Banten Tourist Information and Tourism

(Banten, West Java, Indonesia)

The expansive province of Banten lies of the westerly side of Java, where historically it once served as an independent sultanate. Banten offers tourists an assortment of beaches, coastal resorts, tourism, busy cities and interesting towns, all of which are spread around its four regencies and within its subsequent main municipalities of Cilegon, Serang (the capital city), Tangerang and also South Tangerang.

During the 5th century, the Banten province was actually a part of the ancient Tarumanagara (Taruma) kingdom and traces of this period are still visible in some areas, such as Lebak, where a well-preserved stone inscription stands alongside the Cidanghiang River. Today, tourism has become a thriving element, and with so much to explore, tourist information centres await in all of the biggest cities and towns.

Banten Tourist Information and Tourism: Top Sights

The most popular tourist attractions around Banten do tend to be the region's sandy beaches, with the best of these including the Anyer, Karang Bolong, Labuan and Carita beaches, the latter of which has distant views of the world-famous Mount Krakatoa. Various water sport opportunities are provided around the beaches, ranging from windsurfing, water skiing and jet-skiing, to scuba diving, snorkelling and fun rides on inflatable banana boats, and well as glass-bottom boat cruises. The Ujung Kulon National Park is also known for its beaches and coral reefs, as well as its wildlife and jungle treks. For some serious bird watching, the Pulau Dua Bird Sanctuary, on the island of Pulau Dua, is one of the best that Indonesia has to offer. Families will likely prefer the water slides at the Tangerang Ocean Park. More information about Banten Tourist Attractions.

A collection of different landmarks is spread around the Banten province and comprise fortresses, palaces, temples and towers. Particularly notable is the Anyer Lighthouse (Bojong Tower), which was erected as a memorial to remember those who lost their lives when the Krakatoa volcano erupted in 1883. In Pamarican, both the Avalokiteshvara Temple and the Speelwijk Fort warrant a look, as does to Kaibon Palace (Keraton Kaibon) at Kroya. In Banten Village, the majestic Grand Mosque (Mesjid Agung) showcases the very best elements of Islamic architecture and dates back to the mid-16th century. More information about Banten Landmarks and Monuments.

Whilst Banten may well be a huge province, there really aren't many museums or local art galleries within the main towns and cities. Close to Serang and on the northern coastline, Banten Village is home to the acclaimed Archaeological Museum, which is amongst the region's best cultural offerings and contains a range of information and exhibits relating to traditional 'wayang' puppetry, natural history, marital arts, the area's rich maritime heritage and Indonesian handicrafts. More information about Banten Museums.

Banten is large enough to explore for many weeks, although its proximity to further cities, towns and attractions means that day trips are often appealing and tempting. As the capital of Indonesia, Jakarta is the number one excursion from the province and is just a short drive from Banten's north-easterly city of Tangerang. Also close by and to the east are the cities of Bogor (Kota Bogor) and Depok, while to the north-west is the island of Sumatra. Cruises around the island of Krakatoa and its legendary volcano are extremely popular as well. More information about Banten Attractions Nearby.

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