West Java Activities and Attractions Information

West Java Activities & Attractions Information

There are so many thing to see, do, and discover in west Java Indonesia. West Java activities and attractions attract many travellers from globally, west java tourism offering from the peak of the mountain, National park, surfing, trekking, cuisine, shopping, and much more you can find and discover on west java Indonesia. The following some recommended activities, places to visit, and attractions on west java. If you have further question related to west java please feel free to contact us.

Ujung Kulon
Ujung Kulon National Park is the first national park, founded in Indonesia. The park (80,000 ha) lies on a peninsula in south-west Java and includes the islands Pulau Peucang, Pulau Panaitan and the Krakatau archipelago. On 1 February, 1992, the Proposed Ujung Kulon National Park complex and the Krakatau Islands Nature Reserve were declared a World Heritage Site. The borders on the north, south and west side of Ujung Kulon are made up by the Indian Ocean. The Honje mountain range, including the highest point of the park Gunung Honje (620 m), forms the eastern border. The Indian Ocean is the main access route. It includes the volcanic island group of Krakatoa and other islands including Handeuleum and Peucang. The park encompasses an area of 1,206 km² (443 km² marine), most of which lies on a peninsula reaching into the Indian Ocean.

Permits for the park are available at the town of Labuan, where there is a National Park office. There is also an office at Tamanjaya. Accommodation is available on Handeuleum and Peucang islands.

This national park, located in the extreme south-western tip of Java on the Sunda shelf, includes the Ujung Kulon peninsula and several offshore islands and encompasses the natural reserve of Krakatoa. In addition to its natural beauty and geological interest – particularly for the study of inland volcanoes – it contains the largest remaining area of lowland rain forests in the Java plain. Several species of endangered plants and animals can be found there, the Javan rhinoceros being the most seriously under threat.

Ujung Kulon has large tracts of undisturbed lowland rain forest, swamps and beaches. Because it is protected on three sides by sea, and on the fourth by the Honje mountains, it has provided a refuge for wildlife, some of which are now rare in the rest of heavily populated Java (population: over 100 million). And it has always been of extremely high conservation value and contains several species of endangered or threatened animals. Oriental small-clawed otters, hornbills, leopards, Asian wild dogs, Javan leaf monkeys, crocodiles, green peafowl, Javan gibbons, Javan warty pigs, green turtles, milky storks and Banteng wild cattle all make their homes here. In total, over 350 species of animals and 250 species of birds have so far been recorded here.

The most important resident of the park is the Javan or Lesser One-horned rhinoceros. This is the most endangered large mammal in the world and only two wild populations remain (there are no Javan rhinoceros in captivity). Ujung Kulon contains 50-60 animals while Cat Tien National Park in Vietnam has another 10-15 with different physical characteristics. The two subspecies used to be common over India, Bhutan, Bangladesh, China, Myanmar, Thailand, Laos, Cambodia, Vietnam, Malaysia, Sumatra and Java.

Single-horned Rhinocerous Habitats in the park consists of lowland rain forest, swamp, mangrove and beach forest. Vegetation on Pulau Panaitan consists of dry-beach forest, mangrove forest and lowland rain forest which is characterized by an abundance of palms. On Anak Krakatau, the island that came into existence after the Krakatau exploded, flora and fauna are still young. Small animals and birds gradually colonize the lava island. The principal flora consists of grasslands, beach forest, lowland rain forest and moss forests at the higher altitudes. The most important reason to declare Ujung Kulon a National Park is the existence of the almost-extinct Javan Rhinoceroses in the area. The population of these extremely endangered animals in Ujung Kulon is estimated to be 50-60.

Tangkuban Perahu’s Volcanic Craters
Tangkuban perahu is an active volcano, situated 30 km north of the city of Bandung in the direction of Lembang. It is the only crater in Indonesia that you can drive up to its very rim. Mount Tangkuban Perahu has a distinctive shape, and looks like an “overturned boat”. The huge crater is an astonishing view and you can walk around and explore this for around two hours. Here you will be greeted by sulfur fumes which the crater continues to emit although the volcano is not active.

