Peucang Island – Ujung Kulon Tour
If you never have tried jungle trekking before, don't miss it now. It is nothing strange, dangerous or difficult. You don't have to be young and adventurous to do it. You only need interest in and curiosity for nature. If you don't have that, you will probably catch it. However, you must be fit enough. In the vicinity of Ujung Kulon a new form of trekking has developed. You go with former guerilla soldiers in the forest where they once took cover from the enemy.
The first time visitor can sometimes be disappointed on how few animals are normally seen. One reason for this is the natural shyness of animals. Even though the animals are not seen, they are often nearby as they hide in the under-story or in the canopy overhead. Nevertheless, a patient observer will see the animals and take their photos as well.
To See Animals
* Develop an eye for what is always there, but often difficult to see: the primates and the reptiles.
The best way is to choose a comfortable spot and just quietly wait.
* Search for things that are all around, but often go unnoticed: butterflies, termites, insects, frogs, etc
* Learn to recognize the sounds of the forest.
* Learn to identify the tracks and other animal signs that are left on trails, for example tracks of Rhino, Crocodile and Ungulates.
A classic sight is when tourists meet up with the local guide for their trek. The tourists carry heavy and full backpacks and dressed in latest wildlife fashion. The local guide comes with a plastic bag in his hand and flip-flops on his feet. Some equipment is recommended though:
* Light clothes, long trousers and long sleeved shirt.
* Comfortable walking shoes.
* Leech socks or 2 layers of ordinary socks (nylon socks are better barriers for leeches than cotton socks).
* Hat and rain cape (material that breathes is best, because of the humidity; sometimes an umbrella is most comfortable but on tracks through bushes sometimes difficult to keep up).
* Sleeping bag for higher altitudes.
* Personal medication, antihistamines (for bee stings), malaria pills.
* Sun lotion (for river rafting), insect repellent.
* Camera. A macro lens is often more useful.
* Binoculars are recommended.
* Plastic or waterproof bag for sensitive equipment.
* Food for all participants, including the guides.
* Tent or plastic sheeting for camps.
How To Be Have
Even though most snakes are not poisonous, one should be careful and not disturb snakes. If you get bitten, very unusual though, put a pressure bandage above and below the wound in order to slow down the spread of poison. Contact a doctor as soon as possible.
* Don't cut rattans and vines, they are essential for the ecosystem.
* Don't leave rubbish behind. Tins and plastic don't rot.
* If a fire is being lit, use only dead wood and clean the spot before leaving.
* Crossing rivers can be dangerous, especially after rains. Most accidents happen in rivers. It is better to wait and try later when the water level drops.
* "Take nothing but photos, leave nothing but footprints".
* Chose your guide carefully. Small groups are usually nicer than bigger ones.
Beware of currents and rip tides. Sunda strait doesn't have the same dangerous currents as along the south coast of Java though. Be careful with open wounds especially from coral reefs. They heal slow and get easily infected due to the tropical climate and the mobile lifestyle a tourist keeps. Clean and disinfect. Betadine is recommended for your medicine kit.
In the oceans are many sharks, but the most dangerous ones, for example the Great White shark, prefers a bit cooler water. It is extremely rare in Indonesian waters. Common reef sharks are not considered dangerous. Sharks that feel threatened can attack. Always stay calm and leave the area. The barracuda is less dangerous than the shark, but can be attracted by flashy jewelry and speared fish. The Indonesian barracudas are not aggressive as their relatives in the Atlantic though. Sea snakes are the most poisonous of all snakes, but not aggressive. Their teeth are very short and placed far in and can only bite small objects. The saltwater crocodile is an aggressive creature. They live normally in murky estuaries and not at coral reefs and moving waters. Crocodiles are extinct in most rivers or afraid of humans, however common in the Alas River near Singkil. Crocodiles are probably the most dangerous animals in Indonesia, with the exception of the mosquito, when looking at statistics.
Stingrays and scorpion fish should be taken seriously. The stingrays often hide in sandy areas near the shore. They normally flee when a human is coming, but sting if they are suddenly stepped upon. Using flip-flops doesn’t protect. The sting is rarely fatal for an adult, but causes much pain and fever. Get the victim to the beach and remove any spine still left. Wash and slightly bleed the punctured area. Immerse the wound in hot water, up to 50 degrees or put on hot compresses. See a doctor. If you are too far from a doctor, consult a local healer. They are often experienced with these kinds of problems. Scorpion fish and Stonefish are poisonous and camouflage themselves. The stonefish can be deadly. Sea Urchins, especially the black ones, are better avoided. Be careful when you walk over the reef. They can be painful to step on. The spines can be dissolved by urine. Jellyfish are not a problem in Indonesia
Diving is best on Krakatau and Ujung Kulon. Also the snorkeling is fantastic there, but there is also snorkeling in Pulau Krakatau and Peucang. Diving has not yet been developed in Ujung Kulon and Anak Krakatau.
As an eco- traveler it is your responsibility to prevent or minimize any negative impacts on the environment, local community and economy of the destination you are visiting. Our aim is to provide guidelines that will help you to remember the principles of ecotourism throughout your trip.
What's Included?What you have to bring :
comfortable trekking or sport shoes, sunglasses, hat, swim suit, towel, sun cream, camera.
Service including :
Transportations, Boat, Accommodation , Meal, Mineral water, entrance fee permits, snorkeling gear, expert guidance, all ground and sea transfers as described in the program including private charter boat.
