Pelabuhan Ratu; surf spot and fishing village on the south coast of Java

Palabuhanratu is an isolated fishing village at the south coast of West Java in the Sukabumi Regency, serves as its capital. It is up to 12 hours’ drive fromIndonesia‘s capital Jakarta due to traffic jam in Ciawi, Cicurug, Cibadak and Pelabuhan Ratu gate.

I don’t know about 12 hours, it is usually more like 3-4 hours, perhaps 4 1/2 if one is unlucky. We often stay at the Ocean Queen Resort (Jl. Banten, Cibangban Rt 02/Rw 12 |

Cikahuripan, Cisolok, Pelabuhan Ratu, Indonesia) which gets good reviews, deservedly so.

There’s lots do down here, surfing, trekking, birdwatching, bat spotting, bathing in hot springs nearby at Cisolok and visiting the local fish markets. Certainly many Jakartan expats will brave the traffic to make their way down here every so often for a weekend break. But the traffic through Sukabumi is pretty bad.

Pelabuhan Ratu is also a bit of a well known surfing spot situated on the South coast of Java, but that also means that the water is quite dangerous to swim in. (Surf beachesinclude Cimaja Beach, Sunset Beach, Karang Sari Beach and Karang Aji Beach.) Fortunately, the Ocean Queen Resort has a good swimming pool in which one can frolic for those with children or less sporty.

In fact, there is a Sundanese legend associated with this bay, the Queen of the Southern Javan Ocean,  Nyi Roro Kidul, dwells here and if one dares to wear green, which is her colour she will take you into the sea, never to return.


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