The steaming fumaroles of Krakatoa Island are a dire warning of volcanic violence brewing just below the surface. The island was torn apart with cataclysmic force in 1883, leaving skeletal traces of a once grand landmass. Her last volcanic release in 2018 served as a reminder that Indonesia sits atop the ominous Indo-Pacific Ring of Fire.

Despite her turbulent history, many of the islands of Krakatoa now boast stunning black sand beaches, lush vegetation, and gorgeous reefs. Much to the delight of local fishermen, predatory wahoo and giant trevally have returned to Krakatoa’s near shore waters to take advantage of the abundant feeding opportunities. It’s hard to imagine that an island with such a volatile history has now become an alluring playground for snorkelers, kayakers, birders, and beachcombers.