Sit, wherever, along the Pelabuhan Ratu bay and, facing the Indian Ocean with sunset you might get the idea of Queen's harbour. Because translating into Harbor Queen, in respect of the Goddess Of The South Sea's, known to the Sudanese people as Nyai Loro Kidul or Ratu Kidul, this legend ever began,... once.
Jakartans come on weekend and holiday. Bandung people love the place, too, and Sukabumi got well-known for it. Taking a rest with sunset and enjoy the breath-taking views of the bay ...
When I hike to the hill in Karang Hawu....and...a gorgeous beach that I saw. really amazing me....on the right side karang hawu with a nice beach and on the left side another great beach.... this eyes can't stop looking around and keep saying....God is awesome!!!!
Another thing I will never forget the pungent, salty smell of the fish that lay drying along the roadside. And we can buy in this fish market also. I imagine the smell when we cook it...mmmm yummyyy........and don't forget bring home as a souvenir........
When I see this small bamboo bridge between 2 corals and have small tunnel for sea water....can hold myself to stand there and do some action....hahahahaha... behind is an ocean where we can hear and see when the wave hit the coral, and infront is beach where have many souvenir stalls....
Just walking along to the beach and see the fisherman's activity in the morning then you will get to the fish market, where the fresh fish, many kinds of the fissh, from small till shark, lobster....and many more. We can buy it and then do BBQ or grill by ourself in the hotel, cos the hotel have place for BBQ.
Taking walks uphill from Bunga Ayu hotel, enables you to look down on the horseshoes shape of the bays coastline, whereas at night hundreds of fisherman’s boat lamps are seemingly competing with the star-studded sky above, an unforgettable romantic scenery.
And when I walking here on the sunset....really a romantic feeling....this is special for couple, or honeymoon.....hahahahaha...
Venture beyond the main beach in front of the town if you want some more privacy. Head to the right and there's a little cove which we had all to ourselves when we were there. If that's already taken, keep going and you may find one of your own. There's also a nice restaurant up on the headland.
Take a walk through the fish market right near the dock to check out the catch of the day. The size of some of the fish here is very impressive. You might have to hold your nose, though, as it gets very smelly.
There's a cave nearby that's home to thousands upon thousands of bats. Ask an ojek to take you there at dusk to watch them all fly out to go on their nightly feed. They eat mosquitoes, so you might want to consider adopting one to accompany you during the rest of your trip in Indonesia :)
Karang Hawu (in Dutch Heksenketel, or Witches Kettle) is a rocky, beautiful beach with a legendary cliff, reaching out for the Indian Ocean. Nature all around charms this spot, at about 20 minutes drive from Pelabuhan Ratu. The capricious ocean has beaten some subterranean passages in the cliff, so it looks like a fireplace where its water sissed her way out into the air.
It is told at this very spot the legendary Nyai Loro Kidul jumped into the waves, ... and after plunging into the ocean She'd established Her watery Kingdom and became Ruler over the Underworld, where demons, spirits and devils haunt.
Special note >>> karang means "rock",... Hawu is the same word for Hawah... derived from the Arabic, and is defined as Eva... you feel something peculiar ??? I did when I discovered ...
You'll be stunned by West-Java with its beauty of green valleys, rice-fields and mountains. We know this part of Java as Sunda, where the Sundanese people live.
The bay of Pelabuhan Ratu, by the Dutch named "Wijnkoopsbaai", got well-known for its ocean-forces. Although the water could have a serene appearance, it's best to take heed of all the posted warning signs. All its myths, legends and sagas do refer to this Indian Ocean and its Divine Ruler, the legendary Javanese South-Sea Spirit-Queen.
At night hundreds of fisherman's boatlamps merge with the star-studded sky above, an enchanting and romantic scene in the bay of Pelabuhan Ratu "Wijnkoopsbaai".
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Go early in the morning to the local fish market, Pasar Ikan, a meeting-place to the denizens of West-Java. You can see the catch of the night before, include sharks, thornbacks and other. It's colorful, noisy, smelly, chaotic, slimy and exciting. Be sure to come early, when it's in full swing ...
The isolated fishing village managed to maintain its proper, traditional modesty, in spite of the popularity of the Samudra Beach Hotel. Maybe the lushy overgrown mountains cooperate to its still remarkable isolation, 90 km South of Bogor and roughly 150 km South-West of Bandung ...
See the Anak Krakatau, a legendary as well as historical place in the Sunda Strait between Java & Sumatra island. This heavy business traffic area got well-known to Holland in 16th century.
Already in 416 AD you could read about Krakatau Volcano in Javanese writings "Pustaka Raja". Its latest eruption in 1883 27th August was a horrible disaster and tsunami-like ocean waves destroyed many lives and land ... even the Krakatau itself was destroyed for 3/4 of its body, to give birth in 1927 to Anak Krakatau ...
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Great Pics, Comments In Dutch by Frank Ossen
Just a short walk from the Samudra Beach Hotel visit Batu Karut, a "Sacred Spot" located next to the hotel. It is said some special ley-lines are concentrated here (imaginary energy-lines from North to South). Pagan meditations got held in former days, which made the place a spiritual strong spot. In ancient times snakes were twisting all over the place.
The photo shows the particular rock Batu Karut (Stone Of Innocence) at the right site, all covered up by plants. When the local people warn you of some snakes, don't get closer. It is told that the snakes protect this "sacred" spot ...
Ever heard about the wet trace outside Room 308? Or the man who wanted to sleep in Room 308, got overwhelmed by "something' and woke up on the balcony? Or the wind blowing in Room 308, while all of the windows were solidly closed? Or the European woman who started to talk in the old-Javanese language which she never had learned and could not believe her own voice on the tape?
These tellings belong to visitors of Room 308, a special prepared room in the Samudra Beach Hotel, dedicated to the Javanese South-Sea Goddess Ratu Kidul. To Western people this is like an absurd horror-story out of a movie. That's what puzzled me and embrased the primitive thought of a "female divine", thrilled by the original in-being. It's worth my study and research for may years and, will recommend visiting the Room 308.