You can reach Krakatoa by boat from Anyer or Carita, which are connected to Jakarta with bus or mini van lines. There are various tours organizing boat trips to Krakatoa and it's the quickest way to travel there. If you want to save some money and live the adventure local way, you can take a boat from Lampung. It takes a bit longer, but it has it's advantages.
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Jakarta / Soekarno-Hatta
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134.0 km East
Fri, 11/09/2012 - 03:30
Krakatau holds the distinction of having the loudest recorded explosion the modern world has ever heard when it obliterated itself along with more than 40,000 people in a massive volcanic eruption in 1883. The roaring noise was heard as far as Australia and the havoc that ensued became a benchmark for other eruptions around the world. While thinking about the horrifying scene can make anyone cringe, the remnants of the old island are now part of the thriving tourism industry of Indonesia. Indeed, no one ever imagined that something so terrifying can create an attraction that’s truly one of a kind.
What was once a whole island has been reduced to fragments and in its stead rose a new one which locals aptly call Anak Krakatau or Child of Krakatau. This new formation was caused by another volcanic eruption occurring beneath the ocean that started in 1927. Initial growths were eroded by the sea until in 1930 lava flowed continuously to the surface which slowly hardened to form the mass of land that’s still growing to this day.
Friendly Fish and Dolphins to Greet You
The new incarnation of Krakatau is one of the many active volcanoes that dot the nation of Indonesia. It’s situated between Java and Sumatra in the Sunda Strait. It can be reached by boat from Carita Beach where a stone memorial to commemorate the centennial anniversary of the 1883 eruption was erected in 1983. Along the way to the island, there’s a big chance of encountering dolphins and tuna fish as well as flying fish. A short stop near the active crater allows travelers to take photos of steam coming out of the vents; it’s really something out of a sci-fi movie.
Dare for the Spunky, Picnic for the Relaxed
Scaling an active volcano is not for the faint of heart but it’s definitely an experience that visitors will never forget. There is real danger here and so authorities have devised a way to minimize the risks by setting two levels which travelers are allowed to go up to. The first level is about 180 meters high from the sea and usually is the route of most guests. The second one is much higher at 300 meters and more dangerous which is why permission is needed to go here. Usually, only researchers and scientists are allowed to reach this level with authorized guides.
Finally, a trip here won’t be complete without stopping by Rakata Island, which is a remnant of the original Krakatau. There’s a coral reef here that’s ideal for snorkeling and skin diving plus the beach is ideal for picnics and a quick swim. Standing on the shores of this once mighty volcano, visitors will gain new respect for Mother Nature’s awesome powers.