Cimaja and West Java

 

.WEST JAVA

Of the 17,000 islands that make up the archipelago of the Republic of Indonesia, Java has historically been considered the heartland. Where Java has led-culturally, economically and politically down through the centuries, other regions have followed. On Java, still the most densely populated island of Indonesia, there are five Provinces. West Java is the largest, with the greatest population, and, some would claim, with the most pride.
West Java Province is located at part of western Java Island. The enchanting of Sunda land stretches from Sunda Strait in the west to the borders of Central Java in the east. The locals' people know West Java Province as the Land of Sunda. The region is primarily mountainous, with rich green valleys hugging lofty volcanic peaks, many of which surround the capital of West Java province. The history of West Java is a story of trade, spices, and the rise and fall of powerful kingdoms. In the late 1500's the region was ruled from mighty Cirebon, which still survives as a sultanate today, although a shadow of its former glory. West Java was of the first contact points in Indonesia for Indian traders and their cultural influences, and it was here that the Dutch and British first set foot in the archipelago.
This province has its own unique culture and language, both called Sundanese that is also used to call its people. The ancient kingdoms of Tarumanegara, Pajajaran, Banten and Cirebon would make interesting studies for the student of archaeology. Cirebon is located on the border between West and Central Java, having a mixed culture originating from the ancient Cirebon and Banten kingdoms, resulting in similar customs and dialects of the two people, although Banten is located at the extreme western part of the province.
SURFING THE PELABUHAN RATU BAY

The Pelabuhan Ratu Bay faces the Indian Ocean with a southwesterly aspect and is approx. 45 km wide and 60 km long.
The dry season is the main surfing season and is approximately from March through to November (breaking over 300 days per year) with a temperature range of 25 to 37° Celsius. The wet season is from November through to March and there are still waves to be had.
The typical swell direction is southerly, with large and good waves to be had all around the bay catering for all surfing levels There are waves here that are some of the best in Indonesia, and like any place else it's just timing.


 
WEST JAVA SURFARI -

The Wild West –

ACCOMMODATION at PELABUHAN RATU
The Ocean Resort lies on the ruggedly beautiful and sparsely populated South coast of West Java, only 4 hours drive from Jakarta's International airport. Transfer to and from the resort is arranged by us. The setting is idyllic, on a long private beach bounded by cliffs and the Indian Ocean, set in paddy fields and coconut trees. The lush foothills of the volcano Gunung Halimun, the largest National Park in West Java, form the backdrop to the North. The sunsets are spectacular. Eighteen comfortable and modern Javanese style bungalows, self catering and fully serviced, a bar, restaurant, pool plus kid's pool are set in 1.5 hectares of tropical gardens.

Location

The South coast of West Java is only four hours drive from Jakarta but is a world apart. Protected to the North by a range of volcanoes the area is sparsely populated and spectacularly scenic. The resort is on the West side of the large bay around Pelabuhan Ratu Due North is the Nature Reserve Gunung Halimun, Misty Mountain, the largest Park in West Java. The 40,000 hectares include some of Indonesias largest remaining lowland and montane forest ranging from 500 to 1900 metres. To the South of the bay is another reserve, Ujung Genteng, famous for its remote turtle beaches and wild surf. On the way the road passes the sweeping mountain landscape of the Djampang plateau and the tea plantations of the Dutch. And great surf. The bay opens up to the Indian Ocean to the West, and features rugged cliffs, rocky headlands, secluded beaches and some pounding surf.
        
