Traveling nature to West Java can be an option that a traveler can do during the COVID-19 pandemic. There are various tours ranging from waterfalls, lakes to sea tours.
Well, the Department of Tourism and Culture of West Java Province (Disparbud Jabar) has five selected destinations from the 400’s of superior natural attractions that tourists can visit with their loved ones on weekends.
1. Curug Cikaso, Sukabumi Regency
Geopark Ciletuh has a beautiful and magnificent waterfall called Cikaso. The clear water flowing from the three waterfalls slides into the bluish green pool, providing serenity.
This waterfall or Curug Cikaso has a height of about 80 meters with a width of about 100 meters, the flow of water flowing between the crevices of the river rocks adds to the charm of this place.
Curug Cikaso has three waterfall paths, each of which has a name, namely Curug Asepan, Curug Meong and Curug Aki which spills into a large pool that can be used to play water in a shallow river area.
The beauty of Curug Cikaso is a pity to miss, tourists can hunt for photos here with views of two waterfalls that stand majestically. Don’t forget to bring a change of clothes, because tourists will be tempted to get wet here.
Other tourist activities, tourists can walk along the Cikaso River which flows after the pond. Here, tourists will be presented with natural views of the tropical forest area with towering cliffs that spoil the eye.
Administratively, Curug Cikaso is located in Ciniti Village, Cibitung Village, Cibitung District, Sukabumi Regency. From the center of Sukabumi City, this waterfall is approximately 70 KM with a travel time of about 1.5 hours – 2 hours drive.
Road access to the Cikaso area is quite good, but from the main road and vehicle parking, tourists still need to trek for about 100 meters. The ticket price to enter the Curug Cikaso area is still cheap, which is around Rp. 5,000 – Rp. 10,000.
The manager provides a place to change clothes, and there are simple stalls managed by the residents here. Tourists are advised to bring their own trash bags, because there are still few trash cans.
If there is still energy left, the traveler can also directly travel to the turtle hatchery on Ujung Genteng Beach because of its close location.
2. Pangumbahan Beach, Sukabumi Regency
There are three interesting things when we talk about Pangumbahan Beach in Sukabumi, namely silica sand, green turtles and unspoiled coastlines.
Pangumbahan Beach is located in Gunungbatu Village, Ciracap District, Sukabumi Regency. The oldest rocks in West Java are located around the Pangumbahan Coast line, producing quartz or silica sand which is commonly used as a natural filter for waterways.
Interestingly, the silica sand that looks white and clean will emit a sheen when shaded by the sun. Local residents and tourists can use this silica sand to play sand volleyball.
Pangumbahan Beach is also a habitat for green turtles, here green turtles pass by and lay their eggs. Tourists can document the process of releasing these protected animals into the high seas.
As a reminder, tourists are advised to be careful, don’t disturb the turtle’s survival. The existence of these turtles is also due to the unspoiled conditions on Pangumbahan Beach, therefore there are still not many inns or hotels to accommodate tourists.
It’s different with Pangandaran Beach or Palabuharatu which is crowded with tourists, Pangumbahan is still not so crowded. That makes this beach very suitable for tourists who want to calm down.
To reach this place, tourists need a prime vehicle. Because, the journey from Sukabumi City to Pangumbahan is 109.5 KM with a travel time of about 3 hours 47 minutes via Jampang Kulon-Ujung Tile.
Meanwhile, if visitors start the journey from Bandung, they can pass through Cianjur – Sukabumi – Jampang Tengah – Jampang Kulon – Surade – Ujung Genteng – Gunungbatu. The trip will take approximately 7 hours 30 minutes with a distance of approximately 205.5 KM.
Pangumbahan Beach Photo: (West Java’s Disparbud)
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