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“A day at the beach” means different things to different people. Many foreigners immediately think of basking in the sun's rays, working on their holiday tans, and rollicking in the surf. The Javanese are more likely to think of Java's southern beaches as a place to meditate, give offerings and perform ceremonies. To fishermen and their families, the sea is their workplace.

Regardless of which type you are, the shoreline south of Jogja has a beach for every taste. Only Baron has a safe swimming lagoon and most of the beaches have black or gray lava sand instead of the tropical pristine white. But many offer freshly caught fish and food stalls standing by to cook them to suit your tastes.

Public transportation reaches some of the beaches, but not all. The best way to find out how to get there is ask at your hotel. Your hotel staff can also help you pinpoint days on the Javanese calendar to see if there is a ceremony being performed that you'd like to attend.

Whatever draws you to the sea, a day traveling through the countryside, mingling with the villagers, eating freshly caught seafood and breathing healing ocean air is highly recommended. Warning: during school and public holidays (ask at your hotel) all public spaces in Indonesia are crowded and noisy. If your idea of “a day at the beach” includes quiet, serene meditation, you might want to go another day.


Parangtritis Beach
Parangtritis is known not only as a beach where sand dunes, sandy beaches and rocky cliffs meet but also as an historical place pertaining to the mysterious legend of the Queen of the South Sea, Kanjeng Ratu Kidul. Located about 27 km south of Jogja, there are two routes to reach Parangtritis: The first is via Kretek village and is the most direct. The second is through Imogiri and Siluk and is 35 km by a good road connecting a sequence of tourist sites, including historic Kota Gede and the Royal Cemetery at Imogiri. This route also offers beautiful scenery: a combination of countryside, rice fields, the river and a range of limestone hills. Those who are interested in traveling by bus on either of these routes can depart from Giwangan station in Jogja. On this beach, horses and horse carts driven by the local people are available for rental and are a nice way to enjoy views of the stormy Indian Ocean.

Parangkusumo Beach
This sacred beach is located 1 km west of Parantritis. According to the local people's belief, Parangkusumo was the meeting place between the Mataram empire kings and the Queen of the South Sea, Kanjeng Ratu Kidul. Every year on the 30th day of the Javanese calendar mounth Rejeb, which is based on the rotation of the moon, a sacred ritual is held. Offerings to the Queen of flowers, food, clothes, and cuttings from the current Sultan's fingernails and hair are thrown into the water to commemorate the inauguration of Sri Sultan Hamengku Buwono X. The ceremony takes place during Kliwon, a specific period of days when people come to visit the rest houses around Parangkusumo to meditate and achieve spiritual tranquility. Local legend says that the rocks at Parangkusumo, which resulted from a post-volcanic activity, were the palace where Panembahan Senopati, an important Indonesian hero, and Kanjeng Ratu Kidul sat conferring on special occasions.

Depok Beach
Depok is a fishing village just 1 km west of Parangtritis Beach, on the eastern mouth of the Opak River. Here, visitors can see the daily life of the fishermen, buy fresh fish from the local market, and also enjoy the cuisine in the food stalls.


Samas Beach & Patehan Lighthouse
Samas Beach is located 25 km southwest of Jogja, passing through Bantul City. The beach is known for its giant crashing waves, river deltas and fresh water lakes, which are used by the local people for fish and shrimp ponds. This beach can easily be reached using a variety of transportation because the roads are in good condition. Visitors can also enjoy the beauty of the ocean or magnificent panoramas and sunsets from the Patehan Lighthouse on the west side of the beach.

The people of Samas actively participate in protecting the endangered sea turtles which come there every year (May – September) to lay their eggs. Among the grateful amphibians are Hawksbill, Olive Ridley and Green turtles.

Pandansimo Beach
This beach is on the outskirts of Pocosari village, Srandakan subdistrict, about 20 km southwest of Bantul City (west of Samas Beach). It is situated near the mouth of the Progo River. The name “Pandansimo” itself originates from the words pandan (pandan tree) and simo (tiger). Pandansimo is the sacred place for Sultan Hamengku Buwono VIII. Apart from the beautiful beach panorama, there two places where pilgrimages are made: Pandanpayung and Pandansari beaches. Many Javanese came to these places to commemorate Kyai Mustafa.

Visitors can buy fish directly from the fishermen, and the catch of the day can be white pomfret, shrimp or spiny lobsters. The Pandansimo fishermen perform the traditional ceremony Merti Dusun, offering ceremonies (labuhan) and occasionally present cultural performances on this beach.

On the opposite side of the Progo River is Trisik Beach, which is also a newly formed turtle conservation area.


Glagah Beach
Located 40 km southwest of Jogjakarta, passing through Wates, Glagah Beach is an estuary of the Serang River and is a popular place for camping or for family gatherings. Alongside the river are rice fields shaded by coconut palms. Visitors can also enjoy canoeing on this wide, serene river.

Congot Beach
Congot is located 7 km west of Glagah Beach at Jangkaran village, Temon – Kulon Progo. It is known as one of the best places for fishing enthusiasts.


Baron Beach
Located 60 km southeast of Jogjakarta, lined with lush green coconut palms, Baron has a protected lagoon, safe for swimming, with protruding rocky hills on each side. Baron Cave is in fact an estuary from an underground river that comes up exactly at the waterfront and is interesting to view from the cliffs above. Baron Beach is the first beach found at the junction of the Baron, Kukup, Sepanjang, Drini, Krakal and Sundak Beaches area.

