its white sand beach, we also swam a lot. Couldn’t do snorkeling because there is no live coral near the beach. Oh, don’t forget to prepare a lot of snacks since there are only two small instant noodle warung.

One side of Pulau Perak (another side is the dock)

One side of Pulau Perak (another side is the dock)

Pak Bob speared two fishes and grilled them for our dinner. A little tip, do not forget to bring an enough number of plates and spoons, also, please bring your own rice.

Birthday Surprise for Titiw, Regy and Umen

Birthday Surprise for Titiw, Regy and Umen

After doing some swimmings during afternoon, we started playing ‘Werewolf’ game using a pack of playing cards until forever. Not so long until we (especially Audrey and I, assisted by Suprie and Bram) gave a sweet surprise to each of our lovers, Regy and Titiw, respectively. Oh, almost forgot our beloved Umen! Eventhough, their birthdays have passed, we still intend to do a splendid thing for them. (Kept the cheesecake cool and avoid it from melting was one of a hell of great job!), well that was love anyway.

Sleep in serene

Sleep in serene

Entering the midnight, we started to sleep. Yes, we chose to sleep under the stars rather than inside the tent (we bulit three tents, btw). Thank God the rain didn’t coming that night!

SWIM SWIM SWIM

SWIM SWIM SWIM

After playing the ‘Werewolf’ (again and again but this time without using the playing cards because we played it on the sea), we took a bath and be prepared to leave the island. We called Pak Untung (081319551955) beforehand to reserve eleven seats at a Predator. It is a fast speed boat which can transport about 20 passengers or so from Pulau Pramuka to Pantai Marina Ancol in an hour. It costed us Rp 135.000/person/way.

Predator Speed Boat. Photo by http://ninetoursindonesia.wordpress.com/

Predator Speed Boat. Photo by http://ninetoursindonesia.wordpress.com/

Upon arrival at the Marina harbor, half of us then took a short walk to the Transjakarta Bus Terminal. Please be diligent, since there will be a very rare ‘ghost’ Transjakarta bus which has a route from Ancol to Harmoni although the bus’ main route from such terminal is Ancol – Pusat Grosir Cililitan.

All of the photos are credited to Farchan, Umen, Adra and Regy.

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