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The Karimun Islands

With a wide range of tourist activities in the exciting and exotic archipelago of Indonesia, Karimun is a small group of islands just off the coast of Sumatra. It is a major attraction for travellers due to its cultural heritage and also its proximity to another vastly interesting Southeast Asian country, Singapore.

The Karimun Islands

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The Karimun islands are famous for the balmy beaches that reach their shores. It is impossible to enjoy the islands without a long walk on Palawan beach, a white beach dotted by small, charming restaurants. It is favourite haunt for locals and tourists alike. There’s also the Lubuk beach which shows off massive yet picturesque rocks in between whose hard forms grow mangrove trees. These two beaches alone make for a lovely photograph.

You can also pay a visit to the Pongkar waterfall, whose beauty lays hidden in a thick, protected forest near Palawan beach. Nearby, there is a recreation park where you can sit back, close your eyes and enjoy the quaint sounds of nature. The small restaurants hugging the borders of this waterfall and the forest plate up some delicious pot roast and beef satay salad from the vast platter of Indonesian cuisine which you can dig into while enjoying the gushing sounds of water around you.

If you’re the adventurous kind that fancies a dip or two in the cool waters that surround the islands, there are plenty of snorkelling spots which remain open throughout the day. Tanning and sunbathing are wonderfully inviting options if you’re not in the mood to indulge in water sports. Island-hopping is something most tourists love doing. This way, you can visit local shops and pick up some souvenirs for loved ones back home.

The Karimun Islands

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The islands are a must-visit if you want to enrich your travel experiences. Make sure you watch the sun go down as you sip a tall glass of cool lemonade from one of the tiny cafes in the charming Karimun islands.

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