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Batukaras Beach, Cijulang, Pangandaran
West Java 46394, Indonesia



About Batukaras


Batu Karas is famous for its surf, beautiful sunrises and sunsets, and a very friendly vibe.  Whilst it is one of Java's most popular surfing spots for beginner or advanced surfer, it still hosts a lively fishing and rice farming community, giving you the opportunity to observe village life at close quarters, without feeling like you're visiting a tourist town.

Take a stroll along the beach in the mornings, and you can watch the farmers going out to their ricefields while the fishermen are just returning from a night at sea. Once the catch is in, the morning fish market comes alive, with buyers coming from around West Java to buy fresh tuna, octopus, sword fish, silver dory and prawns. In the late afternoons the farmers can be spotted on the beaches pulling in the massive nets. Their pay: whatever fish the fishermen won't sell.

Around Batu Karas you can also see villagers making the palm leaf roofing, called alang-alang which is used on traditional houses and shops throughout the village. Selling coconut juice, and making coconut palm sugar, known as gula merah, are also important traditional local industries. Young boys are highly practiced in the art of scaling coconut trees, and will tap as many as 60 coconut trees a day, for the sugar.

People in Batu Karas are friendly. But due to their limited English skills, will usually greet foreign tourists with a "hello mister", regardless of their sex.

And Villa Monyet, with its individual bungalows, enjoying fabulous beach view, is the perfect place to explore Batu Karas, Pangandaran the surrounding coast, and the culture of West Java.




Legok Pari Point Break

  The Point Break  
Jan-June (mid July): offshore winds. The Point Break is the main surfing and swimming beach, it's ideal for learning to surf, as the gentle right-hand breaks over a sandy bottom that rolls up to 400 metres. It is one of the best surf spot for beginner to surf in Indonesia. More advanced surfer can take off right at the point, it has nice tubes when the wave is on. And 50 metres from the point the waves become more mellow, it's perfect for long boarder. It works most of the year, low tide and mid tide. It becomes really mellow when it's high tide, but it's perfect for beginner to practise. The Point Break is 10 minute walks from Villa Monyet.
July- September : cross-shore winds, but some inside section of the Point Break is protected by the hills. Otherwise it's consistent big swells.
October-December : offshore winds. The swell is relatively small, but otherwise it's still good small swell for beginner.
Surfing Children : Point Break (Legok Pari beach) is an ideal spot for children to learn to surf, as there are few rips, and waves are not too scary. You can rent boogie board, tubes and surfboards on the beach. Kids can body surf/swim esaily, play on the sand. Most part of the beach is safe to swim, but the current is strong on the left side in front of the rock. Weak swimmers are not advised to swim on the left corner, the lifeguard always put sign there everyday from 7 a.m till 5 p.m. The right corner is safe.



Karang (Reef Break)

  Surfing at Karang  
Feb-June (mid July): offshore winds. The Reef Break is good for advanced surfers. It has fast walls that roll up to 150 metres. Easy take off. It works best Mid to High tide. Low tide will be too shallow and you will see reef clearly. Some people wear booties, but locals never wear them. The Reef Break is just in front of Villa Monyet. Take your coffee from the kitchen and enjoy it at the beach garden while watching the surf.




Cycling Around the Village

  River, ricefields, hill & sunset  
  Take a slow cruise around the village on a bicycle; enjoy the sunrise, sunset and the beautiful views of Batukaras from up hills, the ricefields, the Batu Karas river, a blue lagoon, see how the locals live.  



Green Canyon (Cukang Taneuh)

  Body Rafting at Green Canyon  
  Body raft down the jewel Green Canyon, which towers up to 20 metres above the river. It's 10 minutes motorbike ride from Villa Monyet. The fresh green water flows from the jungle. The amazing high wall of the canyon is like you are back to dinosaurs time. The drifting drizzle from the root of the trees above the canyon. The amazing cave where thousands bats live (you will not get to this cave easily, you will need a guide beacuse you have to swim far from where most people swim)  

There are 2 ways to enjoy the Green Canyon; Body raft with guide and by boat without guide.

