Cilegon is located on the Northwest coast of Java, at the mouth of the Sunda Strait. It is known as the “Steel City” – more steel comes out of Cilegon than anywhere else in Southeast Asia. The Krakatau steel plant, named after a nearby volcano, is the largest employer in Cilegon, and is well known throughout Indonesia. An industrial city with the comforts and conveniences of a larger city, Cilegon remains far from the maddening crowd.
Spend your free time shopping at one of the city’s many malls, or take a trip to one of the nearby beaches for a swim. Opportunities for the adventurous abound in the city, with numerous renowned tourism destinations located in its surrounds. While not a famed tourist attraction in its own right, Cilegon is a perfect stopping off point for those wishing to explore West Java and Sumatra.
- Population: 416,464
- Public Transportation: Minibuses (angkot), pedicabs (becak), buses, motorcycle (ojek) and taxis
- Language: Bahasa Indonesia, Javanese, Sundanese
- Climate: Temperate Climate Zone, with average temperatures of 31°C
- EF Cilegon Flagship opened in 2003
What Makes Cilegon Unique
- Krakatau, the most active volcano in Indonesia is a short boat ride away. The volcano is well known for having produced perhaps the loudest sound in recorded history, during one of its eruptions in 1883.
- Visit the stunning Masjid Agung Nurul Ikhlas, it’s four minarets (each more than 40m in height) and domed roof is visible throughout the city.
- Anyer beach is a short drive away. It’s a favourite spot among locals and makes for a relaxing weekend getaway or day trip. The Anyer lighthouse, built during Dutch colonial times, is also well worth a visit.
- The nearby resort town of Tanjung Lesung is another famed weekend getaway spot. Beach-bound families from all over Java flock to this coastal destination every long weekend holiday.
- Nature lovers can enjoy nearby Ujung Kulung National Park. It’s a fantastic place to see wildlife endemic to West Java, including the elusive Javan Rhinoceros.