Lampung is a province at the very east of Sumatra. It is actually very near to Jakarta the capital city of Indonesia; however, it is separated by a strait, Sunda strait to be exact. This separation makes the journey takes more time. You must rely on the ferry to take you back and fourth from Java island.
I always think that Lampung has a lot to offer. It has beautiful sceneries which located in various places. We can visit the beautiful beaches, surf in one of the famous surf spots in the world, or pass by the mountain range that gives us lots of fresh air.
The journey from Jakarta will take approximately 6 hours depending on the weather and the speed of the ferry. From Jakarta we can go by the toll road Jakarta-Merak that will take us to the entrance of Merak port. After this 1-2-hour journey we will continue by ferry, in a busy time there will be a ferry every hour. There are several companies that operate ferries in this strait, that is why we can get different types of ferries depending on our luck. The ferry journey from Merak to Bakauheni will take around 2 to 3 hours. If you cross the strait in a clear day you will see the blue sky above, and feel the heat of the sun. I suggest that you sit under the shade in a hot and clear day.
After arriving in Bakauheni, we will be greeted by the terrain of Sumatera island. We can see the mountainous area from far away. At the gate of Bakauheni there is a construction of a new toll road which predicted to be finished by 2018 or 2019. It will be great help if all are completed because the journey time in Sumatera will be cut a lot. The main road to Bandar Lampung, the capital city of Lampung, is a narrow road. Along this main road we can take a detour and visit some beaches. One of the famous beaches is Kalianda. Grand Elty Lampung is one resort that is known as the gate to the Krakatoa from the Sumatera side. I like the beaches in this area because the sand is so soft and white. I like it even more when there are not a lot of people around. It feels like the beach is your own private beach.
Further to the west through the roads to Padangcermin and Bawang we can find Kiluan. This is place is famous for its dolphin sighting. We can find a lot of cottages and home stays around Krui. Despite the beauty of this place, the way to this place is quite difficult. Some of the roads are not well maintained. But above all it is worthwhile to drive and see the beautiful places in Kiluan and maybe you are lucky to see dolphins swimming along your boat.
If you take another road to the west that lead to Kota Agung, you can arrive in Krui. This place is known as a surf spot. A lot of tourists visit Krui to ride the wave of the Indian Ocean. The beach has wide sandy area with soft sand. The waves are perfect for surfing. A lot of home stays and surf camps can be a perfect place to stay during your visit. There are a lot of people from other countries visit Krui, you can meet them at the time you visit the beach. The town itself is not a big town. There are not any big shops around, but you can buy anything essential for your day to day activities in the mini market, Indomart or Alfamart. Public transportation is not really something to look for, but you can rent a motor cycle if you want to get around.