Pangandaran Travel Guide

Pangandaran Travel Guide

Your pangandaran travel guide. Pangandaran is one of Java’s best-kept secrets as far as international tourists are concerned, but has been extremely popular with locals for a long, long time. A small fishing town, it possesses one of Java’s finest beaches and the Pangandaran Nature Reserve teems with wild buffalo, barking deer and monkeys. It can be reached by bus about 5 hours from Bandung and 8 hours from Jakarta.

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About Pangandaran

Having Parigi as its capital, Pangandaran is a district in Indonesia precisely in the province of West Java. Pangandaran map is located on the south part of West Java province and directly adjacent with Ciamis regency in the north, Cilacap regency in the east, Tasikmalaya regency in the west, and Indian Ocean in the south. Formerly the regency was named Pananjung because there are many headlands. Pananjung name was also characterized by the symbol of fertility in the area.

After the time passed, it was renamed ‘Pangandaran’ which comes from Sundanese, ‘Pangan’ means eating and ‘Daran’ means immigrant. Pangandaran wikipedia used to be visited by many immigrants to become fishermen because the sea wave on the beach is the most friendly to find fish. Therefore Pangandaran referred to as a source of food and livelihood for the immigrants.

In the Dutch East Indies government, it was named Sukapura. At this time, the area was used as a park to preserve some rare animals and plants in the area. Next it became a nature reserve after the discovery of Raflesia flowers. Since that time the marine reserve was also created and currently Pangandaran has tourist attractions in the form of natural beaches which are always visited by many people. Now even this region is famous for Pangandaran surf.

Places to visit in Pangandaran

Not only perfect as a place to surf, Pangandaran also has other wonderful attractions to spend your holiday. Cukang Taneuh, Satirah River, and Selasari Village are just several names of spot you can visit. The famous one are of course the beaches that becoming the star in Pangandaran. If you want to go to these places, using Pamitran tour and travel agent is better. You can also rent private car and customize your own destinations. Don’t want to waste your time more, below is the list of popular tourist spot.

  • Cukang Taneuh (Green Canyon) – This tourism object is close to a stream of Cijulang River that goes through a cave containing remarkable stalactite and stalagmite and it sits in between of the two rocky hills with lines and lines of shady trees that promise unique and challenging natural attraction.
  • Pangandaran National Park
  • Batu Karas Beach – Famous for surfing

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Pangandaran Hotels and Resort

Have a trip in Pangandaran would be wonderful. But do not forget to choose the best accommodation here. The regency has hotels and resort with elegant and luxurious style. The price is also affordable, but still matching with the facilities.

  1. Emerald Hotel

With the price started from 700.000 rupiah, you can get one room in Emerald Hotel plus complete facilities in it. Gym, laundry, 24 hours service, and pool, are just several facilities in this luxury hotel. Emerald hotel is close enough with some tourist object. Try the deluxe room to have a nice stay.

  1. Sunrise Beach Resort

Sunrise Beach Resort is the second best hotels in Pangandaran. It is the perfect place for family holiday. The price for one room started from 650.000 rupiah. There are 52 rooms and bungalow ready for you. It also offers you the beauty of sunrise as its name that can be seen from the east beaches near this resort. It only needs 5 minutes and you have arrived on the beach to see sunrise behind.

  1. The Arwana Hotel

The next we have The Arwana Hotel. This is the most popular Pangandaran accommodation as it is located near several tourist destinations such as Karang Nini beach, Pangandaran beach, Green Canyon and many more. Facility that you can get is restaurant, 24 hours services, pool, and room service. The cost per night at this hotel is 600.000 rupiah.

  1. Surya Kencana Seaside Hotel

Located in the area of Pangandaran west beach, Surya Kencana Seaside Hotel offers you 69 rooms with type of Suite room, Family Room, Junior Suite, Triple Room, Standard, and Deluxe. Every room facing the seaside view so you can meet sunset even from your room. Cost per night is cheap enough started from 400.000 rupiah.

  1. Sun Inn Pangandaran Hotel

If you wish to stay in minimalist lodge with cheap price you can go to Sun Inn Pangandaran Hotel. The price for one room started from only 165.000 rupiah. The hotel is located near Pangandaran beach. Because of that there are facilities such as banana boat and jet ski to accommodate your trip.

