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Asia » Indonesia » Java » Pangandaran December 29th 2020

Covid 19 had forced us to look for outdoor activities, and during one of the long weekends, I and my friends decided to explore Pangandaran. Located on the Southern Coastal of West Java, Pangandaran is located in Ciamis Regency, accessible via Tasikmalaya from Jakarta. Anticipating heavy traffic at the Tasikmalaya – Pangandaran route, we decided to go through Garut instead. Little that we knew we had opted for a longer route going through miles of tea plantations and curvy roads along Mount Cikuray. Indeed, it was scenic but lengthened the trip to by four hours! By the time we were about to reach Batu Karas a few hours before midnight, we had a flat tire. Thankfully, we had a hand from a youngman in the neighborhood who was helpful in getting our tire replaced. One and ... read more
Offroad trip at Pangandaran Beach
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Pasir Gadung Hill

Asia » Indonesia » Java » Pangandaran May 2nd 2018

This whole stop was a pleasant surprise...I think I'd read lots about Jakarta and Yogyakarta, and didn't pay enough attention. Pangandaran is a local beach town, really popular with Indonesian tourists. It's a peninsula, with a harbor on the sunrise side, beach on the sunset side, and large national park on the large-ish peninsula. The national park was interesting - there are deer who come into town/on the beach to eat, a cave with porcupines, monkeys, bats...and all sorts of buggy creatures. Also interesting was that our "tour" apparently ended after the park closed, and we needed to scale a fence to exit. Near Pangandaran there are a variety of villages that make local products, and the absolutely stunning Green Canyon. I wasn't prepared for this level of pretty (to be noted, the rivers we saw ... read more
Traffic stopped for the train
Train ride to Pangandaran
Train ride to Pangandaran

Asia » Indonesia » Java » Pangandaran August 9th 2017

This morning, I had arranged to meet our tour guide for an early run along the sea front. As we plodded along in the rapidly rising heat, we passed by fishermen hauling their catch in from the sea. Working in 2 teams, one to the right and one to the left, they heave ropes in synchronised pulls, as two kilometres worth of nets, set the night before, are hauled from the sea. The sun had just risen and was hovering in the sky and the waves lapped the beach as we passed. We passed the fish market, not yet open for business and small stalls just beginning to make their preparations for the day, enticing, delicious-smelling smoke rising from tiny ovens and grills. Locals waved and smiled as we passed, perhaps more used to runners here ... read more

Asia » Indonesia » Java » Pangandaran April 24th 2016

Today was the day for a surf lesson and Ed and Hat were really excited. Our instructors picked us up at 12.00 and starter with some beach practice of the movement to get up onto the board. The waves were excellent, lots of 3 and 4 footers, with the occasional monster 5 footer. Ed and Hat took to it very quickly and were up on there boards and riding waves into shore on there second attempts. The instructors took them to the point break and I hung back about twenty feet to collect them. Often they'd go sailing right past me. There were a few wipe-outs, but they took it in there stride and merrily climbed back on their boards. After the one hour lesson it was time for food and s cool down. We tried ... read more
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Asia » Indonesia » Java » Pangandaran April 23rd 2016

We arranged through the hotel for a half day of site visiting. Our driver picked us up at 8.30 and we set off for the nearby Green Canyon. It was a popular destination and we waved for about 1/2 hour before our boat number was available. Whilst we waited we had lots of requests to have a photograph taken with us and a cameraman wanted an interview. Once onboard a narrow outrigger, we motored upstream along a very green river which ran through a lush jungle. At points the limestone walls of the river were undercut and narrow and it had real Indiana Jones feel. We finished in a limestone archway which was filled with stalactites. The next visit was a mangrove swamp. A long bamboo woven bridge took us to a small boat and it ... read more
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Asia » Indonesia » Java » Pangandaran April 22nd 2016

We hired four boogie boards for the day for £2.00 and we hit the waves just after nine. Then again around 11.30 and 3.00. The waves changed significantly with the tides. Ed and Hat were amazing and rode loads all the way to the beach. After the last lot of surfing, the kids made friends with a group of five Australian girls and it was great to see them all playing and learning some new games. The Bayview Seafood restaurant was recommended and it was only ten mins walk down the road. We were the only people there and they cooked the dishes fresh and they were so so delicious. The moon was big and yellow as we walked home in the dark. As it was only 7.00 we went up to the pool and took ... read more
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Asia » Indonesia » Java » Pangandaran April 21st 2016

We got to a proper Indonesian breakfast this morning given that the guests are all locals. There were versions of Turkish delight, fried bananas, salted fish dishes, sweet and dry soya dishes and lots of Indonesian veg curries. It was all very tasty. The owner was a very eccentric Indonesian who kept making 'pop' ousts in his throat. He introduced the dishes and was keen for us to try the range and when we left he gave us a bag of plantain chips, bananas and bottles of water. Clearly, he's looking for a good review and more westerners. We booked a car to transfer us to Batu Karas, our home for the next 4 nights and place that has a great reputation for excellent surfing. It was only 20 miles, however the journey took 75 mins ... read more

Asia » Indonesia » Java » Pangandaran April 21st 2016

Our hotel in Batu Karas is called Java Cove and it is on the beach front and very nicely decked out. The kids larked around in the pool and Cas unpacked. We had lunch in the hotel and Ed and Hat were delighted that they had some western dishes. Once the heat of the sun had reduced, I took the kids boogie boarding. There were lots of people hiring them on the beach and prices were cheap. It was great fun and we all improved a lot during the course of the afternoon. Hat and Ed really got into it and became very good at judging which wave was at the right point to take. Meanwhile, Cas had a massage in the bedroom. We all met up in the tabled area near the bar and Cas ... read more
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Asia » Indonesia » Java » Pangandaran April 20th 2016

The place we were actually heading for was called Pangandaran, however Cas called it by the above name and it has stuck. We hit the breakfast buffet at 6.00am and filled our boots, plus we took a bag of stuff for the train such as banana bread, toast and muffins. My first fluff up of the trip in terms of travel. I'd booked us on a train, however that particular train left yesterday; I'd got my dates muddled up. Fortunately there was a cheap option and we were off at 7.20 on our 4 1/2 hour train ride. The conductor was accompanied by two armed guards. Makes you wonder... The skies were full of big white clouds as we headed east and south towards the coast. Half of the population is engaged in agriculture and we ... read more

Asia » Indonesia » Java » Pangandaran April 20th 2016

In both Banjur and Pangadaren we had to use Becaks to get from the train station to the bus station and from the bus station to the hotel. Becaks are peddle powered rickshaws where the driver sits behind. They are well known for driving a hard bargain and we did our best not to be ripped off to a ludicrous level. It was a long day of travelling and we were all relieved to arrive at hotel Nyiur Beach. We are the only westerners here and it's at the cheaper end of accommodation. The room is cold which is lovely. The kids immediately went in the pool and were revived.... read more
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