Watu Karung Beach is paradise. Itís amazingly beautiful with reefs, turquoise water, clean beach, soft white sands, and 2 surfing spots offering barrels and world-class waves.
Trip to Watu Karung Beach (WK) was not easy. Hidden somewhere in the coastline of Pacitan (East Java, Indonesia), this beach could be reached by motorbike or car through winding road, up and down hills. One hour trip felt unending and YogYES started to wonder how much longer we would arrive. Getting in Watu Karung village, with the exact same name as the beach, there was still no sign of the existence of any beach. All of sudden, a small harbor with dozens of fisherman boats emerged in front of us. There was also a fish auction place. But the journey was not over yet because the surfing area was located in another point of the beach.
Passing through a narrow street with local houses on either side, our motorbike suddenly stopped because the road ended and the tires got stuck in the sand. We gazed upon a very beautiful beach with turquoise-colored waves and white sand stretching there. Small reef islands decorated the offshore. The bright sunshine and the blue sky made everything felt just perfect. Watu Karung was simply paradise.
Behind its beauty, Watu Karung Beach hides its extraordinary waves. With reef break wave and reef seabed, at certain moments Watu Karung Beach produces barrels that will make the surfers feel like they are in heaven. Both surfers with natural and goofy style can surf here because Watu Karung Beach has right and left waves. There is also no crowd at all, so that surfers can catch the waves freely. Offshore wind usually comes in the month of April to October, making these months as the best times to dance with barrels of Watu Karung. In 2009, Indonesia's top surfer, Rizal Tanjung, along with the winner of 2008 Rip Curl Pro Search, Bruce Irons, came to this beach and experienced the world-class waves of Watu Karung.
Wave Quality Rating: 8
Type of Wave: reef break
Direction of Wave: left & right Bottom: reefs
Difficulty: intermediate, advanced
Crowd Level: empty
Hazards: coral, sea urchins, jellyfish (sometimes)
The best time to surf in Watu Karung Beach is April until October. There is no shop, restaurant, hotel, or surf board rental here, so surfers have to prepare and bring their own equipments.