Photo: Time for some waves.


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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? Photo taken in or around Batu Karas, Indonesia by 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 of gender).

Surfing is the big draw at Batu Karas, with two popular breaks and another less so. The main surfing beach is a tiny black sandy bay that offers some of the best waves for a beginner to learn in Indonesia although it can get crowded and may be a little disappointing for more experienced surfers—but there’s always neighbouring Pangandaran. Surfboards, boogie boards and inner tubes can be hired and much of the beach enjoys good swimming too. Local tourists tend to favour water sports over the surf and there are the usual banana boats and other noisy distractions. Unfortunately there are seasonal jellyfish and bluebottles, so you might consider packing a ... Travelfish members only (Around 700 more words) ... please log in to read the rest of this story.

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