Yogyakarta is a province in Indonesia, the full name is Special Region of Yogyakarta (= Daerah Istimewa Yogyakarta/D.I.Y). It is on Java island, the middle-southern part, having 1 city (Yogyakarta) and 4 regencies (Bantul, Sleman, Kulon Progo, and Gunung Kidul). Most beautiful beaches are located on Gunung Kidul Regency, though there are one or two located on other regencies. Gunung Kidul has more than 68 beaches. I’ll write about the ones that we’ve visited under [Southern Sea Series] title. Don’t miss it!
Eventhough they’re located near to each other, each of the beaches have distinctive features. The reason of this is because abration from wild wave of Indian Ocean makes different effect on limestones/reef/shore on each beach. Many of these beaches are still hidden and not crowded because of limited access of transportation. No public transportation passing these area, so, better to bring your own car or rent one from the city. More on Yogyakarta.
Proceed with caution!
Be careful, because the location directly facing wild Indian Ocean, most of these beaches are dangerous and having wild wave and rough seabeds contour beneath. Things like sudden sea troughs in the middle of flat seabeds are common, also counter flow which cause chaos of current on the water body. (Find more on google regarding this scientific explanation. Try combine keywords: southern sea, yogyakarta, indonesia. Meanwhile, local villagers have their own version of this matter too through folklore).
Well, finally, i suggest you to not swimming too far from the edge. Much better to not at all. Just enjoy relaxing time on the shore 🙂
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Slili is one of hidden beach that not many people know. It is quite small, giving you a sense of private beach, so… it’s amazing for chilling and resting from city noise. The unique thing about this beach is the rising hill from the water. If you brave enough to climb it, you’ll see beautiful scenery of Indian Ocean and other beaches around it like Sadranan and Krakal. There is a hole for cave entrance too, which can only be seen/entered on low tide. A bit different from other beaches around Southern Seas of Yogyakarta, Slili’s wave a bit calmer. It’s a very nice place to relax.
There are many gazebos (= Indonesian word for traditional huts) on the shore to sit and relax while enjoying the view. But you have to rent it, the price + 20k rupiah for unlimited time. There are also local stalls selling fresh seafoods, canned drinks, and young coconut ices that is served directly from its shell. Other facilities are musholla (= prayer room for muslims), public toilets, and some lodgings around. On low tide season, local fishermen harvest seaweed, also looking for clams and shrimps to be collected.
- Entrance fee = 20k-30k rupiah/person. This already include entrance fee for nearby beaches that facing Indian Ocean, from Pantai Baron to Pantai Pok Tunggal (see maps above).
- Car parking fee = 5k rupiah on each beach
- Motorbike parking fee = 3k rupiah on each beach
I’ll write all about Gunung Kidul’s beaches under [Southern Seas Series] title.
So, stay tune!