Cimaja Surf Spots
Cimaja is a fast-breaking, fun right-hander that bowls out for long rippable rides.
Occasionally you’ll find a barrel on hand at low tide, but Cimaja is better known for its long right shoulders in between two river mouths. Surrounded by lush jungle foliage and just a short ride from Jakarta, Cimaja should definitely make the list of breaks you’re looking to score in West Java. Read on to discover what Cimaja has to offer.
Karang Cibang Haji
Just southwest of one of Java’s larger resort towns, Pelabuhan Ratu, Cimaja is most commonly known for its right-hand point that breaks under all a variety of conditions and is one of many secret surf spots found within Pelabuhan Ratu Bay. When the conditions are right there are plenty of uncrowded waves to go around if you go searching some of the many rarely breaking reefs and points in the Pelabuhan Ratu Bay area.
What kind of wave is Cimaja Point?
Super fun point break where winds are typically on-shore in the dry season so if you’re hoping to make a short barrel section morning sessions are ideal. However even when on-shore winds are howling, you can expect an open shoulder ripe for maneuvers and ariels breaking for upwards of 50 metres. The Cimaja surf spot handles up to 6 foot in size before the point starts maxing out. While not exactly exemplary of the Volkswagen size barrels that have come to be emblematic of Indonesia, Cimaja is a fun and rippable wave for intermediate surfers upwards.
What kind of wave is Indicators?
What kind of wave is Karang Cibang Haji?
What kind of wave is Cikembang Point?
What kind of wave is Sunset Beach?
What kind of wave is Loji Point?
Cimaja Point: Point Break
Indicators: Point Break
Karang Cibang Haji: Point Break
Cikembang Point: Point Break
Sunset Beach: Beach Break
Loji Point: Point Break
Cimaja Point: Intermediate
Karang Cibang Haji: Beginner
Cikembang Point: Beginner
Sunset Beach: Beginner
Loji Point: Intermediate
Cimaja Point: Right
Karang Cibang Haji: Right
Cikembang Point: Right
Sunset Beach: Left,Right
Loji Point: Left
Cimaja Point: Cobblestone
Karang Cibang Haji: Sand
Cikembang Point: Sand
Sunset Beach: Sand
Loji Point: Reef
Cimaja: Personal preference
Loji: Can be handy
Cimaja: Standard shortboard
Indicators: Step up
Loji: Surfboard that paddles well
Cimaja Point: Crowded
Indicators: Low Crowds
Karang Cibang Haji: Medium Crowds
Cikembang Point: Low Crowds
Sunset Beach: Low Crowds
Loji Point: Low Crowds
Cimaja: See below
Indicators: See below
Loji: See below
Best swell direction:
Best wind direction:
What tide is best:
Cimaja: Long fun walls on high, hollow on low
Indicators: Higher tide
Loji: Lower tide
Best tide movement:
Cimaja: Dead low tide
Indicators: Rising high
Loji: Extremely fickle (breaks 2-3 times/year)
Best time of year:
Cimaja: Sometimes a bit of a vibe
Indicators: Friendly local chargers
Loji: Surfers with a lot of luck!
Other names for spot:
Cimaja: Cimaja Point
Indicators: Indicators Point
Loji: Loji Point
Most Common hazards
Cimaja: Water quality after heavy rains, sharp shallow rocks and the occasional shark. Crowds can be heavy so use good etiquette and avoid any hassles.
Indicators: Knee deep barnacles, urchins and a patchy shallow reef.
Loji: Pollution from nearby river mouth feed by a large river. Sharks, urchins rips and deflated surf checks.
How do you get in and out of the surf?
Take the channel near the river mouth and work your way towards the peak. You can also take the long trek towards the peak along the boulders and try paddling in from the backside but expect shallow rocks so watch your fins. If your making the walk along the boulders on the beach bring some booties for a bit of extra grip (especially if you are not a rock hopping pro).
What is the beach like?
Considering it’s close proximity to Jakarta, Cimaja tends to attract local crowds, especially on weekends. That being said, the beach is a mix of cobbles and boulders that eventually leads into sand down the end of the point. There are a number of bamboo and palm tree thatched shade structures built up along the point by the local community for people to kick back in and enjoy the view and surfing.
Where should I stay?
Cheapest Price Range – Chill House Cimaja
Chill House Cimaja is budget surf accommodation just a ten-minute walk to the surf at Cimaja Point. The house and cottage provide three bedrooms, a shared kitchen, a large backyard, hammocks, a gazebo, and a pizza oven. If you are looking for something more expensive and beachfront in the area with immediate access to waves check out our other recommendations.
Affordable Price Range – Cimaja Square Hotel & Restaurant
A 3-minute walk from the beach, Cimaja Square is located on the outskirts of the sleepy town of Cimaja. Expect private bungalows constructed of natural materials surrounded by rice paddies and coconut palms. Rooms are simple, clean, and quiet, great for an evening of relaxation after a full day of surfing. Expect peace, quiet, and easy access to surf. Oh, and they have great pizza too!
Mid Price Range – Cimaja Beach Club
Cimaja Beach Club is a family-run, beachfront resort in between the surf spots Indicators and Cimaja Point just 15 minutes from Pelabuhan Ratu. CBC is a fully licensed hotel and restaurant with over ten local staff which service six stylish bungalows catering for surfers and non-surfers for short or long stays. Enjoy the peace and tranquillity of this little beachside resort surrounded by rice paddies and the ocean.
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Is there food nearby?
There are an abundance of restaurants in the area for a quiet surfing and farming village. Expect fresh seafood just about anywhere you go. About a 7 minute walk from the beach is Bakso Klangenan, known for incredible dumplings with a wide variety of fillings. There’s plenty of places to choose from if you’re sick of chilling in your accommodation so get out and explore!
What else is there to do in the area other than surfing?
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Where is Cimaja?
Cimaja is a small village in the West Javan regency of Sukabumi. About 8 km, or a 15 minute drive, west of Pelabuhan Ratu.
How to get to Cimaja from Jakarta?
The easiest way to get to Cimaja from Jakarta is to organise transport through your accommodation in Cimaja. It’s the most stress free and convenient approach to get you to Cimaja hassle free.