For surfing enthusiasts, Batu Karas Beach in West Java is one of the best places to visit in Indonesia. The beach is around 6 to 7-hour drive or an hour flight from Jakarta. Many people come here from other regions in Indonesia and overseas to practice their surfing skill.
The sloping beach has brown sands, and I can see the magnificent Indian Ocean from here. Along the seashore, there is also a dense forest which makes the scenery even more beautiful. While relaxing under the sun shine in this beach, I can feel the calmness of nature and the urge to capture this precious moment using a camera.
Batu Karas Beach is known for its surfing spots for the beginners and professionals. This beach is a perfect choice to polish my skill up, particularly its two surfing spots, the Legok Pari and Reef Surf Break. While for the more experienced surfers, Batu Karas has the spot named Bulak Pendak with its more challenging waves.
The necessities for surfing are available on the beach. They have a new surfboard, surfing shorts, sunscreen, and other necessities. As a beginner, I don’t want to buy a new surfboard, so I rent one on the beach. For those who want to learn surfing from the start, there is also the trainer there.
While spending a holiday in Batu Karas, there is an option to stay in Pangandaran Hotel, with the Sunrise Resort comes out as one of the closest ones from the beach. It’s only 800 m from Legok Pari and 500 m from Reef.
I can walk from the resort to the Batu Karas Beach and enjoy the beautiful landscape along the journey. During my time in the hotel, I can swim in its large Desjoyeaux designed pool or explore the local culinary since the resort restaurant offers a variety of menus.
The resort has 17 rooms which are categorized into the Super Deluxe Suite, Family Suite, Family Extra, Deluxe Suite, and Standard Suite. The size of the room is 25-37 m2, and each has a double bed, except the Family Suite which also comes in two single beds option.
The room is comfortable and equipped with complete amenities such as air conditioner, LED TV with cable channels, western style bathroom with hot water, and safety deposit box. Some of the rooms have access to the poolside and ocean views. Designed exclusively for the private guests and very comfortable, Sunrise Resort has a reasonable rate, so it easily becomes the best Pangandaran hotel.