How to Get to Pangandaran

The information about Pangandaran tourist destination and hotel is enough. Next is about how to go to Pangandaran. Briefly, there are several ways you can choose to get into the city. The first way is Bandung to Pangandaran train. If you are from Bandung, you can take train to go to Banjar, a city near Pangandaran. After that, go on by Budiman bus until you arrive on place. It only needs two hours to go from Banjar. Another choice is by airplane using Susi Air from Husein Sastranegara airport to Pangandaran airport, Nusawiru.

For you who come from Jakarta, the easiest way is Jakarta to Pangandaran by flights. Susi Air again provides you the most convenient and comfortable airplane to go directly from Jakarta airport, Halim Perdanakusuma. Other than that you can use direct bus which cost 80.000 rupiah per person. The trip will take 7 hours, and don’t be late to catch up the bus because there is only one for this direct route. But if you wish to have the more convenient than a bus, Jakarta to Pangandaran by car is also possible. Renting a car from Pamitran and you will get easy access to the city.

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10 Best Attractions in Bogor

Bogor Attractions

As another destination after Jakarta, Bogor is a candidate that cannot be missed too. The city is very exotic, unique in its own culture and even culinary. There are top 10 things to do in Bogor to fill your trip with wonderful memories. Here are some Bogor Indonesia points of interest you must know.

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Top 10 Best Attractions in Bogor

  1. Bogor Botanical Garden

Kebun Raya Bogor or Bogor Botanical Garden is one of the most recommended Bogor attractions. In this botanical garden you can enjoy the cool air of the city while looking at the various landscapes of trees and plants. The total of them is 15,000, so you can expand the knowledge of the plants in Indonesia. As the oldest botanical garden in Asia this sights should not be missed if you go to Bogor. The opening hours is from 7.30 a.m untill 5 p.m and the entrance fee is 25.000 rupiah.

  1. Bogor Safari Park

This safari park is the first one in Indonesia. If in Bogor Botanical garden you can see many kinds of plants and flora, in Bogor Safari Park you can see various kinds of fauna. Located in Jalan Raya Puncak no. 160, Cibeureum, Cisarua, the place is a home for tame animals. With total of 2500 species, it is the right location to introduce your kids with the animal world. Price is quite expensive, 300.000 rupiah. But you can get complete facilities and try many things here. There is Baby Zoo, area where your kids can get photo with some tame animals.

  1. Situ Gede

One of nature tourism that often used for shooting movie in Indonesia is Situ Gede or Lake Gede. The location is very fresh and clean. Enjoy the atmosphere of Dramaga forest near the lake protected by the Ministry of Forestry Republic Indonesia. You can fish in this area, or also row a boat made of bamboo. The distance from the downtown is 10 km. The place can be an alternative destination since the entrance ticket is very cheap, 4000 rupiah per person.

  1. Mekarsari Park

One more Bogor tourism that brought the theme of conservation and education, Mekarsari Park. Again and again this is the biggest fruits park in Indonesia. Blessed with high rainfall, makes Bogor a perfect place to keep the life of animals and plantations. Give education to your children here and let them play around the outbound center. If you tired to walk around the park which has area of 264 hectare, you can ride mini train.

  1. Tirta Sanita Hot Spring

Unique Bogor travel that you can try next is hot spring in Ciseeng area. Here you can relax yourself while seeing the exotic view of Indonesia nature. The hot spring can treat fatigue and even skin diseases. The Tirta Sanita Hot Spring water comes from limestone mountain in Ciseeng. The water contains salt, sulfur, and lime, makes it color bluish green.

  1. Gunung Gede Pangrango National Park

It is surely, many of you who love hiking. If yes, then going into Gede Pangrango Mountain National Park is a perfect plan. This area is a place of forest conservation, wildlife, and original flora of Indonesia. It is named Gede Pangrango National Park because its territory covers the summit of Mount Gede and the peak of Mount Pangrango. There are 200 species of orchids and a total of 870 species of flower plants. The icon of this place is Edelweiss. Endangered animals are also protected here, such as the Javanese Owa, leopards, ajag dogs, langur surili.

