When the original Krakatoa exploded in 1883, it was heard in Aden, Yemen and Perth, Western Australia. That blast and the accompanying tsunami obliterated the regions along both coasts of the Sunda Strait and they remain sparsely inhabited in Indonesian terms until this day.
A speedboat trip out from Carita Beach to the scene of this mighty eruption is one of the best day trips you can do in Indonesia. The area is so volcanically active that Krakatau's child is growing by the day and its black snout can already been seen from far away, sometimes puffing out volcanic debris. There is a black sand beach and some vegetation has begun to colonize the shoreline. There was too much poisonous gas venting at the time of our visit, so we could only go halfway up but the magnificent views across to Sumatra and south to the Indian Ocean through the Sunda Strait made this an incomparable day trip. It isn't cheap to rent a boat but you won't regret it either.
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