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Cilacap town, population 150,000, derives its importance from its natural habour, actually a channel between Java and Nusakambangan island. The channel is deep enough for ocean-going ships, and Nusakambangan island shelters them from the ocean waves.



Sights and Activities

Buried Fort, location of former drawbridge

Buried Fort, location of former drawbridge

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Benteng Pendem - The main and only tourist attraction of Cilacap is a Dutch fort. It goes by the name Benteng Pendem, meaning 'Buried Fort'. It is not as old as one might suppose, having been built between 1861 and 1877. Recently it has been made into a tourist attraction by digging out layers of sand (hence the name). The site is quite large (6.5 ha), comprising soldiers quarters, arms and ammunition storage, kitchen, sick bay, prison, interrogation and execution rooms. There is a tunnel of 50 metres leading to the beach for bringing provisions into the fort, which gets flooded at high tide. To visit the fort one has to first enter the Teluk Penyu (Turtle Beach) recreation area. Thus one pays twice a small entrance fee.



Getting There

By Plane

Cilacap is served by the small Tunggul Wulung Airport (CXP IATA), with daily flights on small Cessna planes operated by Susi Air, to and from East Jakarta's Halim Airport.

By Train

Cilacap railway station is served by one executive class train a day from Jakarta Gambir station, via Cirebon, Purwokerto, and Kroya. The train, named Purwojaya, leaves Jakarta at 22:05, and arrives in Cilacap at 04:57. The return journey departs at 14:30 and arrives in Jakarta at 21:18.

The nearest major railway station is Kroya, about 40 kilometres to the northeast. It serves a wide range of economy, business, and executive class trains to Jakarta, Jogja, Bandung, Surabaya and others.

By Car

Cilacap is about 25 kilometres south of the main Southern Java Route trunk road, halfway between Bandung (225 kilometres to the west) and Yogyakarta (180 kilometres to the east).

Although Cilacap is just 40 kilometres east of the well-known beach town of Pangandaran as the crow flies, there is no road along the coast, and the 120 kilometres trip is about 4 hours.




The town's pleasure beach at Teluk Penyu has a strip of seafood restaurants.




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Keep Connected


Internet is becoming more widely used in Indonesia, and warung Internet (warnet) - Internet cafés - are emerging everywhere. A lot of restaurants and cafés in big cities normally have wireless internet available for free. Internet connection speed in Indonesia varies between ISP and location. Prices vary considerably, and as usual you tend to get what you pay for, but you'll usually be looking at around Rp3,000 to Rp5,000 per hour with faster access than from your own mobile phone. In large cities, there are free WiFi hotspots in many shopping malls, McDonald restaurants, Starbucks cafes, 7 Eleven convenience stores, and in some restaurants and bars. Some hotels provide free hotspots in the lobby and/or in their restaurants and even in your rooms.


See also: International Telephone Calls

You can use 112 as an emergency number through mobile phones. Other numbers include 110 (police), 113 (fire) and 118 (ambulance).
The international phone code is 62.

If you have GSM cellular phone, ask your local provider about "roaming agreement/facility" with local GSM operators in Indonesia (i.e.: PT Indosat, PT Telkomsel, PT XL Axiata). The cheapest way is buying a local SIM card, which would be much cheaper to call and especially use internet compared to your own cell phone's sim card.

The Indonesian mobile phone market is heavily competitive and prices are low: you can pick up a prepaid SIM card for less than Rp 10,000 and calls may cost as little as Rp 300 a minute to some other countries using certain carriers (subject to the usual host of restrictions). SMS (text message) service is generally very cheap, with local SMS as low as Rp129-165, and international SMS for Rp400-600. Indonesia is also the world's largest market for used phones, and basic models start from Rp 150,000, with used ones being even cheaper.


Pos Indonesia provides the postal service in Indonesia. Pos Indonesia is government-owned and offers services ranging from sending letters and packages to money transfers (usually to remote areas which have no bank branch/ATM nearby) and selling postcards and stamps. Sending a postcards, letter or parcel is relatively expensive, but fairly reliable. It takes several days at least to send it within Indonesia, at least a week internationally. It is recommended to send letters from a Pos Indonesia branch, not by putting it inside orange mailbox (called Bis Surat) in the roadside, because some of the mailboxes are in very bad condition and aren't checked regularly by Pos Indonesia. Opening times of post offices usually tend to follow general business hours: Monday to Friday from 8:00am to 4:00pm (sometimes shorter hours on Fridays), Saturdays from 8:00am to 1:00pm, closed on Sundays. Bigger cities, tourist areas and central post offices tend to keep longer hours, into the evenings.

Private postal services based in Indonesia include CV Titipan Kilat (CV TIKI), Jalur Nugraha Ekaputra (JNE), Caraka, and RPX. There are also foreign postal services that have branches in Indonesia, including DHL, TNT, UPS, and FedEx.


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