We’re now moving away from our Bandung series and from gastronomic destinations, embracing the natural resources around us while reminding ourselves of how the Earth is beautiful but humans tend to destroy its beauty.
Featured in this post is the Pantai Indah Kapuk mangrove located in northern Jakarta, Indonesia. There are 3 natural parks in this area, so it can be tricky finding it. The mangrove we went to was the one near the Tsu Chi Buddha School, and is the mangrove where we can find a lot of human interventions (camping ground, villa, bamboo pathways, bird-watching tower, and even benches). The other two were more like wild natural parks (where monkeys still roam around!) and we’re considering visiting both some day in the future.
Arriving at the park, you’ll have to pay the fees in the entrance gate.
Adults (Indonesian) // Rp 25.000,00 (~ 1.67 USD)
Adults (foreigners) // Rp 250.000,00 (~ 16.7 USD)
Car // Rp 10.000,00 (~ 0.67 USD)
Motorcycle // Rp 5.000,00 (~ 0.30 USD)
After paying, they will give you the tickets and you’ll be allowed to enter with your vehicle. There will be another checkpoint inside, and they will ask about your belongings as well as checking your tickets. Note that it is not allowed to bring photographic equipment (not even pocket cameras) nor food and drinks from outside the park, but it is allowed to take pictures with your phone inside the park.
We went inside and decided to follow the path to the farthest corner of the parks. It was really amazing and fresh, though the pathways would sometimes become a bit scary due to their age and different materials (some made of planks, some of bamboo).
If you keep on following the path, you’ll find the sea. The view wasn’t really nice, as the view was the developing lands being built on the sea as well as cargo ships. Quite the contrast of the park itself.
There are two main bridges in this park and they led to pretty villas with sloped roof.
After walking around, we rented a boat and went around the swamps. The maximum limit for rowing around is 40 minutes, because the currents are quite strong and will push you away from the harbor. You might also encounter reptiles around the park, even quite big reptiles, so don’t be too surprised and too scared. Be careful not to jump into the water! 😉
The only thing that we regret about this park is that there were a lot of rubbish found around the park. People need to be educated on keeping the environment clean.