  1. Cibodas Botanical Garden

Located in the Pangrango mountain forest complex, Cibodas botanical garden is one of the parks to be visited for its uniqueness. There is a river that has very clear water, so you can relax here for a moment. In addition, the park is famous for the moss species that are preserved in the Moss Garden section. This special room holds 216 species of moss that exist throughout Indonesia and even the world. With the entrance fee only 9.500 rupiah, it is a must visit place to add your knowledge about Indonesia plantations.

  1. Sindang Barang Village

Sindang Barang village is a village full of traditional Sundanese treats. It was once the residence of one of the wives of King Siliwangi. There are traditional Sundanese house buildings and traditional art performances such as calung and angklung music are often held here.

  1. Pura Parahyangan Agung Jagattkarta

Pura Parahyangan Jagatkarrta is another great temple in Indonesia after Pura Besakih. If you come here you can see the three-door building to enter the inner area for prayer. The three doors are built like a towering temple, but are usually closed except for prayer. Visitors may not enter the main area but can look around and take pictures with the background of the gate. Guards will usually guide your tour.

  1. Curug 7

Curug 7 or The Seven Waterfall is may be not really often heard in tourism. But, certainly this is one of the wonderful things in Bogor Indonesia tourism. If during this time Bogor always synonymous with reservation center and botanical garden, this waterfall offers something different from the center of the city crowd and other educational activities. The city has several waterfalls, but the best is this Seven Waterfall. This place is always associated with the story of Javanese legend that mentions seven nymphs bathing in the waterfall. Release from that, there are indeed seven waterfalls in this area with a beautiful panorama around. And imagine, entrance ticket is only 6000 rupiah!

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Bogor Culinary

Bogor Culinary

The city is not only famous for its tourist destination but also for culinary adventure in Bogor. If you like eating or a food lover, you must taste some traditional food typical Bogor below.

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Top 5 Bogor Culinary You Must Try

  1. Toge Goreng

This is the most famous culinary in Bogor. Sprouts or ‘toge’ in Indonesia is fried with yellow noodles and chunks of tofu. Usually add by ketupat, rice cakes boiled in rhombus shaped packet. The sauce is what makes the unique taste of this food. The sauce from the fried toge was tasty because it was made from oncom, fermented cake made from soybean. This food is usually sold by street vendors, but because it is increasingly popular, you can find it now in the restaurants.

  1. Ubi Bakar Cilembu

Called as Bogor culinary city, another traditional and unique food you must try is Ubi Bakar Cilembu. What is that? Ubi Bakar Cilembu is roasted cassava from Cilembu area. This is a typical food you can meet if you go to Puncak. Cilembu sweet cassava is sold on the edge along the road to the resort. What makes it a favorite is the sweet taste like honey when it is burned.

  1. Bread Unyil

Bread Unyil become popular among the tourist because of its small size of bread that makes it called by ‘Unyil’, means mini or small in Indonesia. This bread is introduced by the Venus store that makes unyil bread in flavor variants banana cheese, sausage cheese, corn, and chocolate. The store is always filled with shoppers, so it is better to come here at morning.

  1. Laksa Bogor

The next what to eat in Bogor is Laksa Bogor. Laksa is a food consists of sprouts, rice noodles, boiled eggs, and basil leaves, added with coconut milk sauce. It is a perfect traditional cuisine for breakfast or brunch.

  1. Asinan Bogor

The last cuisine in Bogor you must try is Asinan Bogor. Asinan is a tropical fruits such as galangal, salak, pineapple, and guava mixed with vegetables such as bean sprouts, cabbage, and cucumber. Then given a sauce made from fermentation process or chili peppering. This precipitation is called Asinan in Bogor. You will taste the unique flavor of typical food in Bogor.

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Best Attractions in Pangandaran

Attractions in Pangandaran

Not only perfect as a place to surf, Pangandaran also has other wonderful attractions to spend your holiday. Cukang Taneuh, Satirah River, and Selasari Village are just several names of spot you can visit. The famous one are of course the beaches that becoming the star in Pangandaran. If you want to go to these places, using Pamitran tour and travel agent is better. You can also rent private car and customize your own destinations. Don’t want to waste your time more, below is the list of popular tourist spot.

