Pangandaran Travel Guide

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Pangandaran Highlights

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    DidiBeachBum says…

     one of Java's best kept secrets 

  • Con
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     Many tourists, many hard sells, swindling, long travel way 

  • In a nutshell
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     after 10 hours ride ... here's the edge of west java! 

Pangandaran Things to Do

  • Finding the out of the way places

    I like a bit of jungle. Pangandaran was great, because the peninsula at the south end of town is a national park, and not many people go there at all. So it's easy to get to an unspoilt bit of jungle.Getting in, you will be approached by various guides, but for the most part, you don't need guides. Just follow the paths. I found my way all around...

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  • batu hiu and batu karas

    batu hiu [shark rock] and batu karas are rocky coastal zones of pangandaran. in batu hiu can be seen formation shark's nose look-alike overlooking indian ocean whilst in batu karas you can do surfing activity.batu karas is less touristy compared to west and east coasts of pangandaran. and there are plenty of cheap accommodations.both of these...

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  • cujang taneuh or green canyon

    cujang taneuh or more popular addressed as 'green canyon' is pangandaran's number one's attraction. it's a boating activity by green emerald river to a jungle look-alike and stop after 10 minutes sailing to hike into a gorgeous cave which is connected to the estuary.it's an enchanting rocky wall surrounding a pond and just jump to have a nice swim....

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  • citumang river

    addressed as green canyon number two, it's a nice swim amongst the 'dam'. but it's not a man-made dam as usually can be found by the river. this is a natural dam. quite difficult along the way to citumang, but something rewarding once you find the place. again .. green emerald water is awaiting!

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  • west and east coasts

    the unique beach condition of pangandaran is ... there are two coasts [east and west] which is flanked by a road named 'jalan kidang pananjung'.so, once you're set your foot to pangandaran, you can see sunrise and sunset in the place nearby within a day. this is a bonus for me, who doesn't pay so much time here!

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  • pangandaran nature park

    in pangandaran peninsula, can be found a nature reserve with various plantation, caves and animals. during my visits, can be seen:- javan gibbons, macaques, phyton, barking deer, deer and hornbills [animals]- stalagtites and stalagmites caves, several of them have direct alleys to the coasts. it's nice to see how the waves comes into the caves and...

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  • PANGANDARAN Beach

    Pantai Pangandaran (Pangandaran Beach) may be one of Java's finest beaches ... but you need to take great care when swimming especially at the East Beach. The Westerly Beach is regarded as better, but take care! Strong undertows can be dangerous even though a coral reef has reduced their impact. The snorkeling is here the best, the warnings are,...

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  • Day Tour of Green Canyon, Cottage...

    In Pangandaran you can organise a guided day-trip with a small group that will take you to see many interesting sights in the nearby area. The most famous is the Green Canyon (Cukang Taneuh), where you will be taken through the canyon by boat until you reach a point where the boats cannot pass, then you can get out and climb over the rocks to swim...

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  • Citumang Dam

    Citumang Dam is a gorgeous place that makes a great daytrip from Pangandaran. Don't let the word 'dam' put you off; there is nothing man-made about the beautiful natural landscape here. What you will see is a turquoise river with a small waterfall that you can jump off; this is alot of fun, but do be careful as the current is strong. Near the...

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Pangandaran Restaurants

  • seafood heaven!

    located at the southern part of java island, direct to indian ocean, pangandaran unarguably enriched with abundant fresh seafood.amongst the most popular here are: lobster, prawn, cuttle fish/calamari, crab and kind of fish. my choice goes to prawn which looks so yummy! what kind of place do you want to have to enjoy seafood? it's up to you....

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  • Fresh Fruit

    It's almost worth making a trip to Pangandaran just to sample the tropical fruit. Ofcourse some are not that unusual in the West, like pisang/banana, the nanas/pineapple and the mangga/mango. Durian, my favourite, is the most infamous tropical fruit, included because of the juice that leaves a permanent stain on your clothing. In Pangandaran you...

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  • hmmmmm....

    There are sometimes a lot of tourists here.Some local , often foreigners.The place kept it's own character...but did alsosome concessions to tourism.Lucky me... lol. In the evening everything was abit slow becauseit was rainy season. Not that many peoplestaying here.... 'Pangandaran kiss' Chocolate fudge ice , marachino cherries , whipped...

