Island Hopping At It’s Best

Read my prelude to Krakatoa trip post just in case you missed it.

Day 1

After about 2 hours in the boat we arrived to this little island with white sandy beach. It’s appropriately called Sebuku Kecil as it was a really small island. Seeing the clear blue water, I can’t wait to jumped out and test the water which by the way my friends, Farrah and Diana quickly did! I was trapped inside the boat with girls who got so busy with their sunscreens and changing. It took me a few minutes to be able to get off the boat.

The views…

I can’t find enough words to describe how beautiful that little island is!

Let the pictures do the talking for you, shall we?

I don’t want to go home!” I told the girls as I plop down by the beach and watched gentle waves came crashing on my feet.

We all laughed and agreed it was a great little place. All the exhaustion of our long trip just to reach that place evaporated instantly!

Inhaling the fresh ocean breeze, feeling the sands between my toes, letting the waves crashing on my legs…far far away from the hustle and bustle of crazy big city like Jakarta was heaven! I could really stay there forever just soaking it all in.

After about two hours and getting some tan, we boarded the boat back. This time Farrah, Diana and me decided to get on the top deck of the boat.

We should’ve been here in the first place!” we all agreed that being up there was far better than being cramped up inside and feeling the waves moving our intestines around hah!

Wind…waves…clear blue ocean. We bathe  it all in and we all went “Woohoo” every time the boat bounces from the waves.

We just sat up there the entire time until the boat came to a stop, almost two hours later to the island where we will be staying at. Sebesi island. It’s the only populated island closest to Krakatoa.

There’s a big hall right by the beach side of the island where we all gathered. Mr. Coordinator quickly told us of where we will be sleeping at. Most people went their ways to checked it out. We decided to stay and just chill out.

The girls and I took turns to take a quick shower in one of the bathrooms by the hall. It feels so nice to freshen up.

They served us lunch in the compound.

Eat up! We are not on a diet. We need to stay fit for this trip.” Diana barked and we all couldn’t agree more.

We then checked out the camp. It’s like a big house with one big open room, thin mattresses lined up the floor and two bathrooms in the back. They separated the girls’ house to the boys’ house.

There was no power that time. Power and water are shut down during the day and didn’t come back on until 6 PM on a daily basis.

We didn’t care much!

Most of our ‘roommates’ the girls, decided to take a nap and rest.

Darn! We can sleep when we die! Let’s go to the beach!” Diana marched out and I followed suit. Couldn’t agree more!

So while everyone else were crashing, we found our way to the beach. Under a tree, we plop down and sat. I took pictures. We chatted. Farrah came and joined us. The sun was bright but the ocean breeze was bliss!

I could sit here all day and just write away!” I told Diana who laugh and nodded in agreement.

We watched people coming and going to the island by boats, local children playing soccer, dogs running around and plop themselves in the water to cool off.

I wished I could’ve taken A with me. He would love this. The freedom of running around the beach and play in the water. Ah, I missed that little rascal!

We lost track of times…heck, who cares about times when you’re in a place where nature is still at her best?!

I can’t remember what time exactly that we were called in and told to get ready to go snorkeling. We have to go before the currents get higher. So we changed into our swimming gear and boarded the boat again.

Honestly, I have never ever snorkel before in my whole life! Shameful, I know!

The currents were pretty strong by the time we jumped into the water. It was so much fun although it took me awhile to get used to the goggle and breathing from my mouth.

After snorkeling, we sailed to this really tiny island called the Umang-Umang island. It’s so small you can see the entire island with just one glance.

My leg was flaring up again so I decided to stay on board and just hang out with some girls. We took pictures, we joke around, we teased those young ones who eagerly jumped out to explore the little island.

From there we sailed on to watch the sunset.

It was majestic!

Trying to take sunset pictures from a waving boat is another story but I happily snapped away. Seeing the sunset, the flaring red sky, you just can’t help but wonder how beautiful God’s creation really is.

We were all a happy pack by the time we got back to Sebesi island. Dinner was waiting for us.

Turned out they were having an opening of Krakatoa Festival that night at the hall. It was packed, local people came and watch the singing, the dancing.

My bad leg started to hurt again so after I took some more ibuprofen, the girls told me to go lay down. We decided to stay at the boys’ house. I quickly stumble into one mattress by the corner that they said empty. Everyone was hanging out by the porch. The party at the hall went on all night until the wee of the night.

I passed out!

Next installment, the day Krakatoa blew our minds away.



  1. Saundra Rohn
    October 12, 2012 / 7:27 pm

    Maureen, your descriptive. Writing makes me feel like I’m there with you on this beautif part of Indonesia. Your photographs are awesome. The sky, beaches, water, and the breathtaking sunset fill me with such peacefulness and awe. God did good and I can experience it thanks to your fab blog!
    Love you

  2. October 12, 2012 / 8:19 pm

    It looks and sounds beautiful. Your pictures are gorgeous!

  3. October 13, 2012 / 2:56 am

    Great pics. I love the sunset pictures. It’s hard to imagine it’s this kind of weather there at this time of year… I know… 😉 I hope you all are having a great time!

  4. October 15, 2012 / 10:41 am

    What an amazing trip…like paradise! Great pictures!

  5. October 15, 2012 / 11:39 am

    Hey you made it on MY Top Bloggers list, go check out my latest post!

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