The town was a considerable port in the 19th century, but was completely destroyed by the 1883 eruption of Krakatoa. The present settlement still houses the Cikoneng Lighthouse built by Dutch government two years later as a memorial for the townspeople killed by the eruption. It was also the starting point of the Great Post Road, built by the Dutch in the nineteenth century, which ran around 1,000 kilometers (620 mi) to the eastern tip of Java. Off the coast of Anyer is the island Pulau Sangiang, an uninhabited island with vast areas of untouched jungle. The area is also known for coral formations swarming with tropical fish.
Anyer Beach is a tourist attraction with hot swimming water, a hotel and rental of resting sheds, boats, four-wheeled motorcycles, water scooter and a banana boat.
- "Anjer", Encyclopædia Britannica, 9th ed., Vol. II, New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1878, p. 58.
- Witton, Patrick (2003). Indonesia. Melbourne: Lonely Planet. p. 166. ISBN 1-74059-154-2.
- Rowlett, Russ. "Lighthouses of Indonesia: Nusa Tenggara (Lesser Sunda Islands)". The Lighthouse Directory. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
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