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Sunda Strait, Indonesia

The Sunda Strait is the strait between the Indonesian islands of Java and Sumatra. The name originates from the Indonesian term ‘Pasundan’, signifying West Java. It comes from the name of the Sundanese individuals, the local individuals of West Java, with the Javanese people generally inhabiting Central and East Java.

Sunda Strait - Indonesia

Image Courtesy: Daniel Panev used under the Creative Commons Licence

The strait houses various islands, including Sangiang, Sebesi, Sebuku, Panaitan and the Krakatau Islands. A large number of these are of volcanic origin. However, the best known spring of gushing lava is the Krakatau.

The Sunda Strait Bridge is an arranged street-and-line mega project between the two Indonesian islands of Sumatra and Java. The proposal for an extension was allegedly first advanced in 1960 by Professor Sedyatmo, a teacher at the Institut Teknologi Bandung, as a feature of more extensive arrangements, known as ‘Tri Nusa Bimasakti’, to connect the three islands of Sumatra, Java and Bali.

Every traveller here has two choices – enjoying the great indoors, or soaking up the resplendent outdoors. Some choose to stay in the Carita Beach zone at an inn/visitor’s house. But others choose to do some travelling. Getting to Krakatau itself is something that you can look forward to – the trek is quite a travel experience.

What makes the Sunda Strait a must-visit place, are Anyer and Carita, two well-known tropical shorelines in Sunda West drift. They have clean blue waters with small waves suitable for swimming or water games such as banana boat ride or jet ski. Sunda west drift begins with Anyer, setting off to the south, passing Karang Bolong shoreline and touch base at Carita shoreline. Further south is the Tanjung Lesung shoreline, then Umang island in the more remote southwest, close to the Ujung Kulon national park. Walk around the shoreline searching for sea-shells and build a sandcastle. You might come across little hermit crabs scurrying past you.

You can cruise to the Anak Krakatau, the dynamic spring of gushing lava in Sunda Strait. Visit Anyer lighthouse, which was the second beacon that was built in 1885 during the Dutch colonization. You can go shopping at the weekend market along Patra Jasa hotel, and grab some quick bites from the wonderful platters of Indonesian cuisine.

At the end of the day, unwind and delight in the sunset and a majestic view of the Krakatau in the horizon.

krakatau - Sunda Strait - Indonesia

Image Courtesy: dhitterrz used under the Creative Commons Licence


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