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October 17th, 2008 – by: iamvina
A kite-flying festival is held on the beach in July and August. It is reported that the locals used to fly kites in the evenings to catch bats, and may still do so. There is a local belief that wearing any green garment in this area will anger Loro Kidul, the Javanese guardian spirit or goddess of the southern sea, and will bring misfortune.
The Penanjung Pangandaran nature reserve is nearby on a peninsula connected to the mainland by a narrow neck of land. About eighty percent of the nature reserve is secondary rainforest. The flora of the nature reserve includes the Rafflesia.
Pangandaran is a Tourist Location in West Java, Indonesia. Pangandaran is Family friendly and has also for individual Tourists much to offer. In the Bay Area Pananjung are two beautiful Beaches for swimming, surfing or just relaxing. Here you have much Activities and Adventures like Trekking, Snorkeling, Fishing and many more..
The National Park
On the southside From Pangandaran is a National Park mostly as Jungle. You can Walk there with a Guide to the beautiful Waterfalls and enjoy the flora and fauna.
Batu Karas is a little Village 1 hour away from Pangandaran. It's famous for Surfing there.
Batu Hiu is a Place between Pangandaran and Batu Karas. Batu Hiu means Shark's Rock wich is a coastal rock having the shape of a shark. It's nice for relaxing there or swimming at the Beach.
The best Way to go to the Green Canyon is with a Guide or by Rent a Motorbyke. At a Boat Station are many Boats who drive to the Green Canyon. After 45 Minutes Boat drive over a nice River you are there. There is also the chance to swimming in the Green Canyon.
Pangandaran is locatet at the Southcoast from West Java, Indonesia in the District Ciamis. See the Descriptions above and the Map for further Information.
A fast Way from Jakarta is by bus.
With the bus you reach Pangandaran on the bus station Cicaheum. Some buses drive directly to Pangandaran. With some buses you have to change the bus in Ciamis or Banjar. It's recommendable to take a bus who drive direct to Pangandaran. The buses from Banjar are small and mostly overcrowded.
That's a litle introduction about Pangandaran. Actually I've ever been there, but it was sooo looonnggg time ago! Maybe, when I was 6/7 years old. And I don't remember. ahahaha.
So, when my mom and her friends planned to travel to Pangandaran Beach, and she asked me if I wanna join her.
Then we went from Jakarta in the early morning, by car. It's about 7 hours from Jakarta, then we arrived. Yihha!!
What could I say? the sky is totally blue, although the sands is not white, but I enjoyed it so much! In some side of the sea, there are much boat were parked, and the rest is clean. If you want to find a cleaner side of beach, just book a boat, and in 5-10 minutes you'll arrive in another beach side which is more tranquil.
There are some kinds of inns, there are traditional inn and modern inn. I stayed in Laut Biru hotel, the modern one. In the high season, usually all hotels are fully booked.
In the next day, We went to Green Canyon and Batu Hiu. What Beautiful places!
Green Canyon is about 45 minutes from Pangandaran Beach by car. When we arrived there, we'll take a boat to reach the cave, through a green river, beautiful view!
FYI, if you visit Green Canyon just make sure that the water level is not in high mode. If so, you cannot go into the cave. If the water level is low, you are able to go into the cave. Unfortunately, when I was there, the water is in high level, so I just can see the cave from the front mouth. But I still enjoy it, folks :)
After exploring Green Canyon,
we visited Batu Hiu too. Great view from above! :)
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