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Jakarta Post

The hidden splendor of Nusakambangan

Jakarta   /   Mon, September 10 2012   /  07:15 am

Majestic: The beaches of Nusakambangan Island remain pristine, and feature magnificent rocks in the offshore waters. The island of Nusakambangan is in Cilacap regency, Central Java, and is notorious for being the site of a prison.

The island itself is primarily composed of forests surrounded by sea, but also houses thousands of big-name Indonesian criminals.

But amid this perhaps gruesome atmosphere is hidden amazing natural beauty along the edges of the island that is about 30 kilometers long and seven kilometers wide. The expanse of white sand on the southwestern part of the island is one site of concealed beauty, popularly called Permisan Beach. The beach is very clean with pieces of coral washed by waves, creating an almost-mystical ambiance.

Mighty: Waves smash against offshore rocks at Nusakambangan. Visitors may only stay on the island until 6 p.m.Permisan Bea...