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Top 10 Best Attractions in Pangandaran

Pangandaran Beach

Pangandaran beach is one of the best Pangandaran tourism that must be visited. The interesting point in this beach is the exotic view of tropical sunrise and sunset. The sand is white, perfect to hunt photo with friends or loved ones, and as usual the entrance fee is cheap, 5800 rupiah per person. Though it is often visited, the beach is still clean. It becomes the icon of Pangandaran beaches.

Batu Karas Beach

In accordance with the location name of Batu Karas Village, Batu Karas Beach is also an icon for the Pangandaran regency. This place is a so-called paradise surfing in Pangandaran. Ticket to this tourist spot is only 5,800 rupiah. There is already Pangandaran surf board rental place that you can borrow for just learning or surfing activities on this beautiful beach. The waves are not too big so other than surfing you can also swim. Imagine how fun it is to have cheap entrance fee in the beach to surf as long as you want.

Cukang Taneuh

This Pangandaran tourist attractions now become popular among tourist. Cukang Taneuh commonly referred to as Green Canyon Indonesia. Here you can find a river with green water hidden among the towering cliffs. The scenery is amazing, just like an adventure in an unspoiled land. The air is very cool and to enjoy all this you can rent a boat for 75,000 rupiah for five passengers. Rentals are open from 7.30am to 4pm. This tourist destination is close to Batu Karas Beach.

Santirah River

For you who want to test your adrenaline, try river tubing in Santirah River. It is located in Selasari village, Parigi district. River tubing activity now has become popular. So if you want to spend your holiday differently, go to Santirah River which still has natural nuance. The place has four different waterfalls and two long caves which you will visit in river tubing. It is guaranteed that this river is not inferior to Cukang Taneuh.

Batu Hiu Beach

One more beach that should not be forgot to be included on the list of Pangandaran travel. Its name is Batu Hiu Beach. What can you see here are the steep hills facing into the ocean. The view of the ocean itself is amazing, the blue clear water that changed into white wave when visiting the beach is very calm and peaceful. One of the hills can be climbed to see the beach from above. Before climbing up the hill, you will be greeted by a stone gate shaped like a shark’s mouth. This is the origin of the name of Batu Hiu. Batu means stone, Hiu means shark. The entrance ticket is 7.500 rupiah per person.

Madasari Beach

Surfing is indeed the best things to do in Pangandaran, and Madasari Beach can provide your will. Located in Masawah village, the beach has natural view of big coral reefs that formed islands. There are rows of tropical almond trees along the coast and sea urchins so you have to be careful with your feet. But the waves are quite challenging, make your adrenaline interested to try the surf.

Pananjung Beach

Different than Madasari, Pananjung Beach has begun to be visited by many people. Rather than surfing, it is perfect for snorkeling and diving. The beach is phenomenal for the underwater beauty. You can rent boat to wading through the ocean. Seahorses, oysters, sea cucumbers, starfish, and various types of fish are several often encountered biota.

Tourism Village Selasari

Selasari tourist village is also famous among tourists because it has a variety of beauty in one village area. Santirah River is included to this beautiful village in Parigi district. Other than the famous Santirah River, there are eight caves owned by Selasari that are Gede cave, Panjang cave, Parat cave, Panggung cave, Citalun cave, Peteng Cave, Lanang cave, and Sutra Reregan cave. Besides that, this village keeps the beauty of paddy field and cultural sites. Coming here is a must.

Ciwayang River

Tourist attraction that provides body rafting in Pangandaran is this Ciwayang River. Though it has sullen history as a place to slaughter wizard, in fact now it become unique destination as a natural river. It only needs one hour to go from the center of Pangandaran to Cimindi village where Ciwayang is located. To wade the river there are even three packages available on the spot, namely the short package that takes 1 hour, the middle package that takes two hours and you will only visit one cave, and a long package for 3 hours that will take you to visit not only the cave but until Situ Hiang, Leuwi Cigerendong and suspension bridge Cimindi. Which one do you like?

Pananjung Pangandaran National Park

Pananjung National Park is the only nature reserve in Pangandaran. In this national park live animals and various kinds of plants. You can see long tail monkey, bulls, deer, bats, langurs, snakes, lizards, and many more. There are also caves used by the Japanese in colonization era. Guide will deliver you to trek in this Japanese cave. And you can continue to go to West beach or East beach near this national park. With entrance fee for about 20.000 rupiah, you can have many trips in one area.

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