Volunteer in Java

Things To Do

Mount Gede Pangrango

Gunung Gede Pangrango National Park is a combination of several former protected areas: Cibodas Nature Reserve; Cimungkat Nature Reserve; Situgunung Recreational Park and Gunung Gede Pangrango Nature Reserve. The park comprises an area of only 15,000 ha which makes it one of the smallest national parks in Indonesia. It is named after the two volcanoes in the park: Gunung Gede (2,958 m) and Gunung Pangrango (3,019 m). The Gunung Gede is still active, with it's last eruption taking place in 1957.

The National Park comprises a variety of landscapes, with beautiful waterfalls, lakes and rivers set to rugged volcanic landscapes, quiet alms, mountain swamps and tropical mountain forest. On the higher grounds there are vast alpine grassy areas.

Adjacent to the park like Kebun Raya Cibodas, an annex of Indonesia's famous Kebun Raya Bogor. Permits are available from the PHPA office at the main entrance (you will need to bring a passport photocopy). If you want to trek through the area or climb one of the mountains you need a special permit, available at the PHPA offices in Cibodas, Selabintana or Gunung Putri. The park is best visited during the dry season: May-October and is closed from January till March.

If you climb through Cibodas Gate with a heavy backpack, it will take 8 hours walking to the top, but there are many nice views to see. From Cibodas, the trail passes Telaga Biru (Blue/Green Lake) for 40 minutes, and then to Cibeureum Falls 2 hours away. Before reaching the top, there is hot springs and from there it takes about 4 hours to the Cibodas Gate. Kandang Badak and takes around 6 hours from the Gate and is a popular camping spot. Mostly, climbers climb another 1 hour hike to see the sunrise at the top. Then, go down to the Suryakancana’s summit and is popular camping spot as well.

Tangkuban Perahu

West Java has some volcanoes to visit. One of the most spectacular volcano in west Java is Tangkuban Perahu. Tangkuban Perahu (spelt Tangkuban Parahu in the local Sundanese dialect) is a dormant volcano 30 km north of the city of Bandung, the provincial capital of West Java, Indonesia. It last erupted in 1826, 1829, 1842, 1846, 1896, 1910, 1926, 1929, 1952, 1957, 1961, 1965, 1967, 1969, 1983.

It is a popular tourist attraction where tourists can hike or ride to the edge of the crater to view the hot water springs and boiling mud up close, and buy eggs cooked on the hot surface. The Tangkuban Perahu volcano is famous for its legend.

The name translates roughly to "upturning of (a) boat" or "upturned boat" in Sundanese, referring to the local legend of its creation. The story tells of "Dayang Sumbi", a beauty who lived in West Java. She cast away her son "Sangkuriang" for disobedience, and in her sadness was granted the power of eternal youth by the gods.

After many years in exile, Sangkuriang decided to return to his home, long after the two had forgotten and failed to recognize each other. Sangkuriang fell in love with Dayang Sumbi and planned to marry her, only for Dayang Sumbi to recognize his birthmark just as he was about to go hunting.

In order to prevent the marriage from taking place, Dayang Sumbi asked Sangkuriang to build a dam on the river Citarum and to build a large boat to cross the river, both before the sunrise. Sangkuriang meditated and summoned mythical ogre-like creatures -buto ijo or green giant(s)- to do his bidding.

Dayang Sumbi saw that the tasks were almost completed and called on her workers to spread red silk cloths east of the city, to give the impression of impending sunrise. Sangkuriang was fooled, and upon believing that he had failed, kicked the dam and the unfinished boat, resulting in severe flooding and the creation of Tangkuban Perahu from the hull of the boat.

Ciater Hot Spring

After visiting the volcano, swimming in the hot spring is the best option. There is a nice hot spring swimming pool just a few KM north east of Tangkuban Perahu. It is a hot spring set in gorgeous grounds on the lower slopes on the volcano. There are three large pools, a spa and restaurant. And It is very quiet in the week. The hot spring is an attractive village surrounded by tea plantation.

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