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.
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!
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.
What to Do
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.