Pangandaran, a place to remember: Banana pancake with chocolate for breakfast, a breathtaking boats tour through the Green Canyon and a lot of fun at body rafting in the Green valley.
It is already after midnight when I finally arrive in Pangandaran. I am really tired after almost 10 hours in the bus. I want to eat and to sleep and do not want to talk to anyone. However, as usual in Asia there are many taxi drivers and people who want to sell all kind of souvenirs and food. I ignore them all and walk down the street in the hope that it is the right direction. After 400 meters I arrive at an archway where I have to pay a small entrance fee and have to fill in my name in a big, old book. Before me people from all over the world already have signed.
I am lucky and find very quickly a nice hostel. A double room including breakfast costs only 90.000 IDR. For the breakfast I can choose between Toasts with eggs or jam and banana pancake with chocolate. Along with it I get mixed fruit juice and coffee or tea. After a few hours of sleep I take a banana pancake. I really enjoy eating something different than Mie Goreng Ayam or Nasi Goreng (Fried Noodles with chicken or Fried Rice). I get the food served on a nice terrace with a view on the beach.
Strengthened I decide to rent a motorbike. I want to go to the Green Canyon, one highlight of my trip through Java. I start at my hotel and drive along the coast. I see many beautiful beaches and stop time by time to take some photos. The Canyon is only 31 kilometers away from Pangandaran however I need more than one hour to get there because the streets are partly pretty bad.
Arrived at the Canyon I rent a boat with driver for 125.000 IDR. From the starting point we drive the river up for about 20 minutes until we reach the Canyon. It is an amazing place. The water is flowing between huge walls of hills. I want to see more and pay another 50.000 IDR for half an hour swimming. Together with a guide I climb up a small waterfall and swim deeper into the Canyon. I jump from a 5 meter high rock rising from the canyon floor into a deep pool below. It is a lot of fun and definitely a place worth it to visit.
We swim back to the waterfall and want to take the boat back. However, the boat is not there. I have two options, either I have to wait for the boat or I have to swim one kilometer out of the Canyon. I decide to swim back between the boats and become unwanted a tourist attraction. Many people take photos of me and cheer me enthusiastic on. On Bali I met already many local people who wanted to take a photo with me. However here on Java it is even more extreme as here are barely international tourists.
Cliff Jumping Green Valley
Today I want to go by scooter to “Citumang”, which is compared to the Green Canyon rather unknown. The English name is Green Valley and it is 15 kilometer outside Pangandaran. It is slightly more difficult to get there but definitely worth it. There are barely any tourists and there is no need for expensive boats or tours.
I nevertheless decide to make a one hour guided tour which is actually kind of body rafting and costs 120.000 IDR (about 9 Euros) for two persons. Therefore we get our own guide and someone who accompanies us for taking pictures. We first swim to a small cave. The guide asks me if I want to jump from the cliff. I do not really listen to him when he is telling me how high it is and just follow him climbing up the rock face. He jumps first … and me …. Well, it is much higher than I have expected. I ask the guide again … 8 meters.
While I am standing at the cliff a group of local tourists is taking pictures and trying to encourage me to jump. I have no chance. I wanted to jump … so I have to jump. There is No Way Out. I take my courage in both hands. It is a good feeling to have outgrown my fear and I am a little bit proud that I did it.
From the Cave we jump down some waterfalls and swim relaxed back to the starting point. It was so much fun and a nice way to discover the Green Valley.
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