Many people who visited Ujung Genteng only know there is a beautiful beach to play and plenty of fresh seafood to eat. But it is much more than that. There are several different beaches, each with its own characteristic, a green turtle conservatory, and several waterfalls.
So, without further ado, here is the list of some favorite places in the vicinity of Ujung Genteng.
While the sand in Ujung Genteng beach is rough since it is made of broken shells, the sand in Pantai Pasir Putih [white sandy beach in English] is smooth and soft. It is also a wide beach with mild to big waves.
The location of Pasir Putih beach is approximately 3 km west from Pangumbahan beach. It is a narrow road made of stone, dirt and sand. Thus, the ideal transportation to this beach is to ride a motorcycle, or a high clearance vehicle, such as an SUV.
At the end of the road you will find a small open area functioned as a parking lot. From here you still need to walk for another 100 meters through a small forest to reach the beach. Due to its remoteness, you'd better visit Pasir Putih beach during daylight.
When we visited this beach, it was already late afternoon on a weekday, nobody was there so we almost gave up. Fortunately we met a couple of locals who lived there and he was very kind to show us the way. He even showed us the hole of poisonous crab!
All the troubles we endured washed away when we reached the beach: the view is breathtaking! The sands are soft, the beach is wide, and the waves are big and strong. Next to it, there is a clean river that goes to the ocean. Since nobody else is there, it feels like our own private beach :)
The manager of our hotel mentioned Ombak Tujuh [or Seven Waves in English] beach is more beautiful than Pasir Putih beach. It is located further away from Pasir Putih beach, approximately ten kilometers from Ujung Genteng. At that time only motorcycles can go through the almost non-existent road to reach this beach.
The name is derived from the famous Tanah Lot in Bali, due to its resemblance: a tiny island surrounded by ocean, and the location is close to the land. But that's where the similarity ends. Tanah Lot in Bali is more grandeur with the temple on top of the huge rock, while Tanah Lot in Ujung Genteng is just a tiny plot of land surrounded by the ocean.
Nevertheless, Tanah Lot in Ujung Genteng has its own beauty. Here we can see the water from the river meets the ocean, and the strong waves from the ocean hit the cliffs. The view is breathtaking, but there is no way to go near it. We can only see the view from on top of the cliff.
How to get there: Tanah Lot is approximately 10 km from Ujung Genteng on the way to Surade. Just look out for a sign of Villa Amandaratu, it is on the right side of the road if you start from Ujung Genteng, turn right and drive until the end of the road. You will see a villa facing Tanah Lot. I guess it was meant to be a complex of luxurious villas, but now it is abandoned.
Curug Cikaso [Cikaso waterfall in English] is one famous tourist spot in Ujung Genteng. Many people compare it with Green Canyon in Pangandaran. It is part of the famous Ciletuh Geopark.
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Pangumbahan beach is famous of its Sea Green Turtle (Chelonia mydas) Conservatory. Everyday at sunset we are allowed to help free the hatchlings to the ocean.
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So, which one is your favorite in Ujung Genteng?
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