One of the pleasures of staying in Batu Karas is renting a motorbike and riding around enjoying the scenery. There are a number of short trips you can take.
Batu Hiu (Shark Rock) has an interesting past.
According to an 11th century legend, a group of soldiers from the kingdom of Mataram, led by Aki and Nini Gede, came to this spot.
The soldiers had been exiled from the kingdom because of their mystical abilities – something the ruling party feared.
Upon their arrival, the soldiers started fishing, and caught a huge shark. Aki and Nini Gede ordered the release of the magnificent fish, and upon its return to the sea, the shark turned to stone.
From then on, this area has been known as Batu Hiu (Shark Rock).
Enter the Batu Hiu recreation park through the mouth of a giant shark.
Government ran sea turtle breeding project near Batu Hiu.
Citumang is sometimes referred to as ‘Green Canyon 2′ – it has a beautiful nature trail through a Balsa wood forest, along a river fed by a natural spring.
The natural spring in this cave is the source of the river.
The river goes over several waterfalls as it winds its way through the valley below, providing a natural irrigation system.
A very easy to follow trail among the Balsa trees.
Just a short walk over the hill from Batu Karas, the lies the very private and secluded Batu Nunggul beach. Just walk through the car park in the center of the village and ask directions. There is a marginal trail that leads up and over the hill. Take your lunch – it’s a nice spot to spend the day.
The pictures below are a small sampling of the scenic beauty around Batu Karas you can enjoy by just riding around.
Living with the ever present possibility of a tsunami is a fact of life here. A tsunami can happen at any time, even when no earthquake is felt.
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