Ciletuh Palabuhanratu Geopark

The natural landscape of ancient rocks with many waterfalls!

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.