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“The Great Krakatoa offers Great Adventure”

Anak Krakatau Nature Reserve
Ranked #1,310 of 4,401 things to do in Indonesia
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Reviewed July 18, 2013

One thing that Anak Krakatau Nature Reserve offers that make it differs from the other getaway destinations point in Indonesia is a complete package of adventure. Here, you can enjoy not only the thrill of tracking the burning volcano, one of the most scariest in the world; but also the joy of the classic island getaway with the clear blue ocean and the white sandy beach. A good spot for snorkeling and diving.

A normal visitor like me is only allowed to the mid of the volcano, we cannot reach the top unless we have a strong reason for that (researched, etc). Even so, the road to the mid itself is indeed felt so thrilling! The road is quite steep and the temperature makes you feel like you're going to melt anytime soon. Not to say that the land is so slippery that makes you very hard to climb. Be careful! It takes about 30 minutes walking to the mid. When you are halfway, look at your back and be amazed by the beautiful scenery right before your eyes. Then, rush up to the finish line, and do the same thing. The scenery is even more beautiful!

Will suggest the wanderlusts out there to give Anak Krakatau a visit.

4  Thank chtdd
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Reviewed March 26, 2013

Krakatoa is one of the most famous Vulcan on the world and have the opportunity to land on the Vulcan island excites all my family.
We travel to Carita and took a fast boat (1:30 min travel time) to land on the Krakatoa island.
From the far the Vulcan with the steam running out of it is very impressive.
The kids loved the black sand (very hot) and the clear sea.
After land on the island we put some snickers and walk/climb the Vulcan until ends the trees. Two days ago the Vulcan was erupting some rocks and we were informed to not climb more than this areas.
The whole family could see where some rocks landed and how big was some wholes, which shows how impressive is the force of the nature.
We had lunch on the beach and after that we got the opportunity to take some photos of the other side of the Vulcan (the side that there is no trees).
It is a must go tour when your are on Indonesia and I recommend the www.krakatoatours.com to do this travel with the guide Pak Iman.

3  Thank Corbellini
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Reviewed March 14, 2013

A relatively small boat (not a dinghy but not a cruise ship either…) took us off the at 8am on a very choppy, bottom banging 2 hour trip to old Krakatau and Anak Krakatau – the active one. Anak is quite scary as, even when it is not actually erupting, it smokes and steams in an alarming manner, is mostly covered in lava flows, boulders and black sand and well, quite a bit of filth and trash from tourists at the only landing place. Some of us did a bit of a walk up the volcano but needed to return after a reasonably short time due to (a) the intense heat of the sun and no shade and (b) their footwear began to actually melt.

We left and went to old and safer Krakatau for lunch. Not the best lunch spot in the world but still a buzz from being there. Black sand gets into everything and is gritty and uncomfortable. Leaping out of the boat into the water is the only way of disembarking and it is downhill from there. Sandals were washed extremely frequently on this trip.

You need to leave a full day for this trip and get the biggest boat you can afford. Anak Krakatau is very active so be vigilant. If erupting the boulders are huge (see YouTube) but it can be spectacular. Wear very solid footwear but old as the water, sand and heat can be very punishing. Wear sunscreen and a hat and take a towel.

3  Thank kateshir
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Reviewed July 30, 2012

Well, we love our volcanoes and we traveled to Java especially to see anak Krakatau (OK, and other things!), but the thrill of being on an active volcano that was still smoldering and gushing sulfurous gases was just amazing.
Not only was this an amazing camp/hike it was a very easy and a gentle, albeit very hot, climb to base 1 (where you may not go any further) and you view the towering cone above you, smoking away and with small earthquakes that shake the ground ever so slightly. An eerie and auspicious feeling as you are in the centre of the huge island that was Krakatoa that is now on the rise once again and violently so at times.
We loved our stay and enjoyed the beauty of the island itself. One side it was verdant and lush, the other, a barren landscape of dead trees and lava. The beach is black all around and the volcanic sand gets into everything so think ahead as this stuff is really abrasive on equipment and even when you get it inside you boots.
I highly recommend a visit and an overnight stay if weather and volcanic conditions allow, we have raved about this place and most people are either intrigued or to scared, but let me tell you, if you love a bit of an adventure and a place so steeped with history and awe you will adore anak Krakatau...we did!
Hope this helps, and safe journeys to you all.

4  Thank mapsyd
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Reviewed October 5, 2011

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.

4  Thank Erica S
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