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Java's answer to Kuta: Pangandaran

It’s no secret that we here at are big fans of Bali and in particular the fabulous beaches around the Bukit area. With such stunners as Padang Padang, Bingin and Balangan, you really are spoilt for choice. And then there is Kuta. Once a deserted strip of pristine sand fringed by swaying palm trees stretching as far as the eye could see, it is now home to countless pushy sellers, ... Read more about Java's answer to Kuta: Pangandaran .

Green Canyon
Main road to Batu Karas

A trip to Green Canyon involves hiring a boat for a short ride up a narrow gorge, passing incredible scenery and ending up at a stunning rock pool where it’s possible to go for a swim in the turquoise water. This place is packed on weekends and holidays, and the crowds do detract from the beauty of the place. But come on an off day and it’s possible to have the whole magical place to ... Read more about Green Canyon .

Pangandaran National Park

The forest is home to a great array of wildlife such as macaque monkeys, black monkeys, bats, porcupines, butterflies, massive lizards and deer. Seven distinct groups of macaques inhabit the forest, each with around 65 individuals. These monkeys are the most likely of all the wildlife to be encountered as they are not shy – on the contrary they are likely to steal items from you if they ... Read more about Pangandaran National Park .

Agus Wayang - Puppet Workshop
10km west of Pangandaram on the road to Batu Karas

The owner Agus is happy to show you around the traditional Sundanese wayang golek puppets and even put on a fascinating impromptu performance, all without any expectation of money. The puppets are made from lightweight balsa wood and are painted in a variety of styles; gold-bodied statues are painted especially for the European market, which Agus claims would prefer this style over the ... Read more about Agus Wayang - Puppet Workshop .

Water sports
Jalan Pantai Timur, Pangandaran

Water-based recreation activities used to be all about jetskis and banana boats but for the younger generation it’s now all about sofa boats, bandwagons, slaloms and donuts. The principle is the same, however, with power boats pulling large inflatable rafts around the ocean at high speeds for the purpose, giving an adrenalin rush to smiling customers. Pangandaran does water sports ... Read more about Water sports .

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Where to next?

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