A West Java Adventure: 10 Best Things To Do In Sukabumi, Indonesia

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Rofiq
Rofiq
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Situated at the foothills of Mount Gede-West Java, Sukabumi always presents its undeniable natural beauty. The panoramic view of the region truly entices people for outdoor activities, nature exploration and much more. Make an escape to a remote village where you can learn Sundanese culture and humility and interact with the locals. Are you adrenaline junkies? Be sure to explore the meandering clear rivers filled with rocky surface. Here are the 10 best things to do in Sukabumi.

1. Go hike Mount Gede

Gunung Gede Pangrango National Park
Source: Photo by Flickr user Lip Kee used under CC BY-SA 2.0

Discovering Sukabumi seems monotonous without exploring Mount Gede, one the most active volcanos in the world’s ring of fire. Challenge yourself for an amazing hiking adventure with your friends. It features an unusual landscape, home to tropical jungle and vast savanna. To reach the peak, you have to face a slightly challenging trail. While fun hiking, be sure to witness the exotic sunrise from the the crater. Other must-see spots are Telaga Biru (the blue lake), Cibereum Waterfall to see the endemic red algae, and Kandang Badak (a camping site).

Gunung Gede Pangrango

Address: Sukabumi, West Java

2. Hit Cicatih River and go whitewater rafting

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Source: Photo by Wikimedia Commons user Anna Martadiningrat used under CC BY-SA 3.0

The adrenaline junkies must try Citatih River for a whitewater rafting adventure. The rocky river with a strong current is the highlight. Whilst getting some rafting excitement, spot some mind-blowing views; the dense tropical jungle, the lush rice paddy fields, the friendly farmers and much more. There is nothing more fun than getting wet and exploring the river when enjoying Sukabumi.

Cherokee Adventure

Address: Sukabumi, West Java

Price: 295,000 IDR (22 USD)

Website: Cherokee Adventure

3. Find a retreat at the black sand Cibangban Beach


Sukabami’s beaches might not be as popular as Bali. Yet, when you allocate some time for a beach escape in Cibangban, you will reconsider it as a hidden paradise. The black sand, the crystal clear water, and the palm trees are the highlights. It’s the perfect spot for a retreat and finding inspiration. Just feel the calm and peaceful ambiance while strolling down the dark shore.

Cibangban Beach

Address: Jl. Raya Cisolok, Pasir Baru, Pelabuhan Ratu, Sukabumi

Opening Hours: 24 hours

4. Go on another rafting adventure at Citarik River


Your rafting adventure just doesn’t stop at Citatih River. Have more water excitement by venturing on Citarik River. The whitewater rafting on the river offers a breath-taking sensation boosting your adrenaline. One of the local tour operators even includes a night rafting activity on its adventure list. It seems horrifying, yet worth a try.

Citarik River Camp

Address: Kampung Pasir Angin, RT. 02 / RW. 01, Sampora, Cikidang, Sukabumi

Contact Number: +62 266621712

5. Explore Buniayu Cave

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Source: Photo by Wikimedia Commons user Ocyid X used under CC BY-SA 4.0

Enjoy the dark sensation while spelunking in Buniayu Cave, one of the most challenging vertical tracks in Cipicung. Are you an amateur with zero experience in extreme outdoor activities? Don’t get worried! A professional cave guide will assist your cave exploration. Grip your rope and descend to the 18-meter (60 foot) depth cave bottom, to see the fascinating underground river, waterfall, and lake.

Buniayu Cave

Address: Cipicung, Kerta Angsana, Nyalindung, Cimerang, Purabaya, Sukabumi

Website: Buniayu Cave

6. Escape to Ujung Genteng Beach

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Source: Photo by user Budhi Darma used under CC BY-SA 3.0

One of the most favorite tourist attractions in West Java is Ujung Genteng Beach. Facing the blue Indian Ocean, the stretching pure white sand beach never quits enticing people. This sandy spot is totally recommended for wave-less beach seekers. The translucent water allows you to witness the colorful corals and fish. One more thing, create a romantic sunset moment with your lover here.

Ujung Genteng Beach

Address: Ujung Genteng, Sukabumi

Entrance Fee: 27,000 IDR (2 USD)

7. Camp at Situ Gunung

Danau situgunung
Source: Photo by Wikimedia Commons user jimmy used under CC BY-SA 4.0

Setting up a tent and spending a couple of nights at a peaceful lake is so tempting. Located at the foot of Mount Gede, Situ Gunung has plenty of things to offer, especially for camping adventures. The peaceful site is surrounded by a beautiful thick pine forest. When the sunny morning comes, you will hear a flock of wild birds chirping and squeaking. Hiring a boat that only costs 1.5 USD for lake exploration is an absolutely bright idea.

Situ Gunung

Address: Kecamatan Kadu Dampit, Sukabumi

Entrance Ticket: 27,500 IDR (2.1 USD)

8. Get a cultural experience in Kampung Cipta Gelar

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Source: Photo by Wikimedia Commons user Wie146 used under CC BY-SA 3.0

Are you seeking an authentic Sundanese cultural experience? Just head to a remotely located village in Sukabumi named Kampung Cipta Gelar. This secluded area loaded with traditional bamboo houses and local people is good for the mind and soul. Make time to learn the local habits, ceremonies and language and get an anti-mainstream travel story.

Kampung Cipta Gelar

Address: Cisolok, Sukabumi

9. Go on an expedition to Kawah Ratu

Volcanic activity of Kawah Ratu Gunung Salak, Halimun Salak National Park
Source: Photo by Wikimedia Commons user Toni Wöhrl used under CC BY-SA 4.0

Speaking of nature discoveries, Sukabumi has endless points of interest. With strong motivation and courage, going for an expedition in Kawah Ratu is totally the greatest thing to do in Sukabumi. Challenge yourself to trekking difficult trail, tracing the muddy track, and getting lost in the wilderness. You will be captivated by the beauty of the crater spewing out sulfuric gases.

Kawah Ratu

Address: Gunung Sari, Pamijahan

Opening Hours: 8am to 2pm

10. Taste the local dishes


Sukabumi is not only best-known for its incredible nature but also the flavorful dishes. Some must-devour foods include roti priangan (a type of Dutch bread), nasi uduk ungu (purple steamed coconut rice), Sukabumi chicken porridge, bandros cake, and lampion moci cake. These traditional delicacies are so phenomenal, they will cap off your whole trip.

Bandros Atta (where to buy bandros cake)

Address: Jl. Gudang, Kebonjati, Cikole, Kota, Sukabumi

Opening Hours: 8am to 4pm

Sukabumi is a perfect getaway from the busy Jakarta

Avoid the crowded Jakarta and begin journeying to Sukabumi, a hidden paradise offering plenty of natural adventures for adrenaline junkies. The rocky rivers for whitewater rafting, the fascinating cave for spelunking, and the traditional village for a memorable cultural experience are all awaiting you.

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I am Rofiq from East Java, Indonesia. I am passionate about exploring new places, meeting new people, learning new languages and cultures. I always do solo traveling and backpacking since they are...Read more

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