Local anglers sell their catch fresh from the sea, and nearby restaurants stand at the ready to cook them to the customer's order. About 10 km west of Baron Beach is Parang Racuk, in the Gunung Kidul mountain range, a place of adventures waiting to be discovered. The hill also has a magnificent view of Baron and the surrounding area.

Every Suro month (the first month of Javanese calendar), the fisherman societies organize a labuhan, sea offering ceremony, to express their gratitude to God for abundant fish harvests and for the safety and welfare of the fishermen.

Krakal Beach
Krakal Beach is located about 63 km southeast of Jogja, passing through Wonosari over a well asphalted winding and mountainous road. About 7 km to the east of the main road where it branches off to Baron beach, limestone hills alternate with terraced rocks, presenting enchanting scenery. There's a swimming cove at Krakal and few tourists.

Krakal's unique white sand beach, stretching almost 5 km and surrounded by rocky hills, is one of the most beautiful beaches on the southern coast. Throughout the year there is always warm sunshine from dawn until twilight. A cooling breeze makes it suitable beach for sun bathing with its cliffs offering shade from the sun. There's an abundance of marine life, and fossils can still be found here. The battering of gigantic waves against the jagged rocks and coral gives Krakal a powerfully enchanting atmosphere.

Kukup Beach
Located 1 km east of Baron, Kukup also has a beautiful white sand beach as well as fish that aren't seen in other areas. Visitors can buy or try to catch the fish on the beach; or just enjoy the beautiful marine life in 20 large seawater aquariums with wrasse, clownfish, scorpion fish, boxfish, and a variety of coral sharks. When the tide goes out, visitors can enjoy the beautiful sea garden with colorful corals and marine life.

Sepanjang Beach
Sepanjang Beach in Kemadang village, Tanjungsari subdistrict, about 2 km east of Kukup. With its white sandy beach and its elusive quality, Sepanjang beach is ideal for sun bathing. (Modesty out of respect for the local people is appreciated.) It is also an ideal location to become a conservation area because at certain times of the year endangered sea turtles lay there eggs there.

Drini Beach
Drini Beach lies in Ngestirejo village, also in Tanjungsari subdistrict, about 1 km east of Sepanjang Beach. The special characteristic of this beach is coral island where unusual trees, locally called drini grow. The interesting thing about these trees is that poisonous snakes avoid their wood. Easy walking distance to other beaches.

Sundak Beach
Sundak is located in Sidoharjo village, Tepus subdistrict, about 1 km east of Krakal. The green, natural scenery combined with the fresh, white sand beach is ideal for relaxing. Sundak Beach is also known for its camping ground, popular with teenagers, so expect it to be crowded and noisy during school holidays. Good for reef walking.

Ngandong Beach
About 500m west of Sundak is Ngandong Beach, where there is a resort open to off-road touring groups overlooking the Indian Ocean. Group packages include off-road touring, sea fishing, cruising in traditional boats, accommodations, meals, and massage.

Siung Beach
Also in Tepus subdistrict, but in Purwodadi village, about 35 km southeast of Wonosari town is an asphalt road leading to Siung Beach. The beach lies between two cliffs that are heavenly for climbers because there are at least 250 ways to climb amidst beautiful sea panoramas, rumbling waves and fresh ocean air. The Asian Climbing Gathering that took place here drew 80 participants from 15 Asian countries. There is terraced rice farmland nearby surrounded by a habitat of local monkeys.

Wedi Ombo Beach
Wedi Ombo Beach, in Jepitu village, Girisubo subdistrict, about 40 km southeast of Wonosari, is a wide bay with white sand sloping gently to the sea surrounded by limestone hills. The sounds of the waves against the beach and the refreshing wind wafting through the palm leaves create a relaxing atmosphere. The bay can be seen from the hill or even from the shore, where sunset scenery is outstanding. For visitors who enjoy fishing, Wedi Ombo Beach is a perfect choice.

Once a year the traditional Ngalangi fishing ceremony is here. In this ceremony, the Wedi Ombo people take the root of a tree called wawar from Kedungdowok hill and together they pull it into the sea to be used as a fishing net.

Nearby are Gremeng and Jungwok Beaches and Kalong Island, a small island inhabited by thousands of bats. This island can be reach by following a pathway about 1.5 km to the east.

Sadeng Beach
Near Wedi Ombo is Sadeng Beach, which lies in two villages, Songbanyu and Pucung, Girisubo, Gunung Kidul, about 46 km southeast of Wonosari town. The fishermen and their daily activities is one of the attractions of Sadeng as well as its white sand beach and fresh seafood.

Ngrenehan Beach
Ngrenehan Beach is located at Kanigoro village, Saptosari – Gunung Kidul, about 30 km southeast of Wonosari town. This beach is guarded by a limestone hill and amazing panoramas of waves crashing onto white sand shores. Visitors can see the fishermen's daily activities and buy fresh fish, fried and ready to eat. About 1 km west of this beach are Ngobaran and Nguyahan Beaches. Every month when the moon is full, Hindus perform the Melasty ceremony at Ngobaran beach.


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