Most Karimunjawa tourism bureaus can only surrender and be steadfast in the face of this quite detrimental natural phenomenon. Karimunjawa travel agents are tired of the news that the ship is not leaving. Already used to being scolded by tourists for failing to leave, have often returned a DP for travel costs due to canceled ships.
But it can’t be helped, the problem is that the weather is what God wants, while the government doesn’t seem to care about the lack of means of transportation to Karimunjawa. To make matters worse, news about tourists stranded on the island of Karimunjawa seems to always be a trending topic that cannot be displaced by the beauty of Karimunjawa.
As in the news from Kompas which informs about tourists who are trapped in Karimunjawa. This news is always on the top ranking or page one of google. So that it will always be read by news seekers about Karimunjawa. And what is predictable is that potential tourists will be afraid and many will cancel plans to go to Karimunjawa. Even though the news was informed in August (Eid al-Fitr holiday), it seemed like it was continuous and became a scourge if the news was always on top.
But what can I do, everything has happened and cannot be repeated. Everything may have been arranged by the Creator, and we can only carry it out. Here’s the full news:
“Confronted by bad weather on the last Lebaran holiday, hundreds of tourists failed to cross to Java from Karimun Jawa. There were no ferry boats and the tourists were stuck in Karimun Jawa for up to 10 days. Some tourists told their stories when they were trapped in Karimun Jawa.
The tourists trapped on the island of Karimun Jawa consist of local and foreign tourists. The local tourists come from Jakarta, Surabaya, Blitar, Yogyakarta, and Solo. Meanwhile, foreign tourists came from France, Spain, Germany, and other European countries.
“We were stranded for six days in Karimun Jawa. Well it's also okay to spend money for a homestay. Yes, about 1.5 million, Mas. So there are additional costs,” said Santi Nainggolan when met by KompasTravel aboard the KM Binaiya owned by PT Pelni a few days ago.
Coming with a family of 10, Santi used a local travel agency in Jepara for a vacation to Karimun Jawa. He complained about assistance from the government for trapped tourists.
“There should be assistance from the government such as ships for evacuation. If there are no ships for days, it’s not natural, “explained Santi.
Fishing boats carry tourists trapped in Karimun Jawa to KM Binaiya owned by PT Pelni to cross to Tanjung Mas Port from Karimun Jawa Port, Central Java, Sunday (20/7/2015).
Another story emerges of a couple from Barcelona, Spain, Anna and Eduard. He came to Indonesia for summer vacation and one of the tourist destinations he visited was Karimun Jawa. They were trapped for 10 days in Karimun Jawa because there was no ferry boat.
“Actually, there are other options to get out of Karimun Jawa. Airplanes but only a few and already full. The price is very expensive. Tickets are sold for the highest price,” said Eduard.
Anna added that tourists who are trapped must be very frugal in using money if they do not bring cash. Automated Teller Machines (ATMs) there, continued Anna, there is no longer any reserve money to be taken. Luckily, Anna and Eduard have cash reserves that can still be used.
“We planned to dive but because of bad weather it didn’t happen. Money for diving is not used. So we can use the money for the cost of crossing the ship (KM Binaiya from PT Pelni),” said Eduard.
KM Binaiya owned by PT Pelni which brings tourists to enjoy holidays in the ‘Let’s Go Karimun Jawa’ program from 18-20 July 2015. This ship has a passenger capacity of up to 1,000 people.
According to information compiled by KompasTravel, there were 125 tourists who were finally able to cross using KM Binaiya. Nearly 20 of them are foreign tourists. The tourists are seen sitting on the edge of the harbor and waiting their turn to be able to board the ship.
Another story came from a tourist from Germany, Fabian, who just found out that the weather in Karimun Jawa was bad. “There is no Tourism Information Center here that provides accurate information. I only know from tourists and travel agents,” he said in English when he was met by Karimun Jawa Port.
Previously, 700 tourists who wanted to go to Karimun Jawa had to be canceled due to bad weather. Information from the BMKG website (Meterology, Climatology, and Geophysics Agency), the waves in Karimun Jawa reached 4 meters and caused no crossings.”
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