PLACES OF INTEREST
Puncak Pass is one of interesting destination in the West Java Province. It is located in the south of Jakarta and can be reached by an hour journey. Puncak is an ideal place for weekend, as well as a good location to find a fresh mountain air. Besides, many attractions can be found nearby, such as the Bogor and Cobodas Botanical Gardens; the Gede Pangrango National Park; the Plantations and the Safari Park.
Pelabuhan Ratu is believed by the locals to be the home of Ratu Kidul, the queen of the South Sea. The location is only three hours from Jakarta. Some tourist activities around Pelabuhan Ratu are; visit fish market, watch the unique marine ceremonies, watch sea turtle laying their eggs at Pangumbahan beach and a white water rafting trip on the Citarik River will be an unforgettable experience for the adventurers,
West Java is well-known for its ?angklung?, its traditional instrument. One of good Angklung workshop with fine workmanship and exact tuning of these bamboo musical instruments is Mang Udjo Angklung Workshop. His workshop is located in the village of Padasuka, 7 km from Bandung. Traditional music and dance performances are staged against a natural background of mountains and rice-fields. Bamboo handicraft and musical instruments are made and sold here.
JUANDA FOREST PARK
This highland forest park is not far from Bandung. The 590-hectare (2475-acre) forest, the Juanda Forest Park, is a research site for local and international botanical experts.
Maribaya is well-known for its hot springs, the sulphur-laden water, a comfortable place for swimming and enjoying the view of a 25 meter waterfall set against a steep mountain cliff. Maribaya is only a 30 minutes trip from Bandung passing through some lovely mountain sceneries.
Jatiluhur Dam is situated between Jakarta and Bandung. The dam was originally built through a French technical assistance in the 1950?s to generate electrical power for the region. It provides irrigation to the surrounding arable land and fishery industries around the area. The area was developed for tourism and some convenient facilities are built, such as swimming pools, tennis courts, a camping ground, speedboats for water skiing and cottages.
CIBODAS BOTANIC GARDEN
Located in the district of Pacet, 22 kms northwest of Cianjur, the Cibodas Botanic Garden is a 80 hectare nature preserve found in 1890.
TAMAN SAFARI INDONESIA
Animals from all continents roam freely in taman Safari Indonesia, a 35 hectare park, 75km southeast of Jakarta. Among the animals kept here are some comparatively rare species, such as anoas, rhinos, giraffes, white tigers and European, American and Asian bears. Next to the Park is a recreational ground, facilitated with swimming pool, tennis court, artificial lake, waterfall, children?s playground and amusement centre, as well as restaurants and cafeterias.
PELABUHAN RATU BEACH
Formerly was only a traditional village, Pelabuhan Ratu has grown into a lovely holiday resort, while retaining much of its former charm. It is a three-hour drive from either Jakarta or Bandung. Pelabuhan Ratu-Cisolok is a 15 km stretch of breathtaking coastline; thick tropical forests cascade down steep hills to white sand beaches and the deep blue waters of the Indian ocean. At night hundreds of fishermen?s boat lamps merge with the star-studded sky above, an enchanting and romantic scene. Star and non-star Hotels are available in the area. Enjoying fresh seafood at reasonable prices is another encouraging for visitors.
Krakatoa Volcano erupted in 1883, one of the most catastrophic natural events in recorded history. The volcano literally blew itself apart, sending a column of ash and stone 80km into the air. Ash fell on Singapore, and the entire region was covered in darkness for two days. Gigantic tidal waves over 40 meters high killed almost 40000 people along the coast of Java and Sumatra. The volcanic dust in the atmosphere circled in the earth for three years, creating sensational sunsets.
The area is still a hotbed of volcanic activity, while the Anak Krakatoa, a new emerge volcano, erupted since 1928 and it keeps growing. The history and the beautiful scenery of the volcano encourage visitors the area, especially to the young volcano. However, any activities are much depended on volcano condition.
Pangandaran has become a popular location for domestic tourists for long.
It is a small fishing town with fine beaches and Pangandaraan Nature Reserve. The Nature Reserve teems with wild buffalo, barking deer and monkeys.
Friendly people and natural surrounding make this area be a great place for relaxation. Pangandaraan is half-way between Bandung and Yogyakarta, about 5 hours by bus from Bandung and 8 hours from Jakarta.
THE ROYAL CITY OF CIREBON
Cerebon offers a wealth of culture and history. It is situated on the border of West and Central Java, where the culture if the two provinces merging and form a combination culture.
Trace of old culture remains in the city. Ancient palaces (kratons) of the Kasepuhan and Kanoman are renovated and transferred as museum. The museums are opened to public, displaying household ornaments, paintings. calligraphy and other artistic treasures. The royal carriages are sumptuous in design, one of them a gilded coach in the form of winged elephant.
Across the square from the Kasepuhan Kraton is the ?Mesjid Agung? (Grand Mosque), in a traditional Javanese style and made entirely of wood. Cirebon is also known for its distinct batik, now a flourishing industry in the village of Trusni. The local seafood is among the best in West java.
Parangtritis is locally believed as a special place for Nyai Ruro Kidul, the legends of the queen of the south sea.
There is a daily direct flight from Kuala Lumpur International Airpot (KLIA) Malaysia to Husein Sastranegara Airpot, Bandung, Indonesia. Besides,
Husein Sastranegara domestic airport Iinks Bandung with Jakarta and most major cities in Java. Services are provided by Merpati Sempati and Bouraq.