Ciletuh-Palabuhanratu Geopark Festival was held by the Department of Tourism and Culture of West Java Province. The event was held on 27-28 August 2016 at Batu Namprak Beach, Ujung Genteng, Sukabumi Regency. Local people around the National Geopark Ciletuh-Palabuhanratu also participating along with Domestic and Foreign Tourist. The event was opened by the Vice Governor of West Java, Mr. H. Deddy Mizwar as the Vice Governor of West Java. Head of department of tourism and culture of West Java province, Hj. Ida Hernida, SH, M.SI said that the purpose of this activity is to socialize the National Geopark Ciletuh-Palabuhanratu towards Unesco Global Geopark in 2017 program and explore the potential of tourism and arts and culture in the region Ciletuh-Palabuhanratu National Geopark and to develop community-based tourism activities in the area of Geopark Ciletuh.
Before the main event started, there are some pre-event that was held prior to the opening of the event such as socialization, Expedition, Training and Exhibition of Ciletuh-Palabuhanratu Geopark Festival. With themed “Nature meets Culture”, CGF 2016 activities is filled with a variety of main events spreading all over the Geopark National Ciletuh-Palabuhanratu area, such as Geo Dive at Karang Antuk Beach and Sodong Parat Beach, Geo Surf Beach at Cipaku Beach and Ombak Tujuh Beach, Geo Bike at Geopark Ciletuh-Palabuhanratu Region, Geo Kite at Batu Namprak Beach and Geo Vaganza at Kalapa Condong Beach.
There is also environmentally conscious actions such as planting mangroves and turtle adoption, there are also other activities such as “ngeliwet massal” cooked and prepared by local community (bulk eating natural products of National Geopark Ciletuh-Palabuhanratu activity) and post-event activity that is clean beach followed either by the local community as well as domestic and foreign tourists. Things should be appreciated from these activities is the emergence of competitive products typical of National Geopark Ciletuh-Palabuanratu like turtle cakes, pastries dragon’s back and other variety of foods.
Can’t be separated from the direct involvement of local community and assisted by the regional government for its success in synergy National Geopark Region Ciletuh-Palabuhanratu into UNESCO Global Geopark in 2017 also continued to “glory to the earth and the public welfare”.
By: Ilham Mochammad Saputra