I did the Krakatu camping tour via krakatauecotourism.com in feb 2015. It's chinese new year in Singapore and we all get 4 days off and it's perfect place to go i thought. I have always wanted to go there for some unexplained reason. I knew it's history and how dangereous it is.If you like adventure and life threatening things then Krakatau won't dissappoint you.
I landed in Jakarata at night and stayed overnight in a hotel called century park. Its close to everything, smack in downtown between all the clubs n restaurants.. if you land in jakarta on a weekeday and want to party on monday, tuesday and thursday then head over to cj's bar (best live band) @Mulia Hotel.
Next day you take a 6 am private car to Carita beach which is 3 hour long drive. with breakfast and toilet break if you need one. After arriving in Carita beach you have to transfer to a speedboat which was as big as the car. but its pretty fast with twin engines. The Sea is ruff and its a bumpy 2 hour ride to Krakatau. The whole island was empty when i arrived by 12 pm.. no rangers no humans no hotels or shops..not even toilets.It was just me, the tour guide and the driver and the cook. They put the tent and cooked nice lunch. By 4 pm you go up to Hike the volcano, and it gets exciting.. Visibility was limited to few meteres due to sulphur gas being emitted, its was difficult to breathe..but we used wet towels (no gas mask). Its about 30 mins to reach on top and it was very windy.. my phone was flying away when i tried to take pics.. the whole view was gorgeous.. then you hike down and make your way back to the tent for dinner..
At around 6pm you have dinner and by 7 pm it get's super dark.. pitch dark.. this is where things get exciting. There is no electricity no light. just one torch. I am alone on the whole island sleeping under a tent by the beach, behind me is a live volcano and the guide and driver and cook are all sleeping on the small boat which is 100 meters away.They say the sea gets ruff at night and they dont want to loose the boat or if the anchor wire/rope rips apart. At night it was so windy and noisey i couldnt sleep. And then the storm came in. i was all alone and the wind speed was blowing my tent away.. the high tide made waves so big that it almost swept my tent. Add thunder lightening and rain..sleeping was impossible. i was scared a tsunami wave will drown me.. or the lava flow from the volcano will make me a burnt mummy in my sleep.. or i was scared of these 3 men killing me and running away with my cash and belongings and dumping my body in the middle of the ocean and no one will even know. Plus i heard footsteps of people around me many times while i was trying to sleep. it was scary as hell and a nightmare..in the morning the crew came and they told.me they couldnt sleep either the sea kept rocking the boat all night. they seem very tired and looked scared too... when i told them about footsteps they said it maybe spirits.. i freaked out.
Then we had breakfast and went for snorkelling around the island.. the whole ocen floor was like a boiling pot... i could see so many bubbles coming up from ocean floor. they said it was volcanic activity- gases from the ocean floor. the whole experience was scary to look and no fish. it looked like million mercury drops going up from ocean floor and meeting the air above with the ocean seperating them.. and is a scary site.. they said it can really get hot sometime n burn your skin.. and asked me to hurry up.. the current was so strong they needed to throw a rope and pull me to the boat... else you cant swim to the boat..
The journey back to carita beach is another 2 hours... in the meantime its 12 pm and we decide to head back.. on thw way back something went wrong in the sea.. they say thers are many under ocean volcano and activity.. suddenly after 20.mins boat ride we all get scared as there were tsunami waves as big as 3 to 4 meters high forming behind us... big wall of water and we are on such a small boat.. we preyed to god it doesnt flip us over.. its continued for next 1.5 hours.. waves afyer waves, the ocean went crazy..and we were riding the waves in front of us so we dont get hit by waves behind us...we all wearing life jackets and preying to god for 2 hours... we thought we are gonnna drown and die... there is very limited traffic in this route..no radio for rescue no one to help if any accident.. its just like the movies...and horrible experince. Luckily we made it to the beach after 2 hours... and i had never sweat so much in 2 hours .. my heart was beating so fast i think i lost 2 to 3 kgs in the boat ride.. the tsunami waves was really scary.. i am lucky to be alive...
If you go there make sure you go at your own risk and do inform ur family memebrs.. as anything is possible. And be careful. I will not go back there.
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