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Sunda Kelapa Harbour, Jakarta

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Jakarta's old port, Sunda Kelapa Harbour features historic docks lined by the pointed prows of pinisi--traditional two-masted wooden sailing ships with colorful hulls. For a small fee, guides working in this area can tell you more about the port's history and its role in the spice trade. Though only a minor port now, this site played a significant part in the early development of Jakarta. Keep in mind that this is still an active port, so expect to see and smell the dirt and grime of local industry. Using our world travel planner, Jakarta attractions like Sunda Kelapa Harbour can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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  • This place made a much bigger impression when I was there 30 years ago, maybe because it was my first trip overseas. Basically a strip with old boats that load and unload cargo. A bit hard to find for...  more »
  • It's about a half-kilometer stretch towards the sea once you've entered this old port with these wooden ships in a "long row" in the water to your left and anchored quite close to one another; I just ...  more »
  • Here the first time, and cool, wahhh yaaa, like there's so much in the past, large kapal2 photo below rests in the port, here very cool to take pictures or photo2,,,
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  • Good opportunity to see traditional pinisi boats still being used. Although they all look barely seaworthy and in need a good renovation. Beware the local guide who is very friendly and can show you onto boats, but will try push you into guiding you around other places such as fish market, Maritime museum etc, and then hot you with a request for a hefty tip.
  • This harbor has many old sail ships which are around 100 years old and still operating. These ships were built from heavy ironwood. They look majestic with nice curved hulls. When I visited I saw about 30 of them anchored here. One of them was under water, supposedly while the crew were watching soccer game forgetting that sipped water has not been pumped out yet. I was assured that it will be raised up by a specialized contractor. Be sure to hire a local guide who may be walking around the harbor. With about US $30 fee, two of you will be taken for a boat ride to see the ships, board one of them to see the interior, hearing some fascinating historical tibits about the harbor and the city, and will have an interesting tour of the Maritime Museum as well, all included in the fee.
  • This is the traditional harbor for Jakarta. There is a lot of "Kapal Pinisi" (Indonesia traditional ship) which docked at it. This places famous for photography spot, especially when afternoon is coming. The dawn are beautiful. When you come at morning or noon, better bring your sunblock, because it's so hot. There is tour with "kayak" small ship, which operated by the locals. Just pay around IDR50K, you could sail with that, and see stunning lighthouse.
  • A common harbor for expedition ship or cargo ship. Second big harbor after tanjung priok in jakarta area. There's a fish market across the harbor which you can visit by a small boat. Good area for photography hunting ground, but be careful of big vehicle around it.
  • Not much to see here. I would recommend Pasar Ikan and Ancol harbour instead.
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