Pangandaran is a town and district of Pangandaran Regency within the province of West Java, Indonesia. It is located on the southern coast of the island of Java. Pangandaran is a popular tourist destination based around its well-known surfing beach.
On 17 July 2006, an undersea earthquake measuring 7.7 on the Richter scale triggered a tsunami which engulfed the resort area and caused destruction as far inland as half a kilometre. Over three hundred people from the town were killed.
Pangandaran is a large fishing village situated on a narrow isthmus of land with Pangandaran National Park occupying the entire headland.
The Penanjung Pangandaran nature reserve is nearby on a peninsula connected to the mainland by a narrow neck of land. The isthmus is around 200 m wide. About eighty percent of the nature reserve is secondary rainforest. The flora of the nature reserve includes the Rafflesia.
The Pangandaran International Kite Festival has been held since 1985.
Nusawiru Airport is located nearby and provides facilities for a domestic service to Jakarta. Susi Air operates a regular flight to and from Pangandaran, reservation can be made via www.susiair.com or directly to sales counter in Halim Perdanakusuma Airport (Jakarta) or Pangandaran Boulevard close to the main road to the beach.