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Karimunjawa Islands

It takes a certain amount of commitment to reach Karimunjawa, a small archipelago of 69 islands between Java and Kalimantan (Indonesian Borneo). But for those willing to go the extra step they will be rewarded with a Maldivian-esque beauty stripped bare of unessential luxuries and replaced with simple pleasures.

Hosting a national marine park, empty palm fringed beaches, crystal clear waters and outstanding coral reefs and just one resort – Kura Kura, this is truly a destination for those seeking relaxation.

Transfers are via the resorts airline, or infrequent speedboats from the Javanese city of Semarang, itself a few hours from the international airports at Solo or Yogyakarta. However, this opens up a rare opportunity to combine Kura Kura with a visit to the historic monuments of Borobudur and Prambanan, and see a side of Indonesia well off the beaten tourist trail.

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