SURF POINTS AROUND PELABUHAN RATU
CIMAJA - It is a right with a reef and rock bottom. Cimaja is a fun wave from 4 – 5 ft, and produces great barrels when at 7 ft. Wave heights above this to 10 – 12+ft, make the conditions fast and steep, narrow gun boards work well in these swells.INDICATOR POINT - It has a shallow coral bottom, which works well with heavy swell (7 ft. +) and a high tide. It's a long wall with a constant tube that shuts down after a 150 – 200 m down the line drive. If you want a speedy workable wave you'll find it here when the conditions are right.KARANG PAPAK - This is a fun wave, which is good when Cimaja and Indicators are crowded or closing out. KARANG HAWU (Sunset Beach) - Right in front of Any’s Taverne, this is a beach break and offers rights and lefts, but the lefts tend to be better. Good for beginners and it has a surf school.KARANG CIBANG HAJI - An everchanging sandbottom righthander off a groyne with a smaller left on the inside of the groyne. Rarely surfed and can park your car near the boat harbour so be daring and check it out!KARANG AJI - It is a clean wave, which wraps around a large rock, then goes between two large rocks about 60+ m apart, this wave can give fun rides up to 100 m.CIKEMBANG - A righthand point on a postcard perfect beach that is the place to go when everwhere else is out of control. Great longboard waveSAWARNA and more secret spots – Left hander

UJUNG GENTENG RESORT:
This friendly resort overlooks the world famous Turtles surf at Ujung Genteng on the south coast of west Java. This reef break catches Indian Ocean swells from May to October. The Losmen sits 300m from the beach at the edge of the Green Belt zone. Three separate buildings house twin, double, and dormitory/family rooms (AC or fan), kitchen, resto, and bar; amid serene, cool and shaded gardens. It is surrounded by paddy fields and an easterly breeze keeps the climate pleasant throughout the season. Other surf breaks like Ombak Tujuh, are within motorbike access, and the white sand beach extending north from the reef is as spectacular as any beach in the world. Gigantic sea turtles nest nightly on this same beach; the area is a designated National Park. The wave Turtles picks up a large amount of swell. However, on the small days snorkeling, swimming and fishing all along the coast are a great diversion; and the pristine area can be explored on motorbike.
ROOMS:
Currently there are 4 rooms available with airconditioning and fan (first in best dressed). Double and single beds. For groups of 4 we have family rooms with 4 single beds.

SURF
'Turtles' is the main wave and it's the most commonly surfed in the area as it does not need much swell to be surfable. Turtles is a 15 minute walk from our accommodation and is a punchy barrelling left hander that can be surfed at all tides.
Ombak Tujuh is located 30 to 40 minutes by motor bike ride up the coast or a one hour local boat ride. It is located in Cibabi national park. Ombak Tujuh picks up almost as much swell as anywhere in Indonesia and really starts to do its thing once it hits 6 ft and regularly gets a lot bigger than this.There are a couple of other waves around the bay of Ombak Tujuh for those with a keen sense of adventure. For those that have a thirst for adventure there are a number of other waves that can be found around Ujung Genteng. These waves can produce high quality waves yet are seldom surfed.

JAVA SURFARI 1:
Includes: 11 nights/12 days duration, all breakfasts, accommodation 7 nights at Pelabuhan Ratu near karang Haji surfpoint and 4 nights at Ujung Gentang near turtles surfpoint), Fully Guided private surf trips around the pelabuhan ratu area on days 2, 3, 4, 5, 11 (surfguide, driver, car). Personal transfers to and from Jakarta Airport (4hrs) (day 1 and day 12) and also Pelabuhan Ratu to Ujung Genteng (2.5 hours). (Day 6 and day 10) 5 nights at Pelabuhan ratu and then 4 nights at Ujung Gentang and then 2 nights at Pelabuhan ratu. Accommodation: due to limited accommodation we will try ensure guests get an airconditioned room although this is not guaranteed.
PLEASE NOTE: we also provide airfares from Bali to Jakarta and transfers from there hotel etc.. as some guests can get direct flights to Jakarta from there origin we have not included these in the package if guests require them please let us know and we will inform you of the extra price.

JAVA SURFARI 2:
Includes: 7 nights/8days duration, all breakfasts, accommodation (7 nights at Pelabuhan Ratu near karang Haji surfpoint) Fully Guided Private surf trips around Pelabuhan ratu on days 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 (driver, car, surfguide) Personal transfers to and from Jakarta Airport (4hrs) Accommodation: due to limited accommodation we will try ensure guests get an airconditioned room although this is not guaranteed. PLEASE NOTE: we also provide airfares from Bali to Jakarta and transfers from there hotel etc.. as some guests can get direct flights to Jakarta from there origin we have not included these in the package if guests require them please let us know and we will inform you of the extra price.

