"OTBP: West Java's South Coast" West Java Province by theo1006
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In 2005, when we lived in Bandung, we made several trips to the coast south of Bandung. Recently, in 2008, we visited again coming from Salatiga. We like to explore the remoter regions of Java. Few foreign visitors make it to West-Java's south coast, because it takes four to six hours to get there from Bandung. You need your own transport, or to hire a car with driver for several days, or do it the adventurous and time-consuming way with local transport.
In the OTBP tips we have highlighted the main attractions. Not counting the quietude and leasurely pace of the whole region, which are attractions by themselves when you have enough of the hustle and bustle of the cities.
As may be expected, accommodation is scarce. We made an inventory of the best available. For food you have to make do with what is available (generally mi rebus, nasi goreng, or rice with fried fish), or bring your own.
Closer to Bandung: If you are looking for things to do closer to Bandung, see our Garut page.
From Bandung there are three main routes to the south coast:
(1) Via Pangalengan to Rancabuaya, four to five hours by car
(2) Via Cicalengka, Leles and Cikajang to Pameungpeuk, five to six hours by car.
Or you may want to take the more time-consuming route to Pameungpeuk via Majalaya and Samarang, and visit Kamojang geysers on the way, see our Garut page.
(3) Via Garut and Bantarkalong to Cipatujah, also five to six hours.
As a base for exploration Pameungpeuk is to be preferred, because the town is located centrally and has the best hotel. On our last trip we went to Rancabuaya and drove all the way along the coast to Pangandaran.
The government is actively developing and opening up the south coast region. The coastal road has been upgraded and is now generally in good condition. Narrow steel bridges dating from colonial times have mostly been replaced with wide concrete ones; on our last trip we found work in progress to replace the last one.
Another sign of progress is the new, excellent ANB Hotel in Pameungpeuk.
However, the region still remains off-the-beaten-path. Even domestic tourists only come in big numbers on the main holidays (Lebaran and Xmas).
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