Cilacap Travel Guide

The oil town of Cilacap sits on the south coast of Central Java province. It's a popular port city with tourists, famed for its long, narrow harbor and international trade.

Worth It?
Not really as there are more interesting places to visit in south/central Java.
What to Do
checking out Banyumasan culture, visiting nearby beaches.
Best Time to Go
April through October for the nicest weather.
How Long?
A day at most in Cilacap.
Cilacap harbor was involved in the Battle of the Java Sea in 1942.

Cilacap is a sizeable city of over a million people and has plenty of attractions for the culture vulture, including those that highlight Banyumasan culture. It is an industrial town, however, and doesn't boast the splendor and beauty of other, higher profile cities in Java. If you head out of town east you will find some nice beaches.

Cilacap has bounced back after the 2004 tsunami claimed 147 lives and tore the area's beaches apart. The devastation would have been far worse were it not for Kambangan Island acting as a buffer. There are several high-security prisons on the island.

Travel to Cilacap - Getting There

Cilacap is less than an hour's flight from Soekarno-Hatta Airport in Jakarta, with flights arriving from all over Java at Tunggul Wulung Airport. It is also connected by road and rail with the rest of Java.

Cilacap Things to Do

Cilacap Attractions

WhiteHouse at Cilacap
a palatial building in Cilacap, which is more beige/marble-colored than white.

Side trips from Cilacap

Kambangan Island
this island protects Cilacap from the ravaging of monsoonal weather and typhoons and has many high profile prisons and inmates. A boat trip around the island can be a nice experience.


Cilacap Kite Festival
featuring numerous colorful kites being flown by all and sundry in Penyu Bay in late July.
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