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 🙂
See Maps for Location
Siung is one of hidden beach that is located in remote area, that’s why not many people come there. The beach relatively short, but forming an arch form, around 300 – 400 metres. The arch shape makes it beautiful, letalone with all of variations exposed there; big limestones on one side and hills on another side.
The sand is white, and there are bed of moss underneath the water that can only be seen on low tide. It’s like green carpet spreading all over the place. Be careful, they’re quite slippery too.
As the day grow into afternoon, the seawater will come more and more, covering the moss so it can’t be seen anymore at the end of the day. If you want to see it, come in the morning before 12 pm.
Coral and Sea Urchin on Clear Water
Like any other beach on Southern part of Java that facing Indian Ocean, Siung also have rough contour beneath, like seatrough, etc. But on the shore, aside from mossbed, through clear water you can see what your feet step on, like sand, pebbles, and little hole. It’s safe and exciting, but always be careful! Btw, we also found sea urchin while playing around.
Black Limestones and Rock Climbing
The black limestones are everywhere, and they’re big! Besides that, it is also said that there are many rock climbing spots with international scale on this beach. We didn’t explore it much because neither of us liking it, lol.
- Entrance fee = 10k rupiah/person. This already include entrance fee for nearby beaches such as Pantai Jogan and Pantai Nglambor. (see maps above).
- Car parking fee = 5k rupiah on each beach
- Motorbike parking fee = 2k rupiah on each beach
PS. I’ll write all about Gunung Kidul’s beaches under [Southern Seas Series] title.
So, stay tune!