Like so many of Java’s unusual geographical features, there is an interesting legend behind this fascinating mountain as expressed in the local legend of Sangkuriang. Sangkuriang was a strong young man, who had been separated from his mother, Dayang Sumbi since childhood. Yet, through God’s he came to meet her again. On the way home, he stopped by a small village where he met and fell in love with a beautiful girl, without realizing that the girl he loved was in fact his own mother, Dayang Sumbi, who had remained youthful through the years.

When Dayang Sumbi discovered the terrible truth of her lover’s real identity, she was horrified and knew that she could never marry her own son. She, therefore, challenged him to build a dam and a huge boat during one single night before she would agree to marry him. Seeing that her son was about to complete this impossible wish, she called on God to bring up the sun early. With a wave of her magic shawl, Dayang Sumbi lit up the eastern horizon with flashes of light. Deceived by what looked like dawn, the cocks crowed and farmers rose for a new day.

When Sangkuriang realized that his endeavor was lost, in his rage he kicked the boat that he had built turning it upside down, which was transformed into Mount Tangkuban Perahu, the name that in the local Sundanese language translates roughly to “overturned boat”.

Tangkuban Perahu has definitely a significant role especially in the development of the surrounding Parahyangan (land of God) Highlands. Its eruption contributed immensely to the formation and fertility of the hills north of Bandung when through its flow of lava carrying large boulders into the valleys, these formed huge cliffs over which waterfalls leapt to form the lake that today covers the Bandung plain.

Bandung Factory Outlets
Home to Indonesia’s many textile factories, the city of Bandung offers a large number of factory outlets where Jakarta shoppers regularly flock to, to find the latest trendy apparel at reasonable prices. Those planning to travel to cool climates will stock on warm clothing here in Bandung. You will find Factory outlets or distribution stores (known as Distros) dotting the main Dago avenue (now called Jalan Ir. H. Juanda), along Jalan Riau (officially kown as Jalan R.E. Martadinata), or up the road to Lembang, where Jakarta cars regularly jam the parking lots especially over the weekends. Jalan Cihampelas is the favorite street to buy clothes – and by the way, the street is also famous for the many stores selling all kinds of crispy tid-bits to bring home to colleagues and relatives. Many of these outlets are housed in beautiful colonial homes, for which Bandung was once famous.

In Bandung you will also find leather goods, from the reasonably priced to branded goods, made here in Bandung . You will find a large variety of handbags and shoes in all shapes and sizes. While there are many in the city, – most popular are “Diaz” and “Elizabeth”, the suburb of Cibaduyut specializes in shoes and leather ware.

Since the opening of the Cipularang toll road between Jakarta and Bandung, the distance between the two cities now only takes some 2 hours through picturesque countryside. So just making a short day visit to Bandung is worth your while.

Surfing at Cimaja Beach, Palabuhanratu
The Palabuhan ratu area, a favorite weekend surfing destination for expatriates and a growing number of Indonesian surfers based in Jakarta, is the most crowded of West Java’s surfing grounds due to sheer ease of accessibility. Most of the surf pounded beaches in the Palabuhan ratu resort area-also called Samudra Beach are just that: pure beach pound, featuring vicious riptides and big walls of water with nowhere to go. Most surfers skip this non-directional stuff and head a few kilometers due west to the sleepy fishing and rice-growing village known as Cimaja, or Cimaja Beach.

The Cimaja break, a right that rises off a rocky reef, is reached by walking about 300 meters from the main road through beachfront sawah (rice paddies). This spot is consistently surf able because it has a solid and angular rock bottom perfectly attuned to south and southwest swells rising out of the Indian Ocean. Its rights peel off in front of a cobble-stone and boulder strewn beach that clatters like a series of giant castanets every time a wave set rolls in.

