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Batu Karas

Batu Karas is a small fisherman village located in West Java at the south coast of Indonesia. Batu Karas literally means hard stone and this might have something to do with the rocky coast line. This is one of Java’s gems for sure! But what is a gem? I mean, that is kind of personal right… I love the ocean and the nature, others maybe love the city or cultural experiences. Therefore, let me rephrase. This is (definitely) one of ‘my’ gems in Java. Why? Let me tell you.

When you visit a gem, you almost always know it right away. It’s a feeling! Sometimes you arrive somewhere, and you just know: yes, here it’s awesome! Of course, in Karimun I had this experience too… It’s a feeling of being comfortable right away, being relaxed and being intrigued by everything happening around you. Batu Karas is very remote, the nearest big city Pangandaran is about one hour away. The village is surrounded by nature; rivers, the Green canyon, the ocean & the beach and rice fields. Bandung is six hours away and Yogya seven. Therefore, not the easiest place to visit, but that makes it even better in my opinion.

The first time I heard about Batu Karas was from my friend Joyce, she told me about this place called Villa Monyet. A ‘must visit’ she called it! Now I think about it, my plan wasn’t to go to Batu Karas, my plan was to go and stay at Villa Monyet haha.

Last October, when my good friend Sophie came to visit me (aaaah when are you coming again??) I went to Batu Karas for the first time. We were in Yogya for a few days and organized our trip from there. We went in low season so there was plenty of room, but it might be a good idea to book your accommodation a bit ahead when you’re planning on going in the high season. If you want to stay at Villa Monyet I recommend you to contact them directly instead of booking through Booking.com. Try their Facebook or Instagram!

At first it seemed difficult and expensive to travel to this remote place but after talking with our friends of Good Karma Yogyakarta and Nana the owner of Villa Monyet we got a contact for a shuttle bus straight to Batu Karas. They picked us op at our hostel and drove us to Pangandaran. The journey was very comfortable! The bus was almost empty (so we both had a whole row for our self), we stopped a few times for food, some drinks and toilet visits and they view was changing all the time. Beautiful landscape! In Pangandaran we had a quick stop and switch our transport but it was all included in the price. There is also an airplane leaving to Jakarta a couple of times a week. The price is around a million but that is without the transport to the airport which is about half an hour away.

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Some people have been thinking from the start of this story, when is she going to mention the surfing… Yes! Batu Karas is like this Walhalla for surfers, as is Pangandaran by the way. I read somewhere that the surf break is especially great for beginners. That’s what they said but I actually don’t know what I am talking about when it comes to surfing. I know it’s very (very) hip. Everyone wants to learn it, so did Redy when I went with him last month. Me? No, I am not the biggest fan. I did it a few times and it wasn’t bad, but it didn’t get the surfing flu. I love watching the people in the water and the whole lifestyle around it. People are often very relaxed, friendly and open minded. Maybe next time I try it again and I become surf infected too 😉 There are many places you can go and find yourself an instructor, probably it will cost you around 250.000 for a lesson and a board. The board you can use the rest of the day though. You can also ask the guys from Villa Monyet and they will hook you up with the best of the best!

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What more is there to do besides joining the local surfers community? As I mentioned before, the nature around Batu Karas is gorgeous, so drive around and explore. Try out the bamboo bridge, go to the turtle conservation and explore some of the other beaches. You can go body rafting or join a boat tour through the Green Canyon. Another option is drive a bit further and visit the Green Valley at Citumang. What’s cool about that place is that you can easily go by yourself and find some nice spots to swim in the river, stand under a waterfall or jump of the rocks.

Green Valley
Waterfall

Some people have been thinking from the start of this story, when is she going to mention the surfing… Yes! Batu Karas is like this Walhalla for surfers, as is Pangandaran by the way. I read somewhere that the surf break is especially great for beginners. That’s what they said but I actually don’t know what I am talking about when it comes to surfing. I know it’s very (very) hip. Everyone wants to learn it, so did Redy when I went with him last month. Me? No, I am not the biggest fan. I did it a few times and it wasn’t bad, but it didn’t get the surfing flu. I love watching the people in the water and the whole lifestyle around it. People are often very relaxed, friendly and open minded. Maybe next time I try it again and I become surf infected too 😉 There are many places you can go and find yourself an instructor, probably it will cost you around 250.000 for a lesson and a board. The board you can use the rest of the day though. You can also ask the guys from Villa Monyet and they will hook you up with the best of the best!

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What more is there to do besides joining the local surfers community? As I mentioned before, the nature around Batu Karas is gorgeous, so drive around and explore. Try out the bamboo bridge, go to the turtle conservation and explore some of the other beaches. You can go body rafting or join a boat tour through the Green Canyon. Another option is drive a bit further and visit the Green Valley at Citumang. What’s cool about that place is that you can easily go by yourself and find some nice spots to swim in the river, stand under a waterfall or jump of the rocks.

Green Valley
Waterfall

Not only is there enough to do around Batu Karas, it’s also a perfect place to eat fish. Super fresh and well prepared. I like to sit at Warung Comeng. The first time I came with Sophie, the boys advised us to eat there and since then I always go back to this warung for my barbecued fish. If fish is not really your thing, that’s okay! The menu of Villa Monyet is very extensive; for lunch, dinner and a delicious cappuccino you can just come and eat at the Jungle Kitchen. Also, every Friday they do this special barbecue at the Villa with a big group of people. If you’re there on Friday, go and join them for sure!

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There are probably other (cheaper) places in Batu Karas you can stay at and enjoy your time here. I just really like staying with the Villa Monyet family. I love the garden, their bungalows are very comfortable and have a nice tropical vibe, the breakfast is super good, and their staff is just great, friendly and welcoming! The classic: come as a friend and leave as family. What can I say, sometimes it’s just true!

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Send me an e-mail or private message through my Instagram if you have a burning question or do you need some advice!

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