Pangandaran - Green Canyon & local tour

Trip Start Jun 22, 2012
Trip End Jul 17, 2012

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Flag of Indonesia  , West Java,
Wednesday, June 27, 2012

I was awake around 5 am, looked outside and saw that it was getting lighter but no colours in the sky so went back to bed.

The sun rose just before 6 am and I saw it at 6.07 am, just after it had risen above the island in the distance. Still a nice photo.

Well, tomorrow I need to be outside a little bit earlier.

No excuse as it was literally just across the road from the hotel to the sea wall on East Beach.

An 8 am departure for the Green Canyon. Leaving this early meant that we should miss the crowds which we did. It was a 90 minute pleasant drive along the coast to the river where we boarded the outrigger for a short 30 minute ride up the river. Passing through jungle scenery, we ended up in what seem to be like a cave. The swim in the warm fresh water of the canyon itself was refreshing. Lying on ones back looking up at the water falling down from above … it felt like a shower. The water here is green hence its name and is a popular hangout for locals.

Lunch at nearby Batukaras Beach: Gado Gado which was boiled cabbage, bean sprouts, string beans, carrots, potato, hard boil egg and fried tofu. Topped off with a spicy peanut sauce and krupuk or shrimp chip. 15,000 Rp + 7,500 Rp for a pineapple juice = NZ $3 or just over US $2.

For some a swim in the afternoon before at 2 pm heading back via a walk passing some local gantung (farmlets) and across a bamboo bridge that could only take 2 scooters at a time.

Passed a chicken farm that looked like a battery farm operation and a small balsa timber mill.

Soon we were at a coconut processing operation. Everything in the coconut is used: the milk, oil, kernel, shell is turned into a bowl, ash tray or a spoon, husk becomes mats and rope.

Next up was to see how palm or brown sugar is made. Pure coconut palm sugar is a natural product made from the nectar of the coconut palm tree. The process seem to me to be so labour intensive.

The puppet maker wasn’t working but we saw his finished Javanese 'Wayan Golek' traditional wooden puppets handiwork. Was I really the model for his puppet?

The shrimp chip factory had finished making the day’s production of shrimp chips and were hand packing the bags for sale. Yes, another labour intensive job. It is made from cassava and the tapioca flour with the shrimp syrup concentrate added in.

Finally, a stop at the local market and Aep brought and told us about some of the local street hawkers food delicacies.

Then back to the Sunrise Beach Hotel to freshen up before our group sea food dinner.

Dinner that night at Risma Seafood Restaurant. As a group our dinner was pre-ordered set menu and we had a selection of seafood. The snapper was especially nice.

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