The waters around turtle beach and ombak tujuh are pristine and clear and inhabited by many marine creatures. Sightings have varied from octopuses, turtles, travelli to Spanish mackerels and the occasional, elusive dugong.
On small swell days spear fishing is a great alternative. Ombak Tujuh and Turtles are a haven for fish of all sizes. You can probably 'borrow' a spear gun from a local!.
BOAT TRIPS, FISHING
Take a traditional fishing boat along the coast and stop off at breathtaking pristine beaches, where you can swim, picnic and run on your own private beach. Fish with lines along the way.
There are several coastal and inland hikes, treks, and walks in the area, to pristine beaches or through the extensive Cikepuh National Forest just to the north of Batu Besar. Taking one hour to all day depending on your time, mood and energy. Batu Besar staff will give you details.
Nearly every night the beach in front of Batu Besar is transformed into laying ground for gigantic sea turtles. These majestic creatures make their way up the beach to dig a nest, where by they lay 150-250 eggs. The rangers office located about 500 metres from Batu Besar offers you the opportunity to be a part of this unique experience. Or even better get up really early to spot a straggler finishing off laying and returning to the sea in full daylight.
The cave at Gunung Sungging is quite unique. It is owned by a local farmer (over 80 years old and passed onto him by his ancestors) who has installed a locked steel gate. He guides with a kerosene lantern. The caves are over 500m in length, with limestone stalactites, stalagmites, columns, sinkholes, caverns, and sculptures.
WATERFALL BOAT TRIP
The Cikaso waterfall is breathtaking and is accessed by a short walk and boat trip. It is nearby the Gunung Sungging cave, so combine these trips.
HARBOUR, FISH MARKET, NATURE RESERVE
Take a look at the local harbour at Ujung Genteng, busy with hundreds of local fishing boats unloading, selling and transferring their catch. Nearby is a wonderful nature reserve, with excellent birding. Walk around this and at low tide and see waders, raptors, and forest birds in abundance.
CILETUH BAY UNESCO GEOPARK
Take a half or full day trip to the latest Unesco Geopark site, and visit several waterfalls cascading off the Jampang plateau; swim at the main beach; take an island boat trip tour; lunch at one of many local seafood restos/kiosks looking out to the Indian Ocean. The drive is through quiet local roads, the scenery is rural and agricultural, and takes about 90 minutes each way.