Sebuku And Sebesi Islands, Mount Krakatau

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, Lampung
Sebuku island, Lampung (Source :

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.

Sebesi Island, Lampung
Sebesi Island, Lampung (Source :

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.


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.

Sebuku and Sebesi’s appeal lies in their soft, white sands and sloping beaches.The blue-green water is crystal clear, and is a perfectspot for a swim, not far from the shoreline. Some enjoy snorkeling further out around the island, while others simply relax and enjoy the peace and tranquility; taking in the sights that Mother Nature has to offer.

A few dive spots can be found around Sebesi Island for those who prefer exploration beneath the surface. Accommodations are also available on Sebesi, which are mostly simple homestays or small palm wood cottages. A low mountain is also found on this island for visitors who enjoy a good hike. Rising almost 850 meters, Sebesi Mountain is the highest mountain in the Sunda Strait, just high enough so that its peak lies perpetually shrouded in the clouds.

Sebuku and Sebesi are normally included in tour packages around Lampung Bay, which would not be complete without a trip to the Krakatau Islands. From Sebesi Island, hire a motor boat to Anak Krakatau. The trip will take about 2 hours before stopping at the foot of this deadly peak. The Krakatau Islands consist of three islands; these are Rakata, Sertung and Panjang Islands, with the rising peak of Anak Krakatau in their midst.

Boats to this fiery destination embark on the journey in the wee hours of the morning, so as to complete the climb to the lip of the crater in time to watch the sunrise. The path to the top is slippery and relatively steep, consisting of sandy black volcanic rock, so choosing the appropriate footwear is essential. Your climb, however, will be well worth it with a chance to witness the break of dawn over the volcano’s summit and the magnificence of the morning sun glistening across waters of the Sunda Strait.

Cabe Lagoon, in Rakata Island, is one of the area’s favorite dive spots, and shouldn’t be missed. Multiple varieties of ornamental fish and brilliant coral reefs thrive in the mineral rich volcanic seabed. The deep black sands that cover this section of the ocean floor enhance the colors of the already vibrant ocean life, making this lagoon a stunning and unique area to discover and explore.


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


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!

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