Because this is very ‘In yer face, Northern Hemisphere!’. Also this is my first summer in December after 3 years.
Further content of the post will be added after I have my actual trip. Which is this weekend. Please be envy please be envy please be envy…
December 15th, 2011
So as I said, I would finish this post after I had my trip to Tidung Island (C’mon, click it. You know you wanna click the link) with my friend Officer Dangdut. And I will, even when I DIDN’T have any trip whatsoever.
Oh I did have a trip, to the marina, that is. It was our first time ever there, and despite all the research we did before leaving, so little useful information we could gather, that we didn’t even know that the boat will only take 20 passengers, and it will only go twice a day, at 7 AM and 12 PM. So with this image:
in mind, we woke up at around 4 and stood in the ticket line at 5.30 in the morning. They took 20 first passengers, I was number 21, and Officer Dangdut was number 22.
So they offered the next boat, which was at 12 PM, meaning we had to wait for 6 more hours (!!) to get to our dream weekend getaway spot. And so we did. Waiting.
We spent time just lurking around the marina and the dirty Jakarta beach without ever leaving the perimeter (because we were so worried someone would take our place in front of the line when it’s time for the ticket booth to open) (yes, I know. 6 hours.). 3 cups of tea, 2 instant noodles, two bananas, and millions of cups of coffee later, we got back to the ticket booth at 11.30, where the officers told us, due to strong wind, the trip was cancelled.
WTFF, WORLD??? WHAT DID WE DO WRONG??? WHY?? WAS IT BECAUSE WE WERE LISTENING TO JUSTIN BIEBER ON THE WAY THERE? IT WAS, WASN’T IT??
and so we went home~
And these are some tips for you, some things you have to take note if you’re going to Thousand Islands islands:
HOW TO GO TO TIDUNG ISLAND
1. Call a travel agent and book a tour package.
or if you are as adventurous as we the great backpackers are:
1. According to the ticket officer, If you are going on the weekend from the marina (we paid entry fee Rp. 10,000 per person), you have to be at the ticket booth at least at 4.30 AM to secure the spot on the queue (you do this by putting your stuff in the line, instead of you standing there). Weekdays: 5 or 5.30 AM. They go twice a day, every 7 AM and 12 PM (they don’t go on Fridays). Ticket booth opens an hour to half an hour before departure time, and will only sell 20 tickets at a time. You can’t reserve the ticket, and everyone can only buy one ticket each. You will have to present your ID card, and the ticket will be under your name. The price is Rp. 32,000 for one way. For your way home from the island, you can only buy ticket on the spot at your returning time, and the boat goes at 9 AM and 2PM. The trip will take app. 1.5 hours.
2. There are other options, like using speedboats at the marina. They charge Rp. 200,000 for one day return ticket, going at 8 AM, return at 3 PM. Rp. 150,000 for one way.
3. Another way is to go from another port, Muara Angke. As far as I know, they go every 7 AM and 10 AM. They also don’t have any reservation system, and I heard they will take as many passengers as they can on board, which was the reason why we didn’t go there in the first place. Less risk of dipping my DSLR into the sea, is always better.
(plus I don’t really like swimming in open water. Can never hold my head abovethe water. So the only option if I MUST swim in the deep ocean is to float on my back and back-paddle using my hands, bit by bit like a duck, without being able to see where I’m headed. But then my face will get horrible sunburn. Or I could just cling on Officer Tictac’s back if he’s around. Downside? He might wiggle me off his back after a while because I couldn’t stop myself from tickling him and leave me there floating on my back like a sad log to distract the sharks from eating him while he swim away with his head above the water like I can never do, leave me just like Rose survived and Jack didn’t. :( WHYYY, OFFICER TICTAC??WHYY?? WHY WOULD YOU DO THAT TO ME??? COME BAACKKKKK!!)
4. They have free parking space at the marina. There are many empty spaces in the morning. In fact, you can park your car overnight right next to the ticket booth. That’s apparently what most people do. We didn’t know. So we spent a fortune for the taxi to get there. ( Also because of course we would get lost on the way to marina, because that’s just how we roll.)
5. You can always get a room at the island, even if you don’t make any reservation. Apparently. Maybe. But if you’re worried like I was, here are some numbers to make sure about your accommodations: Hasbi Group 081511892078 (They offered weekend rate Rp. 200,000- Rp. 250,000 per room) and there’s another one but I have to find the number first (Offered a package for Rp. 250,000 per person incl. Room+Snorkelling+Bike+Meals)
6. Look as if you’re cool and ready to conquer the world. We met some groups of Jakarta yuppies there with the ladies looking uber-hip sporting the oversized shades, Ripcurl thongs (that is, flipflop sandals to you pervs), beach-appropriate outfits, fancy bags (or no bags at all), Marlboro lights, and heavy Marlboro lights voice, and the guys with Oakley shades, sandals, surfer brands t shirts, swimming shorts, and general yuppie attitudes. The best attempt to look hip that we managed to pull off was sitting sleepily under the tree next to a sewer with some thug looking old men, eating the plain bread my mum gave us and some spicy cassava chips Officer Dangdut bought from a street vendor, and wiping our fingers to our pants once in a while.