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Jakarta Post

Turtle Bay offers everything but the turtles

  • Agus Maryono, The Jakarta Post, Cilacap

Jakarta   /   Fri, May 1 2009   /  02:50 pm

The boats along the beach - named after the large population of turtles that used to nest here - belong to some 35,000 fishermen in the regency, home to 1.7 million people. Nowadays, the name is all that's left of the turtles. "I don't know why, but no more turtles are spotted in Cilacap. My grandfather told me there used to be many of them on the beach," said 25-year-old fisherman Wasikun. Turtles or no turtles, the beach's panoramic view is undeniably beautiful. But it is only one of many attractions offered up by Turtle Bay. If you like fishing, it is also the right place to go. No need to take a boat out to sea - you can simply fish along the wave-breakers. With a strong but harmless current and waves, beach visitors are allowed to swim and play along the beach. The beach is located in South Cilacap district, 2 kilometers east of the heart of Cilacap reg...