Our trip to Sepa was our first adventure to Pulau Seribu, the 2 hour boat ride was warm (no AC) and a good idea to get on the boat early to get a seat.
The Flipper room we had was fine, 2 single beds stuck together (not a double), it was in need of maintenance. Sheets were clean, bed was firm, pillows were uncomfortable (bring your own).
The aircon works and the bathroom is a concrete cave with no hot water, shower during the day or on the jetty. A few tiles were broken and the toilet seat was detachable (not sure if this was an added feature).
These rooms do have a beautiful view of the sunset from the balcony (best part of this room), if you can look past the fact that litter and flotsam are just swept against the seawall rather than being picked up. Also another reason to bring a pillow is so that you can use the bed pillows to make the bamboo and rattan chairs outside a little more comfortable if you're planning on reading a book.
There is no fridge and no furniture for storing your luggage on, however there is a TV and a kettle, so bring your own instant coffee and biscuits (cookie's for the Americans).
Also bring your own beach towels as they are not provided, if you have them also bring reef shoes and snorkel gear as the islands reef isn't too bad.
Since the island is full board the food is all Indonesian style (the occasional fried potato chip), as a general rule the deep fried food was best: fried chicken, squid, pisang goreng for afternoon tea, chicken fingers. Most of the vegetables were pretty good, we steered away from the fried noodles. Lots of fruit is available.
Breakfast is probably the hardest for a westerner to adjust to, thus if you feeling a little less adventurous take single serve cereal and some small UHT milk boxes, handy for the coffee too.
Key food points:
Be early or on-time for meals (otherwise you might miss out on the best stuff and it's not warm when it comes out), and get a seat as FAR away from the band as possible. Outside is good.
Afternoon tea (Pisang Goreng) is a highlight on this island, along with a cup of coffee is perfect. Other islands do not offer this so enjoy it.
Other things to note: if you enjoy a relaxing cold alcoholic beverage I suggest you bring spirits and purchase cold mixers on the island.
We would return if our preferred island (Putri) wasn't available and we HAD to get out of Jakarta.
- Also Known As:
- Sepa Island Hotel Jakarta