Boasting one of the most sheltered stretches of sea in the western reaches of Java, Carita is the best spot in Java to arrange tours to Krakatau as well as to Ujung Kulon National Park. When you arrive in town, be wary of unlicenced guides who will try to take you out to the site. Krakatau Tour (t0813/8666 8811, wwww.krakatau-tour.com) is a reputable company that offers half-day trips. All accommodation in Carita is on or close to the main seaside road, known as Jalan Carita Raya or Jalan Pantai Carita. Prices shoot up at the weekend, when the town is invaded by jet-skiers.

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