Krakatau is a volcanic island situated in the Sunda Strait between the islands of Java and Sumatra in the Indonesian province of Lampung. The volcanic explosion in 1883 unleashed huge tsunamis (killing more than 36,000 people) and destroyed over two-thirds of the island. It is considered to be the loudest sound ever heard in modern history, the shock waves from the explosion were recorded on barographs worldwide for days afterward. In 1927 a new island, Anak Krakatau, or "Child of Krakatoa", emerged from the caldera formed in 1883 and is the current location of eruptive activity.
You can visit the Krakatau in a day or overnight tour/camp. You can also visit Ujung Kulon National Park and the Baduy Primitive.
How To Get There
Krakatau can either be reached from Raden Inten Airport (TKG) in in Lampung province, Sumatra, or the easiest, from Jakarta airport (CGK)/hotel. Flights from major cities in Indonesia regularly fly in and out of Lampung airport and Jakarta Airport.
From Jakarta airport, you take an airport bus to 'Merak harbour' or 'Cilegon' bus station. From here, you take a minibus from behind the Grand Mosque of Cilegon bus station to 'Pantai Carita'. From any hotel/resort in Carita you can have a boat charter to Krakatau volcano.
While if you are from Lampung (sumatra) go to 'Kali Balok' bus station, or from any other area in Sumatra, like west sumatra, take a bus to 'Kalianda'. Here you can find any comfortable accommodation by the beach and can have a boat to Krakatau Volcano.
Ferry is available from Lampung (Bakauheni Seaport, sumatra) to Jakarta (Merak Seaport), or the reverse. Continue with around 2 hour car/bus drive to Kalianda (lampung) or Carita beach (Banten), for accommodation and to get a boat to cross to Krakatau.
You can have a private taxi from Jakarta airport/hotel, or share it with other travelers going the same way with you, or arrange a shared/private taxi with your hotel/tour operator.
Very wide selection of accommodation from 5 star hotel to budget room in Jakarta, Carita beach, and Kalianda (Lampung, Sumatra).
If you have your Krakatau trip from Lampung (airport/seaport), Sebesi island, you will meet native Lampung people who are like other sumatrans, are expressive and friendly people. Three-quarters of the current population of Lampung is descended from migrants from Java, Madura, and Bali. While if you take your Krakatau trip from Jakarta - Carita, you will meet the native people of Sundanese. They are polite, gentle, easy to smile, and friendly people.
It is believed that the ancestors of Lampung people are from Banten (West Java), Minang Highland (West Sumatra), even Batak (North Sumatra). The traditional of Lampung Community has an effect from Hindu and Buddha even up to the present. Such as the structure of its community, the way of thinking and the traditional ceremonies. Like other areas in Sumatra, the development of Islam was begun with trading activities. Lampung Script called Had Lampung is influenced by two elements; Arabic alphabet and script Pallawa. The series of traditional ceremony in the region always involved activities in arts. Traditional classical dances of the Lampung region were displayed on traditional events such as wedding ceremonies, visitors welcome ceremonies, installation of title ceremonies, etc
Sundanese (Banten, West Java)
Sundanese are an ethnic group native to the western part of the Java island. Sundanese culture has borrowed much from Javanese culture, however it differs by a much less rigid system of social hierarchy. The Sundanese, in their mentality and behavior, their greater egalitarianism and antipathy to yawning class distinctions, and their community-based material culture, differ from the feudal hierarchy apparent among the people of Javanese principalities.
The initial religious systems of the Sundanese were animism and dynamism with reverence to ancestral and natural spirits. The best indications are found among the remote Baduy tribe. Around the 15th to 16th centuries Islam began to spread among the Sundanese people by Indian Muslim traders.
Sundanese cuisine is one of the most popular traditional food in Indonesia The Sundanese food is characterized by its freshness; the famous lalap (raw vegetables salad) eaten with sambal (chilly paste) and also karedok (raw vegetables salad with peanut paste) demonstrate the Sundanese fondness for fresh raw vegetables.
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