4 beach that you can visit while you are in Pangandaran

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Return from the sea … – at Pantai Karang [Batukaras – Indonesia]

After a 5-hour journey from Bandung to Pangandaran and another one hour to Batukaras in West Java [Indonesia], that includes a traffic jam on the way to Batukaras as there was a roadwork so in some part we [myself and friends] could only use one side of the road [on a two-way road]; finding and looking at the beach seemed a good cure to the tiredness.

1. Pantai Karang

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Pantai Karang in Batukaras [Indonesia]

We stayed at Rumah Raia in Batukaras where the location is just a short-walk to the beach. The beach is called Pantai Karang.

The word ‘karang’ here is actually ‘reef’, but when we arrived there in the morning – but not early in the morning, we didn’t see the reef. It’s looks like a regular beach.

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The low tide reveals the reef in Pantai Karang [Batukaras – Indonesia]

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Catching the sunrise in Pantai Karang [Batukaras – Indonesia]

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The ‘little’ moon in the background while the fishermen together they pull and push their boat from the sea – at Pantai Karang [Batukaras – Indonesia]

The next day, when we wanted to see the sunrise and automatically the tide was low, then I could see the reef at the sea shore. Perhaps, that’s why there were not so many visitors having fun [aka playing with the water] in this area, as there is reef.

Not so far from the beach near the place that I stayed [and during the early morning], I also could see many fishermen returned from the sea.

2. Pantai Legok Pari

This beach is much more crowded than Pantai Karang. No wonder there are more hotels and accommodations plus cafe and other eating places in this area.

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Small surf board for rent in Pantai Legok Pari [Batukaras – Indonesia]

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I think this mats are also for rent … – in Pantai Legok Pari [Batukaras – Indonesia]

 

I can understand why people love to play in this beach rather than Pantai Karang. It’s because the beach has less reef so it’s safer for people to play on the water. There are many people also learn how to surf in this beach, either you want to surf with the short or long surf board. If your surfing skill is already intermediate to advance and want to try to surf with your long surfboard, you can just walk to a more deeper area and wait for the big waves there. Wait … Did I say ‘walk’? Yep! You can walk quite far from the sea shore as the water level is still shallow.

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Fun time in Pantai Legok Pari [Batukaras – Indonesia]

I think we spent quite some time in this beach, as it’s pretty fun to play on the water. We waited for the wave to come and ‘hit’ us, and when the wave came, we just jumped and ‘fly’ with the wave. We did that plenty of times and didn’t get bored at all haha!

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Take a peek of the surfers from above the hill beside Pantai Legok Pari [Batukaras – Indonesia]

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The hidden beach near Pantai Legok Pari [Batukaras – Indonesia]

I did a little exploration where I walked up to the hill beside this beach. From here, I could take a peek of the surfers who were getting ready to ‘accept’ the wave. I also did see a smaller and hidden beach not far from the hill.

3. Pantai Madasari

This beach is located not in Batukaras area. So if you came from Pangandaran, you will find an intersection where to the left is to Batukaras, while to the right is to Pantai Madasari. I think from this intersection, you need at least one hour [with a not-so-good road condition] to reach this beach. But I think all of this is paid-off after we reached the beach.

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The panoramic view of Pantai Madasari [Pangandaran – Indonesia]

Beach in Pangandaran is located at the southern part of Java Island … I don’t know why, but I always love the beach that located at the southern part of the island [that is facing the Indian Ocean], such as the beach in the southern part of Lombok, Bali, Jogja [Gunung Kidul], Malang, and so on … It’s more exotic, and you can see the mound of rock hill near the beach, which I think can be reached easily when the low is tide.

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Isn’t it beautiful? – at Pantai Madasari [Pangandaran – Indonesia]

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Another lovely shot of Pantai Madasari [Pangandaran – Indonesia]

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Can’t stop taking picture of this Pantai Madasari [Pangandaran – Indonesia]

Mas Ondi, the caretaker of Rumah Raia, said that it’s actually better to visit this beach in the afternoon [perhaps for sunset?], but as we didn’t have the time, so we visited this beach on a broad day light around 11PM. It was hot hot and super hot, but we love the beach so much!

We did see a few people set a tent in one area of the beach, and I think it’s really a good idea! Their position is above the beach and facing one of the mound of rock near on the sea, near the beach. Plus there are two tall coconut tree as the shade from the scorching sun!

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Camping by the beach … – At Pantai Madasari [Pangandaran – Indonesia]

There are already quite a few warungs in this beach, but not sure whether they are open in the evening too!

4. Pantai Barat dan Timur Pangandaran

Well, of course … Pangandaran has its own beach. It has two beach, west and east, also it has a wildlife sanctuary. The different with the beach in Batukaras is there already plenty of warung and cafe on the beach [in Batukaras, the warung and cafe located off the beach area].

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A lot of surfboard that can be rented at the West Coast of Pangandaran [Indonesia]

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Warungs and cafe on the beach – at the West Coast of Pangandaran [Indonesia]

We didn’t spent much time here as we only visited the West coast of Pangandaran for lunch in Bamboo Bar. Curious to be back here, and spend a day or two …

Here is the map of Pangandaran area that I found in Bamboo bar:

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The photo of Pangandaran map that I took at Bamboo Bar [Pangandaran – Indonesia]

PS: All photos are taken using just my iPhone 5 😉

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