Ujung Kulon National Park

Attractions in Ujung Kulon National Park

The three entrance points for visitors to Ujung Kulon National are Taman Jaya, Peucang Island and Handeuluem Island. Two less visited regions, Panaitan Island and Gunung Honje Range, can be reached from these entrance Points or direct from Labuan.

TAMANJAYA AREA
The village of Tamanjaya, where the road down the coast line ends, is just inside the park boundary. This is the main entry point for trekking into the park and visiting Handeuleum Island  This pleasant village provides an insight into kampong life and offers both short and long walks in Gunung Honje area and the south coast. Boat trips to Handeuleum and Peucang Islands can be made from Tamanjaya.

WALK AND TRIPS

Cibiuk Hot Springs.
This short walk meandering through Tamanjaya village and paddy fields leads to a hot spring just inside the park just inside the park boundary.

Kalejetan Walk
The trail to Kalajetan passes throughforest holding a variety of wildlife including pigs, squirrels and monkeys. at the south coast the camping area and guard post overlook the wave swept sandy shores of Kalejetan and bateng grazing grounds. cracodiles are also found in nerby lagoon and rhino are occasionally sighted in this region. this very pleasant walk provides both forest and shores experience.

Handeuleum Island Trip
West across Welcome Bay by local fishing boat is Handeuleum Island amongst a group of small islands off the Ujung Kulon Peninsula.

PEUCANG ISLAND AREA
The unique and delightful island of Peucang lies in clear blue waters off the north western coastline of Ujung Kulon Peninsula. Its white sand beaches and coral reef shores hold a fascinating world of marine life while Peucang’s impressive forest shelters an abundance of wildlife, some of which graze and play around the lodges. Opposite Peucang Island across a 800 meter channel is the Ujng Kulon Peninsula with a wide variety of attractions.

SWIMMING AND DIVING
Peucang Island’s beach is superb for swimming and shallow snorkeling reefs are also found all along the shore, for deeper snorkeling there are coral reefs to the east, midway between the island and mainland. Scuba diving areas are also found to the west and at several other locations off Peucang Island.

WALK AND TRIPS

Karang Copong Walk
This pleasant walk north on peucang Island passes through towering forest to a rock archway beyond which are the reef pools of Karang Copong. The trail leads to the top of a bluff overlooking the reef from where spectacular tropical sunset can be seen. From this point an alternative trail return to the lodges.

Citerjun Teracces Trip
Located to the north east on the mainland peninsula is calcified terraces and stalactites created by the waters the citerjun. These are remnants of the once spectacular formations recorded by early mariners that were destroyed by Krakatau tidal waves of 1883.

Cidaon Grazing Ground Trips
Situated on Peninsula opposite Pucang Island, this large grassland with an observation tower is grazing ground for banteng, pigs, monkey, peafowl and on very rare occasions Java Rhinoceros. Early morning or evening are the best times to visit. Ciujung River Trip
Just to the east of Cidaon the waters of the Ciujungkulon form a canoe able route through overhanging nypa a swampland.

Cibunar Walk
From Cidaon the trail south through magnificent rain forest, crosses a low saddle, join the river Cibunar the continues to clearing and rock ramps on the south coast. Just westward are the cibunar river mouth and the park guard post. Monkey, banteng, pigs and the track of rhino are often seen on this trail and it provides a excellent profile of the park’s vegetation.

Tanjung Layar
There are two ways of reaching Tanjung Layar. From those choosing the shorter walk. the boat travels 3 km west to Peninsula shore a Cibom. At Cibom are remains of a proposed naval port that was begun in 1808 and than abandoned because of hardships and political upheavals, and nearby shelter contains information about the region. The trail followers the coastline west passing the current lighthouse. from this tower are spectacular views of the rugged headlands and island below( permission must be obtained from lighthouse staff to enter the property and to climb the lighthouse tower.) The route continues to the ruins of early building from where a stairway climbs 40 m bluff to Tanjung Layar Historical Site where two previous lighthouses and staff quarters were constructed in 1800′s.

Tanjung Layar (Via Cidaon)
The longer walk to Tanjung Layar involves a short boat ride to Cidaon river opposite Peucang Island. The trail follows the shores westward through coastal rain forest to Cibom and continues along the coast to the historical site

Ciramea Walk
After taking a boat to Cibom the direct route to Ciramea travel through the forest to a shelters at the south and follow the shore through rocky inlets and coastal forest to the northern end of ciramea beach. Either of these routes can be used for a return trip.

