Visited 10 - 13 September 2009 (Trip Advisor didn't have 2009 period as selection)
Situated in the Sunda Strait between Java and Sumatera - Anak Krakatau Volcano and surrounding islands is the perfect spot for the keen adventurer.
From Carita (West Java) it takes about 1 - 2 hours by fast boat to reach Rakata Island. Rakata Island is base camp where visitors stay in tents or can simply sleep under the starts with the volcano about 200 meters away. Sleep with one eye open as Anak may just treat you to a night explosion sending a kaleidoscope of orange lava into the air.
The cousin to the kimodo dragon freely roams the stretch of beach and comes close to see what pickings there are off the barbeque grid and who their new visitors are.
Krakatau Tour provides a knowledgeable guide who will take you around the volcano and the lush jungles of Verlaten and Lang Islands. Their package includes a 1 night stay in the local hotel in Carita before leaving for tour of Anak. This also includes: a guide, boat, meals, tent and beverages at a very good price.
Anak was quite an experience! As I started out walking through the bush for several minutes the scene suddenly changed from green to grey and I was confronted with the smoking crater of the volcano at a distance. One has to walk about 200 meters up a steep hill to get closer the crater. Several smoking patches is the only indication of the magma activity going on right beneath you.
Whilst on Lang Island the following day after my visit to Anak - Anak had several explosions that looked spectacular as the volcano sent rock and ash flying in all directions.
I was amazed at the different plants and trees in the jungles of Verlaten and Lang Islands. Trekking through it was a great experience. It is very important to take in fluids as it can get very hot and one can dehydrate very quickly.
You can also snorkel, dive and swim. The guide knows the best spots for these.
There are no luxuries like restrooms, toilets etc. You are 2 hours away from any form of civilisation. Take only the necessary, because the volcanic sand will find it's way into everything. Sandals or hiking boots are the best footwear.
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