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Ujung Kulon: Memories of paradise

  • Ricky Yudhistira

    The Jakarta Post

Ujung Kulon, banten   /   Sat, July 17 2010   /  10:09 am

Do not disturb: A bull walks on a grassy field in Cidaon, Ujung Kulon, Banten. Visitors are advised not to make any noise near the animals.JP/Ricky YudhistiraIt was before sunrise when we arrived by bus in Sumur village, Banten. The six-hour trip from the World Wild Fund for Nature (WWF) office in Jakarta was quite exhausting. The bumpy ride on damaged roads made us forget the prospect of a sound sleep. The coastal village is the gateway to Ujung Kulon National Park. The sky was gradually brightening, and fishermen were appearing from the sea aboard their boats of various sizes; a number of traders, mostly women, were waiting on the beach. We were heading for Peucang Island located in Panaitan strait, around three hours sail from Sumur village. But with no terminal, the two ships that were to take us could not berth properly so we used smaller intermediary vessels to board. “No termina...