Spending a weekend at a tranquil destinations is one of several choices in the mind of holiday makers. For both locals and foreign tourists, there is still a lot of such places beyond Jakarta. In addition to mountain Puncak area with its cool weather, there are Anyer and Carita two beach resorts.
A sea journey to Anyer and Carita can be made from many fishermen villages in North Jakarta or one can travel by road.
After a one and a half-hour westward drive from Jakarta, or 80 km away, one can see the enchanting panorama of Banten in West Java. An ancient trading port, Banten is noted for historic buildings, some of which were built by the Dutch.
The Great Banten Mosque was built by Sultan Maulana Yusuf in 1559. The palace of Sorosowan is located adjacent to the mosque. About three kilometers from the palace lies an artificial lake called Tasikkardi and there is a water fountain called Panuranan. Another building of historical significance is Fort Speelwik. Banten is also famous for debus, a traditional performance of seemingly supernatural feats.
On the road journey to Anyer, one will come across many industrial estates. Anyer is therefore an accommodation base for many locals and expatriates working in the nearby factories, There is also no shortage of accommodation for tourists. Along the Anyer and Carita beaches are cheap beach-side huts, cottages, apartments, condominiums and five-star hotels.
A hotel that deserves mention is Sol Elite Marbella, an international standard hotel with 580 rooms. It has various sport facilities such as tennis, golf, diving, jet ski, yachting and parasailing.
Anyer and Carita offers sandy beaches and colorful coral reefs in its waters. At Karangbolong beach, still within the area of Anyer, there is magnificent coral reef with a big hole in the center. It was formed when Krakatau Mountain exploded 1883. The hole is big enough for people to pass through. There are several shady area along Karangbolong beach where one can relax and enjoy the views of the horizon.
Krakatau Mountain and its ‘offspring mountain’ locally named Anak Krakatau Mountain are among the recommended place to visit in West Java. Krakatau Mountain on Rakata Island caught a world attention in 1883 when a massive eruption shook the entire world with ashes falling as far away as New York in America. And the spewed lava that cooled is responsible for the rock pools that surround the beaches of Anyer and Carita.
The strong smell of sulfur smites harshly on the nostrils as visitors get-off their boat at Rakata Island where pools of cauldron sulfur can be found. Typical activities on the island are trekking and snorkeling, diving and fishing in its clear waters.