Surf’s up

On West Java’s southern coast about 140 kilometres south of Jakarta, the sleepy laid back village of Cimaja pulls the surfer crowd and not much else.

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Sure the waves are good, and the main reason to come here is to surf, but even if you don’t ride a board, we still think the chilled low-key pace and salty breeze have enough draw to while away a couple of lazy days. That said, don’t expect to be laying about on the sand though, as the beaches are mostly rocky with only a few spots good for swimming. Instead think verdant ricefields edging deep blue seas and the enviable slow pace of village life.

The house break. : Sally Arnold.
The house break. Photo: Sally Arnold

Cimaja offers a number of world-class breaks many suitable for intermediate surfers and others reserved for experienced surfers only, but besides the waves the region has been recognised as a notional geopark, with some interesting natural attractions being developed as tourist sites including rock formations, waterfalls and hot springs. Well worth a visit are the natural hot springs at Cisolok, about eight kilometres west of Cimaja where you can see gushing geysers of hot water spurting from the rocky river and while away a few hours soaking in the sulphurous warm waters.

Inland from Cimaja about seven kilometres up a punishing road, an ancient site of megalithic standing stones has recently been discovered. If you are into that sort of thing, it’s mildly interesting but be warned, the road is steep and backbreaking. Follow the signs from the signposted turnoff on the ... Travelfish members only (Full text is around 600 words.)

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