Queen's harbour, fishing port, sea-life, beach-resort, mythical places, hills, cool and windy
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Plenty Of Legendary Myths - Ratu Kidul South-Sea Goddess - Nature In Beauty
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....more
Ever heard about the legendary Javanese "edible-bird's nest" gatherer, or shadow hunter and the very special sea-swallow or swift? He is doing the upmost dangerous stunts to harvest the bird nests of the sea-swallow/swift.The birds build their nest deep in the caves of the high wall-mountains along the Southern shore of South-Java. To access the...more
The Bayu Amrta restaurant is along the Southern coast of West-Java. Located on a hill the bay-view is phantastic and the seafood is delicious, cooked to perfection. With sunset the bay is colouring onto goldish red and, you'll have a beautiful view at Pelabuhan Ratu. After the quick sunset the bay gets lightened up by numerous fishermen-boats and...more
Our fusion of the cheerful, homely beer gardens of Germany with relaxed hospittality and a touch of Indonesia provides a peaceful and intimate ambiance – perfect for conversation with friends or simply listening to your choice of great music from our huge selection. Sausage ComboGarlic Chilli PrawnsMad Max Breakfastmore
Without flash-light, I think it's becomes a romantic moment for picturing :)
Simply make a bonfire then sitting around it to have warm feeling plus .... a glass of beer ;) " .... Hmmm, Mandom!" I remember an old advertisement by Charles Bronson. So macho, indeed :D
Dress Code: Casual .... and mosquito cream.
The traditional becak is so much fun and more comfortable than the rickshaw, India. Although very hard to steer! It is amazing you can still find the becak in mountain-villages where the becak-rider is trying to make some money. Travelling to Pelabuhan Ratu (South West-Java) we saw the "mountain-village" becak ... oowkee, he had a little siesta...more
Most travellers start at Jakarta, West-Java, the capital of Indonesia.>>>When going by city bus the cheapest one is a small, pale-blue minivan, operating out of Kuta Bus Stasiun (remind the letter of "M"), and charter about 10.000 Rp. and from Sukabumi 8.000 Rp (is 2 1/2 hr), like local buses that run throughout the day.The small...more
In any shop of a star-qualified hotel you may find some of your preference. I am always looking for t-shirts, because once back home such a souvenir tells a lot of spent time over there. Unfortunately most of t-shirts have bad quality ...
What to buy: Well, a star-qualified hotel also does sell bad-quality t-shirts though, for 4$ you cannot complain, can you? For a truly Pelabuhan Ratu t-shirt ...
What to pay: All under 10$
The Queen Of The South-Sea has been described in a lot of characters. Some think She is rather like a Queen Neptune, with a court of attractive nymphs and other not so attractive guards whose green hair is encrusted with shells, limpets, and seaweed. Javanese mystics do have "seen" the most unbelievable creatures with their own eyes.The fishermen...more
As the name indicates Pantai Karang Hawu is not your ideal sandy beach: karang means rock. And the rocky coast is full of potholes, where sea water remains at low tide.Here we witnessed some women performing a ritual bath - perhaps hoping for eternal youth or many children? They went from pothole to pothole immersing themselves.The man did not take...more
At the ceremonial traditions of the opening of the Samudra Beach Hotel at 15th. of February, 1966, there was a very special ceremony. However, this ceremony got interfered in a cruel way with a hurricane-like terrible storm. Rumor has it the Queen Of Segara Kidul had not been invited nor even warned. Neither a ritual nor a ceremony had been...more
The colour of "green" is said to be the very colour of the Javanese Spirit-queen. To the traditional and local custom this colour is forbidden to wear ...Along the South-coast all over the Indian Ocean/Southern-Sea the black lava-beaches constantly are blowed a gale out of Southerly direction. The mass-of-ocean used to be dangerous to life, also...more
Danger still lurks within the region's of rivers flowing into sea. River mouth is very dangerous on an outgoing tide. And king tides always present a problem, as do rips. During storms the water runs thick with sediment. You can't see to take steps to ... People should be especially cautious of rips along rock walls, and where the river had layed...more
Nothing to be alarmed about though, enjoying the magnificent sunset at Karang Hawu it could be possible some locals invite you to their home. That's regular custom too, only this time you have to pay for your house-visit!It's a well-known fact that the beautiful region of Karang Hawu houses the "sundals" (women of pleasure/prostitutes). Mostly...more
Maybe the best tourist trap that ever happened to me ...
