Ciletuh Palabuhanratu officially declared as UNESCO Global Geopark

Ciletuh-Palabuhanratu Geopark has officially been declared as part of the UNESCO Global Geopark (UGG) which will be a new history for tourism in West Java.

West Java governor Ahmad Heryawan said here on Sunday besides Ciletuh UNESCO has also confirmed 12 geoparks in 11 countries as UGG at the 204th meeting of UNESCO Executive Board, External Relations and Program Commission, in Paris, France, on Thursday.

Aher said he received information about the declaration of Ciletuh as UGG from the head of tourism and culture of Sukabumi district, Budiman, who represented West Java in the UNESCO meeting.

“Two days ago we heard from a UNESCO meeting in Paris, France, that UNESCO has agreed to confirm several geoparks in the world,” he said.

“Two of them are from Indonesia which are Ciletuh-Pelabuhanratu and Rinjani geopark in West Nusa Tenggara,” Aher said.

He said the process of confirmation had been very fast as usually it takes ten years after being nationally confirmed.

“Three years ago the central government declared Ciletuh-Pelabuhanratu as a national geopark and after that we immediately submitted it to UNESCO for confirmation as UGG and thank God it has been accepted,” he said.

“It was found that it is the fastest process. It takes only three years before it is declared as UGG,” he said.

The handing over of the certificate is scheduled in September 2018. The decision has been made and the certificate will be handed over together with those of others in Portugal, Aher said.

In 2016, the West Java provincial government spent Rp96 billion to build entrance roads from Waluran to the geopark. This year, the government is spending Rp90 billion to build a road from Paltiga. Aher said the central government has also prepared the construction of Sukabumi airport to support the Ciletuh-Palabuhanratu Geopark.

“One of the requirements of an international geopark is to have an airport with a maximum distance of three hours journey,” he said.

Source : ANTARA & Tempo

Ciletuh Palabuhanratu Geopark

ciletuh geopark 2Ciletuh is a geopark located in Sukabumi, West Java – Indonesia, Ciletuh geopark has a fantastic view of the mountains, amazing climbing route, and unique local culture. A region that extent an area of 36 thousand hectares has a wealth of unique geological formation period of 100 million to 65 million years ago, nine waterfalls, and huge cliffs that form the amphitheater.

Where the turquoise sea hits the sandstone, incredible formations take shape, including a natural fortress, a famous black boulder locally known as Batu Nunggul and the brown sandy Legon Pandan Beach.

Nearby Kunti Island is also a geologic wonder, containing formations of pillow lava from an underwater volcanic eruption millions of years ago. The pillow-like stacks show the original direction of the lava flow.

Other types of rock with different shapes, patterns and colors constitute the island, often topped with colorful umang (snails). There is also a cave filled with guano from the bats that inhabit it.

ciletuh geopark 3Besides its geologic wonders, Ciletuh Bay has beautiful waterfalls called Curug Cimarinjung and Curug Kanteh. Though both offer the same picture-perfect view, the latter is easier to reach due to more developed access road and paths. A nearby warung (food stall) is always full of local youths ready to serve as tour guide.

Very nice place for a painter or a photographer for inspiration, as well as a haven for hikers and adventurers. This place is a vast park, so it takes a few days for you to enjoy the beauty.

To find these ancient stones, one must venture to Ciletuh Bay on the Indian Ocean about six to seven hours by car from Bandung. After arriving in Ciletuh Bay, tourists usually make their first stop at Mandra Island, an uninhabited island with wild plants covering a hilly greywacke sandstone landscape.

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