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Pangandaran Transportation

  • How to get to Pangandaran and Batu karas

    Hi,If you come from Jakarta, then you better go straight to Kampung rambutan bus terminal. There's direct shuttle bus from the airport (DAMRI) pay for IDR 20K. then from Kampung rambutan bus terminal, take bus to Pangandaran. But latest bus is at 8PM. the cost will be around IDR 60-80K. Or another option, take bus to tasikmalaya and from there,...

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  • bis budiman & by plane www.susiair.com

    from jakarta airport take a "Blue Bird" taxi (cap) to Bekasi bus terminal or kampung rambutanit`s cost around 200 000 Rp but it`s the most comfortable way.if you leave from bekasi ,take the Bis Budiman for around 50 000 Rpall buses leave frequently.from kampung rambutan is more dangerous,because there alot of thiefs.since 2008 is although posible...

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  • Minibuses To Pangandaran

    Pangandaran lies more or less halfway between Bandung and Yogyakarta or Dieng. Banjar is the turn-off point on the Bandung-Yogya rail and road route. Coming from Central Java, an alternative is by train and bus all the way to head for Cilacap and make the very nice backwater trip by boat (prahu) from there to Kalipucang, 17 km north of...

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Pangandaran Shopping

  • Durian, Green Stinky Fruit

    The durian fruit comes from the durian tree, found in the jungle rainforest (Malaysia, Thailand & Indonesia). I love the brown to green fruit, always taking care of the strong sharp thorns. Especially when split (mostly 5 parts) and watching the creamy, yellow pulp. I know a lot of people dislike the smell and overpowering aroma, making the durian...

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  • crispy salty fish

    along jalan jaga lautan at the east coast of pangandaran you can see many hawker stalls which sell kind of salty fish. their specialities are ikan jambal roti [red snapper type look-alike] and rebon or ebi [small shrimps] which are dried using salt methods. i think this is the best you can have from shopping activity! or another option is dried...

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  • WAYANG GOLEK

    Once avoiding these 3-dimensional wooden puppets I love the weird-looking figures. And always sneeking into the shops around where you can buy these, even the common touristy ones. Better ask around for someone who can take you to a privat puppet master, Northerly of Pangandaran. Beautiful exceptionally fine Wayang Golek puppets!!! These...

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Pangandaran Local Customs

  • Making friends

    Even the whole world is getting concerned about smoking a cigarette, Indonesian people love ngobrol (having a chat) and, when once familiar with tourists, smoke a kretek (Indonesia's indigenous clove cigarette, and part of their culture and traditions).So,... even not smoking, one of the easiest ways to make friends around Indonesia is simply...

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  • Travelling

    Indonesians, both men and women, are generally not comfortable being alone ... even on a simple errand they are happier having a friend along. So they donot like travelling all alone.So travelling always is a very "ramé-ramé" event (busy, fussy, lively, bustling and even noisy). And being part of this could be so amusing, so enjoy your travel...

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  • NGOBROL - Chatting Time

    Indonesian people love to talk when once familiar with tourists. The "ngobrol-ngobrol" style of speech is a superb example of pure and simple, with the aim of "telling it like it is", without overdoing.These people love their stories "ngobrol-ngobrol" style, which is the way they normally communicate in daily life. Sitting on the ground or...

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Pangandaran Warnings and Dangers

  • Want to sleep Saturday nights? Leave...

    Whether local or not, young testosterone-poisoned louts cruise the streets on their muffler-removed motorcycles the entire night. If you want to get any sleep, better bring a good pair of earplugs. Better yet, consider spending the night out of town.The police are obviously completely ineffectual. I'm told they fear confronting the louts, who are...

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  • tsunami warning signboard

    tsunami hit pangandaran about 2 years ago and some people within areas still in recovery. i salute them for the positive minds and moving forward. and also pay respect towards lost souls in the tragedy.local government already put some signboard as early warning announcements. and you can read tsunami trails amongst road signs which will lead you...

