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Cilacap is a town in the southwest of Central Java, Indonesia.


Cilacap is on Central Java's south (Indian Ocean) coast. The island of Nusa Kambangan, known for its high-security prison, is off the coast, and is part of the regency.

Get in[edit]

By car[edit]

Cilacap is about 25 km (16 mi) south of the main Southern Java Route trunk road, halfway between Bandung (225 km (140 mi) to the west) and Jogja (180 km (110 mi) to the east).

Although Cilacap is just 40 km (25 mi) east of the well-known beach town of Pangandaran as the crow flies, there is no road along the coast, and the 120 km (75 mi) trip is about 4 hours.

By train[edit]

1 Cilacap railway station is served by one executive class train a day from Jakarta Gambir station, via Cirebon, Purwokerto, and Kroya. The train leaves Jakarta at 22:15, and arrives in Cilacap at 05:15. The return journey departs at 14:30 and arrives in Jakarta at 21:23.

The nearest major railway station is 2 Kroya, about 40 km (25 mi) to the northeast. It serves a wide range of economy, business, and executive class trains to Jakarta, Jogja, Bandung, Surabaya and others.

By plane[edit]

  • 3 Tunggul Wulung Airport (CXP IATA). small, with daily flights on small Cessna planes operated by Susi Air, to and from East Jakarta's Halim Airport. Tunggul Wulung Airport (Q56216) on Wikidata Tunggul Wulung Airport on Wikipedia

Get around[edit]


  • 1 Benteng Pendem (Buried Fort). An abandoned Dutch fortress. Built between 1861 and 1879, the fortress originally served to defend the important port of Cilacap, though after a series of changes in ownership it fell into disrepair in the 1960s. In 1987 it was opened to the public. The pentagon-shaped site covers 6.5 hectares (16 acres), and consists of both original buildings – including barracks, a clinic, and a prison – as well as several later additions. fort on the coast of cilacap (Q4262369) on Wikidata Benteng Pendem (Cilacap) on Wikipedia


  • 1 Pantai Teluk Penyu (Teluk Penyu Beach). A brown sand beach. Along the beach are numerous restaurants many serving grilled fish. Souvenirs and hotels are also available. Fishing is a popular pastime at the beach, which is crowded with local residents on the weekends. Boats are available for rent, as are water activities such as banana boats. Every Satu Suro (the first day of the Javanese calendar) the local residents perform a ritual known as Sedekah Laut (Alms to the Sea) in order to thank God for protecting them while fishing. During this ritual, a procession leaves the office of the regent of Cilacap, heading to Teluk Penyu. At sea, water buffalo heads and other offerings are thrown into the sea by fishermen; according to local tradition, this must be completed by noon. Afterwards, cultural activities such as wayang (shadow puppet) shows, kuda lumping dances, and musical performances are held. Teluk Penyu Beach (Q12520592) on Wikidata Teluk Penyu Beach on Wikipedia
  • 2 Pantai Karang Bolong (Karang Bolong Beach). A white sand beach located on Nusa Kambangan Island. To access Karang Bolong Beach, visitors must rent a boat from Teluk Penyu Beach, and cross the Segara Anakan Strait to arrive at a small dock (the Karang Bolong Dock) on the north-eastern part of the island. From there, visitors can take a 1-kilometre (0.62 mi) trek along a dirt path through the forest; a transport is also available. Near the Karang Bolong fortress, the path splits in two. A left turn, to the north, leads to the western edge of the beach, a small stretch of land on the north of the island. Continuing straight, through the Fortress, leads to the larger stretch, on the eastern edge of the island. The island of Nusa Kambangan was first used as a prison during the Dutch colonial period. In 1905 it was declared a restricted area and closed to the public. The island remained restricted, under the Dutch colonial and, later, the independent Indonesian government, until 1996, when the governor of Central Java and the Minister of Law signed a memorandum which opened the eastern end of the island to the public. This included many beaches, such as Karang Bolong. Its lack of visitors due to proximity with the prison makes Karang Bolong Beach to be relatively unspoiled. Karang Bolong Beach (Q20231077) on Wikidata Karang Bolong Beach (Nusa Kambangan) on Wikipedia



The town's pleasure beach at Teluk Penyu has a strip of seafood restaurants.




Go next[edit]

  • Banjar — the nearest city in West Java province.
  • Pangandaran — if you are feeling adventurous, it is possible to get to the resort town of Pangandaran to the west by hiring a small boat to take you through the mangrove forests of Segara Anakan bay and dropping you at Kalipucang, from where you can jump on the next passing bus down into Pangandaran. Allow plenty of time, ideally starting in the early morning from Cilacap - just wander down to the harbour and talk to the boatmen. Crossing the bay takes about three hours. In Kalipucang ask someone where to wait for the buses, and stick out your hand when one passes.
  • Kebumen — a regency famous for its beaches and natural limestone caves. Also for lanthing and satay ambal. There is the town of Gombong with colonial, military and its tourism. There is also an ancient geological national geopark site Karangsambung-Karangbolong.
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