Batu Karas

Batu Karas

Surfer hangout

The laidback fishing village of Batu Karas is one of Java’s most chilled beachside destinations, a haven for surfers or anyone happy to watch the waves roll on in one after the other, with very few other distractions bar a book and a hammock.

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The village wraps two bays on the southern coast of West Java, 33 kilometres west of the local tourist hotspot of Pangandaran and is close enough to its big sister that many of the areas sights can be visited from either. As Pangandaran develops with more and more big hotels and draws increasing local holidaymakers, Batu Karas’ small collection of charming guesthouse and low-key vibe have growing appeal for foreign tourists. On weekends however, Batu Karas sees an influx of domestic tourists too and can be just as busy.

Can you boogie? : Sally Arnold.
Can you boogie? Photo: Sally Arnold

For folks looking for a Bali-style beach resort, you won’t find it in Batu Karas, life is simple with basic infrastructure and people going about their daily life. You won’t be hassled by touts or trinket sellers either although you will be greeted with a friendly “Hello Mister” (regardless ... Travelfish members only (Full text is around 700 words.)

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