| Sunda Straits
Sunda Strait is located between the Indonesian islands of Java and Sumatra
and is our gateway to the Indian Ocean. The area has many volcanoes and
from our anchor place in Merak, on one very clear day, we could see at
least four. One of them, Rakata, is the remnant of Krakatau, which erupted
so famously in August 1883. Merak was completely destroyed by a tsunami
caused by the eruption and only 2 of its 2,700 inhabitants survived the
anchorage at Pulau Rakata is almost under a sheer cliff. It is
very steep to and we anchored only 50 m off the beach in 30 m
calm weather we anchored just off the beach at the forested part.
Good holding in sandy bottom. A shelter and sign are visible ashore.
This beach gets used by fishermen who make camps on the beach.
A path through the forest starts at the shelter.
hiked to the top of Anak Krakatau. To read about that and see
the images, click here.
Kulon World Heritage Site
truly wild and uninhabited place. We spotted a small construction
ashore and anchored between that and some rocks. When we went ashore
we found next to the hut a shelter that had information signs. Our
anchor spot turned out to be an excellent starting point for a fantastic
hike though the far corner of this pristine park.
were anchored just off the beach by Cibom where there is a shelter
with information. We discovered we could do a hike of about 10
km over varied terrain. This walk was fabulous.
to Tj. Layar - This trail is 1.2 km follows the coastline
through beautiful forest to the lighthouse. Not 5 mins. on our
way we saw a pair of huge hornbills. Five people live at the lighthouse
and they were very friendly. They invited us to climb to the top
of the lighthouse and offered us sweet tea. The lighthouse looks
rather flimsy and rusted, but the view from the top is spectacular.
Layar to Ciramea
- This 5 km trail continues to follow the coastline. First by
the old destroyed lighthouse and then along rocky coastline and
wild wave and windswept beaches. We found good cowrie shells here.
- From the shelter at Ciramea a trail of 2.5 km runs through pristine
forests back to Cibom. We saw and heard many hornbills. There
were many unidentified noises and we'd like to think we heard
a rare Javanese rhino.
few images from the hike.