The second day!
We had booked a boat trip by phone, helped by Pak Abdul. We rented Pak Budi’s boat privately to sail away the islands in Karimunjawa area. We could only visit islands in the West side of Karimunjawa island thanks to the East wind season.
The boat was about to get inside the port. To get there, we have to wait Express Bahari sailed away because no one is allowed to get inside the port without ticket. Hence, we waited outside the port until Express Bahari departed.
After it departed, we hopped on Pak Budi’s boat. We sat on the roof of Karimunjawa’s traditional boat. I saw different designs of traditional boat from one area to others. This was the first time seeing a roof in a traditional boat. It must be suitable for local needs.
The first island was Cemara Kecil. The furthest island we visited that day. Its beach sands are white, same with Tanjung Gelam’s. Its seashore is very wide as we could swim 100 meters from the beach. We snorkeled there when Pak Budi was shooting fishes, as our lunch menu, in the deep sea. He took very long time to shoot fishes. My knee experienced an injury after hit a dead coral. It was bleeding but not much. I did not give any treatment to cure the injury, instead, I let the sea water healed it. It worked!
We worried about Pak Budi. I did not know how many hours we spent time there waiting Pak Budi since I did not see the watch. Finally, Pak Budi showed up bringing four fishes. Relieved. There were three different colors of parrot fish and another fish that I forgot the name. We paid Rp30,000 for harboring the boat there then we leaved for Menjangan Kecil island.
This sailing was very dangerous. It was raining in front of us. It was very windy as well. As such, the waves are pretty huge. We sailed toward the East, against the wind. It was like in the movies. Pak Budi and Alex held something in the boat tightly but I did not give a f*. I just sat in the middle of the boat and spread my legs to cover stuffs and spread my hands to increase stability. Hahaha… Nonetheless, I had no balls to take my Lumia 1020 or my Kissxthree to capture such a dramatic moment. So no image but believe me it really happened.
Luckily, our path did not pass the rainy area. It was on the left side of our path. After we passed it, the wind was lighter and the waves were way calmer. It relaxed our stresses. We then arrived at the second island to lunch.
Pak Budi prepared stuffs to grill the fishes. Alex joined him and prepared the secret recipes a’la Greek, like he did for the first dinner. While they were prepared the foods, I took a stroll the island by capturing through Kissxthree lens. There was a stall there with electricity generated by solar cells. There was a guy with mental health disorder a.k.a crazy who cleans the island. He spoke by himself complaining bules from Holand which he said “Londo” that asked him the tariff of pee. He also consistently spoke that the amount of visitors is pretty high that day. “Wakeh!” he said. After we enjoyed the fishes, I paid the harbor fare of Rp30,000. We were the last boat leaving the island for snorkeling spot.
It was a nice snorkeling spot despite the corals have already dead. There were huge corrals c. three meters diameter. It must be colorful and very beautiful back then. Before we snorkeled, Pak Budi threw rices, to attract fishes. Instead of fed them rices, we fed them Taro. Apparently they liked it. Haha… Taro was way better to maintain fishes in group since it was floating longer than rices. Maybe a fish shouted “Enough with rices and Taros, we want rendang and Starbucks!!” Hahaha….
We leaved for shark aqua farm in Menjangan Besar island. Previously Alex had no gut to get inside the pool to swim with sharks. At last, he got courage when some guys had already in the pools. Haha… I could not join since my knee was still bleeding. I didn’t wanna risk my only left leg.
Before we went back, we bought a live red snapper at an aquaculture, not far from the shark pool. We planed to eat it for dinner that night.
*The trip boat fare was Rp450,000 per boat. A live red snapper price was Rp100,000, expensive.