LAMPUNG, NATURE HEARTLAND
Lampung, also known as Southeast Sumatra, is located on the southern tip of the island of Sumatra and borders the provinces of Bengkulu and South Sumatra. Most of the inhabitants are descendents of migrants from Java, Madura and Bali, who came to the province as part of the Indonesian government’s transmigration program. It boasts volcanoes, wildlife reserve, megalithic remains and a superb coastline of deep-cut bays and wonderful beaches. But it is also known for its geographical instability in terms of earthquakes and volcanoes. The historical volcano eruption of Krakatau, which occurred in 1883, had disastrous consequences destroying lives, properties and land.
Lampung’s capital is Bandar Lampung, which is made up of twin cities of Teluk Betung and Tanjung Karang. It has several interesting places such as the Museum and the Monument of the Krakatau Eruption. Popular tourist activities are watching the weaving of the traditional Tapis textile, art and dance performances or just sunbathing on the beach.
Lampung Province is bordered on the north by South Sumatra Province , south by the Sunda Strait , west by Bengkulu Province and east by the Java Sea.
It has a temperature of between 20°C and 34°C and rainfall of between 2,000mm and 4,000mm per year.
PLACES TO GO, THINGS TO DO
Wai Kambas Reserve and Wai Wako River
Wai Kambas is a forest reserve; about two hours drive from Bandar Lampung. It covers an area of 130,000 ha on Lampung’s east coast. Motorboats can be hired at Wai Kanan for cruising around and up the Way Wako River.
Wai Kanan River
Visitors sail along Wai Kanan and Wai Kambas by canoe or boat to watch the surrounding flora and fauna, stopping for a swim or do some fishing at the mouth of Wai Kambas. The more adventurous can go for a 2-hour trek through the prepared track and listen to wild animals roaring and birds singing.
Wai Kambas Elephant Training Centre
The Wai Kambas Elephant Training Centre is an international project, which is partly funded by the World Wildlife Fund. It trains elephants to be useful to man. Most visitors come to Wai Kambas to visit the training center and to have an opportunity to ride on an elephant. Other activities and special interests are bird watching, jungle tracking, elephant safari and river cruises. Simple tourist facilities are available, such as lodges, wooden houses on poles, river boats and an observation center.
This is a volcanic island formed of lava from the eruption of the Krakatau in 1883. Located in the Sunda Strait between the islands of Java and Sumatra. This is a popular tourist attraction, is reachable in three hours by boat from Canti, a fishing village near Kalianda.
Pugung Archaeological Site
A must visit for history buffs. Located in Pagung Raharjo village, 40 kilometers northeast of Bandar Lampung, the site is filled with megalith and prehistoric relics from the classical Hindu-Buddhist period.
Merak Belantung Beach
Located 40 kilometers south of Bandar Lampung, on the way to the seaport of Bekauheni, the beach is ideal for swimming and wind surfing. There are cottages to accommodate visitors.