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Surf village and a warm welcome

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Hey guys!

After an 8 hour ride from Bandung to Batukaras, we are finally at the sea - and will stay here a few weeks! Batukaras is a small village near Panganderan. People here are very friendly and relaxed! You will find a good surfer community with nice homestays and a lovely hotel called "Java Cove". As we came earlier than we expected, we slept one night in a stylish little bamboo hut with the most beautiful outdoor-bathroom! It is called "Lagoon Beach Bungalows". Breakfast is also included and you have your own terrace. Everyone who loves Yoga, will love this place! The only minus-point is, that you walk about 20mins to the surf spot. If you rent a motor bike, it should not be more than 5 minutes. Motor bikes cost around 50.000 IDR for a day and everyone drives them here. Batukaras has a lot of small markets to buy water, cold drinks and some basic stuff like tooth-paste. A lot of cheap restaurants are in the area with main courses (Nasi Goreng, Rengdang, fresh fish or BBQ) for 30.000 IDR. Beer is available at some places, but if you like wine oder cocktails, you will need to visit the hotel bar of Java Cove. Alcohol is quite expensive in general.
After our first night here, we need to move to another place and choosed Java Cove. It is a really beautiful hotel with a familiar atmosphere and only few rooms. On the first level, you can see the break and you can watch out, if it is worth to go for a session. They also have a very nice chill-out and pool area, a good breakfast included and nice music. Sunset is early at around 5:45 pm, so we usually go to bed at 10 pm and wake up around 6 am. Even if one is surfing and the other one is doing Yoga, you can watch if everyone is fine. The bigger part of the beach is for fisher boats, but there is a bay inbetween. Go for a walk to watch the fishermen - it is really interesting! People here are very interested in us and sometimes want to take pictures with us. Also a deaf masseur is at the beach to get you fit after surfing - he is really good! Expect a quite, friendly place were you can have surf sessions from beginners to intermediate, very nice for longboarding! Today we had small waves, but swell will come till the end of the week.
You won't like Batukaras if you are searching for big parties! During the week are only surfers from Japan, Australia and some European here. On weekends, the locals come with their families. If you enjoy a quite and polite handling, nice food and a long wave go for Batukaras! It is worth to take the long ride ;)

Hang loose!
The Soulfeeders


Posted by The Soulfeeders 23:55 Archived in Austria Tagged beach java surfing batukaras

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