This place is great for snorkeling with rich coral reefs. One of such fascinating hidden treasures in the province of Banten is Tunda Island off the northern coast of Banten Bay.
Located administratively within the Serang Regency, Tunda Island is an enchanting little island surrounded by beautiful underwater wonders.
From Serang City, the capital of Banten Province, the Island can be reached in roughly 2 hours’ boat ride from the port of Karangantu. With relatively calm waves, the sea around the island is filled with an abundance of coral reefs of various colors, shapes, and sizes.
Finding Nemo will be no problem here since one will have plenty of opportunities to watch clownfish as well as other underwater creatures.
Between the month of July to September, visitors will also get the opportunity to observe migrating dolphins that are sometimes seen circling the island.
Aside from snorkeling and diving, Tunda Island is also a perfect place for fishing. Whether it is with the latest rod and state of the art fishing equipment, or doing it in traditional ways with direct line and pure muscle power, the experience of dueling with giant trevally (GT) and other big fish will certainly be cherished by those who enjoy the sporting art of fishing.
The beauty of the island is also portrayed in the spectacular sunrise and sunset which present a fascinating panorama and enchantingly serene ambiance.
Tunda Island covers a total area of 257.5 hectares and administratively consists of only one village named Wargasara Village.
The island has not been developed much for tourism, however with the growing number of visitors to the island, a number of houses of the local people have now been fitted as guesthouses.
There is also a traditional boat building center where one can observe how traditional wooden boats are made entirely by hand.
How to Get There
Tunda Island’s location is farther compared to Sangiang. Take a bus from Jakarta to Merak.
Get off at Pakupatan Serang Terminal then continue the journey by public transport directly to Karangantu Port take a 2 hours boat ride to the island.