Together with all the Indian Ocean lying adjacent to the southern coastline, Yogyakarta (Jogja) is blessed with a set of enchanting and exotic beaches that are unknown to all waiting to be found!
Here, you will discover over six beaches which encourage daredevils within an ultimate beach-hopping encounter to detect the very populous and majestic coastline.
But should you feel the shores here are mainstream as those from Bali, you could not be more incorrect. Back in Jogja, you do not just get to relish blue waters, rocky landscapes, and powdery sunburnt sand; however, other distinctive all-natural wonders such as one with its own sunflower area or even a beachfront waterfall!
But the one who occupies the show is only for the adventuresome — would you dare cross over the bridge or hop onto the gondola to fight the waves?!
Eager to learn more? Let us take you on the road along the most incredible secret beaches in Yogyakarta!
- Daredevil Instagrammers’ favorite area — Nguluran Beach Glass Terrace (1 hour and 30 minutes out of Jogja)
This cliffside beach provides endless sea views, reminding one of Bali’s legendary beach, Uluwatu. But don’t expect it to become another regular cliffside shore as here you are ensured a unique and one of a kind quality that’s tough to locate elsewhere around Indonesia.
By presenting the one-and-only shore with a glass-bottom patio, Nguluran! Come and examine your internal acrophobia by standing over the sea and see the waves crash against the shore! Would you believe the adrenaline rush?!
When there, you may even locate other quirky photograph spots like a giant seat on the edge of this cliff (do you dare sit ?!). All these are simply begging to be photographed!!
- Relax in a Lagoon by the Sea: Wedi Ombo Beach (2 hours and 10 minutes out of Jogja)
Always fancied to take a relaxing dip in the sea but wind up getting washed to and fro by the continuous waves? In the Wedi Ombo Beach at Gunungkidul, you can soak peacefully in the saltwater as you see the sun sink on the horizon.
Inspired by neatly piled coral rocks, you could even begin to think that the lagoon in Wedi Ombo Beach is manmade. Be cautious of the tide levels here, however. High tides are seen to overflow to the lagoon, attracting its savage waves. In the worst-case scenario, the sudden gush of water produces a current powerful enough to pull people towards the sea, likely hitting coral rocks and causing harm.
- Bask at a magical waterfall that drops into the sea — Banyu Tibo Beach (2 hours 45 minutes from Jogja town )
This small corner of heaven feels that it is worlds apart from the town’s hustle and bustle. But, you do not wish to overlook the waterfall from the shore as you’re there! In Banyu Tibo Beach, people will be left speechless by the wonder of Mother Nature. It is because they get to enjoy the water cascading in the cliff down to the sand extend and farther flowing into the ocean. The little sea winds its way into the sea through a stone crevasse. The waters are turquoise and thus don’t overlook the picture-perfect views on the surface of the valley!
- A two-in-one attraction (beach + blossom field) — Pantai Samas Sunflower Garden (1 hour from Jogja town )
This sunflower backyard is a novel selfie spot that is now an immediate sensation on Instagram. Though not exceptionally large and located only 5 minutes away from Pantai Samas (a craggy shore that most people overlook), this sunflower garden that blooms all year has attracted nearly 2000 people per day peak season. Curious about why this location is such a hit? Come visit and discover out yourself!
- Dragonfruit farm plus a View from the Top: Lighthouse at Pandansari Beach (1 hour from Jogja)
Sitting high and mighty at over 30 meters in height, the Pandansari Beach at Bantul is home to the one-and-only lighthouse at Yogyakarta. Still, in operation, guests are allowed to accelerate its winding staircase during the daytime, to experience a bird’s eye view of the shore at seven stories high. This location is also known for its dragonfruit plantations. You won’t miss the stains of glowing red looking down at the very top of this lighthouse. Visitors can actually wander around the gardens and select ripe dragonfruit directly from the trees — it makes for a highly nutritional present from Pandansari Beach! And do not miss the greyish sands. Spruce trees have been found to rise directly onto the fringes of the beach. Through the dry seasons between April and September, they lose most of their foliage, leaving behind a remarkable sight that reminds you of autumn in Japan.
- Hang on a Thread on a’Cable Cart’ in Timang Beach
Everyone recognizes that the Gunungkidul Region is home to Yogyakarta’s many gorgeous shores, including the Timang Beach, which is situated 35 kilometers south of Wonosari. It displays a satisfying sight of waves crashing into coral rocks and cliffs. And that is not all it. If you are an adrenaline junkie, you’ll like to try out the cable cart. Visitors can test their courage by crossing Watu Panjang Island by a wooden cable cart’ tied together on pulleys. Which are not created with the usual steel wires, but with fabric string! Employed initially as a transportation method by local freshwater fishers, those brave enough to endure dangling above treacherous waves may even bring back a lobster for lunch!
Before you reach, you may encounter several street signs pointing one to Timang Beach across the way. But do prevent following them since they lead you to scammers attempting to convince one to select the jeep into the beach (they will inform you that the road conditions are too bad for automobiles ), even though it is physically possible for cars to drive in. Use this unmarked road entry instead, and you’ll have the ability to drive down a right road all the way to the shore. Following the street signs will lead you to a rocky road that your car would not be able to push through.
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