Ujung Kulon, located in Banten province, is one of many Indonesian natural parks. In traditional Javanese language, “Ujung Kulon” literally means “the end at the West”. The name aptly describes its location at the western-most tip of Java island. The park consists of natural forests on Ujung Kulon peninsula and also some small islands nearby.
The main destinations of this park are in Handeleum and Peucang islands. People can go to these islands by renting a boat from a port nearby, Sumur, which is about 5 hours driving from Jakarta. It takes 1.5 hour to get to Handeleum island by boat, another 1.5 hour to reach Peucang island. Along the way, lots of floating fish cages (keramba) decorate the sea. Birds can sometimes be seen diving into the sea to catch fish.
In Handeleum island, visitors will be greeted by groups of deers. They look tame but they will run if they are approached carelessly. Try to approach them very slowly and get a picture or two. In Peucang island, not deers but it is groups of monkeys that will welcome visitors. Please make sure to safely guard your food as these thieves will not hesitate to take them when they have the chance. On another note, it is recommended to use mosquito repellent while visiting the park.
Sea-related activities like snorkeling and fishing can be done in this area. Thus, bring along snorkeling gear and fishing rods and try your luck to catch some fishes. Finally, the seaside is perfect just to sit or to walk around while enjoying the nature.