HANDEULEUM ISLAND AREA
Situated among a group of small islands just off the north eastern coast of the Ujung Kulon Peninsula, the Handeuleum island area offers river experiences with a variety of forest, wildlife and wetland in peace full location away from the main tourist routes.

Walk and Trip

This short forest walk across the island, the home of monkeys and deer, has views of Peninsula coastline and adjacent island.

Cigenter Grazing Ground
There several ways of reaching the grazing grounds and the most direct is by boats to a jetty near the Cigenter river mouth although alternatives routes through the forest can be more interesting. The grazing ground’s wildlife include banteng, pigs, deer, peafowl and tunneling birds .
Cigenter River Trip
Canoe trips up the Cigenter River are somewhat influenced by tides and trees across the river and if conditions are right the canoes can travel deep into the forest. The cigenter’s waters meander through densely overhanging rain forest, the habitat of python and hornbillls where crocodiles and rhinos may also de seen on rare occasions. The charm of this river lies in its tranquil, primeval beauty.

Cihandeuleum Walk
Beyond the grazing grounds are dry season routes through the forest in the region between the Cigenter and Cikembeumbeum rivers. The attractions include a massive fig tree, popular with wild life, which extends over a wide area. Animal tracks in the stream beds and wetlands of this region record wildlife activity and rhino and leopard tracks are often seen.

Cibeumbeum and Cihandeuleum Rivers trip
South east of Handeuleum Island are three enchanting river outlets and their lower reaches can be explored by boat and high tide. From these forests of the sea come strange clonking sounds created by crabs and beyond are the silent inner waters.

PANAITAN ISLAND AREA
Panaitan’s hill rises from pristine forest with wildlife of deer, pig, monkey, crocodiles, monitor lizards large pythons and a wide variety of bird life on the ancient Hindu statues on the summits of Gunung Raksa. Panaitan Island’s rugged coastline and wide sandy beaches shelter several scuba diving reefs and created exceptional surfing waves

SURFING AND DIVING
There several good scuba diving locations off Panaitan island’s northern and eastern shores including the reef of Batu Pitak near Lagon Butun but diving around Panaitan Island is not recommended for beginners

Gunung Rakasa Walk
From Citambuyung the trail climb to Hindu statue of ganesh and lingam sybole of Shivan on the summit of Gunung Raksa. These statues date from the pre-islamc period in Indonesian history and the Ganesh statue is of particular interest as it is unlike others found in Indonesia.

Lagon Sabini Walk
From Lagon B Butun the trail crosses north west the Lagon Bajo and a beach route continues to white sandy beach, reefs and swamp of Lagon Sabini at the head of Teluk Kasuaris.

GUNUNG HONJE AREA
The slopes of this range are the habitats of endangered Java gibbon and variety of Animal and bird life. The villages in this region are seldom visited by tourist and provide insights into traditional Sundanese life.

WALK AND TRIP

Gunung Honje Walk
The climb of Mt. Honje begins near Tamanjaya at Cimenteng and ascend through the forest to the summit with views of Welcomes Bay and the Ujung Kulon Peninsula.

Cogog via Rancecet
Beyond Cibadak the road becomes a motorbike or walking track passing through several kamung to the remote coastal village on Rancecet and Cegog at the south eastern corner of Ujung Kulon.

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About Pak Liam

Living, teaching and traveling in Asia.
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2 Responses to Ujung Kulon National Park

  1. icelandpenny says:

    Hello Pak Liam! Did you do any of these intriguing walks? If so… tell us more!

    • Pak Liam says:

      Unfortunately no, this article was based on another I had found and tidied up. I posted it partially to record it, because information about Ujung Kulong can be particularly difficult to track down.

      A couple of times now I have almost been, once I traveled down the west coast of Java looking for the entrance to the park but only made it as far as Tanjung Lesung, that was when I ‘discovered’ the sailing club, which I’d never heard about.

      Another time I had arranged an optional school trip for our Year 12 Biology and Ecology students, but there was not enough interest to go ahead with the trip.

      Last trip that never was I had met a lady who was once heavily involved in promoting trips and leading groups to Ujung Kulong, and I had an idea to make plans with her, but last year her husband was suddenly recalled to America and they all left.

      It is still on my list of places to get to!

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