Pulau Seribu_Thousand Islands
After a few weeks of studio work and site documentation in the smog and heat of Jakarta, the A+A team retreated to the regency of Pulau Seribu (Thousand Islands) for some R+R. The archipelago of around 130 islands - extending north from Jakarta into the Java Sea - is undergoing a profound transformation from quiet Indonesian fishing enclave to international ecotourism destination. We enjoyed the white sandy beaches, crystal clear water and got acquainted with the local marine life around the abundant coral reefs (sea turtles, rays, parrotfish, sea urchins). We concluded our trip with a visit to the archaeological site of Onrust Island - a Dutch fortification just off the coast of Jakarta used for shipping transfers and eventually the quarantine of pilgrims returning from the Hajj.
Class is in session.
Even for experienced snorkelers, uniform application of SPF can prove a challenge. (Photo: AG)
Quarantine barracks for pilgrims returning from the Hajj. Onrust Island. (Photos: JRH)