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Jakarta Post

Nusakambangan ‘a future tourist hub’

  • Agus Maryono

    The Jakarta Post

Cilacap   /   Tue, March 13 2012   /  10:30 am

Hidden beauty: Apart from hosting a maximum security prison home to murderers and convicted terrorists, Nusakambangan also boasts beautiful beaches that the local government intends to exploit for tourism. JP/Agus MaryonoLittle has been said about the beauty of Nusakambangan Island in Cilacap regency, Central Java, as it is more famous for its maximum security prison, which is home to criminals and terrorists, than as a tourism destination.

In fact, the island, whose 30 kilometers of coastline feature beautiful golden beaches, could be a haven for tourists, at least according to the government.

One of the island’s most beautiful beaches is Permisan Beach, which has virgin white sands. There are also caves there — a popular subject of exploration among tourists.

“It’s unfortunate that we have hesitated to develop Nusakambangan as a tourist attraction because o...