Photo: A fun excursion.

Cisolok Hot Springs

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The horseshoe shaped area along the south coast of West Java which includes Cimaja was gazetted as a national Geopark in 2105 recognised by UNECSO, known as the Ciletuh-Pelebuhan Ratu Geopark and it is home to Cisolok Hot Springs.

Here as well as many interesting natural geological rock formations, eight kilometres to the west of Cimaja, the hot springs feature a boulder-filled river peppered with hot geysers continuously spurting mildly sulphurous water into the air with temperatures ranging from 40º to 98º and heights of up to five metres.

Stunning setting. Photo taken in or around Cisolok Hot Springs, Cimaja, Indonesia by Sally Arnold.

Stunning setting. Photo: Sally Arnold

When this hot water mixes with the cold river water, it provides a great environment for bathing. As well as the natural swimming areas in the river, a couple of manmade pools syphon in the hot spring water at this popular local picnic spot.

Once you enter the main gateway and pay your admission fee (8,000 rupiah), a yellow suspension bridge leads to the river and change rooms. Parking is an additional fee, depending on the size of your vehicle and lockers are available to store your belongings while you swim. Stalls and warungs sell snacks and a number offer colourful toy boats as well as “obat gatal”—itch relief—small bags of white powder and vials of a yellow sulphur-like liquid. You’ll need to bring your own towel and as this is a conservative local area wear shorts and T-shirt in the water rather than a bathing suit.

Prefer something a little less natural? No problem. Photo taken in or around Cisolok Hot Springs, Cimaja, Indonesia by Sally Arnold.

Prefer something a little less natural? No problem. Photo: Sally Arnold

The springs are favoured as a local tourist attraction and can get very crowded on weekends, but you’re likely to be the only foreigner in the midst, so expect some attention. If you’d prefer to swim in the covered pool areas, a small entry fee is charged, but be careful—we saw one pool marked 46º and another 87.6º, that’s a very hot swim!

If you are interested in the geothermal workings of the area, informative signage in Indonesian and English with diagrams offers good explanations. We are a fan of hot springs and could quite happily spend a few hours wallowing in the warm river water admiring the picturesque natural surrounds, but be sure to drink plenty of water as the hot temperatures can easily dehydrate you.

Fancy some itch relief? Photo taken in or around Cisolok Hot Springs, Cimaja, Indonesia by Sally Arnold.

Fancy some itch relief? Photo: Sally Arnold

Minibuses (angkutan) run along the coast from Cimaja to Cisolok, to the turnoff to Cisolok Hot Springs where its another two kilometres to the entrance. Ojeks wait for business at the turnoff, but you are better off hiring an ojek or taxi directly from Cimaja and asking them to wait for your return or hire your own transport.

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Cisolok Hot Springs
8km west of Cimaja
Admission: 8,000 rupiah

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