Ciletuh Geopark that is located in Sukabumi area of West Java, is already in my mind for quite a long time. Finally, I went to Ciletuh, as part of the fam trip to explore West Java.
There are some alternatives on how to go to Ciletuh. You can go from Jakarta via Sukabumi that took about 6-hour trip or via Bandung. The fam trip chose a different route to the south from Bandung via Ciwidey and set Ujung Genteng as our base.
(Read also: Some interesting places in Ciwidey)
Two days and one night to explore the place seemed not enough to explore Ciletuh, but at least I can say that ‘I have been to Ciletuh!’ Haha.
Things to do in Ciletuh
If you love nature, then Ciletuh is for you.
If you love waterfall, then Ciletuh is for you.
So what can you do in Ciletuh?
Check the view point at Bukit Panenjoan
One of the view point at Ciletuh is at Bukit Panenjoan. From this view point, you actually could see the ‘amphitheater’ of Ciletuh bay, even though it is quite far to see, especially if there’s fog or smoke covered the view. Just like when I visited the place, I could not even see the sea clearly. However, there is absolutely other view to enjoy. It is the vast greenery of the valley below Bukit Panenjoan. The view point has a fence on the tip of the hill already for safety.
Ride a boat to explore
We had a half day to explore the Ciletuh area by boat to see the rock, which is the main point and the geological prove on Ciletuh geopark.
The boat trip in Ciletuh started from Palangpang beach, well not exactly from the beach, but from the river that discharges into the Ciletuh Bay. The boat is more like a simple fishermen boat, but it’s safe. Typically, the boat can be filled for up to 10 persons, including the captain and your guide.
Some of the boat install a tarp as the ‘roof’ of the boat, which is good as the shade from the sun. Just in case there’s no tarp on top of the boat, then you should wear hat and sunblock — just a suggestion.
The plan for the boat trip is to see several things, including Mandra Island, Kunti Island, Batu Kodok ( = frog rock), Batu Batik ( = rock with the pattern of batik on the surface), Batu Punggung Naga ( = the rock formation that looks like the back of the dragon), and Goat Laut Sodong Parat .
Can u guess, how old is Batu Batik? It is predicted that the rock is 40 – 60 million years old!
The plan was only the plan as we could not stop to see Batu Batik and Batu Punggung Naga. We actually could just stop there, but probably, it’s not possible for us to return back, as the waves could get bigger during the midday. It is advisable to do the boat trip early in the morning, because to reach Batu Batik location, you need to do some trekking from the beach nearby.
Of course, we were sad that we could not see Batu Batik, but we had a surprise on our way back to Palangpang Beach. We saw not just one dolphin, but a group of dolphins! Luckily I could record a bit of the sighting, but not that clear!
Can you spot the dolphin? 😀
Going uphill to Puncak Darma
Puncak Darma is the more famous view point to see Ciletuh bay or the amphitheater, but to get to the top, it is more difficult than Bukit Panenjoan.
There are two ways to reach to the top of Puncak Darma, either you use the off road vehicle (e.g. Land Rover), or by motorbike (e.g. ojek taxi), hmm, but of course you can always go up on foot hehe.
While going up to Puncak Darma, you will see a bridge and just look to the right as you could see Curug Dogdog. Curug Dogdog doesn’t look like the ordinary curug that has a big water fall. I think Curug Dogdog is more like a ‘water flow’ 😀
Different with Bukit Panenjoan, Puncak Darma has a clearer view of the amphitheater, as the distance is closer.
(Read also: Catching sunrise from Puncak Darma)
Look out for the waterfall
Ciletuh has plenty of waterfall, but we only visited a view. The first one was Curug Dogdog, and we managed to visit another two waterfalls.
Curug Sodong / Kembar
Curug Sodong or also known as Curug Kembar is an easy-to-reach waterfall, as we can just walk a bit from the parking space to the waterfall. It is named as Curug Kembar as you can see from the picture, it’s actually a twin waterfall.
Viewing the waterfall from a far would give you a beautiful image, as you can see the hill with plenty of trees above the waterfall. You can also see the source of this twin waterfall at Ciletuh that coming from the top of the hill.
Besides parking area, there is also some restrooms at the area.
Curug Cimarinjung is located at the bottom of Puncak Darma. It is still a walking distance from the parking area of Puncak Darma. We just walked alongside the river that will bring us to the big waterfall of Cimarinjung.
This waterfall is definitely my favourite waterfall so far at Ciletuh area, and why is that? Well, I will cover this on my next blog post 🙂 . But I think you will know, why this is my favourite by just seeing the picture below.
Check out for the festival on the area
Festival is the best way to check what’s on the city. It’s also the best way to see and observe the culture of the area. During our visit, we had the chance to see Ciletuh Geopark Festival 2016 (or you can also check it on Instagram using the hashtag #cgf2016 ). There are plenty of activities on the festival, but we could only watch one performance on our second night there, which was Cepet Dance. The dance itself seems a mixture of other traditional dances. I could see kuda lumping, hanoman, and other too.
This Festival is being held yearly, but probably will have different dates on each year, so it’s better for you to check the website of Geopark Ciletuh in here, or Dinas Pariwisata dan Kebudayaan Jawa Barat (The Tourism and Cultural department of West Java) in here.
The West Java province is still and always improving the infrastructure to Ciletuh area, as we can see that there is some road construction in the area. It’s also one of the requirement for Ciletuh to be one of the UNESCO Global Geopark. So hopefully everything will go as plan! 🙂
Anyway, during the fam trip, besides blogger, there are several media that were invited to join this trip, and one of the them is from NET Jawa Barat (Dicky and Deasy). Here’s the video from NET Jawa Barat about Ciletuh Geopark trip:
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I was invited by Dinas Pariwisata dan Kebudayaan Jawa Barat to join this familiarization trip to explore West Java and see the Ciletuh Geopark Festival 2016. Many thanks to all!