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How to get Sempu Island from Jakarta

Posted in Travel by avisoo on January 27, 2010

1. Jakarta – Malang

Start at Gambir train station-Jakarta’s mainline railway station. Take a train to Malang (Gajayana) for the price around 280.000 Rupiah (US $30). Train takes about 14 hours

Notes: You can go to Malang by plane if you want to save a much time (by plane takes 1 hour).

2. Malang Train Station – Gadang

City was calm but volumed. There’s alot of backpackers started they journey at front of the station. Take a blue minibus called angkot to Gadang. Pay 3.000 rupiah (US $0.33) to the driver (they stop at angkot station). It will takes 1 hour.

Notes: I’ve met a very smart curios youth. tricky question and witty. the driver willing to cheated in order to rob on us. crap. whatever you do, get the info as much as you can then act like an adventurer. not a tourist.

3. Gadang Angkot Station – Turen

Take minibus (old Hiace) to Turen. The minibus costs 5.000 Rupiah (US $0.50) per person , minibus takes about 2 hours. A driver will drop you at front of traditional market building at Turen.

4.  Turen – Sendang Biru beach

From Gadang you will drop at Turen. The last station connected to Sendang Biru beach. Halt for an hours, to filled the capacity. The minibus costs 15.000 Rupiah (US $1.50).  Angkot takes 3 hours.

Notes: Angkot Suzuki carry with 22 passengers? 10 for max ideal. speedy freak? edge of heights? un-stabil manouvers. nightmares. Don’t forget bring mineral water and snack at ur bag. Pray!

5. Sendang Biru beach – Sempu Island

Angkot dropped you at sendang biru beach. Take a boat to Sempu island, costs 100.000 rupiah (US $10) for 1 boat. They departed you in the edge of the island, then trekked the jungle around 1 n half hour to laguna. Magnifico!

Overview: The transportation from Jakarta to Sempu Island takes approximately 20 hours and costs approximately US $40-45 with very little pain and not too much effort. Bring ur supplies, no people in this island.


I would recommend leaving Gambir Train Station at evening than you will be arrive at Malang Train Station in the morning. It will give u get a much time to Sendang biru beach in the evening. OR, if u can’t imagine how tired are you doing that step, you can rent a minibus (plus the driver too) from Malang terminal Station to Sendang biru beach, and it costs 500.000 rupiah (US $50) for 1 trip.

take a boat to sempu island