Many beach lovers set their eyes on Indonesia since it has so many incredible beaches. The Indonesian beaches provide different charms that will appeal any beach lovers to explore every beach. Although they are not as famous as Bali Island beaches, Pacitan beaches are started to be known by travelers. Surfers will love the beaches. Each beach in Pacitan shows different appeal that is not to be missed.
Pacitan beaches are situated in Pacitan Regency in the southwestern East Java Province. The regency is bordered by Central Java on its west. The regency is dominated by mountainous and rocky area.
Therefore, there are so many caves that can be found in Pacitan Regency. Some caves are also well-known by local travelers such as Goa Gong, Goa Tabuhan, Goa Kalak and Goa Putri. Pacitan is not a big city. Therefore, there is only limited public transportation to the Regency. There is no direct public transportation from Yogyakarta to Pacitan.
The tourists have to go to Solo by bus or by train. Both the train and the bus ticket from Yogyakarta to Solo cost $0.8. From Solo, travelers have to take the Solo – Batu – Pacitan bus that costs $2.
One of the most famous Pacitan Beaches is Srau Beach. It is located about 25 km to the west from downtown Pacitan. Srau Beach gives the visitors complete excitement. The surfer sure will love this beach. The waves in this beach is quite challenging for surfers. There are three surfing spots: Pandan, Pancingan and The Portal.
The surfers need to be cautious with the reef scattered in the shore. There is also a hiking route surrounding the beach. The travelers are also able to snorkel and fish in the beach. Besides Srau, there is also another beach that will be loved by the surfer: Pancer Beach.
Pancer Beach is very close to Pacitan. The visitors only need to spend about 15 minutes by motorbikes from downtown Pacitan to the beach. There are some small hostels by the beach that rent surfing boards.
The visitors are able to find some surfing trainers in this beach. Compared to Srau, Pancer Beach has softer waves. Thus, the beginner surfer will find this beach challenging since it is not too easy yet it is not too difficult. When the dusk comes, the sunset view from Pancer Beach will captivate every visitor’s heart.
The Pacitan Beaches still offers more to the visitors. Although it is well hidden, Watu Karung Beach is worth to visit. The surfers will love this beach very much. There is no public transportation to reach this beach.
The visitors should rent cars or motorbikes. The beach is quite far from downtown Pacitan. It should take more than 1 hour to reach this place. The narrow road will not allow big vehicles such as bus to cross.
Because it is quite difficult to reach, the beach doesn’t have so many visitors. It makes the beach really clean. The visitors of this beach are usually surfers. The wave of this beach is as challenging as the wave in Srau Beach. However, the visitors have to bring their own surfing board since there is no surfing board rental in the Watu Karung Beach.
Teleng Ria Beach, the closest one of the Pacitan beaches to downtown, is a great spot for the visitors who just started to learn how to surf. The wave is not so swift so that it is safe for swimming.
There is also a life guard tower in this beach that ensures the visitors safety. Unlike the previous beaches, Teleng Ria Beach has black sand. Bored of enjoying the beach, the visitors are able to visit the fish market located not too far from the beach. The visitors can watch fish auction or buy some fish to bring home.
The last of the Pacitan Beaches is Klayar Beach. Klayar Beach is not widely known because it is very difficult to reach. Taking about 45 minutes by car from downtown Pacitan, the visitors should have a quite challenging trip.
The road to the beach is narrow, steep and rocky. However, after such a challenging trip, the visitors will be able to see an exotic beach. This beach has a beautiful lagoon and outstanding coral reef. The beach is often used by couples to have their pre-wedding photo shoots here.
One day trip is not enough to explore Pacitan Beaches. There are some hotels in Pacitan for the travelers to spend the night. Hotel Pacitan is right in downtown Pacitan. The room rate ranges from $3 until $21. Hotel Remaja is also located in downtown Pacitan. The room rate from $3 to $6.
Hotel Bali Asri lies not far from Hotel Remaja. The room rate ranges from $4 – $19. Hotel Srikandi is also situated by the downtown. The room rate ranges from $10 until $23. If the travelers want to have more private place to stay that is not too far from downtown Pacitan, Allogro Guest House can be the option.
The room rate ranges from $13 to $32. There are also some hotels for travelers wanting to spend the night close to the beach. Some hotels are located close to Teleng Ria Beach.
They are Homestay dan Rumah Makan Dewi Sri whose rooms cost $5 per night, Hotel Permata whose rooms range from $6 to $23, Happy Bay Beach Bungalows whose rooms range from $6 to $7, and Hotel Graha Prima whose rooms range from $11 until $45. Travelers are also able to stay near to Pancer Beach in Harry’s Ocean House. The room rate ranges from $4 to $6.
There is only few means of public transportation in Pacitan. The travelers wanting to explore the beaches and the whole regency are suggested to rent cars or motorcycles. Hiring local guide is also recommended for the foreigners.
The surfers wanting to experience the Pacitan beaches are also recommended to check the weather condition first. Indonesian Ocean can be extremely dangerous in certain times. The travelers should also try special foods from Pacitan: Nasi Lodo and Nasi tiwul. The travelers will have a beautiful memory of outstanding Pacitan beaches and delicacies.
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