Geysers and natural springs
Published/Last edited or updated: 17th January, 2018
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.
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.
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 ... Travelfish members only (Full text is around 300 words.)
Sally spent twelve years leading tourists around Indonesia and Malaysia where she collected a lot of stuff. She once carried a 40kg rug overland across Java. Her house has been described as a cross between a museum and a library. Fuelled by coffee, she can often be found riding her bike or petting stray cats. Sally believes travel is the key to world peace.