JAVA SURFARI 3:
Includes: 7 nights/8 days duration, all breakfast, accommodation 7 nights at Ujung Gentang near turtles surfpoint), Personal transfers to and from Jakarta Airport (6hrs) Accommodation: due to limited accommodation we will try ensure guests get an airconditioned room although this is not guaranteed.
PLEASE NOTE: we also provide airfares from Bali to Jakarta and transfers from there hotel etc.. as some guests can get direct flights to Jakarta from there origin we have not included these in the package if guests require them please let us know and we will inform you of the extra price.

Q & A
Are there mosquito nets?
The rooms have been made mosquito proof. However, those who would still like to take more precaution, mosquito nets are available free of charge. Is there malaria in Ujung Genteng?
Malaria no longer exists in this part of Java
Where is the nearest ATM?
The nearest ATM is in the city of Pelabuhan Ratu. This is about 2 1/2 hours drive from Ujung Genteng. We do recommend that you bring enough cash to last your stay. Otherwise motorbike transportation can be easily and cheaply organised for those who need to make a trip to Pelabuhan Ratu for a day to get more cash.
Where is the nearest Western Union?
The nearest Western Union is in the City of Surade which is a 30 minute motorbike ride Western Union is operational in major post offices in large towns throughout Indonesia.
Are my belongings safe in the room?
We have installed a safe where guests can store their valuables. Each guest will receive a receipt with a list of their belongings in order to avoid misunderstandings. Where is the nearest fax and internet?
The nearest fax and internet connection is in Surade. Surade is about 20 to 30 minutes drive. We are presently installing free wifi internet
How do I get around to different surf spots around Ujung Genteng?
Motorbike taxis (ojeks) and motorbikes are available for surfers to hire. The cost for each trip varies on where you are going and your bartering skills. If you feel that you need help in setting up trips to different surf spots or anywhere else just ask our staff for help and they will point you in the right direction, as well as give you the ball park of how much the trip should cost you. Nevertheless, your are in Indonesia so dont forget to barter.

THINGS TO DO:
Snorkeling
The waters around turtle beach and ombak tujuh are pristine and clear and inhabited by many marine creatures. Sightings have varied from octopuses, to turtles, travelling to Spanish mackerels and the odd elusive dugong.
Spear Fishing
On small swell days spear fishing is a great alternative. Ombak Tujuh and Turtles are a haven for fish of all sizes.
Boat Trips
For those that have a thirst for adventure there are a number of other waves that can be found around Ujung Genteng. These waves can produce high quality waves yet are seldom surfed.
Trekking
There are several coastal inland hikes, treks, and walks in the area. Taking 1 hour to all day depending on your time mood and energy. our staff will give you details.
Turtles
Nearly every night the beach in front of our losmon is transformed into laying ground for gigantic sea turtles. These majestic creatures make their way up the beach to dig a nest, where by they lay 150-250 eggs. The rangers office located about 500 metres from us offers you the opportunity to be a part of this unique experience.

WAVES at UJUNG GENTENG: OMBAK TUJUH (Seven Waves)
Is a 1 hour bike ride from your accommodation at Ujung Genteng. This DEEP water left hander is known to hold almost any size swell delivered. It is a heavy wave when it is big with steep take offs and big walls. Tide is better at low when small and high when it is big (over 8 to 10 foot).
TURTLES
only a 15 minute walk from your accommodation. This barreling left hander can get insane, best at low tide but gets shallow… longest barrels up here.. works from 2 to solid 6 foot and depending on the swell and winds can hold bigger. Also you will get a wave out the front of MAMAs losmen a left hander that can deliver some magnificent waves but with the wrong winds can be a mess… worth checking out.
BEST SEASON:
Southeast trade-winds during late April to October with bigger swells peaking from June to August. November through early April is wet season, with northwest trades. But West Java provides good waves all year around… Pelabuhan Ratu is the better option during December to February with Ujung Genteng needing those days where the winds drop off to score, but still plenty of them.

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