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. A well-known surfing beach has made Pangandaran a popular tourist destination.
On 17 July 2006, an undersea earthquake measuring 7.7 on the moment magnitude 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 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.
- Pangandaran travel guide from Wikivoyage
- Photographs of the effect of the tsunami of 17 July 2006 on Pangandaran