budpar.go.id: The Pelabuhan Ratu area, a favorite weekend surfing destination for expatriates and a growing number of Indonesian surfers based in Jakarta, is the most crowded of West Java’s surfing grounds due to sheer ease of accessibility. Most of the surf pounded beaches in the Pelabuhan Ratu resort area-also called Samudra Beach are just that: pure beach featuring vicious riptides and big walls of water with nowhere to go. Most surfers skip this non-directional stuff and head a few kilometers due west to the sleepy fishing and rice-growing village known as Cimaja, or Cimaja Beach.
The Cimaja break, a right that rises off a rocky reef, is reached by walking about 300 meters from the main road through beachfront sawah (rice paddies). This spot is consistently surf able because it has a solid and angular rock bottom perfectly attuned to south and southwest swells rising out of the Indian Ocean. Its rights peel off in front of a cobble-stone and boulder strewn beach that clatters like a series of giant castanets every time a wave set rolls in.
Here down below are some information for surfing at Cimaja.
Spot information for surfing at Cimaja (globalsurfer.com):
Type of break: pointbreak
Type of wave: occasionally barreling wave
Direction: right hand
Average lenght of ride: 100-200 meter lenght
Suitable for: intermediate level
Crowd level: normal crowd
Best tide: mid
Ideal board size: 6’2-6’4 Thruster
Ideal wind direction: east
Wavesize & wetsuit:
Spring – Summer – Autumn – Winter
Good: 4′ – 6′ – Overhead: 6′- 8′ – Ok : 2′- 4′ – Ok : 2′- 4′
Boardshorts – Boardshorts – Boardshorts – Boardshorts
Cimaja village and its surrounds are easily reached from Jakarta in about two and a half hours by car, just taking the highway south to Bogor, then towards Sukabumi and Pelabuhan Ratu. Once in Cimaja fishing village, it’s a hike through the rice paddies, and a cautious hop across the cobblestone beach.
Where to Stay
After turning left at the intersection onto Jl Siliwangi to go into town, there are some inexpensive losmen on the right-hand side, such as Laut Kidul and Karang Naya. Most hotels in Pelabuhan Ratu charge more on the weekends and holidays.
Heading west for a few hundred yards, across the river, you can check out the lefts at Karang Papak, which can be working when Cimaja is a mess. Generally the temptation doesn’t pay off however.
Restaurants are abundant down here and the seafood is very decent. Any hawkers in Pelabuhan Ratu, as nearby the beach, don’t forget try fish balls
Other Things to See or Do
- Taking a rest with sunset and enjoy the breath-taking views of the bay.
- Learn how to surf.
- Visit Nyai Roro Kiduls room at Samudra Beach Hotel, Room 308.
- Wanna go for a beauty outing? About 9 km. West of Pelabuhan Ratu theres a hotsprings and volcanic area called Cipanas (Hot River).
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