A great beach-holiday along the Southern coast of Java we had in mind. Sun, sea and beach, waving palm trees and almost unspoiled culture & tradtions.
Unique Suggestions: Well, we were so wrong!
No swimming, no sun and bad weather, very touristy area's (oowkee, Indonesian locals counted in) and, the beach "belonged" to a mysterious creature ...
So what to do? Well, I lost myself in the legendary Spirit Queen and, my fellow-travellers joined the game of mystery ...
Fun Alternatives: Can we speak of "fun", "no fun"? Better thinking of a new "path of life", included the beauty of spiritual matters and, we got an alternative ...
... going back and returning into the deepest way of native emotions ...
And we enoyed the sun, sea and beach, waving palms, and ... an almost unspoiled, cultural and traditional way of thinking, thanks for this remarkable tourist trap!
Luggage and bags:
Leaving your big backpack in the hotel, motel, losman wherever... bring a city backpag to travel around. A belly-belt will keep your travel-informations ...
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Lightweight cotton clothing, a nice shirt for the evenings. Good footwear, hat, sunglasses. The waves always cause humidity, so don't dry your clothes at the balcony ... they will be ruined.
NO COLOUR OF GREEN !!!
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Sun-protection cream, and tissues, (wet towels). Be aware that the locals clean themselves by water-in-a-bottle (bottol cebok), so bring your own toilet-paper, if not used to that.
Get info about hepatitis, dengue & malaria fevers (includes some parts for Japanese encephalitis, and take care of cholera, transmitted by water), so get the shots.
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.
The ocean mostly moistens the beach continuously by violent waves. So the sand won't stick at your body, not that necessarily sitting on a towel ... enjoy the cooling humidity.
Miscellaneous: Always pay respect to local people and their traditional way of life. The locals are really friendly, so get ready for lots of articulate arm waving and general non-linguistic conversation. They love visitors,... and you are one!
When traveling around in the Western part of Java (Sunda) head to Western coast of Java to climb legendary Anak Krakatau (Child of Krakatau). You need a permit for this excursion, which you can get through the PHPA office in Labuan town.Take a day trip by boat to Anak Krakatau. It's a 4-5 hour boat ride to the island and you can organize a boat...more
When visiting Karang Hawu ...climb the towering cliff Gunung Karang Hawu (watch your breath) and find the Pesarean Karamat, a little green house with 2 white lotus flowers. Hear the telling about this special place by the juru-kunci (door-keeper). About the pilgrim who met Nyai Lara Kidul and created a painting, you can see inside the little green...more
Nyi Belorong or Nyai Blorong is represented as a mermaid, as well a beautiful female with the lower part of the body of a snake. The Javanese Nyi Belorong seduces the weak people, and as soon as the weakness struck she shows herself's true colours, the deep-sea beast. The male equivalent is Kyai Belorong and once their victimes has been caught,...more
Although West Java for now is known for its Spirit-Queen the region is also known for its mountainous and agricultural character. Historically we know West-Java as Sunda where the Sundanese people live. So passing these lush green valleys and high mountain peaks you may fo for a surf, centred around Pelabuhan Ratu, Bayah and Genteng. Yep,...more
Satria Nusantara (SN) is an active, modern and still developing sport. It combines physical aspects with mental training. Over 100 Satria Nusantara branches can now can be found all over the provinces of Indonesia with members in the age ranging from 16 to over 70 years old, both male and female.STAN JAKARTA, Jl. H. Zakaria 23 RT 002/03 Lenteng...more
Two main effects result from this sport. First is revitalization of the common body systems and secondly the development of an energetic bodily field. The first results in a better physical condition and a better resistance against diseases. The second results in the forming of stealthy power (in the Indonesian language: Tenaga dalam = Inner...more
Whenever visiting the Samudra Beach Hotel, Pelabuhan Ratu - West-Java, you should enter the special hotel-room 308! Here the tellings are still told by insiders for so long time. The original surroundings of the mythical Javanese Ratu Kidul has to derive from the very old days. You don't have to be superstitious to feel some strong, and strange,...more
In 1989 the Indonesian sport Satria Nusantara started in Delft, The Netherlands. It has now grown to a club with four branches in Amsterdam, The Hague, Rotterdam and Zoetermeer. I started several years ago and joined the SN group in The Hague. That is for for my back which weakened because of my job as make-up artist. When summer we practise SN at...more