At the beginning of our 7 weeks in Indonesia, we were picked up by Sukia at our hotel in Jakarta at 5:30 a.m. and driven for 3.5 hours to the west coast town of Carita to then be spirited by speedboat across the Sunda Strait, which separates Sumatra and Java,to Anak Krakatau, where we spent a full 24 hours with our guides from Krakatau Tour (www.krakatautourguide.com).
That evening we hiked 200 meters up the 800 meter high volcano, through sharp lava rocks and thick volcanic ash to a point where we watched the sun set, as white billowing emanations from Anak’s two craters drifted downward in front of us to the sea.
Our dinner was creatively provided on two ice chests, with us sitting on another two, eating amazing amounts of fresh seafood and fruit, surrounded by night sounds and a starry sky. Our tents and bedding were set up and ready for us when we turned in for the night. The next day we circled the whole island, getting great perspectives of the craters, previous lava flows and the billowing crater smoke.
This volcano is the “son” of Krakatoa which erupted in 1883 with such ferocity that it completely disappeared, with the resulting tsunami killing tens of thousands of people on other islands in the vicinity. The volcanic dust affected the weather around the world for some time after. Anak 1st started surfacing in its father’s place in 1927.