Body raft is more adventorous and you will see more of Green Canyon. Guided tour will have different experience, you will know the place more. Laugh, smile and the local culture action is what you get while you explore the place. It starts from Villa Monyet around 10 a.m (after breakfast), around 3.5 hours trip. You can contact us by email:, whatsapp +6282260000079, or just come and see us the front desk of Villa Monyet. It's Rp. 250,000/person (food, drink, hard hat, elbow/chin pad, booties and life jacket). Kids minimum 10 years old can join this.

By boat is easy way to get to the cave, then swim in it against the flows for about 300 metres and back to where the boat droped you. This you can explore things by yourself easily. The price will depend how you negotiate with the boat driver. The ticket price is on the board of the gate. Make sure you notice this, You will pay the ticket that allows you to swim for about 30 minutes. If it's more than that, you will have to pay extra to the boat driver directly. Depend to the negotiation,




Batuhiu Beach

  Turtle Conservation & Surfing  
  Didin Syaffudin is explaining how to protect the turtles from the bad people, breed the eggs and then release them when they are ready to go to the sea.  
  The shark is the gate to the park above the Batuhiu beach, nice sport to see the ocean and the surf. Kids will like to play around the park after checking the turtle conservation.  
  Surfing in Batuhiu is not consistent, but when it's good, it's so good left hander wave.  



Green Valley (Citumang)

  River, cave, waterfall and swing  
  Cruise with your motorbike through the bamboo bridge, beach, ricefields, village and then you walk in the valley to get to the cave and waterfall.  
  At the gate, the local guides will offer you to do body rafting. They will give you life jackets but sometimes no need elbow/chin/booties because it is not as rough as body rafting in Green Canyon. This is mellow mood time, kids will love this. You can do your own fish therapy in Green Valley fish pond.  
  But it's also possible to swim by yourself if you are good swimmer. But take your own risk and have fun.  



Jojogan (Wonderhill)

  River, cave, waterfall and ricefields  
  Cruise with your motorbike through the bamboo bridge, beach, ricefields, village and then you walk down to the the valley to get to the cave and waterfall of Jojogan.  
  You can see Pangandaran beach and Batukaras beach from the Jojogan hill. At the gate, the local guides will offer you to do body rafting.  
  But it's also possible to swim by yourself if you are good swimmer. But take your own risk and have fun. If you are there at sunset time, you can see the bats flying out off the cave to search the food somewhere else.  



The Culture & Food

  Wayang Golek & Gamelan  

West Java’s famous Wayang golek or wooden puppets are only performed for special events such as the annual fishermen’s festival, where an offering is made to the goddess of the sea – Nyai Roro Kidul, or wedding parties. If you’d like to see Wayang Golek in
action, our staff can take you to the wooden puppet makers, and you can learn how to manipulate the puppets. The puppet –maker is also a skilled performer and can adopt different voices, depending on which character he is maneuvering.

  Local musicians and dancers can play their hypnotic and rhythmic Sundanese music, for groups of guests at Villa Monyet. Like it's more famous cousin, Balinese music, Sundanese music is also performed on gamelan . But don't ever suggest to a Sundanese person that their music is just a copy of Bali's. Any Sundanese will tell you the Balinese stole their music, and that it's Sundanese not Balinese music you hear in hotels, and everywhere in Bali. Unique to Sundanese music is the bamboo angklung –a series of bamboo pipes, which has been recognised by UNESCO as important cultural heritage. Cost rp 500,000 per group performance.  
  Local practioners, including very skilled young children, of the Indonesian martial arts, Pencat Silat, put on regular performances of this martial art. Ask Villa Monyet staff for details, or if you'd like to arrange a pencat silat lesson.  
  The women are making the alang-alang roof. It's made of palm leaf that grow along the Batukaras and Green Canyon river.  
  Take a guided village tour, and learn about the local rice culture, fishing, and see some villagers making palm sugar, how coconut trees are tended, and try to learn to speak the gutteral Sundanese language.