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The Thousand Islands, Indonesia

Only around 100 islands make up the Thousand Islands chain which stretches north for around 75 kilometres from the mouth of Jakarta Bay.

The Thousand Islands (Kepulauan Seribu) is a regency of Jakarta which means that the islands form part of the city and are governed by it.

In 2002, the northern islands were officially designated as the Thousand Islands Marine National Park to protect these idyllic islands and their coral reef ecosystem.

The Thousand Islands Marine National Park is home to some 150 species of fish, two species of giant clams and 17 species of coastal birds.

Of the hundred or so islands, just 36 of the Thousand Islands are inhabited and of these a handful are specifically devoted to tourism.

The Thousand Islands are just a short boat ride away from Indonesia’s capital and offers tourists a tropical island escape from the bustle of the city.

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Flying at 3,000m - Thousand Islands Marine National Park

 
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