Day 6 started with outbound activities at Grafika Cikole. Grafika Cikole not only provide outbound activities for kids but also outbound activities and camping for adults. Set up in Cikole village, Grafika Cikole offers beautiful forest setting which also frequently used for pre-wedding photos.
We spent 2 hours at Grafika Cikole. We took Rumah Pohon outbound package (IDR 50,000 per person) for our kids and the package consists of:
-1 glass natural strawberry juice
-Rumah Pohon (aka Tree House)
After finished their outbound package, our kids took ATV (All Terrain Vehicle). All Terrain Vehicle is a four-wheeled motor that can be used in all fields. The price is IDR 30,000 per kid and they rode it together with the trainer on the nearby pathways for two rounds.
While the kids played their outbound activities, the parents looked around the camping area and took a lot of photos he he he.
Terminal Wisata Grafika Cikole
Jl. Tangkuban Perahu Raya KM.8, Cikole, Lembang, Kabupaten Bandung Barat, Jawa Barat 40391, Indonesia
For lunch, we visited nearby Sundanese restaurant Gubug Mang Engking. Our review for Gubug Mang Engking can be found here.
Tangkuban Perahu was our next destination and the journey took for about an hour from Cikole village.
Tangkuban Perahu is a stratovolcano 30 km north of the city of Bandung, the provincial capital of West Java, Indonesia. It erupted in 1826, 1829, 1842, 1846, 1896, 1910, 1926, 1929, 1952, 1957, 1961, 1965, 1967, 1969, 1983, and 2013. It is a popular tourist attraction where tourists can hike or ride to the edge of the crater to view the hot water springs, applying sulfuric muds and boiling eggs on hot water springs.[Wikipedia]
The entrance fee at Tangkuban Perahu is IDR 20,000 per person for lokal Indonesian. For tourist, the entrance fee is IDR 200,000 per person.
There are 3 craters at Tangkuban Perahu: Kawah Ratu (“Queen Crater”), Kawah Domas (“Domas Crater”), and Kawah Upas (“Upas Crater”). We visited two of them: Queen Crater and Domas crater.
Queen Crater is located at the top, near car parking space. It was not allowed for tourist to go down to Queen Crater so we only took photos of the crater with the help of local guide.
We engaged a local guide to bring us down to Domas crater and it cost us IDR 200,000. The journey down to Domas crater took about 45 minutes and along the journey, the guide told us a lot of stories about the area and he helped us to take a lot of photos.
To our suprise, there were few mens joining us and they sold souvenirs. Based on the rule (according to what they said), they only show the souvenirs when we reached the Domas crater and that’s the only time they can approached us. We were not suspicious at all and let them to follow us.
There is a small drink store nearby Domas crater and we bought 1 egg (IDR 4,000) to be boiled in hot water springs.
There are 4 hot water springs on Domas crater. We boiled the egg at the top one. The temperature at the second water spring is around 30 degree Celcius. We tried the third one and it end up to be the hottest one (40 degree celcius). We soaked our feet for a while and we decided to move to the fourth one. Temperature of the fourth water spring is just nice (around 20 degree celcius) and we soaked our feet while taking selfie together with my hubby.
After satisfied soaking up our feet inside hot water spring, we took a rest at the drink store while our kids enjoyed the boiled egg. The souvenir sellers started offering their souvenirs and the price is very expensive. We started to bargain by cutting the price by 60% but it is not successful. The sellers started to say that they already took a long way together with us and asking us to consider their effort. At the end, we increase our offer slightly higher and they agree to sell two wooden carve of Owl to us.
Note: if you do not intend to buy souvenirs, in our opinion, it’s better to inform the guide about your preference at the beginning. So, the souvenirs sellers do not need to follow you go down to Domas crater and you do need to feel pity on them and it makes you try to push yourself to buy the souvenirs.
For the return leg, the road is going up and luckily, after hike up for about 10 minutes, there are nearby exit where our driver already wait for us there.
The whole journey to Domas crater took about 2 hours. Although it’s very tiring, but it was a memorable journey for us and our kids.
Tangkuban Perahu, Cikahuripan, Lembang, West Bandung Regency, West Java, Indonesia
The driver drove us to Dusun Bambu for dinner. The entrance ticket is IDR 15,000 per person and visitors will get 1 voucher for exchange. Visitors can exchange the vouchers with mineral water (2 vouchers can be exchange with one small bottle of mineral water).
After passed the entrance gate, the visitors need to use the provided shuttle bus to go to main area of Dusun Bambu.
Dusun Bambu has 4 dining areas:
1. Lutung Kasarung
Fancy dining inside a bird’s nest hung from nearby trees? Here is the place. You can rent one of these nests on an hourly rate: small nests occupy maximum 5 people for IDR125K per hour and big nest occupies 10 for IDR150K hourly. These charges exclude food and drinks.
2. Purbasari Restaurant
We were interested to have dinner at private cabana nearby lakeside at Purbasari Restaurant but since the price is very expensive and we had to take package for four of us, we cancelled it. We think that the food is quite a lot for us and it will be a waste if we can’t finished it.
3. Burangrang Cafe
Burangrang cafe is located higher than the rest of dining areas so visitors can enjoy aerial views of the surrounding lake and greenery.
4. Pasar Khatulistiwa Food Court
We finally decided to have dinner at Pasar Khatulistiwa food court because our kids want to play at a playground located next to the food courts. In this food court, visitors need to buy paper money created by Dusun Bambu. As long as visitors keep the purchase receipt, visitors can go to refund counter and get the remaining money back.
Jl. Kolonel Masturi KM 11,, Cisarua, Lembang, Kabupaten Bandung Barat, Jawa Barat 40551, Indonesia
At around 6.30 pm, we went back to the parking lot to find our driver. We went straight away back to Bandung and take a good rest at Best Western Hotel Bandung.