JavaCove Beach Hotel is located in the relaxed coastal village of Batu Karas on the South coast of West Java, 35km from the beaches of Pangandaran. This is a place for surfers in search of a laidback tropical holiday where you can do as much or as little as you like. Explore a National Park teeming with jungle life; surf fun warm water waves; cruise in a canoe through emerald green river gorges; swim in crystal clear waterfalls; take in a shadow puppet show in a quaint village setting; or simply relax around the hotel's cliffside pool with a drink and a book.
Batu Karas is a living, working village (not a tourism enclave) located in a beautiful remote area with friendly local people. It is worth noting that life is simple here, with basic infrastructure that may not be to the standard of other tourism destinations (limited internet, simple dining experiences, basic roads). It offers a unique holiday experience for those surfers keen to get off the grid.
Java Cove Beach Hotel is located across the road from a tree-lined beach bordered by jungle covered headlands... just a few steps from the beach and the closest hotel to the Batu Karas surf point (directly in front)! The 13 room, two-storey hotel is not a star-rated resort, but a small, simple hotel established for surfers and travellers who want to stay in comfort and style at a remote beach location. The staff provide a professional service with a relaxed and personal feel that fits with the vibe of the local village.
Java Cove Hotel Services & Facilities:
OceanView Mini Rooms
Small and simple second floor rooms with ocean views. Suitable for single guests or 2 guests who don't mind keeping it compact!
Beds: 1 x double bed OR 2 x single beds
OceanView Deluxe Rooms
2nd floor rooms with ocean and surf views. Ideal for couples, small families (2 adults + 1 child), or single travellers who like their space.
Beds: 1 queen size bed + 1 double daybed
Terrace Deluxe Rooms
Premium rooms located on ground level with a spacious terrace. Suitable for no more than 3 adults, or 2 adults and 2 children.
Beds: 1 double bed + 2 single beds
• TV with cable channels
• Western bathroom with hot water shower
• In-room safety deposit box
• In-room tea/coffee making facilities & mineral water
• Mini-bar fridge (OceanView Deluxe & Terrace Deluxe Rooms)
• Welcome drink and refresher face towel
• Evening turndown service
• Daily room cleaning service
• Daily Breakfast at AL FRESKO Cafe
Batu Karas offers fun, user-friendly waves however keep in mind it does not have the consistency of other Indo surf spots. If you're looking for G-land style barrels or Mentawai-like perfection, Batu Karas probably won't suit what you're after.
THE POINT at Batu Karas
Righthand pointbreak that rolls through a sand bottom bay in front of the hotel for up to 400 metres. The takeoff is up to you: fast and hollow beyond the point, or slow and easy at the shoulder section. After takeoff the wave mellows out with workable walls through to the far end of Batu Karas bay.
THE REEF at Batu Karas
Righthander with an easy takeoff that leads into fast walls unraveling over a lava reef. This high tide spot can turn on some real quality with clean walls to work on your top/bottom turn combo and down-the-line speed reeling to the beach for around 150 metres. Breaks from waist high to overhead.
There's other surf options accessible by car or boat if you're up for a bit of adventure. Plenty of beachbreaks nearby, and 40 mins drive from Batu Karas is a lefthand barrelly reefbreak that works on small swells and is offshore with the SE tradewinds from June-Sept.
WHEN TO GO?
Jan, Feb: all-day offshore winds but inconsistent swell and generally wrong swell direction for The Point, however swell direction and winds are good for The Reef.
Mar, Apr, May: offshore winds, medium-sized swells (waist to head high with the occasional bigger day). This is the best time to surf in the area because the conditions are usually good for both The Reef and The Point.
Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep: larger consistent swells (waist high to overhead), cross-shore winds at The Point, although some inside sections of The Point are wind protected.
Oct, Nov, Dec: all-day offshore winds, small swells and possible long flat spells. Uncrowded!
- Sandbottom bay with tropical warm water means user-friendly conditions.
- Slow peeling waves means plenty of time to work on the basics and improve your style.
- Long waves with different sections. Move 'up the point' as your surfing improves - rolling walls in the middle of the bay, faster & hollower at the take-off.
- The wave is right in front of our hotel, only 10 metres from the hotel entrance - no daily road trips to get to the beach.
No need to pre-book a surfboard, just arrange it directly with the local boys when you get there. Please note the boards that are available are rental boards so quality can vary! If you are after a specific surfboard type it's best to bring your own board.
No need to book your lesson now - just book and pay for your stay at JavaCove and we'll introduce you to the local surf instructors when you're here. It's a casual approach to the whole idea, but hey, you will be learning to surf in an Indo village with local surfers - it doesn't get any more real.