MerakBanten province in Indonesia. While the town is relatively small, it is well known for its seaport, from where passenger ferries and cargo ships depart to the island of Sumatra on the other side of the Sunda Strait.
The Merak-Bakauheni ferry route is operated 24 hours per day, with on average one ferry departure per 12 minutes. The passage of the Sunda Strait takes about 2 hours. An adult ticket is Rp14,500, children 8,500. More expensive tickets are available for reserved seating in an air-conditioned compartment. Taking a car on the ferry costs Rp343,000.
By carMerak is the western terminus of both the Trans-Java toll road and the original North Coast Road (known in Indonesia as Pantura), that leads all the way to the port of Ketapang near Banyuwangi, where the ferries to Bali depart, 1,316 km to the east. Using the Jakarta-Merak toll road, Merak is about 100 km west of Jakarta. The drive takes about 1.5 to 2 hours if there are no traffic jams, but because of the usual traffic congestion regularly up to 3 hours.
By trainis in the port area, just 100 metres north of the ferry port. The station serves four trains per day to and from Jakarta, via Cilegon, Serang, and Rangkasbitung. By train, the trip from Jakarta to Merak takes about 4 hours, so in usual traffic conditions it is faster to take a bus. A one-way ticket in economy class is about Rp30,000.
By busThe (Terminal Terpadu Merak) is about 300 metres from the ferry port. It serves many intercity buses to destinations throughout Java, including all major bus terminals of Jakarta. In addition, many buses on the way from Sumatra to Java or vice versa, that cross the Sunda Strait by ferry, make a stop at the Merak bus terminal. There is also a direct bus from Jakarta's Soekarno-Hatta International Airport to Merak via Serang and Cilegon, operated by DAMRI. During daytime, this bus runs once per hour. The drive from the airport to Merak takes about 3 hours, and the ticket price is Rp60,000.
Pulau Merak Besar20 hectares island. The island can be reached by a short hop on a small boat, that departs not from the ferry port but from behind the policy station (Kantor Polsek Merak). On the island you cand find a protected forest with many monkeys, and white sand beaches. Of course, the view includes the arrival and departure of many ferries. There are no facilities on the island.
Pulau Merak KecilMuch smaller island, but with a similar landscape. The beach of Pulau Merak Kecil is increasingly popular among locals. No facilities are available on the island. The small boats depart from behind the police station (Kantor Polsek Merak).
Restoran Simpang Rayaphone: +62 254 574 680address: Jl. Raya Merak No.87Chain restaurant with Padang (West Sumatra-style) food.
Hotel Feri Merakphone: +62 254 572 081address: Jl. Raya Pelabuhan Merak, No. 30Simple hotel opposite the police station, not far from the ferry terminal.