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Day 19 - Penanjung National Park

sunny 32 °C

Today we spent a full day in Pangandaran, starting with a walking tour of the village markets which included a visit to the
Local Fish market where they were selling Dog Sharks - mainly for the "Shark Fin Soup" plus some Tuna and Red Snapper
(which we had the previous night).
We then went on to visit a local factory that was making Prawn Crackers - thousands of them all laid out,
drying in the field next door on Bamboo mats before they then fried and packaged them.
Afterwards we went to see a puppet maker and get a preview of the Traditional Indonesian Puppet Show
which takes around 7 hours for one person to perform.
It was now late morning and we were all boiling hot from the heat and humidity, so we set off to visit the famous "Green Canyon" for a boat trip and swim down the rapids, however when we got that here the "green" canyon was now tuning brownish in colour as
there had been heavy rain during the past few weeks, so we decided not to take a late morning mud bath and wait until we reached the beach.
We went by long boat upstream until reached a cascade and waterfall inside a collapsed cave arch,
the water at this point was flowing rather fast, so we just took a few photos and returned back to our jetty and
then went for lunch at the nearby beach.
After lunch we went for a beach walk and Irene had a quick dip in the warm sea alongside a few surfers,
although the waves weren't really good enough for surfing the swim was pleasant and refreshing.
We got back to our hotel late afternoon and then went with a local guide for a trek through the Penanjung National Park
which was just about 200m from our hotel.
As soon as we entered the park we were "greeted" by very tame Deer just wandering about, oblivious to humans.
The park very much still in a natural state with just basic footpaths, plus as during the past 2 days we didn't see any other tourists,
In fact we had the park to ourselves.
As we walked through the park we entered in to cave which went all the way through to the beach,
once inside we found a family of porcupines plus several bats nesting and flying about the cave.
Once outside again, our guide started showing us various nesting places of the various insects that live in the park, including a scorpions nest whereby he caught a very large one, which no one wanted to hold as one bite would give you serious poisoning (but thankfully not death !).
Light was now fading and the highlight was yet to come - the park was famous for the Flying Squirrels which only come out and fly after dusk.
Luckily we spotted a few sleeping up in the trees and as it darkened they started to jump and then just glide to the next tree, really great to see live.
By this time we were pretty tired, completely soaked by the heat and humidity, so we returned to the hotel and
went out to a local bar come shack overlooking the beach to have a few beers and then some local fish barbecued at the fish market.

Posted by Andy-Irene 15:46 Archived in Indonesia

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