Incredible Java Coastline
Indonesian Beaches normally refer to the island of Bali but this article highlights the incredible Indonesian Beaches at the South Central Javanese Coastline.
During a recent trip to the south coast of East Java I was unexpectedly impressed by its stunning coastline in the vicinity of Pacitan Regency. Quite popular and well known with local Javanese tourists but much less known by International tourists or visitors.
This is in the region of Pantai Klayar otherwise known as Klayar Beach, (in the Indonesian language Pantai means Beach). A relatively undiscovered wild beach revealing an almost untouched beauty in nature with rocky protrusions, immaculate headland and idyllic white sand beaches.
From Solo or Jogja it’s around 2 or 3 hours drive
depending on traffic to cover the almost 100km
Directly south of the city the most direct route avoiding any unwanted hilly regions head through the town of Sukoharjo to Pracimontoro and from there continue east along National Highway 3 until you hit a crossroads. There is an alternative route from there which is very hilly running through beautiful small villages and rural countryside which goes directly south to the very small town of Kalak to Pantai Klayar or you can continue along National Highway 3 to the village of Batu Akik which is known for selling Gemstones (if you are lucky you may be there on a day when the Gemstone market is on)!
From Desa Batu Akik there is a turn off on the road to the right which goes to Kalak and Pantai Klayar via Goa Gong another popular visitor attraction (Gong Cave). This route takes you out of your way a little but the roads are better and even though it is a few kilometers further you will reach your destination much faster due to the road surfaces being better and less hairpin bends and hills to climb and descend.
Head out of Jogja travelling southwest to Wonosari, on to Pracimontoro and the remainder of the directions from Praci (Pracimontoro) to Klayar are as mentioned above in the Solo-Klayar info.
Places to Stay
There is enough accommodation at Pantai Klayar certainly during weekdays as I discovered with simple and comfortable Homestay accommodation above the Beach on the raised headland around the entrance gate. Entry fee costs 7000 idr (Indonesian Rupiah) per person for entering the area and 2000 idr for parking. I couldn’t comment about the weekends though regarding accommodation but all the locals mentioned just how busy it does get!
There is also a Homestay down on the beach itself about half way towards the blow hole.
I’m sure low season would be different as I was there at the start of the rainy season and the roads, steep in places, some covered in grit and mud can be quite treacherous when wet! Hence I imagine there would be a lack of visitors and maybe a limited number of open homestays to choose from.
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