By Dian Hasan | September 19, 2009
Move over Amazon & Costa Rica, Indonesia is the new adventure travel destination. Rugged and unspoiled, awaiting the world’s adrenaline junkies seeking Extreme Adventure! Hurry, before the cat’s out of the bag!
It’s a mixed blessing for Indonesia that’s attempting seriously to develop itself into a formidable travel destination in the region, as tourism is a long-term development that requires deep long-term strategy of attaining the right balance between Profit, People, and Planet. Ensuring enough basic infrastructure investment and deep-pocket tourism promotional dollars spurned by the Government, would attract private investors to develop the facilities, while benefiting the local economy and not endangering the environment that tourism touches. For now though, let Indonesia shine through her greatest gift to the modern traveler: the planet’s ultimate adventure destination. And that may not be an overstatement. We’ll look at how others – mostly adventure travelers – are enjoying Indonesia, her intoxicating natural beauty, her oft impenetrable wilderness, and the indelible culture of her warm-hearted people. Here’s a look at Extreme Kayaking in Klawing River in Purbalingga, East Java, as appeared in Playak.
What’s the experience like:
Klawing River has small, medium, and big volume character, depending on flows and season. The only section that could be run in the dry season, around May to September is its lower section. From October to November the upper section of the river starts to live, along with the coming of wet season.
At the peak of the wet season around January, you can expect to have big water when the floods bring massive flows.
The common put-in is in Bobotsari, 11 km north of Purbalingga, below Majapura bridge. On wet season, for a longer trip, you can start running from Penisihan Falls pool, up to 8km upstream from Majapura bridge.
Klawing has 2 main playspot wave which are, TBS and Banjaran. The availaibility of the two playspots are depend on the flow. TBS is small wave and will be available in moderate level. On low and high flow the wave will disappear. While Banjaran will be available either in low or high level flow. TBS is also a name of a rapid, which is located some 500 meter from the put in. It is also the name of Bupati Purbalingga or Purbalingga Regency Government Chief.
The take out is at Galuh village where there is a good rapid as a sweet closing . But you could move 3 kms downstream to Bancar bridge to finish your trip at down town of Purbalingga. Right after the take out, you could stop at food shops that are settled by the river. One of my recommendation is to try Sroto Pengadilan, a kind of Purbalingga traditional cuisine, which is just good.
It is not difficult to reach the put-in in Bobotsari, below Majapura bridge. What you have to do is moving 11 km north from Purbalingga, Central Java Province of Indonesia. There are many public transportation if you would like to. People will help you to tell the direction to Bobotsari when you have been in Purbalingga.
Klawing has significant role in the country’s whitewater kayaking development. It’s not about its rapids difficulty level which is class II-III in average. But it is becoz the lower section especially at Galuh spot, is ever flowing, so that every body could practice any time 12 months ayear.
It is also playground of Tirtaseta Kayak Community who has mission to increase the popularity of whitewater kayaking in Indonesia. Tirtaseta’s kayakers and couples of Indonesian kayakers were born here in Klawing river.
You’ll be the only group of kayakers on the river, cause kayaking is still rather unknown in Indonesia. Sometime rafters with 1-2 rafts from Purwokerto, central Java, are seen, but generally you will be the only group of the day. The village people nearby are very friendly and will support you if you need information or anything.
Website Info: Http://www.tirtasetakayakcommunity.blogspot.com
Nearest weather station: Stasiun Meteorologi Klas III Cilacap
Jl. Gatot Subroto 20, Cilacap