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Ujung Genteng is a sleepy, unhurried coastal town on the southern shores of West Java. The name literally translates to “the end of the roof tile” due to the coastline’s resemblance to the decorative finials on traditional Indonesian houses, but we think it feels more like the end of the world.

More than 100 kilometres from the nearest city, Sukabumi, remote Ujung Genteng is the stuff dreams are made of, yet it attracts just a trickle of local visitors and a mere dribble of anyone you could describe as being foreign. Popularity is growing though (slowly) and it can get almost crowded on weekends and during holiday seasons.

Drop off the map. Photo taken in or around Ujung Genteng, Indonesia by Sally Arnold.

Drop off the map. Photo: Sally Arnold

The main reason foreign tourists visit this place is to surf Turtle’s break and the perfect curling waves at Ombak Tujuh, but apart from the draw of the surf, there is simply mile after mile of beautiful coastline. During low tide, the scene can look quite unimpressive, but as the tide runs in, it transforms into an ocean of aquamarine. Along most parts of the coast in this area, the water is quite shallow and it’s often possible to swim without feeling like you’re going to get sucked out to sea—though do still exercise care! Locals are happy to offer to take you out snorkelling the clear coral reefs but you’ll mostly need to bring your own equipment.

Ujung Genteng is one of the largest reserves for green sea turtles in South East Asia and near Turtle Beach a turtle conservation centre operates where you can see hatchlings released along with turtles nesting—a truly remarkable experience and not to be missed. Non-beach activities are otherwise limited, although you could take a daytrip to see some spectacular waterfalls at Cikaso.

Impressive falls. Photo taken in or around Ujung Genteng, Indonesia by Sally Arnold.

Impressive falls. Photo: Sally Arnold

Keeping to the edge of civilisation theme, accommodation is generally of the shack variety—many with squat toilets and cold water bucket showers—and somewhat overpriced. There is however, a smattering of more expensive places with TVs and air-con, but they’re mostly poor value when the other options are considered. Guesthouses usually include meals in the rate and if yours doesn’t, finding a decent place to eat in town can be somewhat of a challenge, with only a handful of warungs able to serve up fresh meals. Alcohol is only available at bars at the surf camps—pretty much it as far as nightlife is concerned.

Local public transport is virtually non existent, but you can always find someone to to drive you somewhere—for a price—and while getting to Ujung Genteng is no easy task, we think it’s worth the effort.

Flip. Flop. Photo taken in or around Ujung Genteng, Indonesia by Sally Arnold.

Flip. Flop. Photo: Sally Arnold

Wifi is largely a non-starter and phone signal is limited—making this an overall excellent place to unplug and unwind!

Ujung Genteng’s main road stretches about six kilometres along the coast from the main village to the Turtle Conservation Centre, some of it is paved, but much is a sandy track.

An Indomaret minimarket with an ATM (with low withdrawal limit) is on the main Surade road about two kilometres from Ujung Genteng beach and four kilometres from Turtle Beach. The closest ATMs (with larger withdrawal limits), police, medical facilities and bus terminal are in Surade, 22 kilometres away.

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