South Yogyakarta has a series of beaches in the Gunung Kidul region that offer beautiful natural scenery. The waves that break on the beach are a sight that cannot be missed.
The four most stunning beaches of the region are located adjacent to each other in the area of Purwodadi, Gunung Kidul and they have their own unique points that are worth seeing. The 4 beaches are Timang Beach, Jogan Beach, Nglambor Beach and Siung Beach. Since they are all located adjacent to each other, visitors only need to pay a small fee of 5,000 IDR (approximately 0.37 USD) per person to visit several beaches at once.
Ride the traditional gondola on Timang Beach
Timang Beach is one of the new beaches in Gunung Kidul that is open to the public, so there are not many tourists who are aware of this beach. The specialty of this beach is the gondola that can take you through the air and across the water to Timang Island. In the gondola, you are suspended 9–11 meters (29.53–36.09 ft) above the water and you travel about 98 meters (321.52 ft) to the west of Timang Island. This gondola is made of wood and bamboo and drawn by several people (4–5 people) using cables. Crossing above the waves between the beach and the island triggers your adrenaline.
The cost of using the gondola is 150,000 IDR (approximately 11.23 USD) per person and the gondola can accommodate up to 3 passengers. There is a cheaper way to travel to the island by crossing a hanging bridge made of cables and wooden planks. Simply by paying 100,000 IDR (approximately 7.48 USD) per person, you can walk across the bridge to Timang Island.
Jogan Beach: the beach with a waterfall
Jogan Beach offers two things at once when you visit this beach: a 12 meter (39.37 ft) waterfall that flows into the sea and a beach with the waves that break on the reef. The water at Jogan Beach is brackish. To reach the edge of the beach, you can try canyoning in waterfalls, which requires support equipment and rappelling, or going down the stairs made of wood and bamboo.
This beach has the privilege of being the habitat of thousands of transparent crab babies measuring 5 millimeters. In addition, tourists can sometimes see hundreds of butterflies clustered around the cliffs of Jogan Beach.
Learn how to snorkel at Nglambor Beach
Nglambor Beach is located near Jogan Beach, so it does not take long to reach it if you want to visit the two beaches. This beach has two large coral reefs that are able to withstand the harsh waves of the Indian Ocean. That is why Nglambor Beach can be an ideal location for visitors to learn snorkeling safely without worrying about being wiped out by the waves. For 50,000 IDR (approximately 3.74 USD), visitors can rent snorkeling equipment and lessons.
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Siung Beach: beach for rock-climbing fans
Siung Beach is known as “the best rock climbing site in Jogja.” In 2005, this beach became a place for the Asian Climbing Gathering and in 2009, the Rock Climbing Festival was held, attended by climbers throughout Indonesia. Currently, Siung Beach has 250 climbing routes with different levels of difficulty. With an altitude of an average cliff reaching 15 meters (approximately 49.21 feet), this beach has become a preferred location for rock climbing enthusiasts.
Enjoy budget-friendly beaches in Yogyakarta
Enjoying a beach tour in Yogyakarta does not cost a fortune, but public transportation to get to Gunung Kidul is limited. The only way to reach the area is by driving a private car or renting a vehicle with a driver who is familiar with the roads.
To rent a vehicle along with a driver and fuel, it costs around 500,000 IDR – 1,000,000 IDR (37.42 USD – 74.83 USD) depending on the type of vehicle. So, if you are traveling in a group, the cost is not really expensive.
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