Photo: You may get wet.

Green Canyon

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Emerald, jade, turquoise, olive, moss—the profusion of shades of green at lush Green Canyon is off the (paint) charts.





This beautiful verdant river gorge approachable from both Pangandaran and Batu Karas is the area’s top tourist attraction. Small long tail motors boats can be hired for the 20-minute journey, three kilometres up the Cijulang River puttering past wondrous scenery dripping with jungle vines, monitor lizards sunning themselves on the rocks, green tree snakes curled around overhanging branches and colourful jewel-feathered kingfishers flitting across the river.

Just gorgeous. Photo taken in or around Green Canyon, Pangandaran, Indonesia by Sally Arnold.

Just gorgeous. Photo: Sally Arnold

As the river narrows, the canyon walls tower to an almost cave like entrance draped with stalactites and cascading water. Sunlight streaming through the chasm gives this spectacular natural wonder a Garden of Eden-like quality. Here the boats stop and you can climb over a rock ledge to a stunning rock pool in the canyon where it’s possible to take a dip in the cool turquoise water and swim further up the narrow river. Ropes strung across the river help weaker swimmers pull themselves along against the current.

A little up the canyon a mushroom like rock formation juts out of the cliff face and guides encourage tourists to leap the five metres into the river, but be warmed it sometimes isn’t as deep as they may suggest and accidents have occurred here. If you don’t want to end up a statistic, it’s probably wise not to jump as there are no nearby medical facilities and your travel insurance may not cover you.

River scenes. Photo taken in or around Green Canyon, Pangandaran, Indonesia by Sally Arnold.

River scenes. Photo: Sally Arnold

Boats take up to five passages and cost is determined by time. For a quick 45-minute return journey without swimming it’s 200,000 rupiah, add another 100,000 rupiah for every 30 minutes you wish to swim. A guide will accompany you and life jackets are ... please log in to read the rest of this story.


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Green Canyon
26 km west of Pangandaran and 7 km west of Batu Karas
Boats operate Mo–Th: 07:30–16:00; Fr: 13:00–16:00 Sa–Su: 07:00–16:00

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