All our boats are equipped with life jackets, navigation devices and are operated by a professional crew. You will be accompanied by our English speaking guide, expert on local attraction.
The trip itinerary is very much dependent on the weather conditions and may make changes accordingly.
Destination CoveredUjung Kulon National Park and Jakarta
Best SuitedBudget, Families, Groups, Honeymoon, Kids, Solo travellers
We pick you up at Jakarta air port or Jakarta city for meeting service with our guide than transfer by car directly to coastal town of Carita beach take about 4 hours, overnight at Carita Bay Resort (free program).
DAY 02. Carita - Peucang Island
After breakfast depart from Carita beach by car to Sumur port passes through passes hills, rice field and beaches arrived than board the wooden boat (slow boat) to Peucang island will take 2 hours, The unique and delightful Peucang Island lies in clear blue water off the north western coastline of the Ujung Kulon National park. It is white sand beaches and coral reef shore hold a fascinating world marine life while Peucang Island is impressive forest shelter an abundance of wild life, on the way we will stop over at Nyawaan blue lagoon for swimming or snorkeling, arrived in the afternoon than continue to Cidaon situated on the peninsula opposite island, this large grassland for Wild bulls, wild pig, peafowl, leopard etc, over night at Fauna Eco lodge, dinner time will be served at 7pm (free program).
DAY 03. Peucang Island - Ciramea Beach
After breakfast at 8am taking the boat to Cibom than (trekking) the direct route to Ciramea travel through magnificence rain forest to shelter at the southern end of Ciramea beach one of the most nice beaches at the park by jungle and Indian ocean us background, beautiful sand stone which are formed naturally can be seen, this sand coastline is the egg - aying site for Turtle, keep your eyes look up as sometime you will find the black monkey, hornbill, javan civet, giant squirrel take 4 hours, back to Peucang island via Tanjung Layar the historical site (lunch/rest) than continue to Citerjun for snorkeling to see variety ciramea south coast Ujung Kulon of fish at coral reef "angelfish, surgeonfish, clownfish, batfish, butterfly fish, lionfish etc ,overnight at Fauna Eco lodge, dinner time will be served at 7pm (free program)
DAY 04. Peucang Island – Sumur - Jakarta
After breakfast at 8am we walk (trekking) north on Peucang island passes through towering forest with big trees to a rock archway beyond which are the reef pools of Karang Copong, keep your eyes look up as sometime you will find the black monkey, hornbill, javan civet, giant squirrel, back to lodge than return trip (cruising) to Sumur, lunch will be served on the boat, on the way We will stop over at Citerjun coral reef for snorkeling or swimming to see variety of fish at coral reef, "angelfish, surgeonfish, clownfish, batfish, butterfly fish etc. Late afternoon back to Carita - Jakarta. End the trip.
Tour character : Easy to moderate hikes and excursions, comfortable hotels.
Be aware of local history, culture and customs of the locals before arriving. Learn enough knowledge of the language to be polite i.e. hello, please and thank you. By making the effort to learn even the basics it will be appreciated by locals; and enrich your experience.
When packing, if you want to bring gifts for local people in developing countries don't give sweets; instead bring clothes and pens, and ask your tour operator or driver to give them to community elders so that you don't encourage begging from children. learn about the vital eco-systems before arriving.
During your Stay
Be sensitive to the local culture by wearing clothing that is accepted. Be aware of people's sensitivity to being photographed; always ask first. Observe local customs.
Remember that you are a visitor and therefore be aware that your cultural values may differ from those of the locals. This may include different concepts of time, personal space, communication etc. which are not wrong or inferior, just different.
Demonstrate responsible behavior to other travelers who are less informed than you by acting as an example.
Be sensitive to displays of wealth in front of people from developing countries. By displaying possessions such as cameras and jewelery, feelings of jealousy may be created which then generates barriers that inhibit genuine interactions between travelers and locals.
Ask your tour operator or guide what their established environmental guidelines are for limiting and improving tourist impact on the environment and local culture. General guidelines involve staying on trails, maintaining set distances away from wildlife, and not encouraging drivers to move too close to wildlife, even if it is tempting for getting a better picture.
Comply with international environmental conventions. Do not buy any animal products while travelling. Do not remove any objects, plants or animal products from nature. Not only can these affect fragile ecosystems, but is also illegal.
Conserve Resources. Be aware of resource shortages such as water and food as many tourist destinations are under increasing pressure.
Don't allow your guide to hunt endangered or threatened species or harvest rare plants for your consumption.
Encourage practices to conserve the environment, including the use of renewable resources in a sustainable manner and the conservation of non-renewable resources.
Continue with your commitment to conservation at home by incorporating it into everyday life. Support organizations or societies that follow eco-principles and share your experiences with others with the goal of increasing awareness of environmental issues.
These recommended guidelines should be followed by all eco-travelers. However by choosing a tour operator through Ecotourism Directory, a small part of the work has been done for you as the eco-policies of every listed operator has already been reviewed; and is displayed for you to read about.
By encouraging the tourism industry to comply with these policies on a local, regional and national level the aim is to restructure the tourism industry into making a positive impact towards environmental sustainability, economic sustainability for all stakeholders and the preservation of culture. By choosing only travel providers that hold eco-principles, the rest of the tourism industry will be forced to follow due to the power of consumer demand
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