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A trip to Cagar Alam Pangandaran PANGANDARAN - Still coughing from the drive home the night before I woke up quite early in the morning after being quite reluctant to get up this early. It was finally dry by now, but it kept on raining for quite some time especially for this time in May. Most people here do not complain about it though; although roads are not repaired yet the newly planted rice and such are growing rapidly in return.

Because it was quite hard for me to accept that Pangandaran was really nothing more than a beach loaded with Indonesians, trash and some lonely old hookers that talk Javanese when their 'guest' - the bule man with the wallet - is with them and some other of such standard resort items I had to use this Sunday to see more around here.

I woke up at six after the livelihood in and around the house already started much earlier in the day. I still wanted to keep quiet for an hour or so, above all I would not be missed in those early hours of the day when people go to local markets and clean out their houses before the day starts to warm up soon after.

Due to the standard problems with internet - almost not available in this kind of 'remote' areas but something I really need on a daily basis - it took a while before we were able to leave. But on top of this we had to wait for our private guide, a neighbor of course. He would arrive later because he still had some kerja bakti (community work) to do at the mosque around the corner.

Just after ten in the morning we left for Cagar Alam Pangandaran, a small nature reserve - or something that should resemble it - which was made into a tourist destination. Because of this you can park your motorcycle and other transport directly in front of the main entrance, but from there people should use their legs if they want to see something.

In the area are a number of natural caves and ones made by men themselves. That second group originated from the Japanese occupation of the area. They constructed a number of bunkers here with forced laborers between 1941 and 1945 to be sure no invasion would take place in Pangandaran.

Guides are available as well. They love to rent you a torch which don't really need because you already have your own hape and will also indicate the tsunami-evacuation route which you can find on big red and white signs everywhere as well. Of course they would like to have a small tip in return as well.

Tsunami warning sign in the nature reserve of Pangandaran.
Tsunami warning sign in the nature reserve of Pangandaran. indahnesia.com

The 7,000 Rupiah entrance fee buys you two separate entrance tickets. If you want to enter the largest cave however, you are kindly requested to make another small donation for maintenance of the cave. Of course this money if siphoned off to pockets around the complex since you already paid entrance one. Saying no is also possible and will have no harmful side-effects outside a slightly disappointed face.

From the higher locations - yes you have to climb to reach them, but paths are available for the largest part - you will have a nice view over parts of the local coastline of Pangandaran with some large hotels, hundreds of blue-white fishing boats and thousands of holiday go-ers that dare to enter the sea during the afternoon heat.

At the very end of this park is a nice white beach with many trees, people that will try to rent you live vests and simple snorkeling equipment. From this beach you can also rent a boar to explore the nearby waters from the sea as well. Sitting down on the white beach also is an option. No food or drinks are available here, you will have to bring them from the parking lot yourself.


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Posted in Tourism @ 17 May 2010 09:30 CET by Jeroen · 'Blog' RSS feed · permalink






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