But be careful of the powerful undertow; don’t go in very far because the bottom drops off precipitously. Oay a visit the fish market in the morning to see the night’s catch – a fantastic variety including giant prawns and tuna. Buy some, and have one of the little restaurants nearby grill it for you and serve it with sweet chili sauce and rice.
The roads to Pelabuhan Ratu are excellent. Pelabuhan Ratu can be reached in only 4 hours from Jakarta by car. A taxi or rental car will charge up to US$60 or more to take you there, and you should arrange to have them pick you up for the return journey. To get there by bus, hop on one bound for Sukabumi from either jakarta’s Cililitan terminal or the Ciawi Terminal south of Bogor and then alight at the intersection at Cibadak from here, colts will take you down to Pelabuhan Ratu.
One hotel, called Bayu Amrta, rents small rooms perched on a cliff overlooking the sea for US$10 q night and has bungalows sleeping up to six people for only US$20. The place is in need of repairs, but the beach is beautiful and they serve very good seafood. Another place called Karangsari across the road is about the same price and slightly cleaner but without the view. Even the first class Samudra Beach Hotel is not exorbitant considering the facilities, at US$35 per night for a standard double room (plus 21 percent tax and service). It is said they keep a room here for Loro Kidul, the goddes of the South Sea. Closer in to town, the Pondok Dewata offers small air conditioned bungalows by the sea for US$23 and large ones (with two bedrooms and four beds) for US$45, all inclusive.
Bayu Amrta (12 rooms), Jl. Karang Pamulang No.31, Citepus, Pelabuhan Ratu, Sukabumi, Jawa Barat 43364, Tel: (0266) 431031
Karangsari, Jalan Raya Cisolok, Pelabuhan Ratu, Pelabuhanratu, Pelabuhan Ratu, Sukabumi, Jawa Barat 43364. Tel: (0266) 431078
Pondok Dewata Seaside Cottage (14 rooms), Jl. Kidang Kencana No.22, Pelabuhanratu, Sukabumi, Jawa Barat 43364, Tel: (0266) 431265 in Jakarta, Tel: 772426 for reservations.
Bunga Ayu Seaside Resort (106 rooms), Jl. Kidang Kencana No. 43, Karang Pamulang, Pelabuhan Ratu, Pelabuhanratu, Pelabuhan Ratu, Pelabuhanratu, Pelabuhan Ratu, Sukabumi, Jawa Barat 43169 Telepon: (0266) 431111
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