Peucang Island, Beautiful Tropical Island in Banten
Peucang Island is a small but very beautiful, unique and pleasant tropical island with a white sandy beach, blue coastal waters and enchanting coral reefs. Various species of wild animals are found in its forest. Located northwest of Ujung Kulon National Park, Banten Province, about 77 km from Labuan in Pandeglang regency, Peucang Island is one of the country’s tourist resorts suitable for ecotourism and marine tourism activities, as well as adventure. Peucang is one of the most beautiful beaches in Indonesia.
Whist beautiful lost paradise has been the most wanted place to visit. It is the first Indonesian national park and was declared as one of the World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1992. It is also the home of the almost extinct one-horn Javanese Rhino
How to Get to Peucang Island
Tourists can reach Peucang Island from Carita beach port in Banten by hiring speedboats available at Lippo Marina at a cost of about Rp 5.5 million each for up to three days and two nights. It takes about 2.5 hours to go to the island from Carita beach by speedboat, which has a maximum capacity of 20 passengers.
Visitors can also take motorboats available at Labuan, which can carry 15 passengers each. Those who prefer to use fishing boats may hire vessels belonging to local fishermen at a cost of about Rp 2.5 million per round trip. In good weather, the island can be reached by fishing boat in four hours to five hours.
Among facilities available for visitors on the island are a guest house, which can accommodate 50 people, and three wooden buildings on stilts encircling a lawn at the beachside. The rates range from US$70 to US$90 per night per cottage. Those buildings provide air-conditioned rooms with refrigerators and hot water.
Tourists who prefer renting rooms can pay US$35 to US$50 per day per room. Extra beds are available at US$10 per bed.
The entry fee to the island is only Rp 2,000 per person and Rp 2,500 for insurance, which is valid for one week.
Tips for visitors
- Bring food and beverages as well as personal medicines, including malaria tablets. Don’t forget to take malaria tablets before and after the trip.
- To avoid the adverse effect of severe heat, smear uncovered skin with sunblock and to protect your health, use antimosquito cream while traversing the forest.
- Wear muted-color garments while watching animals in their habitat or grazing locations.
- Don’t visit Ujung Kulon National Park during the rainy season and the west monsoon. Bad weather usually hits that region from November to March.
- For safety’s sake during a trip, every group of tourists is advised to use the services of a local guide.
- Don’t disturb or feed wild animals in the national park, especially long-tailed macaques on Peucang island, which look so tame.
- Don’t throw rubbish in the park, but collect and take it back to the guest house or outside the park. Obey all regulations effective in the national park and also the local customs.