The Mount Krakatau Nature Reserve is located in the Sunda Strait. This nature conservation area is located on the border of Lampung province and Banten province. Administratively, the Mount Krakatau Nature Reserve is in the province of Lampung. Anak Krakatau is a sea mountain because the base of the mountain is under the sea, while only the top is visible above sea level. The Mount Krakatau Nature Reserve is surrounded by three main islands in the Krakatau Archipelago, namely Rakata Island, Small Rakata Island, and Sertung Island.
The Mount Krakatau Nature Reserve is included in the management of the Ujung Kulon National Park. Therefore, the Mount Krakatau Nature Reserve has become very popular like tourist attractions in Lampung and other tourist attractions in Banten. Educational tourism to the Mount Krakatau Nature Reserve is a dangerous activity considering the high volcanic activity of Mount Krakatau. So it is not surprising that every tourist who visits this tourist attraction in Lampung requires a special permit for security reasons.
Educational and Research Tour to Mount Krakatau Nature Reserve
What are the important things that tourists need to prepare for an educational and research visit to the Mount Krakatau Nature Reserve? Some tips for educational and research tours to the Mount Krakatau Nature Reserve that you need to know are as follows:
Not a Public Tourist Place and Need a SIMAKSI Entrance Permit.
The main thing you should know when you decide to take a vacation to Mount Krakatau is that this tourist spot is not open to the public. This means that every visitor to the Mount Krakatau Nature Reserve is allowed to enter if the visit is made for educational and research tours. Therefore, vacations to natural attractions in the Mount Krakatau Nature Reserve require a special entry permit called SIMAKSI.
How to take care of SIMAKSI? Basically, how to take care of SIMAKSI is easy and free. If you and the research group depart from Lampung, then SIMAKSI can be obtained at the Lampung Natural Resources Conservation Center (BKSDA). The Lampung BKSDA office is not far from the Rajabasa Terminal which leads to Natar. SIMAKSI licensing through BKSDA Lampung is free. You only need to prepare 10,000 stamps and photocopies of some important files.
Apart from going through BKSDA Lampung, is it possible to take care of SIMAKSI in other places? Can. If you and your educational tour group depart from Jakarta, then how to take care of SIMAKSI can be done through the Ministry of Forestry (Kemenhut) office in Jakarta. Managing SIMAKSI at the Ministry of Forestry in Jakarta is the method chosen by most tourists who go to the Mount Krakatau Nature Reserve educational tour through Merak Harbor.
Transportation to the Mount Krakatau Nature Reserve.
Vacation transportation to the Mount Krakatau Nature Reserve can be started from two directions, namely from Anyer Harbor and Bakauheni Harbor, or a combination of both. The first route is for tourists who depart from Merak by ferry across to Bakauheni Harbor. Then from Bakauheni rent an angkot to Canti with the aim of the port providing ships to Sebesi Island.
According to Ardian Perdana Putra’s experience, at Canti there are 3 boats that tourists can rent to cross to Sebesi Island. Tips for educational holidays this time is to choose a ship that is close to the Tejang pier. The fare to take the boat from Canti to Sebesi is Rp. 15.000,- per person. The schedule for the departure of the ship to Sebesi Island is every 1 o’clock in the afternoon. If you have arrived at Sebesi Island, then the journey continues by renting a boat to Mount Krakatau.
But if you and the research group want to rent a boat from Canti directly to Mount Krakatau, you can. The boat rental rate from Canti to Mount Krakatau is around Rp. 2,500,000, – and the cost can be shared with other fellow tourists, amounting to up to 20 people. The cheaper option to take a boat is to transit first on Sebesi Island and then rent a boat from Sebesi to the Mount Krakatau Nature Reserve.
Tips for educational tours to the Mount Krakatau Nature Reserve that are important this time are if you go to Krakatau from Java, then it is better for you to rent a boat in Anyer. The cost of renting a boat in Anyer to the Mount Krakatau Nature Reserve is cheaper than renting a boat in Lampung. However, renting a boat in Anyer has a condition, namely that it must have a SIMAKSI obtained from the Jakarta Ministry of Forestry. You can choose several alternative transportation to the Mount Krakatau Nature Reserve above according to your needs.
Can’t Snorkel and Vacation Must Be Escorted by Officers
Unlike only other tourist attractions in Indonesia, a vacation to the Mount Krakatau Nature Reserve cannot be done alone. Every tourist who comes to a tourist attraction in Lampung must be accompanied by an officer from the Lampung BKSDA. This is in accordance with the initial purpose of your visit to the Mount Krakatau Nature Reserve for educational and research tours. So, set a vacation destination to the Mount Krakatau Nature Reserve from the start when you take care of SIMAKSI. That way you will not feel uncomfortable when the officers accompany you on vacation to Mount Krakatau.
Even though Anak Krakatau is located in the middle of the sea, every visitor to the Mount Krakatau Nature Reserve is not allowed to do holiday activities around the beach of the active mountain. You are not allowed to swim, snorkel, or dive around the Anak Krakatau area. Why? Just like Mount Bromo in East Java, the status of the Child of Mount Krakatau can change at any time from alert to dangerous. Diving is a very high-risk vacation to do in the Mount Krakatau Nature Reserve.
If you want to enjoy pictures of underwater attractions in the Sunda Strait, you can dive around the three main islands that surround the Mount Krakatau Nature Reserve, namely Rakata Island, Small Rakata Island, and Sertung Island. The most interesting diving and snorkeling vacation spots in the Sunda Strait are Umang-umang Island and Sebesi Island. Although the Sunda Strait is a dangerous marine tourism destination, the underwater beauty is very charming.
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