Pangandaran is a town and subdistrict in Pangandaran Regency in 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 beach renowned as a surfing destination.
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 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.