Here down below are some information for surfing at Cimaja.

Spot information for surfing at Cimaja (globalsurfer.com):
Type of break: point break
Type of wave: occasionally barreling wave
Direction: right hander
Bottom: rock
Average length of ride: 100-200 meter length
Suitable for: intermediate level

Detailed information:
Crowd level: normal crowd
Best tide: mid high
Ideal board size: 6’2-6’4 Thruster
Ideal wind direction: east

Wave size & wet suit:
Spring – Summer – Autumn – Winter
Good: 4′ – 6′ – Overhead: 6′- 8′ – Ok : 2′- 4′ – Ok : 2′- 4′
Boardshorts – Boardshorts – Boardshorts – Boardshorts

Saung Angklung Udjo
Saung Angklung Udjo (SAU) is one–stop cultural workshop, consists of : performance venue, bamboo handicraft centre, and bamboo instrument workshop. Apart from that, SAU has an honorable function as an educational laboratory and training centre to preserve the Sundanese culture – Angklung in particular.

Green Canyon (Cukang Taneuh)
You may know Grand Canyon in United State of America. Here Indonesia also owns a beautiful Canyon, called Green Canyon. The name was popularized by a France tourist in 1993. Actually the original name of this lovely place is Cukang Taneuh, meaning Land Bridge. It because, over the valley and slopes of Green Canyon, there is a land bridge used by farmers around the Canyon to go to their farms.

Indonesia Green Canyon is located in Kertayasa village, Cijulang subdistric Ciamis regency, West of Java. Its distance is approximately 130 km from Ciamis city or 31 km from Pangandaran. There are Batukaras tourist resort and Nusawiru airport nearby.
This wonderful tourist resort is actually a flow of Cijulang river that goes through a cave full of enchanted stalaktif and stalakmit. The area is also flanked by two hills, also with many rocks and grove of trees. All shall make a nature painting, so unique and so challenging to be explored.

To reach this tourist resort, we shall depart from Ciseureuh small port. Then continue the journey by pedal boats which are many available there. The distance between the port and the Green Canyon is about 3 km that can be traveled within 30-45 minutes. Along the journey we shall sail on the tosca green colored river. Perhaps, that is why it is called Green Canyon.

When you see the cascade with narrow flow that is hardly passed through by boat, it means you have arrived at the mouth of Green Canyon, where the water is so clear colored in aquamarine. Here the adventure of exploring the beauty of this object begins. Tourist can continue the journey up by swimming or by crawling on the stone edges. Tires and buoys are provided there for ones who choose swimming. The safety is fully guaranteed, even for 6 years-old children up, it is safe enough to down the river flow by tires and lead by the rent-boat owner.

For those who really want to enjoy the beauty of Green Canyon must understand its season. The best time to enjoy this tourism is some times after entering the dry season. In rainy season, the river color will become brown and the flow is racing along. Also you had better prepared enough cash before deciding to go to Green Canyon, because there is no bank or ATM. For ATM, the completed lodging for the night and facilities can be found in Pangandaran. Meanwhile there are many rent-paddle boats, approximately 100 boats, provided to deliver you to go along this object. Every boat is equipped by a skilled worker and a stone worker to lead you in the journey.

West Java Tour Destinations
□ Bandung
□ Bogor
□ Bogor Botanical Garden
□ Kampung Naga
□ Gunung Gede
□ Pangrangau Natioinal Park
□ Mount Halimun
□ Karawang
□ Mount Tangkuban Perahu
□ Cimaja
□ Museum Asia Afrika
□ Taman Safari
□ Mount Krakatau
□ Ujung Kulun
□ Badui Village
□ Ciwidey
□ Carita
□ Alun Alun
□ Traditonal Market

West Java Activities and Excurtions

□ Surfing at Cimaja Pelabuhan Ratu
□ Trekking
□ Golfing
□ Becak Riding
□ Cruising
□ Village sightseeing