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Slightly bulging from the mainland of Java into the Sunda Straits is Tanjung Lesung, a developing integrated beach resort for recreation and hotels overlooking Mt. Anak Krakatu, all that is left of the once mighty Krakatau volcano. Located on Java’s most western coast in the district of Pandeglang in the province of Banten, the Tanjung Lesung resembles the lesung, which in the local Sundanese language means the receptacle for rice pounding.
This huge 1,500 hectares area of Tanjung Lesung has been developed by the Banten West Java Tourism Development Corporation (BWJ) since 1996, patterned after the famed Nusa Dua Resort in Bali. The resort is envisaged to contain top range hotels and restaurants, a convention hall, a number of golf courses, marina and theme park.
Today, Tanjung Lesung offers a perfect place to lay back and immerse oneself in the beauty of nature found along the vast stretch of soft white sandy beaches, clear and calm blue waters, and fresh tropical breezes. The 15km shoreline is the perfect place for various beach activities such as beach volley, beach football, or just lie down under the indulging sunshine.
Tanjung Lesung can also act as the staging point for those who wish to venture to the Krakatau volcanic island, or visit the Ujung Kulon National Park. Although this Park is the last habitat of the endangered one-horned Java rhinos it is almost impossible to see them since they are very shy animals. Instead, enjoy watching wild deer, boars and wild buffaloes roam free in the park.
The geographic position of Cape Tanjung Lesung does not directly face the Indian Ocean, and therefore its waters are relatively calm and are perfect for swimming and other water activities such as Jet skiing, or boating. The magnificent scenery of Tanjung Lesung also lies beneath the surface. Beautiful coral reefs, decorated with colorful fish and seafloor dwellers make this a perfect spot for snorkeling and Diving. For those who enjoy the sensation of reeling in the big fish, there are many fishing spots that await off the coast of Tanjung Lesung.
The beach also radiates a romantic atmosphere. For couples, it can be the best place to stroll down the quiet beach, or share the spectacular view of the sun setting over the horizon. Over the years, the beach has also been a favorite for honeymooners who love to spend their time in their choice hotels and cottages.
Situated only 3 to 4 hours drive from metropolitan Jakarta, Tanjung Lesung Resort offers luxurious beach resort atmosphere comparable to those in Bali or Lombok, but with relatively easier access from Jakarta.
More Information can be found at http://tanjunglesung.com/
From the capital city of Jakarta, the cape of Tanjung Lesung is approximately 160 Kilometers away and can be reached by rented car or public bus in about 3 to 4 hours’ drive. The roads are in relatively good condition with beautiful sceneries at some spots.
From Jakarta, you can take the Jakarta-Merak Toll Road, and take the exit of East Serang. After passing Serang, the road will take you to the town of Pandeglang, Labuan, and eventually arrive at Tanjung Lesung. Alternatively you can take the Cilegon exit, then take the road xouth from the north coast of Banten, passing Anyer and Carita Beach in the direction of Labuan.
If you prefer public transport, from Jakarta you can take the bus in to the Labuan Bus Station, then continue your journey by Ojek or Motorbike Taxis to Tanjung Lesung.