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PACITAN - The Hidden Surfing Paradise in Java, Indonesia

PACITAN - The Hidden Surfing Paradise in Java, Indonesia

Watu Karung (WK) Beach, Paradise with World-Class Waves Srau Beach, Surfing, Snorkeling, Hiking, and Fishing

Pacitan may still unfamiliar to many people. Some may recognize it as the President SBY's hometown. However, this small town is actually more than that. Beautiful caves hidden in the limestone hills, while steep cliffs protect amazingly beautiful beaches with surfing spots that make surfers want to come back again and again. Good waves, friendly locals, and remote empty beaches are addictive for surfers, invite them to come again and dance with the waves.

Teleng Ria Beach, the closest beach from downtown Pacitan, is the perfect place to learn surfing or to swim. There are also a camping area, kid's playing ground, and a resort in this beach. Its long coastline is connected to Pancer Beach on the east, which is also one of the favorite surfing spots.

Srau Beach is the perfect beach for more skillful surfers who want to experience more challenging waves. Meanwhile, many surfers said that beautiful Watu Karung Beach with its white sand has world-class waves. Bruce Irons and Rizal Tanjung are some of the professional surfers who have danced with its barrels.

Not only surfers who will be pampered by the beaches. Klayar Beach on the west of Pacitan is the example of the exotic and beautiful south coasts of Java. The stretch of white sand, Sphinx-like Reef, Holey Reef, Sea Flute, and a Natural Fountain make it as one of the most beautiful and exotic beaches in Java.

If the southern part of Pacitan is strewn with beautiful beaches, the rest of the other area is dominated by limestone hills. Although they challenge the farmers more but these hills hide tremendous tourism potential of beautiful natural caves. No wonder if Pacitan is known as Kota Seribu Satu Gua or The City of 1001 Caves. One of the most phenomenal is Gua Gong which many people said is one of the most beautiful caves in Southeast Asia. Meanwhile, Gua Tabuhan has stalactites and stalagmites that can produce sounds in harmony, so that often played by a group of local musician.

The geographical condition of Pacitan disables the local people to grow rice. They turned to cassava which then becomes the favorite of agriculture industry in Pacitan and also the food stock. Cassava can be processed into many products, one of them is tiwul. For you who are curious about Nasi Tiwul, Bu Gandosís Sari Laut Restaurant in Pacitan - Solo Street provides this food, complete with shark cooked in coconut milk. Or you can also try Nasi Lodo which is served with vegetable and chicken cooked in coconut milk. There are also many delicious seafood restaurants and food stalls selling the famous Pecel Madiun.

From Yogyakarta to Pacitan

Pacitan is about 108 km east of Yogyakarta and it can be reached in 3.5 hours road trip. There are no public buses straight to Pacitan, but many travel (door to door-minibus) options are available to take you there for IDR 40,000 (2010). You can also take a taxi or rent a car. If you are currently in Solo, you can take a Solo - Batu - Pacitan bus.

List of Travel (door-to-door minibus) from Yogyakarta to Pacitan

  • Purwo Widodo RM (+62 274 451690; Gedongkuning Street 17, Yogyakarta), departs at 8 AM, 12 PM, and 5 PM
  • Aneka Jaya (+62 274 3044560, +62 852 28724535, +62 818 04300615; North Ring Road, Jombor Bus Station, Yogyakarta), departs at 7 AM, 12 PM, and 3 PM
  • Bintang Terang (+62 274 8308009, +62 812 29711951; Kaliwaru RT 03 RW 34, 64B Depok, Sleman, Yogyakarta), departs at 7 AM, 12 PM, and 4 PM

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