1. Pantai KarangWe 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.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.
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.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! 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.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. 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!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].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:…
PS: All photos are taken using just my iPhone 5 😉