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  • TAWAR - Bargain

    Indonesian currency is "Rupiah" (IDR). It is a national tradition to "tawar terus", keep on bargaining. This is even true when you wanna exchange your money for Rupiahs at a bank! Remind in shops to tawar, even with fixed prices you can have success. Donot overdo it and never loose your temper. People always do bargaining with a smile and, you may...

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Pangandaran Tourist Traps

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    by belgianchocolate Written Jun 4, 2004

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    Well there had to be something...
    Litter. Litter Litter.
    Wherever Indonesian people go ,
    they leave behind lots of litter.

    It bothers me. They just leave it on the beach
    or throw it in the forest.

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Pangandaran What to Pack

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    by RoyJava Updated Jul 9, 2005

    Luggage and bags: Especially Bandung people love to visit Pangandaran during weekends and holidays. A lot of accommodations, restaurants, souvenir shops, recreational facilities, so find yourself a good accommodation, and bring just your city backpag to travel around (belly-belt or small rucksack to keep your travel informations).

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Lightweight cotton clothing, pay attention not to wear green in your clothes. Good footwear is important (for the Green Canyon), hat, sunglasses.

    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Sun-protection cream (!!!), and tissues, (wet towels). Indonesia is endemic with hepatitis, dengue & malaria fevers, with some parts having Japanese encephalitis, so get your shots & have some medical insurance cover, to get you home in the event that you get ill. Cholera outbreaks are not uncommon in the "dry season" & as this is transmitted by water, ensure you use only bottled water!

    Photo Equipment: Bring extra battries, and digital memory as its hard to find these items locally. Fuji is the best you can get there (supply is rather new, others could have been damaged by sun-heat).

    Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: Have a supply of sun-protection cream, first and foremost. And trekking around and wanna stay on the beach (not that good idea!), bring a sleeping bag, mosquito-proof tent and electric torch.

    Miscellaneous: Pangandaran is more the Kuta-style resort, still try to be nice to local people. Take your books, sarung, and a musical instrument (when playing). People love to hear your playing ... also in Pangandaran!

    Related to:
    • Hiking and Walking
    • Road Trip
    • Beaches

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Pangandaran Off The Beaten Path

  • The Sedep Malam Flower

    Because there is a lot of misinformation circulating about this plant, some about this very unique flower of the Sedep Malam which is my favourite flower too!The wite flowers only blossom when sunrise has began. A sweet smell from its flower will be engulfed a passer-by. This unique smell can be overpowering so people tell no any other flower can...

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  • River-Boat-Trip

    Although Pangandaran got a well-known beach-resort the "Backwater Trip" from Kalipucan to Cilacap could be outrageous, too. When there is some time, head for the Nusa Kambangan island, a prisoner island similar to what Alcatraz used to be.The island is under control by the Department of Justice and Human Rights. There is some tourism and you could...

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  • Green Lake To Become Young Again

    According to Karang Nini the girls should visit the Green Canyon and the Green Lake. This spring used to be visited by Kanjeng Ratu Kidul and all of Her beautifull young women. Their spirits are still roaming around the greenish water, whose water, according to local belief keeps woman looking young forever and cure or prevent impotency if used...

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Pangandaran Favorites

  • lunar eclipse

    it's only 0400 am when i landed at pangandaran. freezing cold in east coast where people gather to see the sunrise.but wait a minute, something that people might be pay less attention. behind their backs ... have a look! it's lunar eclipse about 15 minutes. and i say, "would you please to turn around?" and most of them say "ohhhh!!! lunar...

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  • Sail And Dream Away

    We went for the rather small boat ride from Kalipucang to Cilacap. WOW, this is one of the highlights of a trip, leaving Pangandaran in a superb way. Try to get the ferry as early as possible (07.30, 08.30, 10.30 o'clock), and say goodbye to Pangandaran by bemo, by colt or by bus (the minibus terminal in Kalipucang is only 200 m from the ferry so...

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  • Fly Away And Dream Ahead

    The small peninsula of Pangandaran is indeed a good place to unwind. It lies more or less halfway between Bandung and Yogykarta or Dieng. Most tourist choose for a direct travel to Yogyakarta, removing from main international gateway Jakarta. When travelling by the super deluxe night Bima Express (via Yogyakarta) or the Mutiara Utara (via Semarang)...

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