Welcome to Merak
Right on the northwestern tip of Java, Merak is an ugly port town and the terminus for ferries shuttling to south Sumatra. For decades there's been talk of a bridge connecting Java and Sumatra here, and in 2007 the ambitious project finally got the go-ahead only for the idea to be shelved again in 2014 before any construction work had started. So, for the foreseeable future, travel between the two islands will continue to be by boat – a far more romantic way of arriving or departing Java, we think. Merak is 140km from Jakarta.