BANTEN, SMALL AND CHARMING
Banten is one of the youngest provinces in Indonesia and also one of the richest. Formerly part of the West Java Province it was separated in 2000 and made a separate province, in accordance with the decision of Act No. 23 of 2000. Situated in west Java it can be reached about an hour from Jakarta, and is small and serene compared to the bustling capital city.
The province has numerous attractions for tourists, from beaches, coastal resorts, busy cities and quaint towns, all spread around its four regencies and within its main municipalities of Cilegon, Serang (the capital city), Tangerang and South Tangerang. It has its own unique culture and language, both called Sundanese that is also used to call its people.
Geography: Banten Province is surrounded by Java Sea in the North. Sunda Straits in the West, and facing the India Ocean in the South. In the east it is bordered by the Special Region of Jakarta and West Java.
Climate: Hot and sunny with temperatures of around 30°C throughout the year The wet season is from November to April, with the rest of the year being hot and dry.
PLACES TO GO, THINGS TO DO
Ujung Kulon National Park
UNESCO has declared the area as a World Heritage Site in 1991. Filled with tropical forests the Ujung Kulom National Park consists of several small islands, which include Peucang Island, Handeuleum Island and Panaitan Island. The highest point is Mount Honje. The park acts as a natural habitat for various types of protected animals, such as the Java rhinoceros, deer, antelope, banteng (buffalo), various primates, wild boar, jungle cats, lemurs, and many kinds of birds. The one-horned rhinoceros is an endemic species of this reserve. Tourism facilities such as accommodation, information centers, tourist guides, and transportation are also available in the park.
Pulau Dua / Pulau Burung (Bird Island)
The main attractions on the island are the natural beauty of the ocean reef groups, various species of fish and birds. Every year, between April and August, thousands of birds from 60 species from the continents of Australia, Asia, and Africa visit the island.
Pulau Umang (Umang Island)
Pulau Umang is located in the tourist area of Pandeglang Beach, adjacent to the tourist area of Cape Lesung. It has a cozy resort with all the facilities for tourist that include cafe, spa, business centre, sunset lounge, beach club, swimming pool, water sports, jogging track, tennis court and karaoke..
Located in the waters of the Sunda Strait Mount Krakatau is one of the world’s most famous volcanoes because of its violent eruption in 1881 with the heat clouds blanketing several areas in Europe for a week and the crack of the region reaches Australian. A haven for nature lovers who go for the camping, hiking and fishing.
Also known as Lake Wetlands Nature Preserve, Rawadano is located in Serang district, about101 km from Jakarta. It has a lake but most of the preserve is dominated by marshes. It is also a nesting place for various types of animals, reptiles, such as snakes and crocodiles. There are about 250 species of birds living in this area. A must-visit destination for nature lovers.