Sebuku and Sebesi Islands close to the Krakatau volcano

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Overview

Sebuku Island is one of the largest islands in the Sunda Strait, the path of water that runs between the islands of Java and Sumatra. Located close to the Krakatau volcano, the panoramic view of sandy white beaches against gentle rolling waves of the turquoise sea and the backdrop of a smoking volcano in the distance are a feast for the eyes. Sebuku Island is a popular destination for seaside adventures as well as a relaxing stop for those exploring the Lampung Bay at the most southern end of the island of Sumatra.


 


Sebuku Island covers just about 18 square kilometers of uninhabited beauty—an ideal spot to rest and recharge while enveloped by cool sea breeze and magnificent surroundings. Many years ago, the island was used as a plantation area and was well known as a producer of Copra. Due to lack of proper management, however, the plantation soon ceased to exist.


 


Not far from Sebuku lies Sebesi Island. Measuring about 16 square kilometers, Sebesi is a slightly smaller island and is the usual spot for travellers touring Lampung Bay to dock to find accommodations.


 


While perhaps less popular as a dive spot, Sebuku and Sebesi are popular stop-over destinations amongst those who venture to the Krakatau Islands or climb the Anak Krakatau Mountain. Anak Krakatau, (Child of Krakatoa,) is an active volcano that emerged from the caldera of what was once the legendary Krakatoa volcano which blew itself apart in its colossal eruption on 27 August 1883, one of the largest eruptions to shake our planet in modern history.


 



Sebuku Island is one of the largest islands in the Sunda Strait, the path of water that runs between the islands of Java and Sumatra. Located close to the Krakatau volcano, the panoramic view of sandy white beaches against gentle rolling waves of the turquoise sea and the backdrop of a smoking volcano in the distance are a feast for the eyes. Sebuku Island is a popular destination for seaside adventures as well as a relaxing stop for those exploring the Lampung Bay at the most southern end of the island of Sumatra. 


 


Sebuku Island covers just about 18 square kilometers of uninhabited beauty—an ideal spot to rest and recharge while enveloped by cool sea breeze and magnificent surroundings. Many years ago, the island was used as a plantation area and was well known as a producer of Copra. Due to lack of proper management, however, the plantation soon ceased to exist.


 


Not far from Sebuku lies Sebesi  Island. Measuring about 16 square kilometers, Sebesi is a slightly smaller island and is the usual spot for travellers touring Lampung Bay to dock to find accommodations.


 


While perhaps less popular as a dive spot, Sebuku and Sebesi are popular stop-over destinations amongst those who venture to the Krakatau Islands or climb the Anak Krakatau Mountain. AnakKrakatau, (Child of Krakatoa,) is an active volcano that emerged from the caldera of what was once the legendary Krakatoa volcano which blew itself apart in its colossal eruption on 27 August 1883, one of the largest eruptions to shake our planet in modern history.


Activities

To Stay, To Do

Simple lodgings and basic facilities are available on Sebesi Island. Live aboard trips are also available for a couple of days’ trip across the Sunda Strait. Contact your travel agent or tour planner for the option that will best suit your needs.

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Tips

Beware of jellyfish and sea urchins that are sometimes found around Sebuku Island.

 

Located near the Indian Ocean, rough waves may rock the Sunda Strait. Be prepared if you are prone to motion sickness!

 

Some boats may not provide life vests, so some prefer to bring their own.

 

Ask a guide or someone from the area to help you find the best snorkeling spots.

 

Electricity on Sebesi Island is only between the hours of 6 pm and 12 midnight, so be sure to plan in order to make proper use of the power supply limitations.

 

Bring your camera and enjoy your trip!

Getting There and Around

Get There

The closest Airport is the Raden Inten II Airport in the city of Bandar Lampung. This is a domestic only airport, serving Jakarta, Bandung and Batam.

 

Once in Lampung, make your way by road to Dermaga Canti (Canti Pier), which is located in Kalianda in South Lampung. From here, take a speed boat or ferry to Sebuku or Sebesi Island, which will take about an hour.

 

Alternatively, you may charter a boat from small ports in West Java such as at Anyer and Carita. The journey from Java will take approximately 2 hours, depending on the state of the waters at the time. Anyer and Carita are located about 3 hours northwest of Jakarta, capital city of Indonesia.